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How to install TWRP Recovery on Xiaomi Mi Max [Guide]

Xiaomi Mi Max [1]Once you have unlocked the bootloader on the Xiaomi Mi Max smartphone, you are then able to check out what it takes to install a custom recovery. The best custom recovery (TWRP) is available for the Mi Max and with it, you can flash just about anything you had dreamed of flashing. Users use the custom recovery to get root access or install a custom ROM. Most people think that these two things are compatible, but they are not. You do not usually need to root Android before installing a custom ROM. Provided you have unlocked the bootloader and installed a custom recovery the ROMs run.

Here is everything you need to install TWRP Recovery on Xiaomi Mi Max smartphones so you can flash SuperSU and get root access on the phone or just use the new recovery for flashing your files like ROMs and kernels:




  1. Download the TWRP Recovery for Hydrogen [3] directly to the computer.
  2. Set up ADB for Windows on the computer [4] so you can flash the custom recovery and then come back to this guide when it is configured. (Also, you should install the Universal Windows ADB Driver [5] so the ADB runs smoothly).
  3. Connect the Xiaomi Mi Max smartphone to the computer with the USB cable.
  4. Open the Downloads folder where the TWRP file has ended up and copy the file over to the ADB folder.
  5. Extract the TWRP file [6] inside the ADB folder so you have everything in the one directory.
  6. From inside the ADB and TWRP folder, hold the Shift key down and right-click the background where there are no files and a new menu presents itself on the display.
  7. Choose to “open a command window here” from the menu.
  8. Type the command: “adb reboot bootloader” and the Xiaomi Mi Max smartphone will boot into the bootloader mode and be ready for the flashing.
  9. Type the command: “fastboot flash recovery recovery.img” and the custom recovery now gets flashed onto the phone.
  10. Type the command: “fastboot reboot” and as soon as the Mi Max smartphone reboots, hold the hardware button combination for the recovery mode so that it boots into the recovery mode.

In conclusion, that is how to install TWRP Recovery on Xiaomi Mi Max smartphones so you can have the stock recovery swapped for a custom version. The custom recovery allows you to do lots of things including learn how to root the Xiaomi Mi Max smartphone when it is running on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow [7] software updates.