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FRP (Factory Reset Protection)

Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by Mikestony, Oct 16, 2016.

  1. noidodroid

    noidodroid Well-Known Member

    I post a lot on XDA since seems there is more activity on newer handsets than here. Here tends to be more oldschool stuff. Have benefited a lot from here for over a dozen older handsets with development from AF's fine members. Anywho I suppose I will copy my FRP guides and such from XDA and also post them here or if it's ok just post a link to XDA and keep discussion here.

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  2. noidodroid

    noidodroid Well-Known Member

    How is that possible? FRP will still remain.

    BTW love your work. Experimenting with a ZTE Warp Sync N9515 now and running Bliss. About to update to the latest build. I'm on MM currently. Completed IMEI change on this device but having issues with QNC i believe. I am pulling off Verizon instead of Sprint!
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  3. noidodroid

    noidodroid Well-Known Member

    Check screenshot. If you need anything just let me know. I have already done the hard work and all the research on here and other communities/sites. When i get time I will contribute all my projects to the community so anyone can easily gather up the necessary files for each handset without needing to research through every post most of which having dead links..

    Screenshot - http://i66.tinypic.com/1z17806.jpg

    How she came out when done:

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    #28 noidodroid, Jun 19, 2018
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2018
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  4. Milo Willamson

    Milo Willamson Android Expert

    Oh, I just used the normal FRP, though I deeply done the Rootjunky on my old phone though, seems really complex.. Its like if you really hurt it, strap in in all the free time you once had..... kind of strange though.
  5. noidodroid

    noidodroid Well-Known Member

    Yeah it can get pretty complicated. There are several ways to remove FRP's. I just recently switched from doing it manually to using software and hardware of mine (Uni Android Tools - http://www.uniandroidtool.com + Octoplus Box - https://octoplusbox.com + Z3X Box - http://z3x-team.com). Super quick and a lot easier. Since part of my business is buying and refurbishing then selling phones these tools are a godsend to me. If i had to recommend any for those in the business i would suggest buying UNI Android Tools as it is the cheapest ($50/year) for a license and can get the job done for a lot of models with support for new models being added every month or so. Second I would suggest would be Octoplus' FRP Tool which is a hardware USB dongle + software and runs around $60-$80 i believe. I use the Octoplus Box with Samsung enabled + the Octoplus Suite application which has remote FRP options. Same thing as the dongle only I had to pay extra to add it to my smartcard.
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  6. Mbali Mkhize

    Mbali Mkhize Lurker

    Hi, I inherited my brother's Samsung Galaxy S7. I am having trouble signing in after factory reset because my account is not associated with the devices. Now I am stuck with the phone I cannot use. Please help me is there anything I can do to get the phone working. again.
  7. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
    VIP Member

    Ask your brother for his Google password (or get him to enter it).

    Once you are logged into Android you can remove his account from it, then reset it, then start from scratch entering your own Google account.

    What he/you should have done is removed his account before doing the reset. If you do that then you don't have this problem.
  8. Astr4y4L

    Astr4y4L LgPWN'd~ on XDA or TG ~ Lead Developer CEO A-Team
    Recognized Developer

    Failing getting the brothers account info.....
    You may be able to fix it by flashing the stock firmware to the device using Odin
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  9. noidodroid

    noidodroid Well-Known Member

    I would suggest taking the manual route to removing it if you are experienced with android a bit as it is the only way to remove it besides using software/hardware. If you want I can remove the FRP remotely for a small fee (it costs for my equipment and server credits else id do it for free). If this interests you just msg me on here and we can discuss more.
  10. noidodroid

    noidodroid Well-Known Member

    Nope. Unfortunately flashing stock firmware will not fix it.
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  11. baserasy

    baserasy Lurker

    Aren't there some free ways?
  12. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    This is an anti-theft measure, so asking for ways of bypassing it is also asking people to instruct thieves on how they can make use of stolen phones. So even if there was a way of doing this that didn't need specialist equipment it would be grossly irresponsible to post it in a forum like this.
  13. noidodroid

    noidodroid Well-Known Member

    Of course but not everyone is as tech savvy to understand and complete them. Also some of them are a lot harder than watching just a youtube video.
  14. noidodroid

    noidodroid Well-Known Member

    ..Not directed towards anyone and especially not you Hadron. Just voicing my opinion..

    While it is an anti-theft measure it is a serious problem in this phone industry. I don't know how many clients I get are regular people who had just forgot their gmail password because of for example Joe Blow at Verizon helped set the account up and they never remembered, wrote down the password or saved it later. Another problem is people don't understand that when you factory reset a phone you must remove the google account before doing so. I get a lot of people who have just bought a phone from say an individual, CL, FB, OfferUp etc and try to use it only to find out they are locked out. Contacting the buyer is of no help because they either do not have the password anymore, just dont want to deal with it anymore or other reasons.

    Yes fraud can come into play here but I think the solution is better security. Look at Apple iCloud? There are LIMITED ways of getting past it ... virtually none. Until Android steps up to the plate we will have to deal with it. 2 sides to every problem. I think the more people like myself and the big guys such as RootJunky get past FRP the better it helps the industry create more solid security for every devices FRP, Samsung Locks, MI Account Locks, Asus etc etc. We break, you buy, they improve. Wax on Wax Off. Security becomes better and better and better.

