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[HOW-TO] How to unlock your Redmi 5 Plus

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niels_kievits

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Oct 2, 2010
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What is this How-to for:
In our Telegram-group, I've seen quite some questions on what to do to unlock a Redmi 5 Plus.
There are a few different states a phone can be in when you receive it, such as 'Fake' roms, China stable, China DEV and so on. Below we'll try and make sense of it al and explain what is the best way of getting about unlocking your phone.

Update: With the release of the global Development rom, some people have successfully unlocked their device without having to perform the testpoint method. The rom can be found here:
http://bigota.d.miui.com/8.3.15/miui_HM5PlusGlobal_8.3.15_e69c117bf5_7.1.zip

After installing global development, please start unlocking by beginning at step 1 below, but skipping step 2!

Step 1: (needed for everyone who wants to unlock their phone, regardless):

1: Goto: http://en.miui.com/unlock/ and follow the steps there to apply for unlocking:
get_code_step1.png

This requires creating a MIUI forum account and entering a mobile number on which you will receive your approval. This number does NOT need to be the number you are going to use on your Redmi 5 Plus. As long as you create a MI account and hang on to that, you're good.

Getting the approval might take a while. The best way to check if your approval has been passed is to regularly revisit http://en.miui.com/unlock/ (while logged in with your forum account) until the page changes on opening to one that allows you to download the unlock client app:
step2.jpg


This is it for this part for now.

Step 2: Knowing what ROM you are on and taking the steps to get to the right one if needed:

Basically, the following 'states' are possible:
  • China Stable Rom
  • Official Global Stable
  • 'Fake' Global, locked bootloader
  • 'Fake' Global, Unlocked bootloader; If you are part of these happy few, go directly to step 4.

For the first 3 options you will need to flash to the China dev rom: Which can be found here: http://bigota.d.miui.com/8.2.1/vince_images_8.2.1_20180201.0000.00_7.1_cn_bd9ee1a88a.tgz

This needs to be done via the so called 'Test point method', and it is the only way to do it (as of now).
Information on how to do this you can find it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVG3Ip6UPGE.

After this, you are ready for the next step.

Step 3: Binding account and unlocking:

Note: If you have problems binding your account on step 1, use PlexVPN, setting the connection to a China location, or use the attached APK vpn service (in.invpn_2017-08-15.apk).

1: After you’ve applied and received unlock permission from MIUI you can use the account to sign into your Mi-Account on your phone.
First though, we need to establish if you need to do additional steps, so hold on to this for now.

2: Enable “Developer options” on your device by tapping few times on MIUI version.

3: Go to “Developer options” and enable “OEM Unlocking”, then go to “Mi Unlock Status” and tap on “Add account and device”.

4: Download and install the latest version of MiFlashUnlock from this page and install it on your pc (unlocking with MiUnlock 1.x version won’t work).

5. Install MiFlashUnlock, open it and press “Agree” button, sign into your Mi-account.

6: Turn off your phone completely and start it in fastboot mode. Press “Power” and “Volume Down” buttons at the same time until fastboot logo appear on the screen.
Connect your phone to PC in fastboot mode and press “Unlock” button.

7: And now this is where it gets a bit silly. You most likely will be confronted with a wait time between 72 and 360 hours. There is currently no way around this and you have to sit it out.
Once the time has passed, you can unlock your phone and are ready to flash TWRP and be a happy camper.

EDIT: There is a way around the 360 hour wait. Check this post: https://forum.xda-developers.com/re...ageos-15-1-t3780298/post76304194#post76304194

Step 4: Flash TWRP
See this topic on how to do this: https://forum.xda-developers.com/android/development/-t3727162.

Sources:
https://xiaomifirmware.com/guides-and-tips/unlock-bootloader-on-redmi-5-5a/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVG3Ip6UPGE
http://en.miui.com
https://androidfilehost.com/?w=files&flid=248291 > LOS ROM Downloads
https://androidfilehost.com/?w=files&flid=249434 >AEX ROM Downloads
Telegram Group: https://t.me/redmi5plusroms

Final notes:
Please comment if anything in the above is not correct or needs revising.
Thanks everyone who contributed, will add names later once I get to know your XDA accountnames :).
 

