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In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to unlock the bootloader of Xiaomi phones with the Mi Flash Tool, which is officially provided by Xiaomi.

Enthusiasm for Xiaomi products is increasing day by day worldwide. After the great success of Xiaomi Redmi Note 3. They expand their market worldwide with the latest and most innovative products.

Unlock bootloader

Xiaomi smartphones are popular all over the world because of their excellent specification, performance, quality builds and their pricing. The main reason for the popularity is also MIUI OS, which is very customizable and user-friendly.

For safety reasons, Xiaomi devices now come with locked bootloaders. In this post we will talk about it. From now on all Xiaomi smartphones will ship with a locked bootloader.

And to unlock the boot loader, we need to follow a few steps with Xiaomi’s permission. We must first request the sharing privilege of the bootloader, then we can unlock the bootloader with Mi Flash Unlock Tool.

Why is Xiaomi blocking bootloader?

Why is Xiaomi doing that? For security. You wanted to ensure the security of the device if your device is lost or stolen by someone.

When the bootloader is locked, this user can not use custom ROMs to use your device. That’s why Xiaomi locks the bootloaders of their upcoming phones.

For this reason, Xiaomi locks up bootloader of their future cell phones.

What is unlocking the bootloader?

It’s a process of unlocking the bootloader that lets you make changes to your Android device. By unlocking your bootloader, you can flash custom ROMs, install custom restorations, grant root access, and more.

For Xiaomi Phone you can unlock Bootloader via Mi Flash Unlock Toolkit. This process works successfully on the devices like Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, Xiaomi Mi 4C, Mi Note Pro, Mi 4S, Mi 5, Redmi 3, Xiaomi Mi 5C and upcoming smartphones.

Important notes :

  • Unlocking the bootloader will void the warranty.
  • We are not responsible for any damages.
  • This method only applies to Xiaomi phones. Do not try this method on other phones.

Requirements :

  1. Make sure that you have performed a full backup of your device to avoid data loss during the unlock process.
  2. Install the Xiaomi USB drivers on your computer.
  3. Enable USB debugging on your Xiaomi phones.
  4. Also make sure that you are on the Official MIUI ROM to unlock.

To unlock the bootloader of Xiaomi phones

The bootloader unlock process is divided into two steps. First, you must request unlock privileges and then run the bootloader unlock process in fastboot mode.

1. Request unlock permissions

1) Apply for unlock permissions. Go to the Unlock Request page. Press the Unlock Now button.

to promote Xiaomi unlock

2) On the next page you must log in with your Mi account. If you do not have a Mi account, please create a new one, but make sure you sign in with the same account on the device and the Mi Flash Unlock Tool.

Sign in to Xiaomi devices

3) After logging in, you must complete the form with the right reason to unlock your device. You can choose any reason as follows.

4) My device is stuck at Logo.

5) My Xiaomi phone is always restarted.

6) You can choose another reason

to apply for authorization to unlock

7) Enter your name.

8) Select country.

9) Enter your mobile phone number.

10) Now write a suitable reason for unlocking the bootloader. Do not copy and paste from anywhere else.

11) Fill out the captcha code.

12) Accept the disclaimer.

13) Finally press the Apply Now button.

14) On the next page you have to stop the mobile verification. Enter the code you received on your phone and click Next. If you have not received, use the Resend button to receive your verification code.

Unlock SMS verification

You will have to wait a few days for unlocking which you will receive approval notification on your mobile via sms.

last step of the application

It can take more than ten days. So please be patient!

After getting SMS next step is to unlock bootloader with Xiaomi Mi Flash tool.

2. Bootloader Unlock Process with Mi-Flash Unlock Tool

Requirements for the unlock process :

  • Download Mi Flash Unlock Tool first.
  • Make sure that USB debugging is enabled on your device. If not, go to Settings> About Device tap MIUI Version 7-8. Select Settings> More Settings> Developer Options and enable USB debugging from this option. Also, enable OEM Unlock from these settings.
  • Install the correct USB drivers for your Xiaomi phone. (Download Xiaomi USB driver)
  • Back up your data to avoid data loss.
  • Log in to your Mi account.

