Redmi Note 8 Pro is among the handful of phones that are powered by a MediaTek chip. In fact, for the Redmi Note 8 Pro both Xiaomi and MediaTek joined hands to co-develop the MediaTek Helio G90T processor. The G90T is an octa-core unit and is aimed to target the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G. Since its launch last year, the phone has been tremendously popular among gamers for the amount of graphics power the phone delivers at a fraction of cost. It was also the first budget phone from Xiaomi to come with a 64MP camera sensor on-board.
In this post, we will guide you through the process to unlock bootloader of Redmi Note 8 Pro smartphone. But first, let us see the reason why Xiaomi opted for locking the bootloader.
Why is Bootloader Locked on Xiaomi Phones?
Xiaomi has encouraged its users to tinker with their products in the past but has come at a cost. The brand in recent times has been fighting off people in the grey market selling Mi/Redmi phones with unofficial ROMs containing bloatware. To mitigate this, the easiest solution for them was to lock the bootloader.
The other reason was to give the user option to track their phones in case of theft. Locking the bootloaders helps in making sure that a custom ROM is not easily flashed onto the phone. Hence making it difficult to sell off these stolen phones.
How To Unlock Bootloader of Redmi Note 8 Pro
We would strongly recommend sticking to the instructions mentioned line by line, so you don’t end up with a bricked smartphone.
Things Required To Unlock Bootloader of Redmi Note 8 Pro
- Download and Install ADB and Fastboot tools on Windows/Mac from here.
- Download the latest Xiaomi USB Drivers on the PC from here.
- Download the latest Xiaomi Mi Unlock tool from here.
- You need Mi Account to get the authorization for bootloader unlocking, request that from here.
- Make sure the device is at least 60% charged.
- Back up all the important data as the process will fully reset the phone.
Steps To Unlock Redmi Note 8 Pro Bootloader
- Enable Developer Mode: Go to the Settings > About phone and Tap the MIUI version 7 times to enable developer mode.
- Now, Enable OEM Unlocking: Go to the Settings> Additional Settings > Developer Option.
- Agree to the Mi Unlock Status in Settings >Additional Settings > Developer Option > Agree.
- Move to the Mi Unlock Site and click the “Unlock Now” button.
- Now, log in with your Mi Account, and if you don’t have one, you can then Signup on the same page.
- Enter your mobile number for an OTP.
- You will have to wait for some time to get the application accepted. It may take up to 72 hours to get the authorization, so patience is the key.
- Once the application is approved, you will receive an OTP.
- Download the Mi Unlock Tool and extract the files to a folder.
- Now, boot the phone into the fast boot mode – to do this turn off the phone and then press and hold Volume Down + Power button for a few seconds to boot the device safely into the fast boot mode.
- Connect the phone to the PC.
- Open the MiFlashUnlock from the folder that you extracted and log in with the same ID as on your Redmi Note 8 Pro and enter your mobile number and start the process.
- Once done, reboot it from Mi Unlock Tool.
Conclusion – Unlock Bootloader of Redmi Note 8 Pro
You have successfully unlock bootloader of Redmi Note 8 Pro and if everything is done correctly this unlocking process won’t take much more than a couple of minutes. If you have any issues, do let me know in the comments below.