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aser_elhbayeb

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Sep 13, 2012
162
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Should the phone used to receive the unlock SMS be the same as the one on the device being unlocked?
I have tried my phone number but I didn't receive an SMS, so I had to use a U.S number and successfully got it.
 

mymyway

Member
Oct 19, 2010
29
0
I do not access the unlock questionnaire, it sends me directly to download the application??

me too. in my case i already have permission to unlock from previous xiaomi phone. but still have to bind my current device to my account, and got stuck in error 86006. apparently i got un-official rom.
 

Mactley

Senior Member
Jul 3, 2013
66
16
Damn, is the test point method really the only way to unlock the bootloader? I want to install Lineage but I'm not willing to open up my brand new phone and start bridging circuits..
 

sabbahy

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Feb 3, 2015
94
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i'm on Global Stable ROM V9.2.6.0.NEGMIEK, do i need to flash to the China dev rom in order to unlock the bootloader?
 

slickw

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Jun 4, 2013
182
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i get an error 86006 while trying add account

i have the same problem 86006 all the time on official global rom......

i know test point flashing chinese dev rom and later adding account with VPN will work....but its my girlfriends phone. she will freak out if i tear it apart.

has anyone found any other soulution for this problem ?
 

Mactley

Senior Member
Jul 3, 2013
66
16
Yeah no way around it, the annoying part is that I already had a Xiaomi account that I used for unlocking other phones but apparently now you can't log in with a phone number anymore so the account is lost. See y'all in 2 weeks.
 

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    What is this How-to for:
    In our Telegram-group, I've seen quite some questions on what to do to unlock a Redmi 5 Plus.
    There are a few different states a phone can be in when you receive it, such as 'Fake' roms, China stable, China DEV and so on. Below we'll try and make sense of it al and explain what is the best way of getting about unlocking your phone.

    Update: With the release of the global Development rom, some people have successfully unlocked their device without having to perform the testpoint method. The rom can be found here:
    http://bigota.d.miui.com/8.3.15/miui_HM5PlusGlobal_8.3.15_e69c117bf5_7.1.zip

    After installing global development, please start unlocking by beginning at step 1 below, but skipping step 2!

    Step 1: (needed for everyone who wants to unlock their phone, regardless):

    1: Goto: http://en.miui.com/unlock/ and follow the steps there to apply for unlocking:
    get_code_step1.png

    This requires creating a MIUI forum account and entering a mobile number on which you will receive your approval. This number does NOT need to be the number you are going to use on your Redmi 5 Plus. As long as you create a MI account and hang on to that, you're good.

    Getting the approval might take a while. The best way to check if your approval has been passed is to regularly revisit http://en.miui.com/unlock/ (while logged in with your forum account) until the page changes on opening to one that allows you to download the unlock client app:
    step2.jpg


    This is it for this part for now.

    Step 2: Knowing what ROM you are on and taking the steps to get to the right one if needed:

    Basically, the following 'states' are possible:
    • China Stable Rom
    • Official Global Stable
    • 'Fake' Global, locked bootloader
    • 'Fake' Global, Unlocked bootloader; If you are part of these happy few, go directly to step 4.

    For the first 3 options you will need to flash to the China dev rom: Which can be found here: http://bigota.d.miui.com/8.2.1/vince_images_8.2.1_20180201.0000.00_7.1_cn_bd9ee1a88a.tgz

    This needs to be done via the so called 'Test point method', and it is the only way to do it (as of now).
    Information on how to do this you can find it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVG3Ip6UPGE.

    After this, you are ready for the next step.

    Step 3: Binding account and unlocking:

    Note: If you have problems binding your account on step 1, use PlexVPN, setting the connection to a China location, or use the attached APK vpn service (in.invpn_2017-08-15.apk).

    1: After you’ve applied and received unlock permission from MIUI you can use the account to sign into your Mi-Account on your phone.
    First though, we need to establish if you need to do additional steps, so hold on to this for now.

    2: Enable “Developer options” on your device by tapping few times on MIUI version.

    3: Go to “Developer options” and enable “OEM Unlocking”, then go to “Mi Unlock Status” and tap on “Add account and device”.

    4: Download and install the latest version of MiFlashUnlock from this page and install it on your pc (unlocking with MiUnlock 1.x version won’t work).

