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[Guide] How to unlock Xiaomi / Poco phone bootloader and flash custom ROM


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Disclaimer: Your Warranty is now VOID. I am not responsible for any dead/bricked device(s)


This is a general guide which should not differ too much on how to unlock Xiaomi devices and flashing recovery and custom ROM.


Hardware Needed:

  • Well charged Xiaomi / Poco phone (>70%)
  • Mi account
  • Working SIM Card that can receive SMS
  • Compatible USB-C Cable (if in doubt, use the factory supplied one)
  • Windows Computer (if in doubt, Windows 10)


Software Needed:


Enable Developer Options: Go to Settings > About Phone > keep tapping MIUI version until you see "developer mode is enabled"


Enable USB Debugging and OEM Unlocking: Go to Settings > Additional Settings > Developer Options > and toggle USB Debugging + OEM unlocking



Unlock Bootloader:

  • Extract the ADB USB Driver into a folder
  • Install ADB USB Driver by going to Windows Settings > search and open Device Manager > Click on your DESKTOP > Action > Add Legacy Hardware > select .inf file
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  • Reboot PC
  • Insert SIM card into phone
  • Sign in the phone to Mi Account
  • Disable Wifi and go to Developer Options > Mi Unlock Status > Add account and device
  • Open Mi Unlock Tool
  • Sign in to Mi Unlock (if normal sign in fails, use QR sign-in, and go to Xiaomi Phone > Settings > Mi Account > Scanner icon)
  • Mi Unlock tool will check whether your Mi Account has bootloader unlock permission.
  • Follow on-screen instructions: Turn off phone, press and hold Volume Down and Power button to boot into booloader mode
  • Connect the USB-C Cable
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  • Unlock the phone and wait (obviously do not disconnect or power anything until it completes)
  • First timers may fail to unlock, and required to wait 168 hours to try again
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  • Phone will reboot automatically and first boot takes a while


Flash New Recovery, Firmware and Custom ROM:

  • Download and extract firmware (if in doubt, always use latest Global + Stable)
  • Download and extract the SDK Platform Tools
  • Download and extract OrangeFox Recovery
  • Copy the recovery.img from Ofox folder to Platform tools folder like so:
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  • run command prompt (type cmd on windows search icon)
  • navigate to the platform tool folder by typing "cd c:/folder/path/here
  • type fastboot boot recovery.img
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  • turn off phone and enter fastboot mode
  • Connect the USB-C Cable to your computer
  • Orangefox will boot
  • Download the correct ROM for your phone
  • Connect the USB-C Cable to your computer
  • Power Off Tablet
  • Press and Hold Volume Up and Down buttons
  • Connect the USB-C Cable
  • Bootloader screen will appear
  • Press Volume Up button once to enter Download Mode





  • Then click START, flash will proceed (obviously do not turn off or disconnect anything until its complete)


  • Once Complete, Odin will show "PASS". and tablet will auto reboot.


  • Again with a new firmware, first boot will take a whle



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  • 4 months later...



wanted poco X4 pro, it seem like OrangeFox Recovery dont have X4 pro. so my choice will be redmi note 10pro



for the Download the correct ROM for your phone. i have to select the rom on the left? i saw there support for Redmi Note 10 Pro.


there 2 build. VANILLA build and GAPPS build? 


what the different?




2nd question: just to be sure. note 10 pro is this?





3rd question: Mi Unlock tool will check whether your Mi Account has bootloader unlock permission.

this one last time you mention need to wait 30day for them to enable the unlock?



4th question:   fastboot mode and booloader mode is the same?



5th question: Download and extract firmware (if in doubt, always use latest Global + Stable)


i saw your guide like never say where to update this


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