POCO M2 Pro – Unlock Bootloader, Install TWRP and Root

Do you want to unlock bootloader on Poco M2 Pro and install TWRP custom recovery? You are at the right place, and here you will also learn how to root your Poco M2 Pro without PC and install custom ROMS based on AOSP.

Poco is a brand which has gained its popularity by providing some flagship devices at budget-friendly rates. One of the best and first launched smartphone was Poco F1 in 2018 that I am still using it today, and it gets my everyday work flawlessly. Poco was a sub-brand of Xiaomi until 2019 when they became independent but, they still use the native MIUI operating system by Xiaomi on their current models as well.

Unlock Poco M2 Pro Bootloader

The company launched a mid-range smartphone earlier this year, Poco X2, after a long gap, which again gained popularity among the Poco fan-base. Poco is unstoppable, and the company has launched another smartphone Poco M2 Pro with the latest 5G chipset that can run day-to-day life tasks efficiently.

The two smartphones launched by Poco seems to be affordable and have some promising hardware specs. While the Poco X2 is priced between $200 – $250, Poco M2 Pro falls in the $130 – $150 price segment giving a fierce competition to Realme. Many technology bloggers and Android authority blogs have claimed Poco M2 Pro to be a rebranded version of Xiaomi’s Note 9 Pro as it borrows a lot of features, and the design is identical.

About Poco M2 Pro

Performance

Poco M2 Pro is powered by Qualcomm SM7125 Snapdragon 720G (8 nm) that runs on Octa-core (2×2.3 GHz Kryo 465 Gold & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 465 Silver) and is supported by Andreno 618 GPU for the smooth gaming experience and multitasking. The device runs on the latest MIUI 12 operating system based on Android 10.

Camera

Coming to the camera we can see a quad-camera setup at the rear side of the smartphone with 48 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/2.0″, 0.8µm, PDAF 8 MP, f/2.2, 119˚ (ultrawide), 1/4.0″, 1.12µm 5 MP, f/2.4, (macro), AF 2 MP, f/2.4, (depth) that can record [email protected], [email protected]/60/120fps, [email protected], gyro-EIS. In the front, we can see a 16 MP, f/2.5, (wide), 1/3.06″ 1.0µm camera for selfie and recording videos up to [email protected]/120fps.

Design

Poco M2 Pro has a massive 6.67-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 16-million colors. The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and has a screen resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels, a 20:9 ratio (~395 PPI density) with 450 nits brightness.

Power & Battery

To power up this beast, Poco has installed a huge 5000 mAh non-removable battery that supports fast-charging up to 33W. The smartphone comes with a type-C 1.0 reversible connector and has Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity. Poco M2 Pro comes in three variants of 64GB 4GB RAM, 64GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM.


How To Unlock Bootloader On Poco M2 Pro

To unlock bootloader on Poco M2 Pro, we will require to understand the meaning of a bootloader and how it works. Unlocking bootloader on MIUI based operating system is all the same, and you need specific tools and drivers, which we will discuss below.

Unlock Bootloader on Poco M2 Pro

What is Bootloader, and why unlock it?

A bootloader is a liaison between the hardware and the software of an Android device that boots up the operating system. Many manufacturers ship smartphones with a locked bootloader to prevent theft of data, information, and other personal stuff of the user. Unlocking a bootloader of a device lets the user get full control over the device.

Advantages of Unlocking Bootloader on Poco M2 Pro

  • Install custom recoveries.
  • Flash different types of ROMS.
  • Overclock/underclock the device.

Disadvantages of Unlocking Bootloader on Poco M2 Pro

  • Warranty is void.
  • Chances of damaging the device.
  • Require technical knowledge.

Prerequisites

  1. Charge your POCO M2 Pro above 70%
  2. Unlocking the bootloader erases everything so take a backup
  3. USB Type-C cable required
  4. Enable the developer’s mode
    • Open the Settings menu on your phone and then click About
    • Now search for Build Number and tap on it for 5-10 times until you get a message, “Developers mode turned on.”
  5. Enable OEM Unlock, and USB Debugging
    • Open the Settings menu on your phone and then go to Additional Settings
    • Enable the OEM to unlock and USB Debugging over here

Downloads

You need to download two files on your computer to unlock Poco M2 Pro Bootloader. Download the two files from the link below.

