How To Install Custom MIUI ROM On Xiaomi Mobiles

One thing you should bear in mind is that the Xiaomi brand provides affordable devices that come with updated specifications. Little wonder why it is among the best-selling mobile brand out there.

Nevertheless, some users claim not to like Xiaomi as a result of their Android skin. This means that most of these users of Xiaomi smartphones are running a forked version of Android called the Mi User interface.

Aside from its Android skin, Xiaomi is known to gift its users some oblivious ads in the MIUI apps. Note that, they cannot be removed except you pass through some conventional means.

In all, we will give you a step-by-step process on how you can install custom ROMs on your Xiaomi devices when trying to get rid of the Mi User Interface.

How To Install ROM On Xiaomi?

Before we delve into installing ROM on Xiaomi, it is best to have an idea of what the custom ROM entail.

For those unaware, the ROM is an upgraded version of Android. Differing from the stock Android in those popular phones, the ROM provides a large number of customizations.

With it, you will be able to change your phone’s theme, get swift Android updates, and so much more.

However, making this installation on Xiaomi is a challenging feat because it comes with diverse risks. These risks are unresponsiveness plus even having a bricked device. But, if you want to go ahead with this, your phone should be backed up using the Xiaomi cloud or any third-party applications.

The steps to follow in installing ROM on Xiaomi are

1.         Unlock the device’s bootloader

This is an obvious first step even though Xiaomi has one of the most irksome u locking procedures. This means that you will have to go through an agonizing wait before the device will let you unlock your bootloader.

Nevertheless, you just need to simply turn your Find My Device on. It is located under your Mi account > Mi cloud. Then, move to the Mi unlock status that is in the developers’ settings and tap on the add account and device button.

From there, turn on your USB debugging in the developer settings, from here, you are to login into your Mi unlock tool application that is installed on your computer.

Finally, connect your device to the computer and begin the unlocking process. If it all goes well, the Mi unlock tool will finally show you an error that says that you could not unlock and you are to wait for one hundred and sixty-eight hours.

This means that you will have to wait for your Xiaomi phone to process your request and try again.

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2.         Proceed to install a custom recovery

The majority of Android devices out there usually come fitted with the Android recovery. The recovery is practically a tiny LinuxOS that allows users to carry out diverse tasks.

These tasks include faculty resetting your device, installation of a custom image, and much more. Nevertheless, the pre-installed Android recovery limits users to perform actions that will disrupt the working of their devices.

If you want to install a Custom Recovery on your Xiaomi device then you should proceed to download an android SDK, then install it on your computer. From this point, go to the start button and open the command line or CMD.

You are to power off your device. Then, position your fingers on the power button and volume down button in a bid to get into the FastBoot mode of your device. From here, connect your device to your PC with the aid of your USB cable.

Then, go back to the CMD window, type FastBoot devices press the enter button. Since you will need to download a custom recovery image for your phone, you are to copy the file to your ADB source folder.

At this point, you are to type: “FastBoot flash recovery (name of your downloaded file).img”, before finally pressing the enter button. 

Then hold the power button and volume up button simultaneously to disconnect your device and boot it up to the recovery mode. If you face any error like you could not load the file, it means you did not copy the recovery file to the original ADB folder.

3.         Installation of Custom ROM

Before moving on, it is best to understand that the installation of Custom ROM will void the warranty of your smartphone.

Nevertheless, you can get it restored by installing the initial or original MIUI ROM and even restoring the MIUI recovery on your device. You can install the ROM by downloading the Custom ROM specifically for your phone.

Then, embark on transferring g the file to the I ternary storage of your device with the help of your USB cable. The next thing to do is to boot your device to the Custom recovery.

You are to do this by pushing the volume up and power button together at once. Then, try navigating to the zip file on your custom recovery, and begin the installation.

Immediately you are done with the process, wipe your data and cache on the device, then reboot.


Note that, each custom recovery provides a different layout. But, you are going to find the settings we have mentioned in this article in almost all of them.

More so, if the custom ROM does not come with GApps, you are to download the zip file and then, install Google Applications using the method we have outlined. But you will not have to wipe your data and cache this time around.

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