How to fix bricked Redmi 3s on MIUI 7 / MIUI 8

Reinstalling (flashing) MIUI ROM through fastboot has been a common solution when a Xiaomi device is in soft-bricked state or in endless bootloop state. However, it could also be an utter disaster if done improperly and therefore it is a tedious task for some users who never try to install an Android ROM through Fastboot mechanism. In this article, we are going to show you a step by step tutorial on how to flash MIUI ROM on Redmi 3s / Prime even with bootloader locked and hence solving any issues of your phone. Please bear in mind that the method of reflashing Android ROM can only works fixing soft-bricked devices and NOT for hard-bricked ones. For instance, you won’t be able to use this method if your dropped your phone and it crashed which eventually it’s getting bricked.

Xiaomi Redmi 3s is also one of notable Redmi series phone due to its specs offered. The phone boasts Qualcomm MSM8937 Snapdragon 430 chipset with octacore processors, Adreno 505 GPU, 2GB RAM, 13MP main camera, 5MP front-facing camera, and also 5-inche IPS touchscreen display. On top of that, the phone is available at very affordable price tag.

Also read : Redmi 3s vs Redmi 3x – What are the differences.

Normal way to flash MIUI fastboot ROM needs a device with unlocked bootloader which can be obtained officially from Xiaomi Dev Team. Nevertheless, the permission requires few days to be granted (usually 2 weeks). Luckily, Mitch002 which is one of honorable member in MIUI community has shared a procedure to flash the ROM on device with locked bootloader. Thanks and credits belong to him.

Requirements

MIUI Fastboot ROM file always has .tgz extension NOT .zip. The one for Redmi 3S should have _land_  (codename of the phone) in part of its file name. You can download the file from one of the links below (choose which version you want):

Moreover, we really recommend you to use a computer running Windows 64-bit. Xiaomi has rolled out MiFlash Tool version 20160830 that is being said to work also on 32-bit OS. However, it should be better if you can use a 64-bit computer.

Important! Please do not attempt to follow the article at your first reading. Make sure you have read the whole article first and have understood each steps before trying to proceed. Neither Mitch002 nor XiaomiTips.com will hold responsibility of any damage that could happen on your phone.

How to Flash MIUI Fastboot ROM

Step 1 – Download and install USB ADB Driver or Mi PC Suite on your computer. Only do this if you have never done it before.

Step 2 – Disable driver 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 3 – Now install MiFlash tool onto your computer.

Step 4 – 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. Also make sure you extracted the ROM package in the C: drive and it is not inside any folder with spaces.

example – notice the space:

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

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

Step 5 – 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 Redmi 3s 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.

EDL Mode Alternative #3:

  1. Turn off your phone completely.

  2. Press Volume Up (+) and Power buttons simultaneously. This will bring your phone into Recovery Mode.

  3. You will see several options in Recovery menu. Choose “Download”

  4. Your phone should reboot into Download mode / EDL.

  5. Finally you can connect it to PC using its USB cable.

Redmi 3s Download Option

Step 6 – 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 7 – 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

*Please ignore the folder name of the ROM in the screenshot pics.

Step 8 – Next, click the “Select” button and locate the folder of where you extracted MIUI Fastboot ROM in your computer.Select-Fastboot-ROM

Step 9 – Select “Clean All” option in the button of the tool.Select-Clean-All-Flashing

Step 10 – Finally, click the “Flash” button and wait for the tool to finish its job.Flashing-MIUI-ROM-MiFlash-Beta

Step 11 – Once done, You’ll see the status displayed as “Success“.MIUI-8-Mi-Max-Flashed-Success-680x314

Step 12 – Disconnect your phone from PC and tun it on by pressing Power button until your phone vibrates and shows the familiar MIUI logo. First time booting may take longer than usual (~5 min – 10 min).Mi-Max-MIUI-8-booting

Voila! Your bricked Redmi 3S device is now fixed. Have that worked successfully for your phone? Do not hesitate to share your experience in comment section below.

Also read :

  • winkle sharma

    man you are a life saver

  • Dominik Brdar

    im stuck on step 10.
    it says ”cannot receive hello packet,MiFlash is trying to reset status”
    then after few seconds ”object reference not set to an instance of an object” and error

    • Saste

      Same here may someone help?

