Moto G5 Plus Unbrick Solutions: Step By Step Guides

For all Hard bricked Moto G5 Plus devices stock at HS-USB Bulk , HS-USB QDLoader , HS-USB DLoader 9008 and other similar Qualcomm android...

Moto G5 Plus Unbrick Debrick Solutions

For all Hard bricked Moto G5 Plus devices stock at HS-USB Bulk, HS-USB QDLoader, HS-USB DLoader 9008 and other similar Qualcomm android devices brick mode, here I explain the step by step guides on how to unbrick your Moto G5 Plus and recover the Moto G5 Plus from either of the Qualcomm hard brick mode.

NOTE:
This Moto G5 Plus unbrick solution have only been confirmed working for Moto G5 Plus XT1684 and XT1685 but not confirmed on XT1687 yet.


Updates:
  • James reports (in his comment) that he had successfully debrick his Moto G5 Plus (XT1687) using this method and the files.

  • Required Files (Downloads / Items)
    File Download Link(s) Description
    Motorola Device Manager SKIP this if installed already. Motorola Device Manager is the official service and support tool for more Motorola devices especially designed for the more recent phones.
    Qualcomm HS-USB Driver This driver, when installed, enables your PC communicate with your Moto G5 Plus hence helps identify the device correctly.
    Moto G5 Plus Latest Stock Firmware These are the stock (official) firmware for Moto G5 Plus. The firmware is required to flash and restore your Moto G5 Plus to factory defaults.
    Moto G5 Plus Blank Flash This file is specifically modded to work with Moto G5 Plus. When launched, this tool will detect your Moto G5 Plus (if connected to the PC) install latest bootloader and kick it out of QHS-USB Bulk, HS-USB QDLoader, HS-USB DLoader 9008 or whichever brick mode it may be.
    DiskImageRev2 DiskImageRev2 is the utility tool that will be used to flash the loader.img file on your SD Card and this in turn, will make it possible to boot your Moto G5 Plus from the SD Card.
    Moto G5 Plus Loader.img This turns your SD Card to a bootable partition that can be mounted by your device so that RSDLite or similar tool can detect your device and flash official stock firmware on it.
    Your SD Card For Moto G5 Plus, either 8 GB or 16 GB SD Card should be fine. - the later is recommended.

    How to Unbrick Moto G5 Plus - Method 1

    1. Download Motorola Device Manager from the table above and install it on your PC.
    2. Download HS-USB Driver from the table above and install it on your PC.
    3. Download the appropriate Moto G5 Plus firmware from the table above.
    4. Now, extract or unpack the Moto G5 Plus stock official firmware you just downloaded from the step 3 just above here.
    5. Connect your Moto G5 Plus to the PC and hold on while the drivers are being installed.
    If the drivers installation is successful, proceed.
    If no sign of drivers installation is seen or noticed go to:

      Windows Device Manager >> COM Ports...
    And expand it. If your device is listed as HS-USB QDLoader, HS-USB DLoader 9008 or any other, proceed. But if it is listed as QHS-USB Bulk, do this:
    • Disconnect your device from the PC.
    • Uninstall the drivers.
    • Restart your PC.
    • And re-install the HS-USB DLoad Drivers again.
    • Connect your Moto G5 Plus to the PC again.
    Now, check Windows Device Manager, your device should be listed as either HS-USB QDLoader, HS-USB DLoader 9008.
    6. Download, extract / unpack the Moto G5 Plus Blank Flash file onto a folder on your PC.
    7. Open the Moto G5 Plus Blank Flash folder and Double-click the blank-flash.bat.
    A Command Prompt window will open and that should detect your Moto G5 Plus connected.
    8. Wait patiently while the flashing is being done until it completes.
    9. Your device should now reboot to bootloader. If it does not, boot it to bootloader using the key combo.
    10. Now, go to the Moto G5 Plus firmware folder and open Command Prompt in the folder. To do this;
      In that folder press and hold the Shift key then Right-click. From the options, choose Open Command Prompt Here
    11. On Command Prompt, type the following codes / command line one after another until it is complete.
    [ fastboot oem fb_mode_set fastboot flash partition gpt.bin fastboot flash bootloader bootloader.img fastboot flash logo logo.bin fastboot flash boot boot.img fastboot flash recovery recovery.img fastboot flash dsp adspso.bin fastboot flash oem oem.img fastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.0 fastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.1 fastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.2 fastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.3 fastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.4 fastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.5 fastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.6 fastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.7 fastboot flash modem NON-HLOS.bin fastboot erase modemst1 fastboot erase modemst2 fastboot flash fsg fsg.mbn fastboot erase cache fastboot erase userdata fastboot erase customize fastboot erase clogo fastboot oem lock fastboot reboot]

