[HOW TO]Xiaomi Redmi 4A (Xiaomi EU rom)

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Palm Trees

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Dec 9, 2016
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Device: Xiaomi Redmi 4A from Gearbest

The phone was shipped with a reported "fake global rom". I managed to flash the Global Rom (unofficial by Xiaomi EU). Here's how I did it.

1. Download XiaoMiFlash tool (https://mega.nz/#!aAhCmbSS!LvXzz7F1U5kG8v6oCbN_NiWFPvXahNON_FfclGnjFPE)
2. Download the Official China Stable Rom from Xiaomi (http://en.miui.com/a-234.html) choose Redmi 4A Latest China Stable Version Fastboot File Download
3. Extract the China Rom and change extracted .tar file's extension to .tz
3a. Extract the .tz file with 7zip
4. Open MiFlash tool, select the folder where you've just extracted the .tz file (named rolex_images_V8.1.2.0.MCCCNDI_20161125.0000.00_6.0_cn)
4a. Check the "clean all and lock" option in the lower right corner in MiFlash tool
5. Power off your device. Now press the 'power' button and 'volume up'
6. A screen appears with several options, choose 'Download'
7. Connect your phone to your PC and await (COM [xx]) to show in MiFlash tool
8. Click flash and wait for it to finish.
9. Reboot your phone and wait (this will take 5-10 minutes)
10. When you've installed the China Rom go to Mi Unlock Status
463048option.png

11. If it says 'Device is unlocked' you're good to go, if your device is locked this method wont work (see picture above)
12. Download the latest weekly rom or stable (your choice) from https://xiaomi.eu/community/threads/6-12-22.36929/
13. Download Cofface's TWRP recovery for Redmi 4A: https://www.androidfilehost.com/?fid=529152257862683408
14. Flash the recovery if you can - I couldn't so I ran (fastboot boot [filename].img)
15. Phone now boots into TWRP
16. Perform Nandroid and wipe (factory reset)
17. Install Xiaomi EU rom
18. Voila! You have the unoffical global rom by Xiaomi EU and fully functional Play Store.
 
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chinnyss

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up for this cheap price phone for great specs i see.... thats why people love Android units......
 

kriegster

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Nice job bud! I have a redmi 4 prime and it came with this fake global rom too, so i thinking on make the same thing u did. But i dont get why u flashed the china rom first and them flashed miui eu. Why not flash the miui eu only? 'Cause of unlock bootloader? Im pretty sure users can request the unlock code from their official xiaomi forum/site.

Greetings!

Enviado de meu Redmi 4 usando Tapatalk
 

Palm Trees

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Nice job bud! I have a redmi 4 prime and it came with this fake global rom too, so i thinking on make the same thing u did. But i dont get why u flashed the china rom first and them flashed miui eu. Why not flash the miui eu only? 'Cause of unlock bootloader? Im pretty sure users can request the unlock code from their official xiaomi forum/site.

Greetings!

Enviado de meu Redmi 4 usando Tapatalk

I'm not sure you can unlock your phone with the fake rom installed. There unlock device option isn't included. To be honest, I can't remember, as this was a gift for my sister and not a daily driver of mine. Should work on the 'Prime' too - BUT make sure you flash the correct TWRP for Redmi 4 Prime specifically.
 

Michi72

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My redmi 4A from gearbest already came with an unlocked bootloader. Bow working good with global from xiaomi.EU via twrp.

Additional note: the battery's endurance is really impressive! Lasting two days using as much as I can. Only mail twitter telegram internet sometimes it lasts four (4) days!! Pretty good for 3000 mAh. SD425 I only say. The performance is OK. No turbo, but definitely not slow!

Buy this phone, if you want to have as much phone as possible for your low budget. It's impressive!
 

Allhunt

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Rom infested with bloatwares and malware.
Unnecessary apps that consume the few features of the device.
I'm sorry that a manufacturer of this size behaves this way. :(
 
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Ultimate Chicken

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Got a 4A with Global 8.2.1.0, currently quite annoyed that the unlock procedure that's plastered all over the place doesn't actually work, with the only answer being to "wait longer".

Its already been stated long ago in mi's official forums, that the unlock procedure works on a Gobal nondev, but I don't think the procedure has been tested outside of China and India. 15+ days since I got the permission to unlock (this was within an hour BTW), and the official unlocker still cannot verify the device. No answer to the bug report either.

Not to mention I've never been able to register with the Unlock Status app (10008: an error has occured, please consult API), and the mi finder site will locate my 4A, but pretend it isn't connected - so no go on a possible method 2.

Really don't know what I missed. It'll take a bit of time to flash any dev ROM and reinstall all the things; I had a 1S and it wasn't that difficult to get the bootloader unlocked.

Is there an unofficial way to get temporary root BTW?
 
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Michi72

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Got a 4A with Global 8.2.1.0, currently quite annoyed that the unlock procedure that's plastered all over the place doesn't actually work, with the only answer being to "wait longer".