  • pas!

    hello.my pc cant see the phone as a port.im trying to install the driver with no luck,every time my pc says that it is better with adb driver.

    i am almost sure that i disabled signature

  • Diana S.

    Tried everything before this, and this is the only tutorial that actually worked for my Xiaomi 3s prime

    • Diana S.

      thank you so much..

  • Tomas Jonuska

    It helped me to flash miui 8 on locked Redmi 3s. Thank you very much!!!

  • Audy Agung

    my redmi 3s pro can’t boot.. i was reset aboot.mbn
    please help me

    • Bendul Bendil

      Can you fastboot?

      if you can, try the following, i believe you’re indonesian.

      1. masuk fastboot
      2. donlot rom yang depannya miui-xxx.zip
      3. ganti nama filenya dengan update.zip
      4. di fastboot ketik fastboot update update.zip

  • Peter

    Many thanks!

  • 0verseer

    What if EDL mode is not working? EDL does not work for me, it boots up Android instead and will not stay in EDL.

  • Jinendra Malekar

    Thank u so so much for helping me…
    Many Thanks…
    I have tried many things to start my phone but only this method worked.
    Again thanks a Lot.

  • Ibra Kamara (HelmontIsBack)

    it gave an error at last while flashing ’cause of a missing file but after i tried to boot it loaded with miui 8 and ’till now it’s working properly so thanks a lot man for this guide “the only guide that really works for Redmi 3S”

  • Anton Yatsushko

    hey pal, here is 100% working method how to boot into download mode if any other doesn’t work https://youtu.be/ReT0uNQtYvQ

  • Crawler

    hi, very nice article. Just one i’m missing.

    Turn off your phone completely.

    If the phone (like mine was :)) is bricked, it will always restart and not turn off completely.
    Here i found a solution. http://www.htcmania.com/showthread.php?t=1247188&page=2

    Basically push all 3 Buttons until it restarts like 3 times. Then when the mi logo disapears again, drop all 3 Buttons and the phone is completely turned off.

    • John D

      If your phone is stuck on the MI logo you can turn it off this way:

      1. Hold Volume down and Power buttons
      2. When phone vibrates let go of the power button but keep the volume down button pressed.
      3. The Phone will show fast boot logo but if you keep holding the volume down for a while longer the phone will turn off.

  • John D

    This guide works except none of the methods suggested to enter download mode worked for my soft bricked phone. I had to use a Xiaomi “Deep Flash” Cable (which I made myself) but you can easily buy one (just google it).

    Also there are some additional tips when using this Guide you should be aware of

    If you use The MIUI ROM Flashing Tool V20160830 it has all the drivers you need (especially the Qualcomm Drivers and the ADB drivers)

    You need to Disable Driver Signature Enforcement in 64 bit versions of windows 7, 8 & 10.

    If your PC has windows 8/10 and a UEFI enabled Bios, you will need to also locate and disable the secure boot setting (if enabled) in the Bios, otherwise flashing will not work.

    For more detailed information see post 16# here: http://en.miui.com/thread-311827-2-1.html

  • Sergej Stepanov

    Hi !

    I’ve got Redmi 3s, but at 1st switching on I did not get any touch screen reaction: the phone showed me the language choise… After I leaved the phone for a few hours I could get 2 touches.
    And now? The phone show me 3rd step of wizard at “choise the keyboard”, but I can get it away…
    I tried also the combination “volume up” + power button. After boot into this screen I have also no any touch screen reaction, it just doesn’t work… Can somebody help me and say me what I have to do? Or better if I just send it back to the store?
    Thanks.

  • Sim Ao

    This guide worked flawlessly on the locked Redmi 3S (ofc qualcomm edition).

    Btw, I entered EDL using the fastboot method:

    fastboot oem edl

    as described here: http://xiaomitips.com/guide/how-to-put-redmi-3-into-edl-mode/

    none of the other methods before worked.

    Thank you very much!!!

    • Shashank Singh

      i used this method it said access denied then what to do ???

  • Usman Gani Joy

    tnx a lot..u r a lifesaver sir..keep up the good work

  • Shashank Singh

    not able to enter edl mode using win 7 and while flashing its showing error https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4f84e83a90fb7737bce368f2c15800a5257a0993e2343df2a07991e5cfeb71b6.jpg