Highlights

  • Mi MAX, Mi 5 and Mi Max 2 get the update in the second phase
  • MIUI 9 is based on Android Nougat
  • Backing up your data is strongly recommended

The Best version of next iteration of Xiaomi’s Android skin, MIUI 9 Global ROMs has been rolled out by the Chinese smartphone and electronics manufacturer for the second batch of devices. The second batch to receive the Beta update include Mi Mix, Mi Note 2, Mi 5, Mi 5s, Mi 5s Plus, Mi Max 2, Mi Max, Redmi 4, Redmi 4X. It is to be noted that this is the Global Beta ROM and not the stable build, so there are potential risks involved with installing it.

The Redmi Note 4 that features Qualcomm Snapdragon processor was the first to receive the Global MIUI 9 Beta, which runs on Android Nougat in India. However, the smartphones like Mi MAX, Mi 5 and Mi Max 2 in India which did not receive beta update in the first phase, have now received the update in the second phase.

This is the beta version of the new MIUI and there are potential issues and risks associated with it, so it is better to wait for the stable version of UI is rolled out. If you do not to wait and get through with it, it is recommended to back-up your data completely.

MIUI 9

Since it is a beta build you will not find it in the Update section in your smartphone’s settings and will have to manually download it from MIUI blog and install the new OS. Interested users can visit the blog post to download the Global Beta ROMs for their devices. Once you have located your device on the website, find the right ROM.

The Xiaomi says users should flash via Flashboot update, rather than the Recovery method, which can cause failure, in case you are moving from stable ROM to MIUI Developer ROM based on Android N. Users will have to unlock the bootloader for Fastboot options.

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In order to unlock the bootloader, users will to send a request to the company for unlocking, which can be done via en.miui.com/unlock for English site. Users are required to submit an application for unlocking and you have to explain the reason for unlocking. The bootloader should then be unlocked after a period not exceeding 10 days.

After the device bootloader has been unblocked from company’s end, users can install the new update. For doing so, users can download and install MIUI ROM flashing tool first on their phone. After installing flashing tool, just power off the device and press the volume down key and power button at the same time to enter the Fastboot mode.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Front

Once the device enters the Fastboot mode, users need to connect the device to a PC. Now, open the downloaded ROM file on your PC and decompress it. Now, decompress the MIUI ROM flashing tool and double click on it to install. Once the tool is installed, the user will need to open MiFlash.exe and then it should be pasted into the address bar where the user has copied the ROM file folder path.

Users will then have to click on the first button circled out in yellow to refresh, after which MiFlash should automatically recognise the Xiaomi device. Now, click on the button on red to flash the ROM file to the device. The progress bar should then turn green after the ROM has been successfully installed. The phone should now boot into MIUI 9.

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