    I do not think there is anything against posting about such topics in this community. They are discussed in every other community out there right now. Android Forums is living in the past! =/

    Just my 2 cents.

    I offer paid services for Unlocking, FRP Removal, and IMEI Repair only for legitimate clients. We are able to do just about every device known to man and our database, methods and more continue to increase daily. We are approved of by XDA Forums, Root Junky, Chainfire, Tech-eligible and other well known names in the phone world. The phone technician world is rapidly growing. Now is the time to jump in before it is too late.
  15. mikedt

    mikedt 你好

    FWIW I had to deal with Oppo's FRP last summer, when I passed on an R9 Plus to a friend in the UK. I'd already shipped him the phone from China, but I forgot it was still associated with my China Unicom SIM and +86 phone number. And only way we found to clear the FRP was to put the China Unicom SIM back in, and it's reset and cleared by text message. Of course he had to wait until I was actually in the UK with the SIM to do this..:D
    #40 mikedt, Sep 14, 2018
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  16. dontpanicbobby

    dontpanicbobby 100% That Guy
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    The "Gray" market has changed a lot since the PocketPC days.
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  17. lunatic59

    lunatic59 Moderati ergo sum

    Okay @noidodroid , you offered your $.02 ... here's your change. ;)

    The problem, though, isn't the phone company per se. It's the lack of easy to understand instructions for the least technical of their customers. Let's take your hypothetical customer (who resembles my sister-in-law ;) ) and can't remember the password. Google has recovery options for that and have tried to make it possible without compromising security. It's when there's a convergence of circumstances like resetting a phone with a gmail account still active and then changing the password but not having network access on the device, or leaving the country, etc. where it becomes an issue. For the VAST majority of regular idiot users it's a brief mea culpa followed by a quick trip to the carrier store and it gets resolved. The most complicated of these issues is when regular users start trying to "fix" it themselves and try every solution posted on Youtube or click every "fix my phone" link in a desperate attempt to get a working device. They end up completely screwing it up most of the time and make the phone even harder to recover. How is the regular Joe or Jane supposed to figure out which is legit and which is crap if they can't even reset the phone?

    This is becoming more common knowledge, so hopefully legitimate sellers and innocent buyers won't be hampered with FRP as often. But, let's look at the other side of that coin. What about those sellers who are dumping gray market, blacklisted or even stolen devices? The profiteers who buy devices cheap on a contract and resell it, and then default only to have the device subsequently blacklisted after months of operation? CL, FB, or any private sale has always been "caveat emptor". Sure, I feel sorry for the kid who saves his grass-cutting money to buy a $1000 phone for $500 and gets stuck because of something the seller did or didn't do. But, I also empathize with with the customer sales rep at the carrier store whose sales numbers go down because of contract they sold that go into default, or the guy who loses his new S9 in the airport bathroom and gets picked up by an eBay king.

    Sorry, but that sounds like rationalization and justification. "We're doing this bad thing to make a good thing better" just doesn't fly with me.

    Certainly not. We welcome open discussion ... within reason. We can talk all day long about the morality and ethics of a thing and even discuss the technical aspects of it, but when it comes to instructing others how to bypass security, for whatever reason, sorry, that's more likely to facilitate the bad guys then it will help the innocent. Maybe that is a bit old-fashioned, but I'm sure if I'm looking to be counseled on right and wrong, I'd ask my grandmother before my teenage daughter, if you get my drift. :)

    The thing is, that for legitimate customers, most carriers will do all that for free. The question then becomes, how do you differentiate legitimate customers from those with a nice story?
    #42 lunatic59, Sep 14, 2018
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2018
  18. noidodroid

    noidodroid Well-Known Member

    WOW i didn't know OPPO was on top of their game like that. I have only worked on one and it was an R9 Plus that i had to get past FRP and did successfully without any of the trouble you had to go through. I also had to completely flash it to the chinese colorOS if i remember right. Must have been a different security update on yours. BTW If you need anything for that phone I have a nice master list of links for about everything related to that model.
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  19. noidodroid

    noidodroid Well-Known Member

    lol indeed it has. I remember those days very well as it was during my prime when i worked on phones.
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  20. noidodroid

    noidodroid Well-Known Member

    I agree with you. It is troublesome for the average user. That is why there are now services out there popping up more so and more so that help you resolve the issue with a small charge attached. Most of the Cell Phone stores (Carrier Stores in this case) won't fix the issue at least from what I have gathered myself from checking and from what clients have told me. So these services will remedy the issue with the user simply sitting at home and connecting their phone to the computer and letting the techs do the rest remotely. Super easy for the majority of regular idiot users. We offer one such service for FRP Removal remotely along with Carrier unlocking done remotely that is zuper cheap and simple for everyone and only takes a few minutes of time. (Shameless Plug) - UnlockJunky !