Its already been stated long ago in mi's official forums, that the unlock procedure works on a Gobal nondev, but I don't think the procedure has been tested outside of China and India. 15+ days since I got the permission to unlock (this was within an hour BTW), and the official unlocker still cannot verify the device. No answer to the bug report either.

Not to mention I've never been able to register with the Unlock Status app (10008: an error has occured, please consult API), and the mi finder site will locate my 4A, but pretend it isn't connected - so no go on a possible method 2.

Really don't know what I missed. It'll take a bit of time to flash any dev ROM and reinstall all the things; I had a 1S and it wasn't that difficult to get the bootloader unlocked.

Is there an unofficial way to get temporary root BTW?
I thought the same on my device. But afterwards it was not necessary at all. Gear...st already flashed their shoprom on my device, which said is was a global one, but not updatable via ota.

My next step was to check how they did it.

Did you already check bootloader status via fastboot OEM check? Maybe you can simply already flash twrp as described on xiaomi.eu site.
 

Ultimate Chicken

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Did you already check bootloader status via fastboot OEM check? Maybe you can simply already flash twrp as described on xiaomi.eu site.

Nah, my device wasn't from Gearbest. It's officially sold by Xiaomi in Singapore; they're working with Challenger; the ROM has play store and is only "contaminated" by an extra music app, an extra browser, and all the mi specific apps in 1 folder. <_<'

I did fastboot oem check whilst hoping I could get TWRP in long ago; no dice - device unlocked: false. Also, I do not seem to have the permission to run the "fastboot oem unlock" command.
 

Michi72

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Feb 16, 2011
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I did fastboot oem check whilst hoping I could get TWRP in long ago; no dice - device unlocked: false. Also, I do not seem to have the permission to run the "fastboot oem unlock" command.
OK, I only had the hope to help you. You can try to contact gearbest how they flash their shoprom... Just kidding :)
Please tell us, what the answer to your bug report was. Hope that would not last a year for xiaomi to answer ...
 

kapil.git

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Unlock Woes

Its already been stated long ago in mi's official forums, that the unlock procedure works on a Gobal nondev, but I don't think the procedure has been tested outside of China and Akhand-bharat. 15+ days since I got the permission to unlock

I am from India and havn't been able to unlock newer mi phones ( 3s prime and 4A ). If this did this to safeguard these devices clearly shoprom like places have defied that.

STill waiting for some genius to find jailbreak without begging Mi
 

moinmka

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Oct 11, 2015
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Device: Xiaomi Redmi 4A from Gearbest

The phone was shipped with a reported "fake global rom". I managed to flash the Global Rom (unofficial by Xiaomi EU). Here's how I did it.

1. Download XiaoMiFlash tool (https://mega.nz/#!aAhCmbSS!LvXzz7F1U5kG8v6oCbN_NiWFPvXahNON_FfclGnjFPE)
2. Download the Official China Stable Rom from Xiaomi (http://en.miui.com/a-234.html) choose Redmi 4A Latest China Stable Version Fastboot File Download
3. Extract the China Rom and change extracted .tar file's extension to .tz
3a. Extract the .tz file with 7zip
4. Open MiFlash tool, select the folder where you've just extracted the .tz file (named rolex_images_V8.1.2.0.MCCCNDI_20161125.0000.00_6.0_cn)
4a. Check the "clean all and lock" option in the lower right corner in MiFlash tool
5. Power off your device. Now press the 'power' button and 'volume up'
6. A screen appears with several options, choose 'Download'
7. Connect your phone to your PC and await (COM [xx]) to show in MiFlash tool
8. Click flash and wait for it to finish.
9. Reboot your phone and wait (this will take 5-10 minutes)
10. When you've installed the China Rom go to Mi Unlock Status
463048option.png

11. If it says 'Device is unlocked' you're good to go, if your device is locked this method wont work (see picture above)
12. Download the latest weekly rom or stable (your choice) from https://xiaomi.eu/community/threads/6-12-22.36929/
13. Download Cofface's TWRP recovery for Redmi 4A: https://www.androidfilehost.com/?fid=529152257862683408
14. Flash the recovery if you can - I couldn't so I ran (fastboot boot [filename].img)
15. Phone now boots into TWRP
16. Perform Nandroid and wipe (factory reset)
17. Install Xiaomi EU rom
18. Voila! You have the unoffical global rom by Xiaomi EU and fully functional Play Store.


Screen shot??
 

mauroma71

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Mar 10, 2016
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Is the new 4a version (2GM RAM, 32 GB ROM) supported for this procedure and eu rom? I was thinking to that phone for my son but I don't want china bloatware.
thanks in advance
mauro
 
Hi Mauro, yes, it is.
My 4A 2GB 32GB WORLD from gearbest came with Version: V8.1.6.0.MXDMIDI - STABLE world and a LOCKED bootloader.
I checked the bootloader status 1st with #fastboot oem device-info
Then opend a MI Account via the phone itself and asked for the unlock permission. Which was granted within 10 minutes. (Thanks!)
There is a restrictive waiting time of 72h after creating the MI account and unlocking the bl which the recent version of the unlock tool respects - but the older version (MiFlashUnlock_1.1.1111.1_en) thankfully ignores.
After that I followed above instructions (twrp did not install for me neither, I got a good scare when trying to boot into allegedly installed twrp but was greeted with the Chinese stock recovery - changing language is the right button, 2nd row from below - but that won´t help you, you have) to boot into twrp from fastload and then installed Xiaomi EU rom and root (from sdcard). All good!
 
