How to Unlock Bootloader of Xiaomi Redmi Note 3

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 was introduced a few months back and it has been one of the best-selling devices of 2016. While majority of the users are happy with the out of box experience, some want to customize their devices to their liking by rooting and/or installing custom ROMs. Getting on the advanced customization train requires that the bootloader be unlocked. Xiaomi offers the official method to unlock the bootloader of Redmi Note 3. And the good thing is you will not lose the warranty by unlocking bootloader.

Besides the Redmi Note 3, this method can be used to unlock any other Xiaomi device which comes with a locked bootloader.

What you need (Requisites)

Part 1 – Apply for Bootloader Unlock Code

To avoid unofficial editing of phone’s firmware, Xiaomi now requires that users enter a unique unlock code to unlock bootloaders. This code can be easily applied for at the Xiaomi website.

  1. Open en.miui.com/unlock in your web browser.
  2. Click Unlock Now and Login using your Mi Account credentials or Facebook account.
  3. Submit your name, IMEI and other details along with a reason why you want to unlock the bootloader.
  4. It may take upto 2 days to get the unlock code. The approval will be sent to your phone as a text message.

Part 2 – Unlocking using the Mi Unlock Tool

Once you receive the unlock code, it is a matter of few minutes to unlock the bootloader of Redmi Note 3 using the Mi Unlock Tool.

All data on device will be permanently erased (including contents of the internal SD). Make sure that you backup everything that is important.
  1. Install Mi Unlock Tool on your PC.
  2. Open Mi Unlock tool and login to your Mi account using your credentials.

    Mi Unlock Tool

    Mi Unlock Tool

  3. Once logged in, switch off your device, boot it up in Fastboot mode. To access Fastboot, press and hold power button and volume down buttons together for 3 seconds. A new window will open up which will show you an Mi bunny logo.
  4. Now connect your phone to the PC using USB cable. The Mi Unlock tool will detect your phone.
  5. Once detected, click the UNLOCK button. It will show you the progress. If it completes without any issues, your boot loader will be unlocked.
If the unlocking process fails at 50%, wait for 2 days and try again.

If successfully unlocked, you’re all set to ride the train of Android customization. Just be careful as flashing a ROM not designed for your phone can permanently damage it. Good luck!

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7 Responses to How to Unlock Bootloader of Xiaomi Redmi Note 3

  1. Fazal August 15, 2016 at 11:02 pm #

    Is this the same procedure for unlocking the bootloader of the Xiaomi Mi Max? I purchased the Mi Max over the redmi note 3 as it came with Marshmallow.

    • Fazal August 15, 2016 at 11:05 pm #

      Also noticed that there is an option called OEM Unlocking (Allow the bootloader to be unlocked) in the developer options of my Mi Max. What’s this for?

      • Narender Singh August 16, 2016 at 1:03 am #

        You need to turn on the option or the bootloader unlock commands will not be processed.

      • Akhil G August 17, 2016 at 9:07 am #

        Yes, everything is same for all Xiaomi devices. You have to wait at least 1 week for the approval for unlocking. After that you can easily unlock your Mi Max. That OEM Unlock option must be enabled.

    • Narender Singh August 16, 2016 at 1:02 am #

      The procedure should essentially be the same. Apply for the unlock code and use it to unlock the bootloader 🙂

  2. ram September 2, 2016 at 10:41 am #

    will mi unlock tool work in 32bit pc

  3. AKHIL G September 2, 2016 at 1:16 pm #

    Yes, it works perfectly on 32 Bit PC

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