    12. Congratulations! You just unbrick your Moto G5 Plus from HS-USB Bulk, HS-USB QDLoad 9008, QHS-USB DLoad 9008 or whichever Qualcomm brick state it was.


    NOTE:
    1. If you are using mfastboot, replace fastboot in the commands above with mfastboot.
    2. Depending on the firmware you downloaded, you may have less or more fastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.5 commands to execute in the folder. All you have to do is change the figure accordingly.


    How to Unbrick Moto G5 Plus - Method 2

    This second method to unbrick Moto G5 Plus employs the use of Moto G5 Plus ROM Dump also known as full full blk backup file.
    This file, saved as Moto G5 Plus Loader.img file can be flashed on an SD Card and used to revive your hard bricked Moto G5 Plus.


    The Does and Does Not of this Method
    The Does The Does Not
    With the correct Moto G5 Plus Loader.img file, you will be able to access your Moto G5 Plus recovery partition again. The Moto G5 Plus Loader.img file ONLY boots your device to bootloader / recovery mode and not the OS.
    This method aid your Moto G5 Plus unbrick solutions. It's not the do-it-all. This Moto G5 Plus Loader.img file will not boot your device to OS. You need full firmware to do that.
    This Loader.img file only loads Motorolla Stock Recovery partition on your device. This Loader.img file does not currently load custom recovery such as TWRP on your Moto G5 Plus therefore, only Stock Firmware can be restored to using the method described here.
    The SD Card (used) helps boot the device into receovery mode ONLY. You cannot use the same SD Card with the device except you format it. You can use Mini Tool to Partition or format the SD Card for re-use.

    Troubleshoot! Having Issues Using this Method? See Below:
    Issue(s) Solution(s)
    RSDLite, Motorola Device Manager successfully restored my device but my Moto G5 Plus still boots to recovery. What can I do? Before you boot up the phone or while the phone boots up, make sure you remove the SD Card from the phone.
    The PC no longer see my Moto G5 Plus in Qualcomm HS-USB QDLoader mode. What's wrong? Until the SD Card is in your phone, PC will continue to seeing the phone as functioning properly but only with flat battery.
    My Moto G5 Plus is stuck at boot logo instead of booting to recovery. What can I do? Try another SD Card. You must use a first class (Class 10) grade one SD Card that's really fast.
    My Moto G5 Plus is in recovery mode but Motorola Device Manager / RSDLite does not detect it. Is something wrong? Yes. Something is wrong. Check your USB Cord, USB Port or make sure that your drivers are properly installed. With each instance, you can try with another device to confirm.
    Have other questions? Good! Drop your comment. I shall attend the question(s) and also include it in the list table.

    How to Create Bootable SD Card with Moto G5 Plus Loader.img File On your PC

    1. First, format your SD Card. exFAT is preferred.
    2. Download and extract DiskImageRev2 onto a folder on your PC then, open it. See the first table for the download link.
    3. Slot your SD Card in a card reader and connect it to your PC.
    4. Launch DiskImageRev2 on your PC - as Admin preferrably.
    5. On launch, DiskImageRev2 should detect and display the drive where your SD Card is connected. If otherwise, browse to select the drive.
    6. From DiskImageRev2, browse to the folder where you saved / copied the Moto G5 Plus Loader.img file on your PC and select it.
    7. Now, click Write and wait until DiskImageRev2 completes the process.

      Once DiskImageRev2 has successfully written the files on the SD Card, your SD Card is now bootable! You may now insert it on your Moto G5 Plus and boot the device using its bootloader key combo.

    Having issues to solve or questions to ask? Please, explain in detailed in the comment box below.

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