June 21, 2016


This TWRP install and Root tutorial is compatible with all Xiaomi Mi5 models running Marshmallow 6.0

Warning: All the data stored in internal memory won’t be deleted, but for safety reasons it’s still recommended to make a backup to device microSD card or PC before starting the tutorial below.
• Xiaomi Mi5 bootloader must be unlocked. This tutorial shows how to do it.
• Device should have at least 60% charge left on the battery.
• USB Debugging and OEM unlock must be enabled. Go to Settings/About/Software Information/More and keep tapping on Build number until you see that Developer options was enabled. Then go to Settings/Developer Options and check both, USB Debugging and OEM unlock.
• Skip driver installation if you have used our bootloader unlock tutorial. If not, then adb drivers must be installed on PC. It’s recommended to restart your PC after installation is complete.
TWRP install tutorial:
  1. Connect Xiaomi to PC via USB cable.
  2. Using PC download TWRP MI5.rar file and extract it.
  3. On PC open cmd window: holding shift key, right click on empty space in extracted folder and choose Open command window here.
  4. On cmd window type fastboot devices then press enter.
  5. You should get a serial number approving that device is properly connected into fastboot mode. If not, try to connect cable to another PC USB port or reinstall the drivers.  fastboot devices
  6. Now you need to boot Xiaomi into fastboot mode. To do so, type adb reboot bootloader and hit enter. Xiaomi Mi5 fastboot
  7. Next type fastboot flash recovery twrp-mi5.img and hit enter.
  8. TWRP recovery will now be installed on your device.
  9. After installation is complete, type fastboot reboot to reboot Xiaomi.
  10. The easiest way to boot into TWRP recovery without any specific buttons combination is to use Quick Boot app.

Root tutorial:

  1. Download SuperSU.zip file straight to mobile device.
  2. Boot Xiaomi into TWRP recovery by following 10th step written above.
  3. In recovery menu tap on Install and look for superuser.zip file.
  4. Tap on it and swipe to flash.TWRP flash SuperSU
  5. After flash is complete tap on Reboot and choose System.
  6. Phone will reboot and you should find SuperSU app on the screen.
Congratulations for successfully flashing TWRP and rooting Xiaomi Mi5!

June 19, 2016


Unlocking Xiaomi bootloader is easy cause you don’t need to go through lots of steps as on other mobile devices. With unlocked bootloader you’ll be able to make root and gain Superuser access on your mobile phone. After that you can install custom Recovery, flash custom ROMs or use unofficial tools and apps on your device.

Warning: Unlocking bootloader voids devices warranty. Proceed at your own risk.
Bootloader can be relocked using any custom ROM that includes a flash_all_lock script. That’s why you shouldn’t worry too much about warranty loss.
During the unlock process, device internal storage will be erased. It’s strongly recommended to back up all data before getting started.

• USB Debugging and OEM unlock must be enabled. To enable it, go to Settings/About phone/Software info and tap on Build number 7 times. Go back and choose Developer options, then enable USB Debugging and OEM unlock.
ADB drivers must be installed on PC.


  1. Using PC download and install Mi Unlock software.
  2. Launch Mi Unlock tool and create account or login if you already have one. Please note that one account can unlock one phone within 30 days. Mi Unlock
  3. Connect Xiaomi to PC via USB cable.
  4. After device is recognized, click on Unlock button. Mi Unlock2
  5. Unlock process shouldn’t take long.
  6. When it’s done, click on Reboot phone button. Mi Unlock3
  7. Xiaomi will boot up with unlocked bootloader.

Congratulations! You have successfully unlocked Xiaomi Mi 5 bootloader.

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