Here is how you can unlock bootloader on Xiaomi Mi 8 by utilizing new Mi Unlock tool. Being an enthusiast brand, Xiaomi supports official bootloader unlock. What a bootloader unlock will do is, it will allow you to modify system partitions hence allowing you to install custom packages such as TWRP custom recovery, custom ROMs and even root. Further, once unlocked, you will be able to flash files straight from the fastboot mode of your Xiaomi Mi 8 device. Covered ahead is the complete procedure that will help you unlock bootloader on latest Xiaomi Mi 8 smartphone.

Recently, Xiaomi revamped its unlocking procedure. Now, with a tool, you can easily have your Xiaomi Mi 8’s bootloader unlocked. The previous method required a wait of multiple days for a code that once sent would allow for unlocking. Now, with the steps ahead, you can immediately implement it without any sort of extended wait. As previously detailed, there are a lot of benefits once you do unlock bootloader on your Xiaomi Mi 8.

Unlock Bootloader on Xiaomi Mi 8

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There are tons of useful articles and how-to guides on Team Android for the Xiaomi Mi 8, but we think you might be interested in the following posts:

Xiaomi Mi 8 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 Mi 8 properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download Xiaomi Mi 8 USB drivers!

Now, let’s proceed with the tutorial below to unlock Xiaomi Mi 8 bootloader.

How to Unlock Bootloader on Xiaomi Mi 8

We have put together a detailed step-by-step instructions guide on how to unlock bootloader on Xiaomi Mi 8. The process has been revamped recently as you no longer have to fill out application form rather it is all automated.

Please read every line carefully and make sure you read the tutorial once before actually performing it on your Android device.

To Remember:

  • This unlocking bootloader tutorial is only for Xiaomi Mi 8. 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. [Read: Download Xiaomi Mi 8 USB Drivers]
  • 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 8
  • USB cable

Step 1 – Login with your Mi account and head on to in order to have unlock permissions for your account. Make sure you have an account that has mobile number verification.

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Step 2 – Once you have logged in, click on Unlock button on the webpage and then proceed to tap on Download Mi Unlock from the resulting page.

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Step 3 – On your Xiaomi Mi 8, enable developer options by going to Settings > About Phone and then tap on MIUI version continously until You’re now a developer popup appears.

Step 4 – From the main Settings menu, now tap on Additional Settings Developer Options. Browse down till you see Mi Unlock Status and then sign-in with the same account you used to download Unlock tool in Step 2.

Step 5 – Within Developer Options, also enable OEM Unlocking and USB Debugging.

Step 6 – Now, proceed to put your Xiaomi Mi 8 into Fastboot mode by first powering it off and then, powering it on while holding Volume Down and Power buttons simultaneously. Hold until you see your phone is booted into Fastboot mode.

Xiaomi MIUI - Fastboot Mode

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