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[Guide] 8 Easy Steps to Unlock Xiaomi MI 5 Bootloader

MI 5 is a Flagship Smartphone from Chinese Giant, Xiaomi. This company is famous for providing High Quality, unique branded smartphones with low price. MI 5 is also one of them. Last year, this phone has released on MWC (Mobile World Congress) Spain and the Hungry developers were eagerly waiting for its source code from the day of release. Now, several development on XDA can be seen with Mods, Kernels and custom firmware. If you want to install any custom ROM, Mods, Tools, Kernels, etc., you need to unlock the bootloader first. In this tutorial, we have covered everything with all necessary files to unlock the bootloader of Xiaomi MI 5.

Guide to Unlock Xiaomi MI 5 Bootloader

Why Do We Need To Unlock The Bootloader?

Well, if you are not a Tech Savvy person and don't know what you are doing here, we strongly recommend you not to mess up with this guide. Let me explain a bit here. Unlocking Bootloader will let you to Install Custom Recovery (TWRP) on your phone which further allow us to Flash any Custom ROM, MODs, Kernels, SuperSU to gain root access and much more. If you are interested in using custom ROM, different Mods and Kernels, then this is the right place for you. Now please read the tutorial below if you want to Unlock the Bootloader of your Xiaomi MI 5, Install TWRP custom recovery and Flash SuperSU zip to gain Root access.

Xiaomi have a fully optimized, certified and tested version of Android, and unlocking the bootloader may change the firmware. So, it is important that you take time to read and that you keep the following in mind before unlocking the bootloader to customize your device.
  • Once your phone is unlocked, it will no longer be covered by MI warranty (if Bricked).
  • When unlocking the bootloader, the DRM protection of your phone will become untrusted.
  • Once unlocked, it cannot be undone. 
  • MI or will not be responsible for the damages caused by any custom software being flashed to your phone.
Remember: 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.

NOTE: Make sure your Android device is charged up to 80-85% battery level. 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?

All set and ready? Good. Now, let’s proceed with the tutorial below and Unlock the Bootloader of your Xiaomi MI 5.

How to Unlock Xiaomi MI 5 Bootloader :

We have put together a step-by-step guide on how to Unlock MI 5 Bootloader and install TWRP recovery. Please read the tutorial carefully. We request you to read the full tutorial once before actually performing in your device.

To Remember :
  • This unlocking bootloader tutorial is only for Xiaomi MI 5. Please don’t try this on any other variants of Xiaomi.
  • 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 may void your warranty by unlocking the bootloader.


  • Download Mi Flash Unlock Tool zip file and extract it on your computer (desktop).
  • Open Setting of your phone and go to about phone. Tap on "Buid Number" 7 times to enable "Developers Option".
  • Go to "Developers Options" and tick "Allow OEM unlock" and "Android Debugging".

How to Unlock Xiaomi MI 5 Bootloader:

Step 1: Open the file "MiFlashUnlock.exe" from your desktop.

You will see a message in a new window like this:

"Sign in with your MI Account to unlock device."

Step 2: Create an MI account (If you don't have already) and login.

Step 3: Now the unlock process will start on your phone automatically and you’ll receive a message:
“You don’t have the permission to Unlock the device”.
Step 4: Click on “Go” button or go to this link to get the unlock permission.

Step 5: Now click on “Unlock Now” button and login with your Mi account you just created.
Unlock Bootloader

Step 6: Now wait until you get an OTP (one-time password) on your phone. It may take up to several days till you get the SMS. (Most of the time the SMS arrives in just a few hours).

Step 7: Now open the MI Flash Tool again on your computer and this time you’ll have the permission to unlock your Xiaomi Mi 5.

Step 8: Unlock your Xiaomi Mi 5 using the unlock tool.

That's it! Your Xiaomi MI 5 should now have Unlocked Bootloader. Switch Off and restart the phone. 

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