Steps to Unlock Xiaomi Mobile Bootloader :

1) Download and extract Mi Flash Unlock Tool on your computer. After extraction, run this program.

Start Mi-Flash Unlock Tool

2) After opening, a popup will appear prompting you to accept the disclaimer. Click “Agree” for the next one.

Accept disclaimer

3) Now you have to log in your Mi account with this tool. Sign in with the same account you used for the unlock request and log in to your current device that you want to unlock.

Log in to Mi account

4) After successful login it will be displayed that your device is not connected. Now you need to connect Xiaomi smartphone to go further.

Connect device with Mi-Flash Unlock Tool

5) Connect your device in Fastboot mode with USB to PC. To connect your device in Fastboot mode, turn off your device and use the Power + Volume down key to boot into Fastboot mode.

6) Press the unlock key in the Mi Flash Unlock Tool. The bootloader unlock process is started.

Press the unlock key

7) This process takes 2-3 minutes to complete the unlocking of your device. After successfully unlocking a device, a success message will be displayed in the application.

successfully unlock

After successfully unlocking your device Press Restart to start your phone regularly. Now, with your bootloader unlocked, you can root your device, install custom flash or fastboot ROMs, install custom recovery programs, and so on.

After successfully unlocking your device Press Restart to start your phone regularly. Now, with your bootloader unlocked, you can root your device, install custom flash or fastboot ROMs, install custom recovery programs, and so on.

Encrypt bootloader again after unlocking?

After unlocking, you can lock your bootloader again by lighting only official MIUI ROMs. My recommendation is to use official MIUI ROMs. Many custom ROMs have bugs in their system.

PS: If you can not verify a device failure, please wait three to four days after receiving the unlock request approval message.

How to fix could not verify device error? How do I fix 50%?

Below is the ultimate guide to fixing “Device Error Could Not Be Verified” or Fixed at 50%.

Solution : Unlocking the bootloader stays at 50% & problem “Could not verify device error”

This is the most common problem that Xiaomi users face when unlocking the bootloader. To unlock the bootloader, you need to fully activate your Mi account in your phone.

1) Open the Mi account app or go to the Mi account settings. Sign in now with the same account you used to grant Unlock permission.

2) From PC, open a browser and browse the website ( https : // i . Mi . Com / ) Log on to the same Mi account.

Log in to Mi-Cloud account

3) After successful login you will find the connected devices to your account. Now click on “Find my device” to find your device. Then your Mi account will be activated, wait 1-2 days.

4) Open the Mi-Flash Unlock Tool. Log in with the same account and press the unlock key.

FAQ Information about unlocking the bootloader

1) Which devices are locked and can be unlocked with the Mi Flash Unlock Tool?

Answers : The device like Mi 4C, Redmi Note 3, Redmi Note 4, Mi Note Pro, Mi 4S, Mi 5, Redmi 3, Xiaomi Mi 6/8 and so on, which are shipped with the locked bootloader, can use this tool be unlocked.

2) What changes after unlocking the bootloader?

Unlocking the bootloader can lead to data loss.

Normal OTA updates are not affected.

The recovery mode changes during the upgrade, the recovery requires the Mi PC Suite.

Some functions may not work, but do not worry about it.

3) Xiaomi does not approve my unlock request?

Reply. If it takes more than 15 days, you can re-apply to unlock the request or go to the MIUI Forum and post your request there.

Other unofficial methods are also available to unlock the bootloader without permissions. You can also try them.

4) Can I access the restore after unlocking the bootloader?

Reply. No. You can not access Inventory Mi restore, but you can flash and access custom restorations such as TWRP or CWM Recovery.

5) The error “Current account is different from the account information on the device”?

Answer. Make sure you used the same account to unlock the request and signed in to the same account on this device. If you continue to experience this error, try again after a few days.


Unlocking bootloaders from Xiaomi devices is not a difficult task. But just unlock them if you know about custom ROMs, root, restores, and so on. This was the easiest way to unlock the bootloader from any Xiaomi Phone.

This problem can lead to pinning of your device or loss of your important data, etc.

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