You can download MIUI 9 firmware for compatible Xiaomi Android smartphones from the list given below. Android enthusiasts would know that MIUI was one of the very few custom ROMs available in early Android days. Nowadays, however, MIUI is a stock ROM made specially for Xiaomi phones just like Samsung’s iteration which includes TouchWiz. As Android has progressed, manufacturers have started refining the User Experience by deleting bloat and extras that once crowded the phone’s memory. Relying on the same principal, MIUI 9 provides an excellent experience on compatible Xiaomi Phones. You can read ahead to get a complete list of MIUI 9 ROMs, along with download links, for compatible Xiaomi phones.
As mentioned earlier, manufacturers are focusing on improving user experience and providing a operating system close to the Google’s stock Android found on Nexus devices. Xiaomi has released MIUI 9 for few devices and will continue to release for the rest of their lineup. This new MIUI 9 ROM comes with enhanced performance and new exciting features to make the user experience a joy to use.
MIUI 9 ROM – Features and Changes:
Some of the new features that Xiaomi show cased earlier this are:
- Smart Assistant
- Smart App Switch
- Image Search
- System Optimization
This new ROM is built for better resource optimizations, app launches and an improved user interface. It will be based on Android 7.0 Nougat, not on Oreo. With this latest release, Xiaomi is making the UI flat and less cluttered. Users will have four new themes along with a new lock screen and home screen launcher.
There will be a Smart Assistant page, just like Samsung Bixby or Google Now / Assistant, where you can find your daily reminders, suggested content and perform certain actions. You will also be able to search for images just like in Google Photos. Apps will perform much better due to new app resources management and launch boost.
Download MIUI 9 Global Beta ROM – Fastboot / Recovery:
This is a list of compatible phones that have received MIUI 9 and are being officially supported by the MIUI team for MIUI 9 Global Beta ROMs. These devices will be the very first ones to receive the stable update when it gets to that stage.
Look for your Xiaomi phone in the list below and download the MIUI 9 ROM in Fastboot package or for the Recovery Mode.
Xiaomi Mi 6
Xiaomi Mi 5s
Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus
Xiaomi Mi 5
Xiaomi Mi 4
Xiaomi Mi 4i
Xiaomi Mi 2/2S
Xiaomi Redmi 4X
Xiaomi Redmi 3
Xiaomi Redmi 3S/3X
Xiaomi Redmi 2 (Android 4.4)
Xiaomi Redmi 2 (Android 5.1)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Qualcomm
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Special Edition
Redmi Note 4G
Xiaomi Redmi Note 2
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X / Redmi Note 4 Qualcomm
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G
Xiaomi Mi Note 2
Xiaomi Mi Note
Xiaomi Mi Max 2
Xiaomi Mi Max 32G
Xiaomi Mi Max Prime 64G/128G
You can find a tutorial on how to install MIUI 9 Beta ROM using Fastboot Mode below, but for a detailed tutorial, read our full MIUI 9 installation guide.
Xiaomi Phone 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 device properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:
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.
Xiaomi users can also back up data using Xiaomi Mi PC Suite to your computer. Mi PC Suite helps you to move data across different Android devices i.e moving Xiaomi Mi 5 backup data to Samsung Galaxy S8.
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. Now, let’s proceed with the tutorial below and update Xiaomi Phone to MIUI 9 Global firmware.
How to Install MIUI 9 ROM (Fastboot) on Xiaomi Phone:
You can easily update your device to MIUI 9 by downloading the correct file for your device from the above list.
- Before proceeding any further, first back up any data from your device. Follow the steps mentioned above.
- Devices running MIUI 5 / MIUI 6 / MIUI 7 / MIUI 8 stable ROM can be upgraded via Fastboot Method. (Skip this step if you are on Beta ROM)
- Those running on MIUI 8 Beta Rom can simply update their device from the settings
- Also if your phone is new or locked, you have to unlock it before flashing your rom using Fastboot Method. You can read more about it here.
This method relies on Fastboot utility – Download ADB, Fastboot – Android SDK Platform Tools. Make sure that 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.
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.
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.
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.
Step 9 – 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.
Step 10 – Now click the flash button to start the installation.
Step 11 – Your phone will reboot once the installation completes.
That’s about it! You should now have MIUI 9 installed on your phone.
If you run into any problems, reach us through the comments and we will get back to you!