Good news! If you are the proud owner of the brand new Xiaomi Mi Max MIUI 8 phablet, there is now an easily available option to help you gain root access to your new smartphone, giving you the freedom you need to customize it for yourself.
The option is available thanks to Team Win – they are an open source community project which is helping people to customize their own Android phones. They have made their latest recovery support option – TWRP 3.0.0 – available for the Xiamoi Mi Max MIUI 8.
The support option can then be used to enable you to get root access.
So Why Would You Want Root Access to Your Phone?
As an Android phone owner you are only permitted to do certain things within your phone. The same applies to any applications which you download to your phone. However, if you create a root user, this kind of user is allowed to do anything to any file within the mobile phone system.
When your Android phone is rooted you are putting back a Linux function that had been taken out. It involves putting a file called su – which stands for Switch User – into the phone system. This uses your own details and basically upgrades you to become a super user. It gives you total control including the ability to add, delete and access any functions.
Setting up a root user means you now have the power to uninstall applications which were included within the phone when you bought it. Basically, rooting your phone means you can do whatever you want.
What to Think About Before Rooting Your Xoaimi Mi Max
While it sounds like an amazing opportunity to gain control over your Android phone and make it your own, there are a number of things to take into consideration.
The key thing to realize is that it will change the built in security within the phone. Full administration rights were not included by the Android phone builders deliberately and as soon as you include this, you become responsible for the phone’s security, including all of the apps and its operating system.
Some apps won’t work on a rooted phone because of the security risks associated with it, for example, most banking apps and some television streaming apps won’t give you access via a rooted phone.
It is important to learn as much as you can before you root. If you don’t do your research, you could end up destroying your brand new phone and rendering it completely useless.
Another thing to consider is that rooting your phone will make your warranty completely invalid. It will also be worth checking on your phone insurance policy as well.
It’s worth considering all the issues before making the decision to root your phone as there are actually many options available to customize your Xiaomi phone which don’t involve going down the rooting road.
It is possible to change the way the phone looks and works and to download apps for anything, just by using the internet, without accessing the root, so it’s important to take all of the risks into consideration first.
I’ve Considered All the Risks and I Still Want to Root My Mi Max Phone – What Do I Do Next?
Right, if you’ve made the decision and it’s really what you want to do then you will be pleased to know that the TWRP recovery system can be downloaded easily, which will then enable you to install the SU file you need to gain root access.
If you do have any concerns or questions throughout the process, you can go to Team Win for help as they also offer support with an online community of people available to answer queries and offer advice.
Preparation Phase – Root And Install TWRP Recovery
There are a number of stages which need to be followed now for the process to begin. Firstly, there is the preparation phase to make sure your phone is ready and the files you require are downloaded onto your PC:
- You Need to Download The ADB and The Fastboot Drivers onto Your Computer
It’s easy – just do a simple Google search and numerous sites offering free driver downloads for ADB and Fastboot will appear – downloading both of these to your PC is the first stage you need to complete before starting the rest of the process.
- Unlock The Bootloader of Your Xiaomi Mi Max
Hang on; what is a bootloader I hear you cry! So, in a nutshell the bootloader is the code which is executed before any Operating System starts to run. Every Android phone has a bootloader which is what instructs the operating system to boot up. It is usually locked because the phone creators don’t want you to change their regular Android OS system.
Therefore, the first step is to always unlock the bootloader. Unlocking it will enable you to install custom software and to change what you want to on your Android phone. For your particular Xiaomi device, you can use the Mi Flash unlock tool. Please follow the instructions carefully because failing to unlock properly could damage the phone.
Follow these guidelines to unlock your bootloader:
Perform a backup of all your important data including messages, contact details, pictures, videos and app information
Install the Xiaomi USB Drivers on your computer to connect it to your phone
Enable USB Debugging mode on your Xiaomi device
Make sure the phone battery is charged to at least 70%
Download the Mi Flash tool onto your PC
Open the Mi Flash tool. Either create a new account or sign in
Click on Go > Unlock Now and then you will need to sign in again
Fill in the form which appears and then click Apply Now
After you have applied, you need to wait for a text message to come through
The text should arrive in about 3-21 days and will give you a verification code
Type the code into the computer and then press “Next”. You will need to wait until official permission is granted before moving forward in the process.
