How to Flash TWRP on Mi Max


“World’s best and most suitable custom recovery for MIUI” is the perfect term to describe TWRP. Coded, designed, and built by TeamWin developer team, TWRP has ability to create full nandroid backup as well as flashing root-only packages. It has been released officially supporting several MIUI devices but some others might require custom TWRP mod. Luckily, the TeamWin Dev Team has released official TWRP for Mi Max.

Also read : Download MIUI 8 China Dev Build v6.6.16 for Mi Max.

Do you want to try flashing TWRP v3 on Mi Max? Follow these steps below.


Before you proceed, please be aware that we hold no responsibility of any damage on your phone of the risk of following this guide. Please do not forget to create backup.


  1. Install either USB ADB Drivers or Mi PC Suite you have downloaded onto your computer. This is necessary to make sure your computer can recognize your phone.
  2. Extract the Minimal ADB Fastboot files you have downloaded. Use either Winzip or Winrar.
  3. Rename the twrp-3.0.2-0-hydrogen.img file into recovery.img.
  4. Move recovery.img file into the same folder as all extracted fastboot files.

Steps to install

Steps 1 – On your computer, through Windows Explorer, go to the folder of where recovery.img and all Fastboot files are located.

Steps 2 – Now press and hold Shift button on your keyboard and right-click anywhere inside that folder.

Steps 3 – Click “Open command window from here”.

Command Window TWRP Mi Max

Steps 4 – Now grab your phone. Reboot your Mi Max into Fastboot mode. First, turn it off completely and reboot by pressing the Power button and Volume Down (-) button simultaneously until you have seen Mi Bunny with Fastboot logo.

Steps 5 – Connect your phone to your PC while it is in Fastboot mode. Use its USB cable.

Steps 6 – Issue following command in the command prompt (CMD) window to check whether your computer can recognize your phone or cannot.

fastboot devices

You will see your device serial number indicating that your computer recognizes your device and it has a valid connection with your device. Otherwise, try reinstalling ADB USB Drivers again or Mi PC Suite.

Steps 7 – Let’s flash TWRP on Mi Max using this magic Fastboot command.

fastboot flash recovery recovery.img

The process shall take few seconds to complete.

Steps 8 – That’s it. You can give it a try. Reboot your device into TWRP directly by issuing this command :

fastboot boot recovery.img

Command above will directly take your device into TWRP. Alternatively, you can also reboot your device into normal mode first to make sure you have no issue with it, and then reboot it into recovery afterwards. Issue command below to reboot into normal mode :

fastboot reboot

Once your Mi Max reboots successfully, you can plug it off / disconnect it from computer.

The next time you wan to boot your device into TWRP recovery simply turn your device off and then press Volume Up (+) and Power buttons simultaneously.

What’s next? You can root your Mi Max by flashing SuperSU making use of TWRP.

Enjoy!.. Please do not hesitate to leave comment especially when you have tips on this guide.

  • Kay

    It is asking for Password to Decrypt Data when boot into TWRP.
    How to pass that.
    I can not see the ROM I uploaded to the phone memory.. and I can not mount it becasuse of the passowrd needed.

  • George

    will it void warranty?

  • Akshay Hosabettu

    It is asking for Password???

  • jjdhfjhsjfksjf

    I cant do this because cant load “recovery.img” help me

  • Michael Thomas

    Does this process work with a locked bootloader?