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Howdy Mi Fans!
Smartphones from Xiaomi run on a custom skinned version of android known as MIUI which recently received a major update and it was phenomenal. As an android user, you might have been wondering how to do stuff like unlocking the bootloader, flashing ROMs, etc. that still look like some sort of magic to you. Aye! I can see you nodding your head. Grab your phone and a PC because you are in the right place!
Important points to be noted before Flashing:
✒ Recovery Method:
The recovery method is the simplest form of updating your device. This method is also used for installing OTA Updates that are being pushed by the device manufacturer to your device over the internet. However, you can download a "Recovery ROM" from the MIUI ROM Download section and update your device manually.
FAQs and troubleshooting:
Question: Why there is no option to choose an update package?
Answer: To enable the choose update package option tap on the MIUI logo ten (10) times.
Question: Getting an "Unofficial ROM or package" error while choosing the update package file.
Answer: Update zip is encrypted and it can only work once when you first select the package it will decrypt if the process is halted for any reason the file cannot be used again you need to download the file again.
Question: Can we downgrade the MIUI version via the updater app?
Answer: No, the Updater app will not allow downgrading the MIUI version. For downgrade, you need to flash via fastboot.
✒ Fastboot method:
In a scenario when you are on unofficial/developer ROM and you want to flash MIUI it is recommended that you use the "Fastboot Method" as other methods are not that reliable. This method even applies to scenarios when your device has been partially bricked. Please follow along to use the "Fastboot Method". But before you do so, make sure you unlock your device's bootloader.
In the bottom of the Xiaomi flash tool, you will find three options:
✒ Unlocking Bootloader
Follow these steps to unlock bootloader:
The unlocking bootloader process is now simplified and you don't have to fill in the application form or wait for the SMS anymore. However, a waiting period and instruction will be displayed in Mi Unlock Tool. Use your phone actively during the waiting period.
Once the waiting period is over, try unlocking the device again. Once the bootloader is unlocked, the device will reboot automatically and if not then click on "Reboot phone" to reboot the device.
FAQs and Troubleshooting:
Question: What Mi devices are locked?
Answer: All Mi devices launched in the year 2016 onwards.
Question: How to check whether the bootloader is locked/unlocked?
Answer: Go to Settings - Developer options - Mi unlock status - here we can see the status of the bootloader.
Question: Flashing full ROM in unlocked bootloader will lock the bootloader again?
Answer: No, Flashing full ROM in unlocked bootloader will not lock the bootloader again.
Question: How to lock the bootloader?
Answer: Choose to clean all and lock options during fastboot.
Question: What if there is a USB error?
Answer: Try with another cable or port. Install ADB fastboot drivers and try again.
If you have any queries, feel free to drop comments below. I will be happy to assist you.
MIUI Support Team
Credits: Deeptesh Biswas, Siva Abhi, and Lavnidhi
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