Fix Bricked Redmi Note 3 With No Unlock Permission

Redmi Note 3 Unbrick Method

Getting bootloader unlock permission needs time and sometimes you simply don’t have enough patience to wait for the official permission, especially when your device is bricked. In this tutorial, you’ll see the method of how to unbrick Redmi Note 3 (Qualcomm Snapdragon variant) event you have no permission to unlock its bootloader. One of main reasons applying for bootloader unlock permission is to unbrick your phone, but sometimes not all users have a luck gaining the permission. Therefore, simply follow steps below to fix bricked – soft brick, not hard brick – Redmi Note 3 (RN3) with locked bootloader.

Before you proceed, here are some other articles, you might need them, to enhance your knowledge about what to do with your device:

Requirements

  1. A RN3 Snapdragon variant phone;
  2. A computer runs Windows 7 or above (either PC / laptop). Make sure it is 64-bit (see System);
  3. A USB Cable: the one comes with the phone;
  4. May be a cup of coffee or tea (you choose) and some cookies.

Prerequisites

  • Download ADB Files and extract it into your computer;
  • Download Mi Flash Tool and install it;
  • Download MIUI 7.x Fastboot ROM;
  • Before you do, it is always suggested to backup your data;
  • Make sure your phone also has enough power.
  • Disable Windows Drivers Signature on your computer: you can do that by pressing Windows button + i on keyboard to reveal the Settings page. From there you can choose Update & Security >> Recovery >> Advanced startup >> Restart now. Wait a moment for your computer to restart. Next, go to Troubleshoot >> Advanced options >> Startup settings >> Restart. Once your computer restarts, now choose Disable driver signature enforcement which is option number 7. See the video below :

Flashing MIUI Fastboot ROM

One of popular method to fix bricked Xiaomi device is to flash Fastboot ROM and the way how it can be done is below – as mentioned by Muz_paray in MIUI Forum, so credits go to him.

Step 1 – Grab your RN3 Snapdragon phone on hand and put it into Download Mode – which is not the same as Fastboot mode. Follow these additional steps :

Step 1.a. – Press Volume Up (+) and Power button all together. This will bring your phone into Recovery mode.

Step 1.b. – Now connect your phone to your computer using its USB cable.

Step 1.c. – On your computer, go to the folder of where you’ve extracted fastboot files.

Step 1.d. – Hold the Shift button on keyboard >> right-click anywhere inside the folder >> then choose Open Command Prompt from here.

Step 1.e. – Now type this command on command prompt windows :

adb devices
adb reboot edl

Step 1.f. – The phone will restart and Mi Logo will appear. You’ll also hear sound of plugging device to indicate this state. Now then, type adb reboot edl again in command prompt :

adb reboot edl

Step 1.g. – That’s it. Your phone should now in Download mode.

Alternative method to put Redmi Note 3 into Download mode:

Step 1.a. – While your phone is off, press Volume Up (+) and Volume Down (-) buttons together and plug your hone into computer using its USB cable.

Step 1.b. – Your phone should now be in ADB mode. You can verify that via Device Manager in your computer and you should see something like this :

Device Manager Android detected

Step 1.c. – On your computer, go to the folder of where you’ve extracted fastboot files.

Step 1.d. – Hold the Shift button on keyboard >> right-click anywhere inside the folder >> then choose Open Command Prompt Window here.

Open Command Window ADB

Step 1.e. – Now type this command on command prompt windows :

adb devices
adb reboot edl

Reboot Download Mode MIUI

Step 1.f. – Your phone should now in Download mode indicated by the Red LED.

Step 2 – On your computer, open up Device Manager (Control Panel > System and Security > Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Device Manager) and you should now be able to see your device detected as QHUSB_BULK. Right-click on it and choose Update Driver Software.

Update Driver Software Windows

Step 3 – Choose Browse My Computer for Driver Software.

