Xiaomi makes some great smartphones for our Asian friends which should see them expand into the western world in the years ahead. Some say they are a rip off of Apple products on the outside and offer something unique in the inside regarding software. One of the problems that now presents is due to Xiaomi not being a hardware company. The software we have running on our Redmi Note 3 heavily relies on the hardware to do enough to make it work smoothly. While that is almost certainly the case, it will not stay that way if you are one to put more into your operating system than how it came out of the box. Anyone wanting to maximize the performance of the Xiaomi hardware should think about rooting the device and getting rid of some of the default apps.
You can get that done a few different ways. The way we recommend is by installing the Titanium Backup app and then paying for the Pro version of the app which allows you to freeze certain apps instead of completely uninstall them. Paying money for something is never fun, but it is the only way you can freeze the apps which are an important part of your journey if you are not an advanced Android user. By freezing something you are not sure about, you can see the results. Once you can see those results were not favorable for your OS then just unfreeze it and have it working again. It beats having to install a stock ROM which can take all day to download if you are doing it free. Flashing the stock ROM is the only way you can fix your bricking problems.
- You must unlock the bootloader on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro smartphone before you root it using this guide.
- You should have the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro running the 220.127.116.11 global firmware to follow this guide. It is worth noting that there is a tutorial out for this same firmware build number already, but that is not the global build.
BEFORE YOU BEGIN
- Unlock the Developer Options menu on the Redmi Note 3 Pro smartphone by tapping on the Settings > About Device > Build Number 7 or 8 times until it says on the display that you are now using the device as a developer.
- Enter the Developer Options menu and enable the USB Debugging Mode by tapping on the Settings > Developer Options > USB Debugging Mode.
HOW TO ROOT XIAOMI REDMI NOTE 3 PRO RUNNING 18.104.22.168 GLOBAL FIRMWARE
- Follow our step-by-step guide to installing Fastboot on your computer so you can start using some ADB commands from a command prompt window.
- Download the TWRP Recovery image for the Note 3 Pro from here.
- Download the modified boot image for the Note 3 Pro from here.
- Download the SuperSU from here.
- Turn off the Redmi Note 3 Pro smartphone and reboot to Fastboot mode. (Hold the Power and Volume Down buttons at the same time to get into Fastboot mode).
- Extract the modified boot image and the TWRP files to the desktop of the computer. (You can extract the modified boot image and the TWRP by putting the files on the desktop > right-clicking on the files > extract here from the menu).
- Shift the modified boot image and the TWRP files into the same folder as your ADB.
- From within your folder that has all of the files, hold the Shift key and right-click the mouse and choose to “open a new command window here.”
- Connect the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro smartphone to the computer with the USB cable.
- Copy the SuperSU zip file to the internal storage SD card for the Redmi Note 3 Pro smartphone. (Make sure it’s the root of the SD card which means don’t have it in any of the subfolders. Keep it at the topmost level of the SD card so you can find it later when you are in the recovery mode).
- Type the command “fastboot flash boot boot.img”.
- Type the next command “fastboot flash recovery twrp.img”.
- Type the command “fastboot reboot” and hold the hardware key combination for recovery mode as soon as it first-time boots. (The recovery mode hardware key combination is as follows: Volume Up and Power keys until you get to the “Mi” logo).
- From within your new custom recovery, tap on the “Install” option and browse the SD card for the SuperSU zip file.
- Follow the prompts to install your SuperSU and then choose the option to reboot the system once you are done.
In conclusion, that’s how to install a custom recovery and root the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro smartphone using the tutorial above. You should find the SuperSU is now available from your app drawer when the device reboots and you can confirm everything is working by installing the root checker app.