Xiaomi Mi 10 – Unlock Bootloader, Install TWRP and Root

Xiaomi Mi 10 is a flagship smartphone that meets the latest powerful hardware specifications currently on demand in the smartphone market. If you have purchased the device and want to explore more out of it, then you are in the right place. In this article, we will learn how to Unlock Bootloader on Xiaomi Mi 10 and then install TWRP custom recovery.

Xiaomi Mi 10 Unlock Bootloader

MI 10 is similar to the MI 10 Pro in many aspects, but as it uses the same Snapdragon 865 processor. The device runs on the latest MIUI 12, which is the native operating system of Xiaomi based on Android 10. We will discuss the device and how to unlock the bootloader, install TWRP, and root it with the Magisk app below.

How To Unlock Bootloader On Xiaomi Mi 10

Before we proceed to unlock the bootloader on Xiaomi Mi 10, we must first understand what it is and how it works. Below are the details of a bootloader in an Android device with the advantages and disadvantages of unlocking it.

What is a Bootloader

A bootloader is a code of a program that is required to boot an Android smartphone. This particular set of programs comes locked from the manufacturer as they do not want anyone to misuse the device and open the securities for vulnerabilities. A bootloader generally helps in keeping the device protected from getting the data stolen from another source. One must understand the benefits and drawbacks of unlocking the bootloader of an Android device before proceeding.

Benefits of Unlocking Bootloader

  • Install a custom recovery like PitchBlack, TWRP, OrangeFox, etc.
  • Flash Stock ROM or Custom ROM.
  • Format the device without any password.

Drawbacks of Unlocking Bootloader

  • The warranty is void (Xiaomi in a tweet mentioned it doesn’t)
  • There is a chance of getting your device bricked.

Prerequisites

  1. Charge your MI 10 above 50%
  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 MI 10 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 MI 10.

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.


Root Xiaomi MI 10

How To Install TWRP On Xiaomi Mi 10

What is TWRP Recovery?

TWRP or TeamWin Recovery Project is a custom recovery image for Android devices. TWRP recovery helps in flashing custom ROMs, taking backups of the ROM, restoring a system, data, Dalvik, Cache, etc.

Benefits of Unlocking Bootloader

  • Install AOSP custom ROM on MI 10.
  • Flash custom Kernels, Recoveries, etc.
  • Change/format partitions.
  • Mount system, vendor, etc.

Drawbacks of Unlocking Bootloader

  • Over the air updates of stock ROM doesn’t work anymore.
  • Chances of boot loop if the wrong file is flashed.

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.
  • Download TWRP (3.4.0.9) for MI 10 and copy it in C: Program Files (x86)Minimal ADB and Fastboot folder on your computer.

Instructions

Step 1: Turn off your Mi 10. 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, and you will get to see the following message on completion.

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 Mi 10.


How To Root Xiaomi Mi 10

  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 MI 10.

FAQ

Q. Is unlocking bootloader safe?

A. Yes!

Q. Will I lose the warranty on MI 10?

A. Unlocking bootloader or installing TWRP on MI 10 will not break the warranty of your device.

Q. Is Rooting Mi 10 legal?

A. It is your device. You can do whatever you want to do within the Law.

Q. Will my data be saved?

A. No. Unlocking the bootloader on Mi 10 will erase everything. Please take a backup to an external source.

Q. What if my device is not booting?

A. You can flash the stock ROM on your Mi 10 using the QFIL method.

Conclusion

Unlocking a bootloader on Xiaomi smartphones is similar and requires less technical skills. Once you have opened the bootloader on MI 10, you can install TWRP or any other custom recovery. With the root privileges, you can do a lot more stuff with your Xiaomi Mi 10, like installing different types of mods, games, system-wide ad-blocker, and much more.

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