How to download and install MIUI 9 on Mi Max, Mi Max 2, Mi Note 2, Mi 5s and 5s Plus

While Google is making every Android smartphone user excited with the timed rollout of its latest Android Oreo, Xiaomi is doing just the same with a new software for Mi smartphones. The highly-anticipated Android Nougat-based MIUI 9 Global beta ROM is swiftly making its way to new devices.

After completing the first phase of the rollout, MIUI 9 Global Beta has hit the second batch of Mi smartphones. They include Mi Max, Mi Max 2, Mi Note 2, Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus. Although the new software is a test run before the stable build is released, it brings new software and its features to users who choose to upgrade.

With the latest software, users get new icons for apps, redesigned home page, software optimization and more. Beta testers can download the latest software on eligible smartphones before anyone else. Below are the download links for compatible smartphones, so make sure you download the right file.

MIUI 9 Global Beta ROM 7.8.24 Download Links

Xiaomi Mi 5: Fastboot and Recovery

Mi Max: Fastboot and Recovery

Xiaomi Redmi 4X/ Redmi Note 4 Qualcomm: Fastboot and Recovery

Xiaomi Mi 5s: Fastboot and Recovery

Xiaomi Mi 6: Fastboot and Recovery

Xiaomi Mi Note 2: Fastboot and Recovery

Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus: Fastboot and Recovery

Xiaomi Mi Max 2: Fastboot and Recovery

Xiaomi Redmi 4X: Fastboot and Recovery

Getting started

Before installing the new ROM on your Mi smartphone, it is important to back up all the data.

Those who are running MIUI V5/MIUI 6/MIUI 7 or MIUI 8 stable ROM on their phones, can directly upgrade via Fastboot.

Remove any security lock on your smartphone. You can do so by visiting Xiaomi’s unlocking site.

Flash using Updater app

Download MUI 9 recovery ROM for your smartphone from the links above. Copy the downloaded file to your phone’s internal storage.

Launch the Updater app on your smartphone, tap the three dots on the top right and select Choose Update Package. Then you navigate to the location where you stored your recovery file and select it.

OTA updating process

This is the simplest form of updating your phone. Launch updater app and check for latest updates. If you see an update to be installed, simply tap the Download Now button and wait for the process to complete. Reboot the phone after completing the download and you’ll be running the latest MIUI 9 on your smartphone.

Also, note that this step works only if the new software is available for download over-the-air.

Flash MIUI 9 using Fastboot

Once the device is unlocked and you’ve downloaded the right Fastboot file for your smartphone from the links above, download the latest Mi Flash Tool.

Next step is to download the latest .Net Frameworks via Windows Update (automatic updates should be enabled) by clicking on Download & Install in the pop-up window.

Disable Driver Signature Enforcement option in Windows. You can follow this guide (Click HERE) to walk you through step by step.

Turn off the device, press and hold Volume and Power buttons of your phone simultaneously to boot into Fastboot mode. Connect your device to the Windows PC or laptop via a micro USB cable.

Extract the downloaded ROM zip files to the root folder (C:) of the computer for easy flashing. Copy the path of the root folder.

Launch the Mi Flash tool and paste the full path of the folder. Select ‘Clean All’ option in the Mi Flash to avoid unwanted errors during the flash process.

Click the Refresh button in case your device is not listed there. Ensure that updated drivers are installed for your phone on the computer.

Finally, when the phone is recognized and mounted on the computer, just select the device in the tool and click Flash.

Wait until the flashing process completes. Do not interrupt the flashing process as it might inadvertently brick your device. Your device should automatically reboot once the flashing is completed.

To verify the installation was successful, go to Settings, then About Phone and check if the software shows MIUI 9.

MIUI 9 update for Mi 5, Mi Note 2, Mi Max 2, Redmi 4X and other phones coming: How to download?

Ahead of Google launching its Android 8.0 aka Android O version soon, Xiaomi is upgrading its smartphone portfolio to the latest available firmware. The Chinese smartphone giant is going to rollout Android Nougat-based MIUI 9 OS for its existing devices.

The MIUI 9 rollout will begin as early as next week, with the first device being Xiaomi’s former flagship Mi 5 smartphone on Monday, August 7. This was confirmed by Xiaomi via MIUI’s official Weibo handle and on the community forum.

Xiaomi debuted Android Nougat-based MIUI 9 with the launch of Xiaomi Mi 5X last week. The new software brings series of improvements over the current version of Android Marshmallow-based MIUI 8. Xiaomi has always considered the software a huge part of its product and experience.

By constantly reminding users of the slightest changes that every new software update brings to old phones, Xiaomi is making sure users value the upgrades.

Google’s Android 7.0 Nougat was itself a massive improvement from Android Marshmallow, with key upgrades such as multi window options, night mode, bundled notification, improved security update and several other new features to improve user experience. Xiaomi’s MIUI 9 based on this version of Android will add some of its own value-adds to make this change historic for its users.

From what we’ve seen in the Mi 5X, the new MIUI 9 brings new features such as Universal search, Smart Assistant, a redesigned dock bar, Smart App launcher and much more. But to get the new software, devices must be compatible.

MIUI 9 release time-table and eligible devices

Xiaomi has laid out a release timetable for the MIUI 9 rollout. Based on that, Xiaomi will release the new software to the current flagship Mi 6 smartphone and Redmi Note 4X on August 11. This will be the second batch of software update.

A total of 12 Xiaomi models will be upgraded to MIUI 9 in August. The third wave of MIUI 9 update will cover a wide range of models, including Xiaomi Mi MIX, Mi Note 2, Mi 5, Mi 5s, Mi 5s Plus, Mi 5c, Mi Max 2, Mi Max, Mi 4x, Mi 4c, Mi Note Pro and Redmi 4X. The software update will hit these devices on August 25.

Finally, it is worth mentioning that the older Xiaomi phones will be updated at a later date sometime in late September. But the Redmi 2A and Redmi 1/1S won’t be getting the new software. MIUI 9’s release is currently exclusive to China, and there will be a Global ROM for users around the world. There’s no exact release on the global ROM just yet.

MIUI 9: New features

Xiaomi MIUI 9’s biggest highlight is the optimisation, which will make your phone faster and load apps quicker than before. The new image feature search can find images by typing in keywords. There’s also a Smart Assistant, which is similar to Apple’s Spotlight feature, to search for pretty much anything on your phone.

If you are fond of themes, there will be three new ones – No Boundary, Colour Fantasy, and, Cool Black –
for your phone. MIUI 9 will have a new lock-screen design, new shortcut for torch and split-screen