Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and Note 5 Pro Users Risk Bricking Their Phones While Downgrading from MIUI 10

By July 13th, 2018 AT 3:01 PM

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro and Redmi Note 5 users who have updated to the latest MIUI 10 Global Beta might be in for some trouble as the Chinese OEM has announced that if the testers running MIUI 10 Global Beta 8.7.6 downgrade to previous stable or beta build, then their phone will be bricked. To counter this issue, Xiaomi has rolled out a new anti-rollback feature for Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro users.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and Note 5 Pro

The company has put out a post in its MIUI forum highlighting that downgrading from the already running MIUI 10 Global Beta ROM would mean a bricked phone for Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro users. Xiaomi has also said that the anti-rollback feature will bring “system stability” and “security of device”. Also, it has guided that if someone has already bricked their phone because of downgrading from the MIUI 10 Global Beta, then they should head to the nearest Mi service centre for resolution of the issue.

The official blog post by Xiaomi reads “To maintain system stability and ensure the security of the device, we have introduced a mechanism of anti-rollback. After you have updated to MIUI 10 Public ROM 8.7.6 or ROM afterwards, you cannot downgrade your ROM to previous Stable ROM and Beta ROM.” Xiaomi further added that users who have updated devices to MIUI 10 Global Beta ROM 8.7.6 or ROM afterwards, should not try to downgrade the ROM. “Otherwise, your device will be bricked, which may also affect your device stability. If your device has been bricked, please go to the nearest Mi service centre for help.”

Besides a damage control method, Xiaomi has also told about a pre-tailored solution. It has said that to avoid the issue, Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro users should unlock their smartphone’s boot-loader and flash another ROM on their phones before they proceed to install the new Global Beta ROM.

Xiaomi had rolled out the new Global Beta ROM last month followed by a global launch of the ROM. The new ROM by Xiaomi comes with a lot of upgrades in the UI and the backend as well. Xiaomi has touted many AI based features for this new ROM along with a new Recents menu which is inspired by the Mi Notes App. However, this issue of the phone bricking for Redmi Note 5 Pro and Redmi Note 5 users has brought a sign of trouble. Even then, the launch of the anti-rollback feature will help keep further technical issues at bay. This feature is going to be similar to Android Oreo’s rollback protection functionality which serves the same purpose.

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Just flash the rom if you are not comfortable using MIUI. Lots of custom roms available for Redmi Note 5 Pro.

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AU(Airtel User)

LoL what else can you expect from a cheap chinese brand now after Asus(decent brand) have hit them in low and lower middle segment of mobile lineup.


What you don’t know is it is one of the feature of android Oreo know as rollback protection. It is not feature of miui. It is one of the security measures Google has taken. So you are saying implementing a security feature of android is worng thing for you.

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