Xiaomi Smartphones are the piece of excitement. This Chinese Smartphone company always comes up with new smartphones embedded with great specs and features. Xiaomi Redmi mobiles run on a forked version of Android OS developed by the company itself called MIUI. The MIUI OS is very popular and is used as a custom ROM by developers. The Android OS as you know is most popular OS which lets you customise the phone with lots of Xposed firmware and forked ROMS. To do so you need to unlock bootloader of your redmi device.
Unlocking bootloader is the first step to flash Custom recovery and install ROM. The bootloader is code that executes while the device is booting. It powers the operating system for the initial run. So if are aspiring to modify your device then here I have written the complete process to unlock the boot loader of Xiaomi.
You can unlock Bootloader of all the Xiaomi phones namely:
Redmi Note 5
Redmi Note 5 Pro
Redmi 3s Prime
Redmi Note 3
Redmi Note 4
Redmi Note 4G
Mi 5 Plus
All the phones are not listed above but you can unlock bootloader of all the eligible Xiaomi mobiles.
Before unlocking the bootloader of phone it is important to make some necessary settings on the phone. Also, keep note that Xioami is very strict in Bootloader policy it is not easy to unlock the bootloader unless you get the permissions from Xiaomi.
Note & Prerequisites:
- We will not be responsible for any damage caused. But are always here to assist you.
- You might loose all your device data so take backup of your data.
- You will void your device warranty
- Make sure your device has 50% charge
- Use original USB cable.
Note: Now the process has become easier, Now You do not have to apply for Unlocking bootloader, Just visit http://en.miui.com/unlock for downloading Mi Unlock tool.
How to Unlock Bootloader of Xiaomi Redmi & Mi Phones?
Process 1: Add account and device to Mi Unlock Status
Step 1. Go to Setting > My Device > All Specs> Tap On MIUI Version 7 times > Additional Setting > Developer Option > Enable USB Debugging > Enable OEM Unlocking
Step 2. Now from Developer option > Mi Unlock status > Add account and device. Try to bind your account. Incase you see error like 86012 etc then better to wait for a week then try (Note- Trying again and again might block your account temporarily)
If you see error like connect to the network & try again
Then Logout the Mi Account from device & directly sign in from Add account and device page
then you’ll see Added successfully. Mi account is associated with the device now.
Step 3. After that Reboot Your device into fastboot method, For that simply turn off your device, press the Power button and Volume down ( – ) button at the same time. Then connect the device to the Windows PC/laptop via a micro USB cable.
Process 2: Steps to Unlock Bootloader
I believe you have got the Added successfully message on Mi Unlock Status.
Step 1. Enable Developer options. To do so, Go to Settings > About phone, and then tap ‘Build number’ 7 – 8 times for Developers options to appear.
Under Settings → Additional Settings→ Developer option and bind your approved Mi account under Mi Unlock Status.
Log into the Mi account which has acquired unlocking permission on your device.
Step 2. Download the FlashTool on your Windows PC.
Step 3. Now reboot your device in bootloader mode.
Turn off your device, press the Power button and Volume Down (-) button at the same time to enter into bootloader mode.
Step 4. Now in Mi Flash tool Login with the same Mi account, you used in your Xiaomi device.
Step 5. Connect the device with the PC using the USB cable.
Step 6. Now press the “Unlock” button. It will take 10-15 seconds for the process to complete.
Step 7. Holla! You have unlocked the Bootloader of your Xiaomi mobile.
- Make sure your Mi account is not associated with 2 devices. If it is so then an error may occur.
- After unlocking the boot loader your device becomes less secure and more vulnerable to malware.
- Some features which require high security level (e.g., Find device, added-value services, etc.) will no longer be available.
- You might no longer be able to receive regular updates and enjoy newest features of MIUI.