Most of Xiaomi devices are powered with Qualcomm chipsets under the hood. There are only a few of it powered with MediaTek chipset.
Both Qualcomm and MediaTek have their own tools to fix devices built with their chipset. Two of Qualcomm’s tools are QPST and QFIL. Qualcomm Product Support Tool (QPST) is a Windows-based software to help power users altering their devices.
Unlike Mi Flash tool that works on both Qualcomm and MediaTek chipsets, QPST and QFIL are only compatible on Qualcomm-based devices.
QFIL stands for Qualcomm Flash Image Loader. It is a Windows-based tool made specifically to flash system image on devices with Qualcomm chipset.
Obviously, the tool is compatible for many variants of Xiaomi phones including Redmi Note 5/5 Pro, Redmi Note 6 Pro, Redmi Note 7/7S/7 Pro, Mi 8, Mi 9, Redmi 7, Mi Mix 2/2S/3, and so on.
Xiaomi released Mi Flash with some parts of QPST/QFIL codes. Both Mi Flash and QFIL tools are able to install MIUI ROM on your Xiaomi devices.
However, the ways both works are different but similar.
Recently, Xiaomi applied a restriction preventing users to flash MIUI ROM through EDL or Test-point method. Only users with authorized Mi account can do the task. Unfortunately, Xiaomi has stopped distributing access for authorized accounts.
On the other hand, QFIL tool is not made by Xiaomi. Hence, such a restriction is not applicable.
QFIL recently becomes popular as an alternative tool to flash MIUI ROM on Xiaomi devices. It can bypass Authorized Mi Account rule set by Xiaomi. The only challenge users would have is getting the right way to flashing.
QFIL lacks documentation and using it on different phones requires different methods. The way on how to flash is basically similar. Different chipsets and different ROM software make the technical flashing steps not simple.
Download QFIL Tool
You can download the Qualcomm Flash Image Loader tool from below mirror direct links. The tool is compressed in a zip file. Extract the zip file and use the tool.
Choose QFIL version(s) you want to download. The latest version is available in the bottom of this list.
QFIL Latest Version
How to Install?
- Download the zip file.
- Extract it using Winzip or Winrar on your computer.
- Run QFIL.exe to start the program.
It’s that simple.
Many enthusiast users employ QFIL tool to fix / to unbrick their Xiaomi phones. The process is not the same as flashing MIUI ROM using Mi Flash tool.
Please use with caution if you eventually decided to use this tool.
Need an example on how to use QFIL tool? Check this tutorial on how to unbrick Redmi Note 7.