Xiaomi Mi CC9/Mi 9 Lite is a budget-friendly smartphone and has suitable hardware for users who are moderate. In this post, we will help you how to unlock the bootloader of Mi CC9/Mi 9 Lite and also install TWRP custom recovery.
Unlocking a bootloader will provide you with the ability to flash a custom recovery, custom ROMs, patches, kernels, and much more. You can also take a backup of your ROM, create partitions, root your device, flash custom boot animations, etc.
The Mi CC9 was launched in July 2019, which has a 6.39-inch super AMOLED display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass on both front and back with an aluminium frame. The screen resolution is 1080 x 2340 pixels with 403 PPI density and has a 19:6:9 screen ratio. In the front, you also get a 32 MP, f/2.0, 26mm (wide), 1/2.8″, 0.8µm that can record 1080p@30fps videos and at the back you get 48 MP, f/1.8, (wide), 1/2.0″, 0.8µm, PDAF 8 MP, (ultrawide), 1/4.0″, 1.12µm 2 MP, (depth) camera that can record videos at 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, 720p@960fps.
It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 chipset which is an Octa-core (2×2.2 GHz Kryo 360 Gold & 6×1.7 GHz Kryo 360 and boosted by Adreno 616 GPU. The smartphone can be upgraded to MIUI 11 based on Android 10 officially. It comes in three variants of 64GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM with Type-C 1.0 reversible connector.
How To Unlock Bootloader of Mi CC9/Mi 9 Lite and Install TWRP
Unlocking a bootloader in Xiaomi smartphones is easy as it requires a computer and few tools that take just 10 minutes to complete the unlocking process. You should keep all the needed drivers, Softwares and other tools handy before proceeding to unlock the bootloader of Mi CC9/Mi 9 Lite.
What is Bootloader and Why Unlock It?
A bootloader is a bridge between the hardware and software that helps you to boot to the system; it is a lock that doesn’t allow any application or command to access the root files. It helps in protecting the device from security breaches and saves you from any other vulnerability. Unlocking a bootloader has many advantages, the first is you can install a custom recovery such as TWRP or PitchBlack which then lets you install custom ROMs, root your device using Magisk, etc.
How To Unlock The Bootloader
- Xiaomi MI Account
- Take a backup of your data, applications, messages, contacts, etc. to an external source
- Type-C USB cable
- Charge your Mi CC9 above 70%
- Enable the developer’s mode on your smartphone by going to Settings > About > All specs > MIUI version (tap on it for 6-7 times until you see Developers mode turned on message).
- Turn on the OEM Unlock and USB Debugging by going to Settings > Additional Settings > Developers Options > Scroll down and search for OEM unlock and USB Debugging (enable both of them)
Step 1: We hope you have installed the drivers and MI Flash Tool on your computer/PC.
Step 2: Open the MI Flash Tool folder and run mi-flash.exe and then sign in with your MI account that is associated with your MI CC9/Mi 9 Lite.
Step 3: Now turn off your phone and press Power Button + Volume Down Button together for few seconds until you see the Fastboot Bunny Logo.
Step 4: With the help of USB Type-C Cable connect your mobile to the computer.
Step 5: On your computer, click on the Unlock button in the Mi Flash Tool interface.
Step 6: Wait for a while to complete, and once you see the message popping “Unlocked Successfully” leave your Mi CC9 to reboot.
Step 7: Once you have set up everything, enable developers mode and check the MI unlock status.
Congratulations, now you have successfully unlocked the bootloader of Mi CC9/Mi 9 Lite. The next step involves installing TWRP, which requires the computer for the last time.
What is TWRP and Why Install It?
TWRP or Team Win Recovery Project is a custom recovery for Android smartphones that helps users to install custom ROMs, kernels, patches, mods. TWRP also lets users take backups of the entire ROM and restore them when the device goes in a boot loop. TWRP also helps in upgrading to the latest Android version if there is an available update of the respective custom ROM.
How to Install TWRP on Mi CC9/Mi 9 Lite
Step 1: Download the following file and extract it on your computer.
Step 2: Open the extracted folder and run !flash.bat as administrator.
Step 3: Turn off your Mi CC9/Mi 9 Lite and press Volume Down Button + Power Button together until you see the MI Bunny Logo.
Step 4: Connect your smartphone using the USB Type-C cable to your computer and wait for the computer to detect it.
Step 5: Once the smartphone is detected, the custom recovery image will be flashed and rebooted to the TWRP recovery.
How to Root Mi CC9/Mu 9 Lite
- Download the latest Magisk Manager zip file.
- Reboot to the custom recovery menu, here we are taking TWRP as our custom recovery.
- Go to Install and select the file you download and swipe to flash.
- That’s it. You have successfully rooted Mi CC9/Mi Lite 9.