This evening I had the same problem like many of you and I just did not
want to wait 2-3 weeks for the unlock code from Xiaomi. I went through a
lot of threads and different forums to create this guide.
- ADB up and running (I am an Android developer, so I have this installed already - unsure if you need specific ADB drivers for Xiaomi devices though)
- Xiaomi MI4c
- MiFlash: http://bigota.d.miui.com/tools/MiPhone20151028.exe (via http://en.miui.com/a-234.html) - Install
- Mi4c Image: libra_images_6.1.7_20151221.0000.11_5.1_cn_b09dac7 0a0.tgz - unpack until "images" directory is visible!
- [Optional] Mi4c Fastboot Image: miui_MI4c_6.1.21_d1d054460d_5.1.zip
- [Optional] Latest TWRP: http://forum.xda-developers.com/mi-4...p-3-0-t3315059
- [Optional] Latest build of CM 12.1: http://forum.xda-developers.com/mi-4...evice-t3291631
Step 1 is optional: I was not sure, if I could use the "fastboot oem edl" command in a higher version of MIUI... feedback required. Thus following is a list of known Xiaomi ROMs which support this procedure:
If you are using one of the following ROM versions, you should be able to unlock the device easily with the provided guide. However, I have messages that the versions don't work with higher MIUI ROM versions.
V126.96.36.199 MIUI Dev ROM
V188.8.131.52 MIUI Dev ROM
V6.1.21 (Download link above)
V6.9.15 (China Dev)
Not confirmed (?)
- (Optional) Downgrade your Mi4c by flashing any image from the list above via the "Updater" app (use top right icon to select image).
- Reboot into fastboot mode (Power + Vol Down) until you see the MIUI rabbit and "FASTBOOT"
- Command: fastboot oem edl (this brings your device in a kind of emergency recovery state) -> the device does only show a black screen. Do the next step.
- Use MiFlash to flash 6.1.7 image (Browse -> select the "images" directory of the 6.1.7 package and start flashing)
- When completed, reboot the phone by holding the Power button long (~8s)
- Wait until 6.1.7 is completely loaded (this may take a while)
- Reboot into fastboot mode (Power + Vol Down)
- Command: fastboot oem unlock -> at this point you should have an unlocked bootloader
- Now optionally install TWRP and subsequently CM 12.1 and enjoy (see respective linkes in the requirements for a howto) - TWRP: fastboot flash recovery <twrp>.img
With this post, I want to say thank you to all the developers who take their time to port Cyanogen to exotic Android devices. You are heroes!
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