Redmi Note 3 is a brand new and the current flagship device from Xiaomi.So if you own this device and want to make the most out of it and looking forward to root, customize with TWRP or a custom ROM, then the very first step you need to go through is unlocking the bootloader.
What will change after locking bootloader?
- Locking bootloader will not affect normal OTA updates;
- ROOT will be disabled if user has enabled it before. Enabling ROOT will need to unlock bootloader;
- Recovery mode is changed. Updating via Recovery will need to use Mi PC Suite;
- After unlocking, the device can do all the things as before we locked bootloader.
- Devices with locked bootloader can not update using Miflash. Users need to unlock bootloader if they want to flash Fastboot ROMs.
Before you proceed, please note that Xiaomi unlocked their phone’s bootloader for reasons. Therefore, if you don’t know much about Android, don’t intend to flash custom ROM, etc., then it is very not recommended for you to unlock it.
How to unlock the bootloader of Redmi Note 3?
Step 1 – Open up your favorite web browser in your computer (Chrome is recommended) then go to this url http://en.miui.com/unlock/.
Step 2 – You’ll see the official page of “Unlock Your Mi Device”. Now simply click on the blue “Unlock Now” Button in the middle of the page.
Step 3 – You’ll see a login page in the next page which is in Chinese. If you use Google Chrome to open the page, then you can simply use its built-in Google Translate feature.
Step 4 – Once logged in, you’ll see the Unlock Application Permissions page
Step 5 – Now simply fill in all required fields then click on that green Apply Immediately button.
Step 6 – In the next page, you’ll need to enter a verification code sent to you via SMS. Check your phone for any SMS verification sent by Xiaomi server. The code is usually valid for only 5 minutes so you need to enter it immediately.
Step 7 – Once you have submitted the 6 digits code, you’ll then be redirected to another page saying that from the point toward all you need to do is just waiting for Xiaomi Developers to review and approve your application. Once approved, you’ll get another SMS which normally arrives between 3 to 21 days. The approval process is manual so just be patient on this.
However for some people might still experience slight problem with their applications. Please do not complain if the above steps didn’t work because unlocking the bootloader is simply not magic trick. If you did receive the SMS that your unlock permission has been approved but your device still rejected it, then I can suggest you to contact their developer directly here or here.