Officially unlock bootloader for Xiaomi or Mi devices

Jesse Han   2017.03.08 4:21   Jesse Han  

For some Xiaomi devices, such as Mi 5, Mi Note Pro, Mi 4S, Redmi Note 3, their bootloader were locked. At this point, if you want to deeply customize your Mi device, then it is not so easy.

And yet for all that, we can think about beauty itself, because the Xiaomi company has provided an official way for unlocking bootloader. So, what should we do to unlock our bootloader of Mi devices? Well, that’s why you are here.

For those who don’t know why we need a unlocked bootloader, once you unlocked bootloader, you will can fully exploit your device, such as you can install a custom Recovery like TWRP for flashing a custom Rom. But beware, if your Mi device is unlocked, you might make device can not receive the official MIUI OTA update, the guaranteed service likely can no longer be valid. In addition, your personal data will be fully delete during the unlocking bootloader.

As you may know, Xiaomi is not the only one which provides an official bootloader unlocking method, but many others are provide their own bootloader unlocking solution, such as Google, Sony, Huawei, and much more.

To unlock the bootloader of Mi devices, we will use unlock tool MiFlash Unlock, which can be downloaded from the link below.

MiFlash Unlock Download Directly

Mi Devices Unlock Bootloader (Windows)
  • On your computer, open a browser like Chrome, enter Apply for unlocking Mi devices pageUnlock.Your.Mi.Device
  • Click on Unlock Now
  • You are now in Mi Account – Sign in pageUnlock.Your.Mi.Device.Sign.Mi.Account
  • Please Sign in to your Mi Account, if you’ve not yet a Mi Account, please create it
  • You are now in Apply for permissions to unlock Mi devices pageUnlock.Your.Mi.Device.Apply.Unlock.Confirm
  • Fill in your personal details, including Name, Country or region, phone number and the reason for unlocking, check the boxes associated with the unlocking disclaim, then click on Apply Now
  • You are now in Apply for unlocking permissions page, please check your phone, you should receive a SMS with verification code sent by Xiaomi, please fill in verification code you received, then click on Next to continueUnlock.Your.Mi.Device.Apply.Unlock.confirm.code
  • You can see the new information page with Submitted. Please wait for the review, now please wait for the SMS notification about confirmation of unlock request , it may takes a couple of daysUnlock.Your.Mi.Device.Apply.Unlock.confirm.code.waiting.approve.sms 
  • Once you received SMS about permission of bootloader unlock, you can perform your bootloader unlock
  • Make sure you have install the correct Xiaomi USB driver (Xiaomi-usb-driver-MIUI-v2-1.rar, Xiaomi-Driver-MIUI-v4v5-2-2s.rar and  Android ADB Generic Setup.rar) on your computer
  • Please enable Developer Option and USB Debugging of your Mi device which will be unlocked
  • Please enable OEM unlock on your Mi device
  • Please associate your approved Mi Account by going to Settings, Additional settings, Developer option, Mi Unlock Status, Add account and device on your Mi deviceMi.Unlock.status
  • Now Power Off your Mi device
  • Boot your Mi device to Fastboot Mode by pressing Power and Volume Down buttons simultaneouslyMi.devices.fastboot.mode 
  • Unzip the MiFlash Unlock tool you downloaded, then run it by double-clicking on MiFlashUnlock.exe, please agree disclaimer by clicking on AgreeMi.Unlock.tool.Agree
  • Please Sign in to Mi Unlock tool with your Mi Account which has acquired unlocking permissionMi.Unlock.tool.Sign.in.Mi.Account      
  • At this time, connect your Mi device to computer, then click on Unlock to start your unlockingMi.Unlock.tool.Unlock.button
  • Once your unlocking is completed, you can see the information with Unlocked successfullyMi.Unlock.tool.Unlock.unlocked.successfully

Congratulations, your Mi device have been unlocked successfully!