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How to Unlock Bootloader on Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 / Redmi Note 8 Pro

For Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8 Pro owners, here is a complete guide explaining how to officially unlock bootloader of the phone. Being focused towards enthusiasts, Xiaomi fortunately supports official bootloader unlock across its latest Redmi Note 8 series that has only recently been launched. Thanks to this prompt support from Xiaomi, developers have already started coming up with mods and utilities for the phones. Further, if you want to manually flash system updates such as MIUI 11 and others, you also require to unlock bootloader first.

Ability to install Custom ROMs, root, custom recoveries and even ability to manually flash system updates are some of the popular use-cases once bootloader has been unlocked. As Redmi Note 8 is a budget focused device these third-party mods are always useful to increase the functionality of the phone and also, in some cases, performance. The procedure ahead has been explained in detail along with screenshots.

Unlock Bootloader, Redmi Note 8, Redmi Note 8 Pro

Disclaimer: All the tools, mods or ROMs mentioned below belong to their respective owners/developers. We ( 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 Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 / Note 8 Pro, but we think you might be interested in the following posts:

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

Download Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 / Note 8 Pro USB drivers!

Now, let’s proceed with the tutorial below to unlock Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 / Note 8 Pro bootloader.

How to Unlock Bootloader on Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 / Note 8 Pro

We have put together a detailed step-by-step instructions guide on how to unlock bootloader on Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 / Note 8 Pro. 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 Redmi Note 8 / Note 8 Pro. Please don’t try this on any other variants.
  • This tutorial has been performed on Windows, but anyone familiar with Fastboot on Mac or Linux can perform this as well.
  • 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 Redmi Note 8 / Note 8 Pro
  • 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.

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.

Step 3 – On your Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 / Note 8 Pro, 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 Redmi Note 8 / Note 8 Pro 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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