    It is a mess. But i think with time and improvements in technology it will be to a point where some of what you mention is dying down a bit. The problem with these guys selling gray market, blacklist and stolen devices will always go on and is terrible. Believe me I have been the buyer of such devices before and it pisses me off. Only until recent through after I figured out how to fix issues with some of these grey area phones. Only done to make sure i didn't lose out on my money invested. You really don't see these issues on solid outlets like eBay, Swappa and others. It's more off Craigslist, OfferUp, LetGo, and Facebook. I repair and sell phones as one of my jobs so I see all of this go on daily. One criminal method that is going on that is being cracked down more so is what I call "Carrier Cons" which is when someone usually gets a guinea pig with poor credit and or little to no care about their credit, what happens etc to go in and purchase plans and cell phones on Carrier's special sales days where they get these TOP of the line phones for next to nothing up front.. What happens next is the person who gets the guinea pig gets these phones.. usually pays the guinea pig money, drugs, or w/e and then sells the phones unlocked for example with some cons to people on these outlets such as FB, CL for Retail price as brand new.. The buyer buys the phone and puts their sim card in and everything works great... until months go down the line and the guinea pig hasnt paid their bill.. the phone becomes financed locked.. IMEI blacklisted and that buyer from FB or CL gets screwed over one way or another. Then they are left victim with a hot phone.

    How to fix this? There are services out there that can do this but is it ethical? Some say yes because they spent their hard earned money while others say no because morals kick in. Now what to do with the phone? The person who has theirs fixed now has a working phone but the other who chose to do what most would say is the right thing has a paper weight. The latter usually giving it back to the carrier who finally gets their phone back but it is in a whole different area (some situations) and who knows what that store will do with it. I know most small stores will just repair the IMEI and resell it instead of turning it over. Original Store who sold it gets screwed ! Sh*tty situation. Lets use Verizon for example since as of 2015 all of their phones come unlocked. Verizon is suppose to start fixing this problem by implementing a time frame where the user must hold onto the phone with service intact for a set amount of time before it is able to be unlocked.. Much like the other services out there now. So far though this change has not been made yet... It really sucks too because it is super handy having pre unlocked phones without the wait you could use with multiple services. Unfortunately it has been ruined by Con Artists running con's like I just explained.

    I wouldn't call it a bad thing. Root Junky / ChainFire and others that are well known in the Phone World offer us these abilities exactly for issues like what we have been discussing. It also wakes up the Manafacturers to the issues and gets them to do something about it. Once done security increases. It's an ever evolving process. It is how technology in this day and time works really. Vulnerabilities are found, released and made known to Manafacturers. Their departments fix the issues.. Time goes by and the process repeats. It gets harder and harder every time. Like i said with any technology that is just how it goes. Thats life. Now as for rooting and development there are super cool Companies such as HTC, Motorola, LG and others who support this kind of stuff and purposely give the ability to have bootloaders unlocked, even chat with developers on root abilities and more. I think thats awesome.

    I gotcha. :p I'm 35 and have been working on phones since the days of old.. I started phone phreaking as a youngster out of curiousity then moved onto cell phones and modifying them software wise which sparked me to start taking them apart and swap boards, outer shells, screens and more. I began to learn everything and still am to this day! I read the good and the bad things capable but walk that middle line. Greyhat as you could say. All for the greater good. Nothing more, nothing less.

    That there sir is the problem that is hard to make an ultimate decision on. On one hand you have to run your business and make money and on the other hand .... So yeah it is like what should i do!?
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  21. seifhd

    seifhd Lurker

    Does android kitkat have additionally like this?
    #46 seifhd, Nov 6, 2018
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2018
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  22. Milo Willamson

    Milo Willamson Android Expert

    Yes it does, had a kitkat moto z2 a bit ago, before itself upgraded to Oreo, same instructions. Hold down power button and press up, after powering it off, and case off completely. :)
  23. noidodroid

    noidodroid Well-Known Member

    KitKat does *not* have FRP (Google Account Lock). Lollipop 5.1 is when Google started all of this.
  24. noidodroid

    noidodroid Well-Known Member

    Are you sure you have the right phone? The Motorola Moto Z2 Play Droid never had KitKat. Also with FRP factory resetting will not remove the Google Account Lock. Much trickier than a simple hard reset. ;-)
  25. NotMyRealName

    NotMyRealName Newbie

    I was reading this post, I thought the argument of bypassing FRP security helps the bad guys to sound kind of hypocritacal as what is removeing all the rest of the security to root a phone, in all reality it's the same thing. Your removing the software say for example Verizon paid good money to have created for that specific phone. Which in cases such as that, they may or may not have a contract and they are the only ones that certain model. The manufacture will sell that phone to them possibly. Then you come along and "root" it. You just took away from verizons pockets and bypassed their security, but you don't seem to have a problem with that. I'm not getting down on anyone, just being objective. You can't have it one way, then contradict yourself and say the other is the exception. Either your against FRP and Rooting or your for both. You you can have your opinion one way on one and one way on the other, but really there is not much to back up your contradiction. You will selectively bypass what security you feel is justifyable but get on another person for trying to what you do bypass security in one form or another.....

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