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Root Xiaomi Redmi 5A on Android 7.1 Nougat with Magisk

The Xiaomi Redmi 5A can now be easily rooted with Magisk on Android 7.1 Nougat. You can find all the details ahead on how to root Redmi 5A from Xiaomi whilst running official firmware. Xiaomi, as a brand, focuses on providing the best value for money and the Redmi 5A is no exception. The hardware is quite good along with the design. Further, it comes with Xiaomi’s signature MIUI software skin. Now, speaking of root, it is the best utility modification that you can do to your smartphone. Once rooted, your Redmi 5A will have access to loads of root apps, system modifications and more. Still not sure on whether to root? Read: Benefits of root on Android phones. For our guide, we will be requiring you to have TWRP recovery pre-installed, if you haven’t done that yet, you can read: Install TWRP 3.2.1 custom recovery on Redmi 5A. Read ahead to find all details for how to root Redmi 5A on Android 7.1.2 Nougat.

As you read ahead, we will be listing the whole root procedure for Xiaomi Redmi 5A along with download links to files required. After root, as mentioned, you will be able to make use of root apps such as Titanium Backup. Read our list of the essential root apps available! Make sure you go through all the tips given below and keep them in mind before performing the tutorial. Also make a backup of your data. Let’s continue with the tutorial now!

Root Redmi 5A, Xiaomi

Disclaimer: All the custom ROMs and firmwares, official software updates, tools, mods or anything mentioned in the tutorial belong to their respective owners/developers. We (TeamAndroid.com) or the developers are not to be held responsible if you damage or brick your device. We don’t have you on gun point to try out this tutorial 😉

Xiaomi Redmi 5A Magisk Root Package Details:

Magisk is the universal package being developed for Android phones. It uses a reliable exploit which works on multiple phones including the Xiaomi Redmi 5A which runs Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box.

Please note, this tutorial requires you to have TWRP custom recovery installed on your Xiaomi Redmi 5A in order to be able to root your phone. If you do not have the custom recovery installed, we have a link to the tutorial given below.

There are tons of useful articles and how-to guides on Team Android for the Xiaomi Redmi 5A, but we think you might be interested in the following posts:

Xiaomi Redmi 5A USB Drivers

You will need to connect your Android phone with the computer. For that, please make sure you have installed the USB drivers for Xiaomi Redmi 5A properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download Xiaomi Redmi 5A USB Drivers!

Backup and Other Important Tips

Done with the USB drivers? Perfect. The tutorial is on the next page, but first, please take a look at the following tips and important points you need to take care of. These are important, as we don’t want anyone losing their personal data or apps.

Always backup your important data that you might need after you install a new custom ROM, an official software update or anything else. Make a backup for just in case, you never know when anything might go wrong. Read: How to Backup Android Apps, Text Messages, WhatsApp, Call History.

If you already have a custom recovery (ClockworkMod, TWRP etc.) installed on your phone, we strongly recommend a backup using that as it creates a complete image of your existing phone set up. [Tutorial: How to Backup Android Phone using TWRP]

A few more optional tips that you should remember:

1. Having problems connecting your Android phone to the computer? You need to enable USB debugging mode. See here: How to Enable USB Debugging — for Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat, Lollipop, Marshmallow, Nougat and Oreo.

2. Make sure your Android device is charged up to 80-85% battery level. This might help you: How to Check Battery Percentage. Why? Because, if your phone goes off suddenly while installing a custom ROM, flashing an official firmware update or installing mods etc. — your phone might get bricked or go dead permanently. No one wants that, right?

3. Most of the tutorials and how-to guides on Team Android are for factory unlocked Android phones and tablets. We recommend not to try our guides if your phone is locked to a carrier, unless we have specified the carrier name or device model.

All set and ready? Good. You can now continue reading below and root Xiaomi Redmi 5A on Android 7.1 Nougat.

How to Root Redmi 5A with Magisk on Android 7.1.2 Nougat

We have put together a detailed step-by-step instructions guide on how to root Xiaomi Redmi 5A with Magisk. Please read every line carefully below. We suggest that you should read the tutorial once before actually performing it on your phone.

To Remember:

  • This root method tutorial is only for Xiaomi Redmi 5A. Please don’t try this on any other variants of the phone.
  • Make sure you backup all your data in your phone before proceeding.
  • This will void your warranty.
  • Bootloader should be unlocked.

If you have fulfilled all the requirements above, then proceed to the actual tutorial.

Complete Step-By-Step Instructions:

NOTE: You need to have a custom recovery installed on your Xiaomi Redmi 5A i.e. TWRP before proceeding below. Installation tutorial: How to Update Xiaomi Redmi 5A with TWRP Recovery.

Step 1 – Download Magisk Root (Magisk-v15.2.zip) for Xiaomi Redmi 5A to your computer.

Step 2 – Connect your Xiaomi Redmi 5A to your computer using the USB cable.

Step 3 – Now copy/paste the downloaded Magisk-v14.0.zip and no-verity-opt-encrypt.zip files to your internal storage. Make sure the file is in the internal storage root (not in any folder).

Step 4 – Then turn OFF your phone and disconnect from the USB cable.

Step 5 – Now to get in the Recovery Mode (TWRP Recovery). Switch ON the phone while pressing and holding Volume Down + Power buttons together. Alternatively, read this: How to Enter Recovery Mode on Any Android Phone.

NOTE: Screenshots of the Team Win Recovery Project (TWRP Recovery) may change as new versions are released.