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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 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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    • Don’t try any of the unofficial methods. It may harm your device. You can do it officially. Have you got the unlock permission from Xiaomi? If yes, you need to install latest drivers on your PC. For that, you can install Xiaomi’s PC Companion software which contains required drivers. After installing the drivers, try again the same procedure.

  • I am going to unlock my bootloader for redmi note 3. Is there will be any problem if the process fails after 50% ? Will my phone get damaged ?

    • No problems Rahul, If the process stops at 50%, it indicates that you are missing some drivers on your PC. You can install necessary drivers and try again in that case. Nothing gonna happen to your device. Don’t worry.

      • Thankyou Akhil. I just want to ask you is it necessary to unlock the bootloader if i am goin to root and install cyanogenmod in my phone?

  • Do i need to unlock boot loader for rooting process.???
    i already did this on locked boot loader device it doesn’t work.
    So i thought that unlock the boot loader can help me out for this process.
    Need help and guidance on this topic.

  • I have bought my redmi note 3 in june….It has got locked ….And unfortunately I have forgotten the password…. It’s abt a week.,.I haven’t downloaded the mi account….I’m not much of technology friendly….Pls suggest a simple way out..,

  • I have got permission to unlock my Redmi note 3 but every time it stops at 50%.This is most annoying to say the least! Any help please…

  • Now I have the permission to unlock the device, but after several attempts the keeps on saying: can’t verify the device, account is not the same as in the phone. I now wat my account is, its in the phone, under accounts.
    Miui is not responding, wat to do?

    • This is quite confusing, buddy. And I doubt I can offer much of help. Try with all of your email IDs that you use and one might work out?

  • I tright a factory reset 3 times. Starting up twice remained. Since the installation of the app :Metal:, a web based replacement for Facebook, now I can send Personal messages. Other complaints are still the same.
    Apps still stay in the internal memory and can’t be moved to the SD Card.
    So, the question remains, is there a way to root the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3?

  • To start with, when I start the phone up, I have to do that twice. Loading the battery, I have tried it with several loaders, but sometimes it just stops loading for no reasons. I cant send messages with the Facebook’s messenger, it just don’t work. Apps disappearing, and worse, I cant move apps from the internal memory to the SD Card. Physicly it is a good phone, solid, one peace metal, 4100 mah battery.
    But these weard things, and I am not gonna send it back to Banggood, it is to expensive, and what do I get back?

  • Do I need a custom rom to get the phone working again? And are all my apps gone, including Google play store, to get them back.
    And if I need a custom rom, where can I get one, witch one is prefered ?

  • 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.

    • 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?

      • 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.

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

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