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[Official] How To Unlock Bootloader On Xiaomi Smartphones

If you are planning to unlock bootloader on Xiaomi Smartphone that you own, then you are in the right place. In this article, we will guide you to unlock the bootloader of any Xiaomi device from the Note series to the Redmi series.

Xiaomi smartphones are budget-friendly as well as user-friendly and bring us the satisfaction that a user wants. Many users wish to unlock bootloaders on their Xiaomi smartphone and explore more out of the products. Xiaomi is one of the companies that permit to unlock the bootloader of its devices to almost everyone. It has made unlocking the bootloaders easy for both technical and non-technical users.

Unlock Bootloader On Xiaomi Smartphone

What is a Bootloader?

A bootloader in layman’s term is a software that runs before the phone starts up. It is the liaison between the phone and the hardware that tells the phone which programs to load. Hence, the bootloader starts the Android operating system when you press the power button on your phone. Due to the security of the bootloader, many manufacturers lock it so that no one breaches.

Bootloaders also help in starting up the recovery mode, fast boot mode, etc. Recovery mode is the piece of code in the Android smartphone that can rewrite the Android operating system. In a certain, the bootloader is the essential part of the Android smartphone, which helps in loading both of these Softwares at a time. If the bootloader doesn’t execute the set of programs, then the phone becomes useless.

Why Unlock Bootloader?

Bootloaders are locked to keep the security of the phone intact, and no other operating system can be loaded apart from the one that the manufacturer has shipped. When the bootloader is unlocked, then the user can install a custom recovery such as TWRP (widely used) that lets users to flash custom ROMs, mods, patches, kernels, etc. 

Once you unlock bootloader on Xiaomi smartphone, then you can install an operating system of your choice such as LineageOS, Pixel Experience, Resurrection Remix, etc. that provide efficient performance and stability over the stock MIUI operating system provided by Xiaomi.

Advantages of Unlocking Bootloader

  • Flash various types of custom ROM.
  • Flash custom Kernels.
  • Root your Xiaomi device.
  • Create F2Fs partitions.
  • Take backup of ROM.

Disadvantages of Unlocking Bootloader

  • Warranty is Void; however, Xiaomi, on a recent tweet reply to a customer, mentioned that if your device is running on a custom ROM other than MIUI and the device is bricked, then the warranty is void.
  • You cannot relock the bootloader.

How To Unlock Bootloader on Xiaomi Smartphones?

Unlocking any Xiaomi device is the same and requires a computer that is mandatory in the unlocking process. Check out the prerequisites below before Unlocking your Xiaomi smartphone.


  • Battery must be charged above 50%
  • Take a backup of your files, data, media, etc. When you unlock bootloader on the Xiaomi smartphone, it erases everything.
  • USB data cable.
  • Computer with Xiaomi drivers installed.
  • MI Account logged in your Xiaomi smartphone.



Step 1: Extract the MI Unlock Tool and the Drivers for Windows on your computer.

Step 2: Install the drivers on your computer.

Step 3: Enable USB Debugging and OEM Unlock on your Xiaomi smartphone:

  • Go to the Settings > About > All specs > tap on MIUI version 5-8 times. You will get a message “Developer mode enabled.”

Xiaomi Developers Mode

  • Now go back to Settings > Additional Settings > Developer Options > Enable OEM unlock and USB Debugging.

Enable OEM and USB Debugging

Step 4: On your computer, open/run miflash_unlock.exe from the extracted MI Unlock Tool folder.

Step 5: Log in to your MI account, which is associated with your Xiaomi smartphone.

Step 6: Turn off your device and press the Power button + Volume down button together for a few seconds until you see a bunny on the mobile screen.

Step 7: Now connect your device to your computer using the USB Data cable.

Step 8: Once your device is detected on the Mi Unlock Tool, click on Unlock and wait for the process to complete.

Congratulations! You have successfully unlocked the bootloader.

On many Xiaomi devices the first unlocking request takes time from 3 days to 15 days depending upon the device model. You will be notified of the same on the Mi Unlock Tool interface.


The process to unlock bootloader on Xiaomi smartphone are the same and takes just 10 minutes. While a locked bootloader is secured and still lets you get the OTA updates provided by the company. However, we would suggest you to unlock the bootloader only if you are planning to install a custom ROM or root your device.

List of Xiaomi Devices That Can Be Unlocked

Note Series:

Redmi Series:

Mi Series:

Other Series:

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