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[GUIDE] How to properly use the SP FLASH TOOL for MERLIN ? (Redmi Note 9 / Redmi 10X 4G)

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VD171

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Warnings:

- If you try to flash in "firmware upgrade" mode, bootloader will be LOCKED again !
- NEVER try to flash in "format all" mode ! Otherwise, you will LOSE all secure and identifying infos for your device. Like IMEI and MAC.
- Keep your backup files safe and secure ! If you can, encrypt them.
- Never try to share your backups or your security and privacy will be compromised.

- USE AT YOUR OWN RISK. I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR ACTIONS.

Downloads:

- SP Flash Tool (Windows): https://spflashtools.com/category/windows
- SP Flash Tool (Linux): https://spflashtools.com/category/linux
- Download-Agent (DA) file: https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/...omi-redmi-note-9-xiaomi-redmi-10x-4g.4209765/
- Scatter file: https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/...omi-redmi-note-9-xiaomi-redmi-10x-4g.4223097/
- (Optional) ReadBack file: https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/...omi-redmi-note-9-xiaomi-redmi-10x-4g.4223109/

Alternative Downloads:
If you are having problems for flashing on Windows with sp flash tool, give a try on these versions:
- SP Flash Tool v5.2020 https://spflashtools.com/windows/sp-flash-tool-v5-2020
- SP Flash Tool v5.1920 https://spflashtools.com/windows/sp-flash-tool-v5-1920
- SP Flash Tool v5.1916 https://spflashtools.com/windows/sp-flash-tool-v5-1916


1. Extract (or install) SP Flash Tool.

2. Extract Download-Agent (DA) file to the SP Flash Tool home folder.

3. Copy the Scatter file to the SP Flash Tool home folder.

4. If you've downloaded the ReadBack file and want to make backup of your device, copy the ReadBack file to the SP Flash Tool home folder. If not, skip this.

5. Run SP Flash Tool.

6. Select Download tab.

7. Click Choose button for finding the Download-Agent and select the Download-Agent (DA) file.

8. Click Choose button for finding the Scatter-loading and select the Scatter file.

9. Click Options in the menu bar. And then select Option.

10. In General tab, UNCHECK "LIB DA match" and UNCHECK "Storage Lite Cycle".

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Done ! 🥳

Now you are ready for to flash, to format or to readback whatever you want.


How to properly solve the errors of the SP FLASH TOOL ?

If you are facing any error or any problem using the SPFlashTool, try this guide: https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/...for-merlin-redmi-note-9-redmi-10x-4g.4238161/



:unsure: Do you need help with your MERLIN device ?
Read this FAQ: https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/...for-merlin-redmi-note-9-redmi-10x-4g.4225163/
 

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dokja28

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Oh so if i want to flash older miui version for example I'm on global 12.0.6 and i want to flash 12.0.3 global what would i use so that my bootloader cant be lock
 
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VD171

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whats the difference between sp flash tool and xiaomi flash tool?
Xiaomi flash tool is an official tool specifically only for Xiaomi devices, it can flash in fastboot mode and download mode both.

Sp flash is an unofficial tool which works for almost every device with Mediatek chipset, and it can flash only in download mode.
 

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@VD171
Probably an unusual question:
I hate android 10/11, they simply abuse of "security" bs and prevents us of doing what we want with our phones.
Is it possible to get rid of dynamic partitions and install some android 9 (Pie) from old days of freedom?
 

VD171

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@VD171
Probably an unusual question:
I hate android 10/11, they simply abuse of "security" bs and prevents us of doing what we want with our phones.
Is it possible to get rid of dynamic partitions and install some android 9 (Pie) from old days of freedom?
Do you mean some rom like GSI ?
I have no ideia, my friend.
But, android 9, 10, 11 and 12 are totally compatible.
So, I think yes, you can.
 

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