Xiaomi Mi 5: How to Unlock Bootloader

Xiaomi Mi 5 is the flagship phone from the famous Chinese brand, Xiaomi. Xiaomi is known for its state of the art phones at affordable prices. I personally love Xiaomi and prefer it over most of the phones brands. There are a lot of custom ROMs available for Xiaomi Mi5 but you to install them, you need to unlock bootloader first. This post has all the instructions and files needed for you to unlock the bootloader on Xiaomi Mi5. We will be using the official Mi Flash Unlock tool for this tutorial.

There are many benefits of unlocking the bootloader on your device. It opens doors to the system files and then you can install a custom recovery. It then enables you to root your phone and install custom ROMs on your device. Custom ROMS are fun and some of them provide some exciting features that the stock ROM does not.

Xiaomi Mi 5

Disclaimer: All the tools, mods or ROMs mentioned below belong to their respective owners/developers. We (TeamAndroid.com) or the developers are not to be held responsible if you damage or brick your device. We don’t have you on gun point to try out this tutorial 😉

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Xiaomi Mi 5 USB Drivers

You will need to connect your Android phone with the computer. For that, please make sure you have installed the USB drivers for properly. If not, you can download the latest Huawei official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download Xiaomi Mi 5 USB drivers!

Backup and Other Important Tips

Done with the USB drivers? Perfect. The tutorial is on the next page, but first, please take a look at the following tips and important points you need to take care of. These are important, as we don’t want anyone losing their personal data or apps:

Always backup your important data that you might need after you install a new custom ROM, an official software update or anything else. Make a backup for just in case, you never know when anything might go wrong. See below for some tips on how to backup data:

If you already have a custom recovery (ClockworkMod, TWRP etc.) installed on your phone, we strongly recommend a backup using that as it creates a complete image of your existing phone / phone set up.

A few more optional tips that you should remember:

1. Having problems connecting your Android phone to the computer? You need to enable USB debugging mode. See here: How to Enable USB Debugging — for Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat, Lollipop, Marshmallow and Nougat.

2. Make sure your Android device is charged up to 80-85% battery level. This might help you: How to Check Battery Percentage. Why? Because, if your phone goes off suddenly while installing a custom ROM, flashing an official firmware update or installing mods etc. — your phone might get bricked or go dead permanently. No one wants that, right?

3. Most of the tutorials and how-to guides on Team Android are for factory unlocked Android phones and phones. We recommend not to try our guides if your phone is locked to a carrier, unless we have specified the carrier name or device model.

4. [IMPORTANT] Copy all the backup files from your SD card to your computer as internal memory will be wiped clean while unlocking the bootloader.

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If you are a developer and would want to unlock the bootloader, we recommend doing that before you set up the Google Play Store, install apps or anything because the security feature in Android clears out everything from your phone when unlocking bootloader of the phone.

Now, let’s proceed with the tutorial below to unlock Xiaomi Mi 5 bootloader.

How to: Unlock Bootloader on Xiaomi Mi 5

Here is the complete and easy guide to unlock bootloader on Xiaomi Mi 5. We’d recommend you to first go through all steps before actually performing it on your Xiaomi Mi5 phone.

Step 1 – Download Mi Flash Unlock Tool

Step 2 – Extract the folder on your desktop and open the .exe file. (MiFlashUnlock.exe)

Xiaomi Mi Unlock Tool

Step 3 – Create a Mi account if you don’t have already.

Step 4 – Login with your Mi account you just created.

Step 5 – Now the unlock process will start on your phone automatically and you’ll receive the message “You don’t have the permission to Unlock the device”.

Step 6 – Click on “Go” button or go to this link to get the unlock permission.

Step 7 – Now click on “Unlock Now” button and login with your Mi account you just created.

Unlock Bootloader

Step-8 – Now wait until you get an OTP (one-time password) on your phone. It may take up to several days till you get the SMS. (Most of the time the SMS arrives in just a few hours).

Step-9 – Now open the MI Flash Tool again on your computer and this time you’ll have the permission to unlock your Xiaomi Mi 5.

Step-10 – Unlock your Xiaomi Mi 5 using the unlock tool.

That’s it, the bootloader of your Xiaomi Mi 5 is now unlocked. You can now install a custom recovery like TWRP and enjoy custom ROMs on your phone.

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Uzair Khalid
Uzair has been very tech savy and an enthusiast since childhood. An Android geek, a passionate writer for all things technology and a Computer Science graduate.
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