Xiaomi used to be a company that was well known for it’s open source development by the community, for the community. This mean’t that they sold all phones, and OTA updates with an unlocked bootloader. But for some strange reason Xiaomi decided to lock all their bootloaders. Maybe for security purposes as their websites states. Who knows. Whatever the case may be, IT’S A MASSIVE HEADACHE.
Why should you unlock the Bootloader?
For starters, MIUI is an extremely beautiful version of Android. But what does that mean? Well… MIUI is an extremely modified version of Google’s Android OS, meaning it’ll take more storage space, and hog your ram and CPU. So while you get a very beautiful device, you’re slowing down your device. Besides that, after you unlock your bootloader, you’re able to gain root access to your device, as well as flash custom ROMs onto your device.
YES. THATS WHAT I WANT TO DO! How do I unlock it then?
Maybe you’ll want to calm down first. This phone is probably one of the worst when it comes to unlocking the bootloader. Why? There are so many little instructions that either let you move forward or make you go back 10 steps. So, without further ado, here’s the process….
- On your phone, make sure you have developer options on, to do this, go to About Phone and click the MIUI version multiple times.
- Under developer options, make sure you have Enable OEM unlock enabled and developer options enabled.
- Create an account with Xiaomi and activate your device to it. Simple enough.
- Get permission to unlock your device from Xiaomi with the account associated with your device. You’ll need to state why you want to unlock your device.
- Wait a few minutes to a whole day. I’ve read some users say that they got approved within minutes. I personally had to wait a whole day.
- Download the Mi unlock tool.
- Launch the unlock tool.
- Log into your account, set your phone into FastBoot by turning off your phone completely, then booting it up while pressing the volume down button. Then connect your phone to your PC and continue forward with the unlock.
- Now… It will either unlock (Lucky you…) or it’ll say account not verified (Get some aspirin, you’re going to need it).
If you got your device unlocked, congrats! Now continue on to root your device, flash a custom recovery, and flash a ROM of your liking.
If you got yourself some aspirin, lets get this started.
- Make sure your computer recognizes your phone. To do this, download the Mi Suite application and make sure your device is recognized there. If not, go to Device manager on your computer, then uninstall the usb driver for the device itself. Disconnect your phone, and reconnect it. It will update itself when you plug it back in. It should be recognized now.
- Make sure in developer options, you have Enable OEM unlock on.
- If you’ve waited over 2 weeks, try contacting Xiaomi’s support line. I personally did to make sure they updated their server. I’ve read that sometimes they don’t update as quickly as they should.
- Make sure you are on the latest firmware. I was able to unlock after updating from MIUI 126.96.36.199 to MIUI 188.8.131.52.
Hope that helps!