There are some myths and misbeliefs around unlocking the Xiaomi Mi 5. And as I got lucky and got my Mi 5 early and unlocked it, I will share some screenshots as well as my opinion on this matter.
What shall I do? How to increase my chances?
Right now there is no custom ROM, and if you want root access, you can get it through the Security App of MIUI. So that means you can spend the next weeks to become a Diamond member on the forum, post a bit everyday and you get it fast. As Diamond members on the MIUI forum are whitelisted, it will increase your chances.
Good to know, good to have
- Your MI Account must be allowed to unlock phones
- One Account can Unlock one phone within 30 days
- Xiaomi Mi5 with Chinese Rom installed
- MI Unlock App
How to get the unlock Permission
Click here: http://en.miui.com/unlock
How to get the unlock Tool
Click here: http://en.miui.com/unlock/download_en.html
Mi unlock tutorial and F.A.Q.
Click here: Mi Devices Bootloader Unlocking Tutorial & English Unlocking Tool Download
Question and Answers:
Q: Will the bootloader be locked after I update?
A: Not out of the box, so no.
Q: Can I lock the bootloader again?
A: Yes, the Fastboot-ROM includes a flash_all_lock script
Q: Can one Mi Account unlock several phones?
A: Yes and No. One Mi Account can unlock one phone every 30 days.
Q: Does the fingerprint scanner work after unlock?
A: Yes, I noticed no difference, so far it works like a charm.
Q: Why do I need / want an unlocked bootloader?
A: It allows you to flash custom Recovery and Custom ROMs as well as use the Mi-Flash tool.
Q: Is the Mi 5 encrypted?
A: By default it is yes. (See the following screenshot)
Screenshot of Privacy setting page (Shows that phone is encrypted)
... If you have questions please ask. Someone will answer em for sure.