- Once you have permission, turn off your phone and press the Volume Down and the Power button together, and then connect the phone to the computer via a USB cable.
- Within the MI Flash tool, click on ‘Unlock’. This process can take up to 20 seconds
Disclaimer: If you decide to perform a bootloader unlock it will make your phone warranty void and could damage your phone. The author of the article cannot be held responsible for any damage caused to the phone.
Download The Supersu File From This Link And Save It Onto Your Mobile Phone’s SD Card
The Super Su file is the Switch User file which will take your credentials and upgrade you from a regular admin to the super user status which you need to take over total control of your Android handset.
Click On This Link To Download The TWRP Recovery File For Mi Max.
The TWRP recovery file will provide you with server back up and disaster recovery for your mobile device, including all data files.
Enable The USB Debugging Setting On Your Phone by Following the Below Instructions:
- Access “Settings” from the menu listing
- Select the ‘About Phone’ option and click
- Search for the MIUI Version tab within this option
- Click on ‘MIUI version’ around ten times. You will then see the following message appear: “You have enabled developer option” on the phone
- Then access the Main Settings menu and select Additional Settings
- Click on “Developer options” and select enable
- Search for the ‘USB Debugging’ option and enable it
Charge Your Device Up to at Least 70%. This Will Help to Avoid Unnecessary Power-Off Between the Rooting Processes.
Second Phase – Getting Root Access to Your Phone
Congratulations! You have now completed all of the first phase of preparation ready to get root access to your new Xiaomi device. As there is no going back now, and your phone is in the best position to move it forward, let’s continue the process.
Here is an easy to follow step-by-step guide which will give you full root access to your phone:
- Download the TWRP 3.0.0 recovery from the above link
- Rename the file ‘recovery.img’
- Move the file to the same location where the ADB driver was installed
- Go the ADB folder.
- Press and hold the Shift key and right click anywhere in the folder
- Select “Open command window here” to launch the command window
- Boot your device into fastboot mode by turning it off, pressing Power and the Volume Down buttons together, and then connect it with your computer
- Enter the command: fastboot devices to check the connection between the phone and computer
- If you can see a device serial number in reply, this shows you have a valid connection
- Enter the command: fastboot flash recovery recovery.img
- Enter the command: fastboot boot recovery.img
- Your phone is now in TWRP recovery mode
- Go to the main menu, select Install Zip and click on ‘SuperSu.zip’
- Swipe the screen to confirm the flash
- You now need to reboot the phone into normal mode.
- Be aware that this first boot could take around 10 minutes
- Rooting your phone will void your warranty
- Failure to follow the instructions could destroy your phone and stop it working
- The article author cannot be held responsible for any damage caused to your phone
So, Now That Your Phone Has Been Successfully Rooted, What’s Next?
As you weighed up all the risks and decided to root your Xiaomi phone anyway, you need to make the most of all the advantages it gives you – here are just a few examples of things you can do with your newly rooted phone that you couldn’t have done before:
- Remove Unwanted Manufacturer Software
You will have found, as most phone users do, that your smartphones came with software and apps that you will never use – these are known in the trade as “bloatware”. Now your phone is rooted you have the freedom to remove and uninstall them from your phone.
Custom ROMs can be very awesome, providing benefits including the latest Android OS updates, better performance and efficiency, ability to install apps to the SD card and better battery life. These are only available on rooted phones and basically replace the original OS system.
Overclocking – forcing the phone processor to run at a higher speed than recommended which can result in increased performance. It could also result in the set getting hotter when running on overdrive. All changes are made at your own risk.
Backing up your data is a lot easier with some of the most popular apps for root users on the Play Store. They can keep all your data safe, such as apps, data and information you have stored previously on your microSD card.
There are several cool Android apps which enable you to block the majority of annoying adverts from appearing on your device when browsing
If you want to change the resolution on your phone, be it to change the size of icons and text, or to see what will happen, you can. There are apps which make icons, text, widgets, and everything else, bigger or smaller, depending on how you set it.
Now you are the controller of your own Xiaomi Mi Max MIUI 8 phablet! While we have given you a few ideas of what to do next, there are plenty of opportunities out there to enhance and upgrade your handset.
So all that remains is to get out there and start looking for the exciting Apps and options which were previously unavailable to you.
Get downloading, installing, adapting and having fun to make your new device fully your own!