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[Announcement] Learn how to unlock the Bootloader of your Mi Phone

2018-04-18 12:09:07
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Hello, Mi Fans!
MIUI has been one of the user-centric ROM from the early days of development. In a scenario where user has lost the device, to protect users' data and prevent unauthorized access to device by flashing another ROM, Mi devices now come with locked bootloader. Adding to that, another reason for this protection mechanism is to serve you the best user experience and to preserve the best flawless MIUI experience from third party sellers reflashing Mi devices with altered ROMs.

We do understand your need for unlocking bootloader and due to a technical glitch, users weren't able tounlock the bootloader on Redmi Note 5 Pro smartphones. The issue has since been fixed and users should be able to unlock the bootloader on their Redmi Note 5Pro normally.

Here's the procedure on how to unlock the bootloader:

1. Apply for Bootloader Unlocking Permission

How to Apply for Bootloader Unlocking Permission
  • Visit here
  • Click on ‘Unlock Now’
  • Login with your Mi Account for which Bootloader unlock permission is required
  • Now click ‘Unlock Now’ again
  • Enter your name, choose your region/country code, enter your mobile number to which Mi Account is associated and enter the valid/genuine reason you are applying for Bootloader unlocking permission
  • Enter the security code shown in image, read & accept the terms, click ‘Apply now’
  • Enter the OTP received to the mobile number given and click ‘Next’ to submit the application.
  • Now wait for the approval SMS which might take few hours to few days

After receiving the approval SMS,
  • Go to Settings - About phone -  MIUI Version - keep tapping it to enable developer option
  • Go to Settings - Additional settings - Developer option and bind your approved Mi account under Mi Unlock Status
  • If it shows 86006 error, logout and login Mi account again & try again

2. Unlock the bootloader using Mi Unlock tool

Bootloader Unlocking Procedure
  • Download & install Mi Unlock tool from here
  • Open Mi Unlock tool, enter your credentials & login to your Mi Account
  • Turn off your device
  • Hold ‘Volume down’ key and ‘Power button’ simultaneously to enter into Fastboot mode
  • Connect your phone to PC using USB cable & click 'Unlock'

Let the process complete and you will have your bootloader unlocked

  • Make sure both the Mi Accounts are same in device and in unlock tool
  • If you are new user and never applied for unlocking before, in step 1 it will take you to the page for username creation and then you can fill in the details and proceed.
  • Do note that unlocking bootloader will erase user data
  • You can only unlock your own device. One Mi account can only unlock one device in 30 days
  • Make sure your PC has necessary drivers and you're on official MIUI ROM before you start to unlock, download and install latest Mi PC Suite & Mi Flash
  • After the device is unlocked, it becomes less secure and more vulnerable to malware attacks, which may lead to the disclosure and loss of your private data. Some features which require high security level (e.g., Find device, added-value services, etc.) will no longer be available. You are recommended to lock the bootloader after flashing the ROM via Fastboot mode for better security.

How long does it take to receive the SMS from Xiaomi?
Check what is showing on the webpage here occasionally. Once the download Mi Unlock Tool webpage is shown means you’ve been approved. Currently only supported on Windows OS.

Can I re-apply if my application gets rejected?
If your application is rejected then tap on the 'Re-apply' option shown on the web page or apply again here

How to check whether the bootloader is locked/unlocked?
  • Mi Unlock tool will show the message ‘Unlocked’
  • An ‘Unlocked’ word will be shown upon booting
  • Go to settings - additional settings - developer options - Mi unlock status - will show ‘Unlocked’

How can I relock my bootloader?
While flashing MIUI with Mi Flash tool, select the ‘clean all & lock’ option from below and it will relock the bootloader.

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Have any inputs or feedback for us? Do let us know in the comments below


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2018-04-18 12:09:07
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Thanks for sharing
2018-04-18 12:14:52

Super Moderator

Naman Mishra | from Redmi Note 3


Much needed Guide...
2018-04-18 12:37:32

Pro Bunny

Sivakishore madhali | from Redmi Note 4


what was the use of this bootloader uncloking process
2018-04-18 12:52:51


lavnidhi | from mobile


Much needed detailed guide for unlocking.
2018-04-18 12:56:36
Proud Mi Fan
Atlast a full deatiled thread.. previous one confused a lot of people
2018-04-18 12:59:51
Thanks for the detailed guide for applying and unlocking the bootloader in a single thread.
2018-04-18 12:59:57

Master Bunny

sidharth katare | from Redmi Note 4


This was much needed considering the users are going advance by learning from Mi Community. Thanks for the really helpful tutorial.
2018-04-18 13:06:30
Happy to Help:)
Much needed guide for beginners :)
2018-04-18 13:09:04

Happy To Help :-)

Advanced Bunny

jafar1331 | from Redmi Note 5 Pro


i have permission for my previous phone redmi note 3 but recently i am using redmi note 5 pro can i want to take another permission or i will unlock my redmi note 5 pro with previous prmission
2018-04-18 13:38:35
Much needed guide, Thank you!
2018-04-18 13:41:11
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