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How to Fix Bricked Mi Max on MIUI 8 with Locked Bootloader

miui 8 mi max flashing

For whatever the reason is, there is always a possibility that your Xiaomi device becomes bricked or may be in the bootloop state making it unusable unless your bring it to life again. There might be many ways to fix it but the one and the finest solution is by reinstalling its OS which in this case is the MIUI ROM. In many cases, reflashing MIUI ROM on your phone can be the first possible solution when your phone is bricked (as long as not a hard bricked). Softbrick is a state when your Android device is damaged in terms of its software and not hardware.

This article will show you a step by step guide on how to fix Mi Max either 32GB (Hydrogen) or 64GB/128GB (Helium) variant by reflashing MIUI 8. This method works on both locked and unlocked bootloader.

Usually we always suggest you to firstly take backup before flashing but you can’t do that in the case of a bricked device. Hence, we can only pray that you created a backup before your device got bricked. You should take regular backup of your phone whenever possible as a precaution if such situation happens. Backing up all important data and files from your phone is really a good practice.

Requirements

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Credits and thanks belong to Mitch002, a super cool moderator of MIUI community.

How to Flash

Step 1 – Disable Windows Drivers Signature Enforcement on your computer. How to do it? Simply follow these sequence. 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 for more details :

Step 2 – Now install MiFlash tool onto your computer.

Step 3 – Extract the MIUI Fastboot ROM (.tgz) you have downloaded. Use either WinRAR or 7ZIP to extract it. Make sure you have all the files and and the images folder. Make sure you extracted the ROM package in the C: drive and it is not inside any folder with spaces.

Example:

Correct one:
C:\Fariez\MIUI\helium_images.....

Wrong:
C:\Fariez\MIUI ROM\helium_images.....

Step 4 – Now you have to firstly boot your phone into Emergency Download Mode (EDL Mode). You can read and follow my previous guide : How to put Mi Max into EDL mode. Alternatively, you can also try this one :

  1. Turn off your phone completely.
  2. Launch up Mi Flash Beta on your computer.
  3. Plugin the USB cable into your computer main USB port. It means if you are using PC then the USB port is in the back of your PC (the one attached directly to the motherboard).
  4. Now grab your phone.
  5. Press and hold Volume Up (+) as well as Volume Down (-) buttons all together and then plugin another end of the USB cable to your phone while the buttons are still pressed. Alternatively if that also didn’t work: Press and hold Volume Up + Volume Down + Power buttons all together, connect it to USB cable (which still connected to PC), and then release the Power button at the first vibration. Wait for the device to vibrate for the second time and release both Volume buttons.

EDL Mode Alternative #2:

  1. Turn off your phone completely.
  2. Connect your phone to PC while it is off – use its USB cable to connect it to computer.
  3. Press and hold Volume Up (+) and Power button together.
  4. The screen will be blank. Just let it be.

Step 5 – Install Qualcomm QDLoader driver you have downloaded before. You can read our previous guide on how to install Qualcomm QDloader driver. Alternatively, you may follow this short sequence:

  1. Open Windows Device Manager.
  2. Look for your phone in Device Manager. It should be displayed as QHUSB_BULK under the COM Ports section.
  3. Right-click on it and choose “Update Drivers”
  4. Choose “Browse My Computer for Driver Software”
  5. Go to following path : C: \ Program Files (x86) \ Xiaomi \ MiPhone \ Qualcomm \ Driver
  6. Choose “Install this Driver Software anyway”

Once done, it should be displayed similar to this:

qualcomm HS USB Loader

Step 6 – Assuming your phone is now in EDL mode and it is connected to computer, open up Mi Flash tool and then click the “Refresh” button. Your device should be displayed in the list of connected device. It will be recognized as COM3 or COM4.

Refresh Device MiFlash

Step 7 – Next, click the “Select” button and locate the folder of where you extracted MIUI Fastboot ROM in your computer.

Select Fastboot ROM

Step 8 – Select “Clean All” option in the button of the tool.

Select Clean All Flashing

Step 9 – Finally, click the “Flash” button and wait for the tool to finish its job.

Flashing MIUI ROM MiFlash Beta

Step 10 – Once done, You’ll see the status displayed as “Success“.

MIUI 8 Mi Max Flashed Success

Step 11 – Disconnect your phone from PC and tun it on by pressing Power button until your phone vibrates and shows the familiar MIUI 8 logo. First time booting may take longer than usual (~5 min – 10 min).

Mi Max MIUI 8 booting

Voila! Your bricked Mi Max device is now fixed and it is running MIUI 8. Have that worked successfully for your Mi Max? Do not hesitate to share your experience in below comment section.

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  • Asri Ahmad

    its work thank you

  • Ilari Järvinen

    This would have been the perfect solution for my situation, but every time I try to start flashing, I get “Error: Can not read from port” in MiFlash after a few seconds. Any advice, ideas, maybe even a solution? 🙁