    5. Install MiFlashUnlock, open it and press “Agree” button, sign into your Mi-account.

    6: Turn off your phone completely and start it in fastboot mode. Press “Power” and “Volume Down” buttons at the same time until fastboot logo appear on the screen.
    Connect your phone to PC in fastboot mode and press “Unlock” button.

    7: And now this is where it gets a bit silly. You most likely will be confronted with a wait time between 72 and 360 hours. There is currently no way around this and you have to sit it out.
    Once the time has passed, you can unlock your phone and are ready to flash TWRP and be a happy camper.

    EDIT: There is a way around the 360 hour wait. Check this post: https://forum.xda-developers.com/re...ageos-15-1-t3780298/post76304194#post76304194

    Step 4: Flash TWRP
    See this topic on how to do this: https://forum.xda-developers.com/android/development/-t3727162.

    Sources:
    https://xiaomifirmware.com/guides-and-tips/unlock-bootloader-on-redmi-5-5a/
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVG3Ip6UPGE
    http://en.miui.com
    https://androidfilehost.com/?w=files&flid=248291 > LOS ROM Downloads
    https://androidfilehost.com/?w=files&flid=249434 >AEX ROM Downloads
    Telegram Group: https://t.me/redmi5plusroms

    Final notes:
    Please comment if anything in the above is not correct or needs revising.
    Thanks everyone who contributed, will add names later once I get to know your XDA accountnames :).
    3
    Nobody has solved this error yet. Everybody is facing the same problem.

    Sent from my Redmi Note 5 using Tapatalk
    No need to bind account
    1. Go to i.mi.com

    2. Login using your phone number
    (But your phone number should be registered first to the mi account)

    3 . Click on upgrade account

    4. Click on send otp
    (You'll get otp to registered number)

    5. Enter otp

    6. On main page click locate device
    (It'll locate your device on map and in top right corner you should see only one device i.e. rn5/p)

    Then minimise the browser

    Put your phone in fastboot mode and unlock with mi flash toolš
    2
    Bootloader unlocked, MEG 7, Global Dev. :laugh:
    2
    Xiaomi has no compromise about it. Your bootloader will be unlocked no matter what time or condition as long as you succeed to bind account previously. :)

    Yep ... successfully unlocked bootloader on Global Stable 9.2.13.0 :D
    I was scared that it would not be successful because while waiting the 15 days,
    I updated the device from Global Stable 9.2.6.0 to 9.2.13.0 :p

    Screenshot_2018-03-26-01-45-14-131_com.android.settings.png Screenshot_2018-03-26-01-53-34-921_com.android.settings.png

    Also, the process is really smooth .. no data wipe after unlocking .. all data intact :)

    Screenshot_2018-03-26-01-44-53-258_com.htc.launcher.jpg

    Tomorrow will proceed with TWRP install.
    2
    Updated to global dev rom, went quickly through the setup, login my my account during setup, then enable dev options, bind account, SUCCESFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Recommend everybody that have the 86006 issue to update to the global dev rom. If you don't know how to update, here's the steps.

    1. Download the zip file here http://bigota.d.miui.com/8.3.15/miui_HM5PlusGlobal_8.3.15_e69c117bf5_7.1.zip
    2. Go to updater app, press choose update package. Let it run. NOTE: For me it seems that after decrypting the zip file, it won't let you install the zip file anymore. So either you duplicate the zip file, or you make sure you backup everything as it will erase EVERYTHING in your device when you update to the latest global dev rom.
    3. Let it do it's thing, sit back, grab some coffee
    4. Just skip through everything you can in the setup
    5. When it asks you to login your mi account, just login
    6. Then go to about phone and tap miui version until you enable dev options
    7. Go to dev options and bind your account! (Make sure OEM unlocking is enabled, it's enabled by default for me though)

    Btw, my phone is MEG7, so this may or may not work for your device

    ---------- Post added at 12:41 AM ---------- Previous post was at 12:28 AM ----------

    Now available to Global Developer Rom, can anyone try or go via the updater?
    http://en.miui.com/download-340.html#502

    Updated using updater, no problems so far

    ---------- Post added at 12:42 AM ---------- Previous post was at 12:41 AM ----------

    How do I know if my phone is on official or unofficial global ROM? I already updated the ROM to newer version trough OTA update. Does that mean that it's the official ROM?

    And another question. Will the phone reset to factory settings when I install the developer ROM?

    When you update it will delete all your data