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How To Unlock Bootloader of Xiaomi Devices


Honestly speaking, we are all quite known of the ever-increasing trade among people for the various models from Xiaomi Redmi. These range of Smartphones have created their own impact on the global market which can hardly be broken now. With their latest and innovative technologies, they are amazing us all every other day. In this guide, you will know how to Unlock Bootloader Xiaomi Phones by using Mi Flash tool officially provided by Xiaomi.

How To Unlock Bootloader of Xiaomi Devices

Xiaomi is every day bringing to us new technologies, enhanced performances, quality builds and super affordable prices. Also, one of the main reasons behind choosing this brand is MIUI OS which is customizable and user-friendly.


What is Bootloader Unlocking?

Unlocking Bootloader is a process by which you can Flash Custom ROMs, Install Custom Recoveries or Grant root access. Basically, you can make changes to your Android Device.

For Xiaomi smartphone you can unlock bootloaders with the use of MI Flash Unlock Toolkit. This is compatible with Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, Xiaomi Redmi Not 3, Xiaomi Mi Note Pro, Mi 4C, Mi 5C, Mi 4S, Redmi 3 and upcoming devices.

Changes After Bootloader Unlocking:

  • Some features may not work.
  • Unlocking Bootloader may cause some data loss.
  • Recovery Mode will change updating via recovery will need Mi PC Suite.
  • Normal OTA Updates will not be affected.

Why Xiaomi Locks Bootloader?

The reason behind locking bootloaders is security. This is done so as to ensure the security of device if it gets stolen or lost. When the bootloader is locked, the user cannot use flash custom ROMs with the intention of using your device. They will not be even able to boot to stock recovery for factory data reset.

So now that you know the basics of Xiaomi and Bootloader, let us head to the procedure of Unlocking Bootloader.

But before that make sure you go through these points and if you are determined for the job, follow the pre-requirements.

Points to Remember:

  • This procedure is applicable for Xiaomi phones only.
  • We are not responsible for any damage caused to your Smartphone.
  • This may lose your warranty.

Pre-Requirements:

  • Backup your device to ensure the safety of your data.
  • Enable USB debugging on your Xiaomi phone.
  • Make sure that you are on Official MIUI ROM for unlocking process.
  • Don’t forget to Install Xiaomi USB drivers on your computer.

Step-by-Step Guide on Unlocking Xiaomi Bootloaders:

This process of unlocking bootloaders is in actual a 2-step process.

1. Requesting For Unlock Permissions

Step 1

Open the URL to apply for Unlock Permissions. You can go to the Unlock Request Page. Press Unlock Now Button.

Step 2

After that, you will have to Log in to your Mi Account. And if you are not having it, make sure you first create one account.

Step 3

After you have Signed in, fill the form with appropriate reasons to Unlock your device. Here are some of the assured reasons you can make use of:

  • My Xiaomi Phone is rebooting continuously.
  • My device is Stuck at Logo.
  • Any other reason as per your convenience.

How To Unlock Bootloader of Xiaomi Phones

In the form they provided,

  • Enter your Name.
  • Choose your Country.
  • Enter your mobile number.
  • Write the reason you want to give for unlocking bootloader. Make sure you do not copy paste it from somewhere else.
  • Fill the capita code.
  • Accept the disclaimer.
  • At last, press Apply Now button.

Unlock Bootloader of Xiaomi Devices

Step 4

Now you will have to finish the mobile verification. Simply enter the code you received on your mobile number and press next. You can press the available resend button if you didn’t receive the code at first.

Step 5

After having done with mobile verification, you will see a page showing Application has been successfully submitted, Please be patient.

After doing this you will have to wait for some days after which you will get approval notification on your mobile through SMS. this may even take ten-eleven days in some cases, but all you can do is be patient!

After receiving the text message, you can begin the second step towards unlocking Bootloader.

