This page contains the download link for the official Vivo X20 Plus stock ROM (firmware) flash file that can be installed by using a flashing tool on a computer. All you need to do is make sure you have the right flashing tool that is going to be able to flash firmware for your manufacturer and chipset.

Flashing firmware files manually is usually done to repair problems or take away device customizations. Smartphone repair centers initially used flash tools to help fix bootloops, software errors, update errors, and so forth. Outside of that, device owners would only install over-the-air updates to get updated to newer versions of Android. Now though things are much different and people all over the world are choosing just to flash the firmware themselves to fix common problems.

It isn’t entirely out of the ordinary to have a manufacturer advertise firmware updates that people can download from their websites to update devices just for the sake of having better software running on the device either. A manufacturer can sometimes showcase these firmware updates that can be installed to help update to new features, too. For example, the BLU manufacturer has been known to do this.

Nonetheless, most of the time when people use smartphones they just install over-the-air updates. OTAs are mostly differential updates that don’t replace full files but instead just patch over the top of the existing ones. Anyone who makes system partition changes—like if you were to get root access and remove system apps, install BusyBox, etc.—may experience unexpected behavior when going back to a differential update.

Installing firmware files manually technically is not a differential update anymore, but they still come with a warning from custom recovery image developers. They still say the best way to update your device if you have customized it with a custom recovery image is to install custom software, but they also say if you must remove the custom recovery image it’s best to go back completely to stock by flashing the firmware manually with a flash tool.

You may also want to stick with custom software if you have made system partition changes. You can use a search engine such as Google to find out more information on what makes system partition changes.

What Is Android Firmware?

Firmware is the operating system and its applications that control how the smartphone or tablet that runs on Android operates. While you may see the words “software update available” on your device’s display, we call it firmware to highlight its close relationship with the device manufacturers hardware.

If you prefer technical jargon, firmware is the specific programming that gets written to a device’s non-volatile memory. The firmware gets added to the device during the manufacturing process and is the middleman in helping software run on the hardware. Firmware can be written as read-only memory (ROM), erasable programmable read-only memory (EPROM), or flash memory.

The Android operating system is more open than much of its competitors in iOS, Windows 10 Mobile, and Tizen. You always get firmware running on your device out of the box, but if you do not like it, you can swap it over with custom firmware or other firmware versions that were made for your device. This flexibility helps with troubleshooting, or if you know you would prefer a different Android version that was made available.

Why Reinstall Stock Firmware?

Did you think you may need to restore the stock firmware on your device? Here are some of the things that you can achieve with stock firmware files:

  • Upgrade or downgrade the version of Android on your device
  • Fix common mobile device-related problems, such as unbearable bugs in the software
  • Remove custom recovery images such as TWRP
  • Unroot the Android operating system, regardless of what method/tool you may have used to get root access
  • Unbrick your smartphone or tablet
  • Reinstall the operating system
  • Fix invalid IMEI problems

Vivo X20 Plus Firmware Flash File Download Links

File Name: Vivo_X20_Plus_PD1710F_EX_A_1.6.8_QFIL

Firmware FileDownload flash file

How to Flash Vivo X20 Plus Stock ROM Using Qualcomm Flash Image Loader (QFIL)

Here is how you can use the Qualcomm Flash Image Loader to install firmware on a smartphone or tablet with a Windows computer:

Notes:

  • If you do not see the “Download” button, it is probably because your device is not yet connected to the computer. The flashing only becomes possible if the tool detects a device.
  • The Qualcomm Flash Image Loader is only compatible with the Windows operating system. You can use it on anything ranging from Windows XP through to Windows 10. Newer versions of Windows will also become compatible, but you may need to download an updated version of the tool.
  • Flashing firmware files with flashing tools will result in lost applications and contacts if they are not backed up first. You should backup as much data as you can before flashing: use free applications such as Helium from Google Play, transfer files to the computer, use cloud storage, whatever it takes to be safe.
  • The Qualcomm Flash Image Loader tool is made by the official Qualcomm brand.

1. Install the latest version of the OEM USB driver on the same computer that you plan on using for the installation of the flashing tool.

If there is no OEM USB driver for your device, install the Universal ADB driver instead.

2. Download the latest version of the Qualcomm Flash Image Loader (QFIL) file on the computer, and then extract the file by right-clicking on it and choosing Extract from the menu.

3. Open the Qualcomm Flash Image Loader (QFIL) folder, and then double-click on the QFIL application so that the flashing tool launches.

Tip: It’s the file with the green icon.

4. Turn off the smartphone that you want to flash and hold the Volume Up key and connect it to the computer with the USB cable.

The smartphone should now be in EDL mode (Emergency Download mode) and ready for the firmware flashing. If yours is not in EDL mode, use a search engine to find how to get your specific device into EDL mode.

5. Under Select Build Type, select Flat Build. (click to enlarge screenshot below)

6. Under Select Programmer, click on the Browse button and upload the firmware file that you’re looking to flash to this location. (click to enlarge screenshot below)

The firmware file you need is often the file with the “.mbn” extension at the end.

7. If your firmware has a rawprogram() file, click on the Load XML button and then upload the rawprogram() file to this location. (click to enlarge screenshot below)

8. Give QFIl a few seconds to load the rest of the data automatically.

9. Click on the Download button, and the flashing will begin. (click to enlarge screenshot below)

Note: Firmware files can be quite large and subsequently flashing can take 10 minutes or sometimes even longer. You know the firmware is flashed when the device reboots for the last time.

That’s all.

FAQ

There are some common questions people have before installing firmware files. Here are the ones we are regularly asked:

How to Unroot Vivo X20 Plus When Installing New Firmware

There can often be a variety of ways to unroot a device that runs Android, and they depend on what method you used to get root access. If you installed SuperSU for root access, then you can open the app and find the option to unroot directly from SuperSU’s settings. On the other hand, if you do not have SuperSU, and you do have a Vivo smartphone or tablet, then you can always unroot by installing the stock firmware. Once you have followed the guide above, your device will automatically be unrooted. You can verify that is the case by installing one of the many applications from Google Play that checks for root access. As long as you are using a reliable app, then typically it will not lie about the root status of your mobile device.

How to Restore Stock Recovery on Vivo X20 Plus When Installing New Firmware

One of the most common reasons for installing the stock firmware is to remove a custom recovery image and revert to the stock recovery. There is nothing you need to do extra to reinstall the stock recovery on your device; when you install the stock firmware, it will automatically install the stock recovery partition on the device once again.

Additional Firmware

You can download Android firmware for other Android devices if you have another smartphone or tablet from a different manufacturer.