Use this guide to unlock bootloader on Xiaomi Mi A1 smartphone. The Mi A1 from Xiaomi is part of the Android One program. It carries pure Android software, good hardware and a great design. However, you can unlock the device’s true potential by unlocking the bootloader. Once you do so, you will have access to the system partition which means you will be able to install custom ROMs, third-party mods, root the device and more. The process itself is quite simple and thankfully, you don’t need to wait for a confirmation code of any sorts or any special program running on your computer except for ADB / Fastboot utility. Read ahead to find complete steps on how you can unlock bootloader on Xiaomi Mi A1 smartphone.
Unlocking the bootloader opens up the phone to mods and ROMs. Budget focused phones like the Xiaomi Mi A1 can really use some of these mods to give a much more appealing user experience while also boosting performance in some scenarios. Read below to find out how to unlock bootloader on Xiaomi Mi A1.
Disclaimer: All the tools, mods or ROMs mentioned below 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 😉
There are tons of useful articles and how-to guides on Team Android for the , but we think you might be interested in the following posts:
- Install Android 8.0 Oreo: How to Try and Install Android 8.0 Oreo on Computer.
- Custom ROMs: For a complete collection of custom ROMs on Team Android, visit our Custom ROM section!
If you plan on rooting this phone or are still confused for why to root Xiaomi Mi A1, read: Benefits of Rooting Your Android Device.
Xiaomi Mi A1 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 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 and Nougat.
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?
4. Most of the tutorials and how-to guides on Team Android are for factory unlocked Android phones and phones. 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.
5. [IMPORTANT] Copy all the backup files from your SD card to your computer as internal memory will be wiped clean while unlocking the bootloader.
If you are a developer and would want to unlock the bootloader, we recommend doing that before you set up the Google Play Store, install apps or anything because the security feature in Android clears out everything from your phone when unlocking bootloader of the phone.
Now, let’s proceed with the tutorial below to unlock Xiaomi Mi A1 bootloader.
How to Unlock Bootloader
We have put together a detailed step-by-step instructions guide on how to unlock bootloader on Xiaomi Mi A1. If you are used to unlocking bootloaders on any previous Android devices, then this should not be dissimilar.
Please read every line carefully and make sure you read the tutorial once before actually performing it on your Android device.
- This unlocking bootloader tutorial is only for Xiaomi Mi A1. Please don’t try this on any other variants of the phone.
- This tutorial has been performed on Windows, but anyone familiar with Fastboot on Mac or Linux can perform this as well with the same commands.
- Make sure you backup all your data in your phone before proceeding as it will erase all data.
- You will void your warranty by unlocking the bootloader.
- Xiaomi Mi A1
- USB cable
- USB drivers installed on your computer.
- USB Debugging should be enabled. Read: How To Enable USB Debugging on Android Phones.
NOTE: As mentioned above, you have to enable USB Debugging mode on your Xiaomi Mi A1 before proceeding. If you need help, please read our tutorial: How to Enable USB Debugging Mode on Android.
Step 1 – Download Android SDK from the Android Developers website and install. Also set it up with downloading platform-tools and USB drivers package in SDK. See: How to Set up ADB and Fastboot on Windows.
Step 1 – Download ADB / Fastboot – Android SDK Platform Tools separate package and install on your computer. Download from the following links depending on your OS and extract it anywhere in your computer.
- Windows: Download platform-tools-latest-windows.zip
- MacOS: Download platform-tools-latest-darwin.zip
- Linux: Download platform-tools-latest-linux.zip
Step 2 – Power off your Xiaomi Mi A1. While holding down the Volume Down key, connect it to your computer. Your phone should enter fastboot mode.
Step 3 – Navigate to the directory where ADB / Fastboot (i.e. Step 1) is installed in your computer. For Windows: After opening that folder, open Command Prompt (Shift + Right-click > Open Command Prompt). For Mac and Linux: Use Terminal to navigate to the ADB / Fastboot directory.