Unlock Bootloader Xiaomi Devices

2. Bootloader Unlock Process with Mi Flash Unlock Tool

Before beginning the process, here as well you will have to perform some pre-requirements:

  • Firstly Download Mi Flash Unlock tool.
  • Enable the USB debugging if you haven’t yet. For that you can go to settings> About Phone, tap on MIUI Version 7-8 times again go to the settings> More settings> Developer options> Enable USB Debugging from here. Also, enable OEM Unlock from this settings.
  • Backup your data to avoid any loss.
  • Install proper USB Drivers of your Xiaomi Phone.
  • Login to your Mi account.

Now after having accomplished these pre-requirements, let us see the steps to follow in the Second phase.

Step1

Download and extract Mi Flash Unlock Tool on your computer. After extracting, run this file.

Mi Unlock Couldn't verfiy Device

 

Step 2

After opening a pop-up will appear on the screen asking to accept the disclaimer. Click on the Agree option for further procedures.

Step 3

Now you have to sign in your Mi Account with this tool. Sign in with the same account that you had a use for Unlocking request and logged in to your current device which you want to unlock.

Step 4

After successful login, it will show that your device is not connected. Then you will have to connect Xiaomi smartphone to proceed further.

Step 5

Now connect your device with USB to PC in fastboot mode. For the same, you will have to switch off your device and use Power on + Volume Down Button to boot into the fastboot mode.

Step 6

Press Unlock Button in Mi Flash Unlock Tool. The bootloader unlocking process will soon start. This would take two to three minutes to complete the Unlocking process of your device. You will, in some time, see a success message on the application after the successful unlocking of your device.

Unlock Bootloader of Xiaomi Device

After the unlocking process has been completed successfully, Press the Reboot button to restart your device. Now having done what you wanted, you can now easily Root your device, Install custom Recovery, Flash Custom or Fastboot ROMs, etc

Unlock Bootloader of Xiaomi Device

How to Relock Bootloader after Unlocking?

After Unlocking, if you wish to, you can also relock your Mi phone by only flashing official MIUI ROMs. It would be better if you use Official MIUI ROMs. A lot of custom ROMs having Bugs in their system.

If you see a ‘Couldn’t Verify Device Error’, Then wait for three to four days after receiving unlock request approval message.

How to fix Couldn’t Verify Device Error’?  OR

How to fix ‘Stuck at 50%?

This one stands out to be the most common problems faced while unlocking bootloader. To unlock bootloader you need to have to fully activate your Mi account on your phone.

Here are a few steps through which you can easily get out of this error.

Step 1

Open the Mi App or go to the Mi account through settings. Sign in with the same account you have used for granting the unlock permission.

Step 2

From your PC, open any browser and Browse the site- https://i.mi.com/

On this page, Sign in using the same Mi account.

Step 3

After logging in, you will see the Connected devices to your account. Now, click on the ‘Find My Device’ to locate your device. After this, your Mi account will get activated but you will have to wait for one to two days.

Step 4

Open Mi Flash Unlock Tool, Log in with the same account and then click on the Unlock Button.

Pros of Unlocking Bootloader:

  • Normal OTA Updates will not be affected.
  • Even after unlocking Bootloader, you can flash custom recoveries like TWRP or CWM Recovery and access them.
  • You can use flash custom ROMs for your device.
  • You can install Custom recoveries.
  • You can grant the root access.

Cons of Unlocking Bootloaders:

  • Some features may not work.
  • Without knowledge of Custom ROMs, Recoveries and Root, it would be quite risky to unlock the bootloader.
  • Unlocking bootloader may cause a loss in the warranty of your phone.
  • Unlocking Bootloader may cause some data loss.
  • Recovery Mode will change updating via recovery will need Mi PC Suite.
  • You will not be able to access stock Mi Recovery after having unlocked bootloaders.

Final Words:

This was all about Unlocking the Xiaomi Phone Bootloader. The basics of what exactly Unlocking bootloaders is and some of its pros and cons. And a generalized set of steps that would make it familiar to you. Unlocking bootloaders isn’t a tough task but it would be better if you unlock them when you know about Custom ROMs, Recoveries, Roots, etc.

Hope you liked the article. For any queries and suggestions, you can let us know in the comment section below.

How To Unlock Bootloader of Xiaomi Devices
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