Browse for Driver

Step 4 – Now browse for the path where Xiaomi USB Drivers software is usually located. You’ll find it – most likely – in following location :

C:\Program Files (x86)\Xiaomi\MiPhone\Qualcomm\Driver

Xiaomi Driver Path

Step 5 – Windows Security will appear, just choose “Install this driver software anyway“.

Windows Security Warning

Once done, you’ll see this :

Driver Install Succesful

Step 6 – You can verify that, again, in Device Manager. You’ll see new Ports added and namely Qualcomm HS-USB.

Qualcomm USB Ports Added

Step 7 – Download latest Fastboot ROM available, or you can simply use this MIUI v7.1.8.0.LHOMICL. Please remember that Fastboot ROM always has .tgz or .tar extension, not .zip.

Download MIUI 7.1.8.0 Fastboot ROM

Step 8 – Extract that ROM file in your computer using WinRAR. Warning: make sure it is located in a folder with no space(s) in its name. For example, it is recommended to put it in following location: C:\ROM\MIUI or something like this

2016-04-04_185543

Step 9 – Now launch up MiFlash Tool then click on the Browse button.

Browse MiFlash Tool

Step 10 – Then select the location of where you’ve extracted the Fastboot ROM file:

Choose MIUI Image Location

Do not choose the images folder.

Step 11 – Now press F5 or simply click the Refresh button.

Refresh Button Mi Flash

Step 12 – Your device should now appear in the tool. Now make sure you choose the Flash All option.

Flash All Option

Step 13 – Finally, click on the Flash button to start the flashing process.

Flash Started

Step 14 – Just wait till the process completes and is indicated with the message saying “The operation completed successfully…

Flashing Process Complete

Step 15 – Now disconnect your phone from computer press the Power button till it vibrates. Your RN3 phone will now start, just wait till it boots completely. The initial booting process should take longer than usual (around 10 minutes).

That’s all and congratulation.

Most common trouble

Some users reported following error happened :

The system can not find the file specified (0x80070002: Max buffer sector is 256)

as shown below :

flashing error

Here’s how to fix that error :

Step 1Download flash_all.bat and rawprogram0.xml, extract it and use it to replace the ones in the folder of where you’ve extracted the ROM.

Step 2 – Now repeat from Step 8 above.

That’s all guys. I hope you can follow the steps correctly so you can unbrick your phone. The method above is only one of available methods. However, if following above still get you no luck, I suggest you to follow another method : Unbrick Redmi Note 3 using Mi PC Suite. Anyway, do not hesitate to share your experience below..

  • Hibjur Rahaman

    I can’t get this done bro. help me.

  • Nitesh Kumar Bikkumalla

    Bro mi flash says that storage is unavailable

    • Amit Raha

      Bro use latest version of Mi Flash (I used 2016.04.01.0(64bit) )

  • Daniel Eluvathingal

    May i know what you changed on the file? Mine is 2gb ram snapdragon variant..

    • farieznur

      which file? Redmi Note 3 Snapdragon is also Kenzo 🙂

  • Amit Raha

    after flashing in this method, the phone still remain as before. Please give me a solution. Thanks in advance.

  • wenura

    Thank you it worked bout I took about a hour to complete

  • Ravi Teja

    can you help my device is locked and fastboot is only working con’t on device redmi note 3

  • MMXTips

    Hi Fariez, everyone,
    I softbricked my phone when loading new ROM. Believe I had loaded the wrong version ROM (SnapDraggon vs Helio)… it did not complain, but stopped at 3% download. Then, black screen with red slow blinking LED until battery goes flat. If I try powering it up again after a charge, same thing… blinking LED until battery fully discharged.

    I am unable to load another ROM because is only is recognized in “Diagnostic” Mode, and not QDLoader. I am unable to get it back into QDLoader.
    Tried all the recommendations I could find around the web, with no luck.
    Does anyone have a fail proof method to gain QDLoader mode from this Diagnostic ‘stuck’ mode?

    Thanks in advance.