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How to Install MIUI 8 ROM on Xiaomi Devices

This article will help you in installing the latest MIUI 8 ROM on your Xiaomi phone. MIUI 8 is available for almost all recent Xiaomi phones. Not only that, as a update, it carries loads of new features, changes and additions. For the installation of this ROM, we have the whole procedure explained below. There are two main ways through which you can manually update to MIUI 8. One includes using Mi Flash Tool while the other relies on the recovery partition on your phone. You can follow the one you find easier and simpler. Read further to know how exactly you can install MIUI 8 ROM on Xiaomi devices.

Previously, we covered MIUI 8 ROM download links (MIUI 9 also available) but in this post, we will be covering the detailed installation procedure as well. This procedure will apply to all supported devices and will work even if you have a custom ROM running right now — Method 2 would only apply in that case. You can also check for the update through your phone but for immediate installation, follow our procedure below.

MIUI 8 ROM

Download MIUI 8 Global ROM

Here is the full list of devices and there download links for MIUI 8 Global ROM:

Download MIUI 8 Global Stable ROM

Here is the complete list of MIUI 8 compatible devices along with download links for the update files available in both recovery and fastboot flashable variants.
Device Download Fastboot ROMDownload Recovery ROM
Xiaomi Mi 6Fastboot ROMRecovery ROM
Xiaomi Mi 5s PlusFastboot ROMRecovery ROM
Xiaomi Mi 5Fastboot ROMRecovery ROM
Xiaomi Mi 4iFastboot ROMRecovery ROM
Xioami Mi 4Fastboot ROMRecovery ROM
Xiaomi Mi 3Fastboot ROMRecovery ROM
Xiaomi Mi 2SFastboot ROMRecovery ROM
Xiaomi Mi 2Fastboot ROMRecovery ROM
Xiaomi Mi Max 32GBFastboot ROMRecovery ROM
Xiaomi Mi MixFastboot ROMRecovery ROM
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (Special Edition)Fastboot ROMRecovery ROM
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (Snapdragon)Fastboot ROMRecovery ROM
Xiaomi Redmi 4XFastboot ROMRecovery ROM
Xiaomi Redmi 3S PrimeFastboot ROMRecovery ROM
Xiaomi Redmi 3SFastboot ROMRecovery ROM
Xiaomi Redmi 2 PrimeFastboot ROMRecovery ROM
Xiaomi Redmi 2Fastboot ROMRecovery ROM
Xiaomi Redmi 1SFastboot ROMRecovery ROM
Xiaomi Redmi Note 2Fastboot ROMRecovery ROM
Xiaomi Redmi Note PrimeFastboot ROMRecovery ROM
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4GFastboot ROMRecovery ROM
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3GN/ARecovery ROM

How to Install MIUI 8 ROM Using Updater App / Recovery Mode

This method relies on the recovery. You would not need a computer for this process.

Step 1 – Download “Recovery ROM” for your Xiaomi device from the list given above.

Step 2 – Transfer the file to the internal storage on your device. The file should be in the root (main directory) of internal storage, not inside any folder as shown in the screenshot below.

MIUI8 File Explorer

Step 3 – Boot into Mi Recovery (Recovery Mode). This is the stock recovery your phone ships with. Be sure to have this installed rather than a custom one like TWRP. You can boot into recovery mode by opening up the Updater app (under Tools folder) and tap on the three dots at the top right corner. Tap on Choose update package.

MIUI8 Updater

Step 4 – From the file explorer view, choose the Recovery ROM file you transferred to your device in Step 2. Select the file as shown in the screenshot below and tap the OK button.

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Step 5 – The Updater app will now check your ROM file for any errors and set it up for installation.

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Step 6 – Once completed, you will be prompted to reboot the phone and install the update. Tap on the Reboot and update button to proceed.

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Step 7 – Your phone will reboot now and installation will begin.

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Step 8 – Your phone may reboot again during installation. So do not worry if that happens.

Step 9 – Once completed, your phone will start normally like it used to before installing the update.

MIUI 8

Step 10 – To check and confirm what MIUI version has been installed on your phone, go to Settings > About phone.

MIUI 8

 

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How to Install MIUI 8 ROM Using Fastboot Mode

This method relies on Fastboot utility and requires you to have a computer. Make sure, your device’s bootloader has been unlocked as well.

Step 1 – Download “Fastboot ROM” for your Xiaomi device from the list given above. Once downloaded, extract the file anywhere in your computer. You may again have to open the extracted file using WinRAR or WinZip and extract it again (manually / by force) till you see several files similar to the ones shown below.

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Step 2 – Download Xiaomi USB Drivers and install them on your computer. You need these to make sure your phone works well with the PC.

Step 3 – Download Mi Flash Tool on your computer.

Step 4 – Turn OFF your Xiaomi device before proceeding.

Step 5 – Now boot the Xiaomi device into Fastboot Mode. How? You can enter Fastboot Mode on your phone by holding Volume Down + Power buttons while the phone is OFF. If you see a similar screen as shown below, this means you are in the Fastboot Mode.

Xiaomi MIUI - Fastboot Mode

Step 6 – Connect the phone now with your computer. Your PC will recognize the device and install the necessary drivers to set it up for use.

Step 7 – Open Mi Flash Tool.

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Step 8 – Click on the select button and choose the directory where you extracted the Fastboot ROM files in Step 1. Then click the refresh button. Mi Flash Tool will recognize the files and display device info on the screen. You should see something like as shown in the screenshot below.

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Step 9 – IMPORTANT – From the bottom of Mi Flash Tool, select the middle option that says “save user data” if you do not want to wipe all your data.

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Step 10 – Now click the flash button to start the installation.

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Step 11 – Your phone will reboot once the installation completes.

This is it! MIUI8 should now be installed on your phone.

You can go to Settings > About phone to see what version are you running on you phone.

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