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mauroma71

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That's great! Thanks a lot santamanga!

Hi Mauro, yes, it is.
My 4A 2GB 32GB WORLD from gearbest came with Version: V8.1.6.0.MXDMIDI - STABLE world and a LOCKED bootloader.
I checked the bootloader status 1st with #fastboot oem device-info
Then opend a MI Account via the phone itself and asked for the unlock permission. Which was granted within 10 minutes. (Thanks!)
There is a restrictive waiting time of 72h after creating the MI account and unlocking the bl which the recent version of the unlock tool respects - but the older version (MiFlashUnlock_1.1.1111.1_en) thankfully ignores.
After that I followed above instructions (twrp did not install for me neither, I got a good scare when trying to boot into allegedly installed twrp but was greeted with the Chinese stock recovery - changing language is the right button, 2nd row from below - but that won´t help you, you have) to boot into twrp from fastload and then installed Xiaomi EU rom and root (from sdcard). All good!
 

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    Device: Xiaomi Redmi 4A from Gearbest

    The phone was shipped with a reported "fake global rom". I managed to flash the Global Rom (unofficial by Xiaomi EU). Here's how I did it.

    1. Download XiaoMiFlash tool (https://mega.nz/#!aAhCmbSS!LvXzz7F1U5kG8v6oCbN_NiWFPvXahNON_FfclGnjFPE)
    2. Download the Official China Stable Rom from Xiaomi (http://en.miui.com/a-234.html) choose Redmi 4A Latest China Stable Version Fastboot File Download
    3. Extract the China Rom and change extracted .tar file's extension to .tz
    3a. Extract the .tz file with 7zip
    4. Open MiFlash tool, select the folder where you've just extracted the .tz file (named rolex_images_V8.1.2.0.MCCCNDI_20161125.0000.00_6.0_cn)
    4a. Check the "clean all and lock" option in the lower right corner in MiFlash tool
    5. Power off your device. Now press the 'power' button and 'volume up'
    6. A screen appears with several options, choose 'Download'
    7. Connect your phone to your PC and await (COM [xx]) to show in MiFlash tool
    8. Click flash and wait for it to finish.
    9. Reboot your phone and wait (this will take 5-10 minutes)
    10. When you've installed the China Rom go to Mi Unlock Status
    463048option.png

    11. If it says 'Device is unlocked' you're good to go, if your device is locked this method wont work (see picture above)
    12. Download the latest weekly rom or stable (your choice) from https://xiaomi.eu/community/threads/6-12-22.36929/
    13. Download Cofface's TWRP recovery for Redmi 4A: https://www.androidfilehost.com/?fid=529152257862683408
    14. Flash the recovery if you can - I couldn't so I ran (fastboot boot [filename].img)
    15. Phone now boots into TWRP
    16. Perform Nandroid and wipe (factory reset)
    17. Install Xiaomi EU rom
    18. Voila! You have the unoffical global rom by Xiaomi EU and fully functional Play Store.
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    Rom infested with bloatwares and malware.
    Unnecessary apps that consume the few features of the device.
    I'm sorry that a manufacturer of this size behaves this way. :(
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    Rom infested with bloatwares and malware.
    Unnecessary apps that consume the few features of the device.
    I'm sorry that a manufacturer of this size behaves this way. :(
    Those who have eyes to read: read!
    You're on a shoprom. It's not the factory's one.
    Read here on XDA about flashing xiaomi.eu ROM.
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    Hi Mauro, yes, it is.
    My 4A 2GB 32GB WORLD from gearbest came with Version: V8.1.6.0.MXDMIDI - STABLE world and a LOCKED bootloader.
    I checked the bootloader status 1st with #fastboot oem device-info
    Then opend a MI Account via the phone itself and asked for the unlock permission. Which was granted within 10 minutes. (Thanks!)
    There is a restrictive waiting time of 72h after creating the MI account and unlocking the bl which the recent version of the unlock tool respects - but the older version (MiFlashUnlock_1.1.1111.1_en) thankfully ignores.
    After that I followed above instructions (twrp did not install for me neither, I got a good scare when trying to boot into allegedly installed twrp but was greeted with the Chinese stock recovery - changing language is the right button, 2nd row from below - but that won´t help you, you have) to boot into twrp from fastload and then installed Xiaomi EU rom and root (from sdcard). All good!
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    Redmi 4A Latest China Stable Version Fastboot File

    Hello, I have a new Redmi 4A that was shipped with a fake global ROM. I am unable to get bootloader unlock permission, due to fake ROM. I want to download the official fastboot file for 4A from the site given ( I can't post links yet) but it is not on the list, can you advise me please? Is it possible to use the one for the Redmi 4 instead? Thank you.