Instructions

Step 1: Open the Mi Flash Tool folder and run miflashtool.exe as an administrator.

Step 2: Click on Agree and sign in with your MI Account that is associated with your Poco M2 Pro.

Step 3: Turn off your smartphone and then press Power Button + Volume Down for 5-10 seconds until you see the Fastboot mode.

Step 4: Now connect your mobile to the computer using the Type-C Cable.

Step 5: On your computer, click on Unlock on the Mi Flash Tool window and wait for the process to initiate.

Your smartphone will automatically restart, and a message will pop up on your computer screen Unlocked Successfully.


How To Install TWRP On Poco M2 Pro

Install TWRP on Poco M2 Pro

What is TWRP, and why install it?

TWRP is a custom recovery that lets you install various types of ROMS, kernels, mods, etc. TWRP custom recovery for Poco M2 Pro will allow you to take backup and restore the stock ROM or any ROM that you are currently running. It also helps in formatting the device without a password (erases everything).

Advantages of installing TWRP on Poco M2 Pro

  • Install custom ROMS.
  • Install modules.
  • Root Poco M2 Pro.
  • Mount the device.
  • Wipe Dalvik, System, Cache, Data.

Disadvantages of Installing on Poco M2 Pro

  • Loss of warranty
  • OTA updates do not work.
  • The device can run abnormally.
  • Encrypt device.

Prerequisites

  • Unlocked bootloader.
  • Battery charged above 70%
  • Take a backup of your data.
  • USB Type-C cable required
  • Enable the developer’s mode
    • Open the Settings menu on your phone and then click About
    • Now search for Build Number and tap on it for 5-10 times until you get a message, “Developers mode turned on.”
  • Enable the OEM to unlock and USB Debugging over here
    • Open the Settings menu on your phone and then go to Additional Settings > Developers mode > Enable USB debugging.
  • Install ADB and Fastboot on your computer.

Downloads

  • Download TWRP for Poco M2 Pro with the codename “gram” and rename it to “recovery.img”. Next, copy/move it in C: Program Files (x86)Minimal ADB and Fastboot folder on your computer.

Instructions

Step 1: Turn off your Poco M2 Pro. Press and hold the Volume Down + Power button until you see the Green Bunny Logo.

Step 2: Connect your smartphone to your computer using the USB data cable.

Step 3: Go to C: Program Files (x86)Minimal ADB and Fastboot and right-click on py_cmd.exe and run it as administrator

Step 4: Now type the following command in the Command Box:

fastboot flash recovery recovery.img

The flashing process takes about 3-5 seconds.

Step 5: Now press Volume Up + Power Button together and release the power button after a vibration but, keep the Volume Up Button pressed.

Step 6: There is a bug in this TWRP version where it automatically boots to the system, follow step 5 again.

Congratulations! You have finally installed TWRP custom recovery on Poco M2 Pro.


How To Root Poco M2 Pro

Root Poco M2 Pro

  1. Download the latest Magisk Manager zip file.
  2. Reboot to the custom recovery menu, here we are taking TWRP as our custom recovery.
  3. Go to Install and select the file you download and swipe to flash.
  4. That’s it. You have successfully rooted Poco M2 Pro.

FAQ

Q. Will my warranty be lost on unlocking bootloader?

A. Xiaomi devices do not lose the warranty on unlocking bootloader. However, Poco has become an independent brand. You must check with the manufacturer.

Q. Is it necessary to root Poco M2 Pro?

A. No.

Q. Can I root Poco M2 Pro without a computer?

A. Yes, you can root Poco M2 Pro without a computer, but you will need one to install TWRP.

Q. Can I install OTA updates if I do not install TWRP?

A. Yes, you can install OTA updates even if your bootloader is unlocked.

Q. Is it legal to root Poco M2 Pro?

A. You own the device, and you can root it.

Conclusion

Poco has a good development community on various Android forums. We expect custom ROMS development to be started soon once the kernel source codes are released for Poco M2 Pro. While you have unlocked the bootloader on Poco M2 and installed TWRP, you can flash GCAM and other modules on your device. You may also install Magisk and root your device and install several different modules from the Magisk manager app.

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