Are you afraid of the arduous tasks on flashing a custom ROM? Read this complete guide on how to install Pixel Experience 9.0 Pie on Xiaomi Poco F1 codename Beryllium. This trick works on both CAF and AOSP builds of the ROM.
Pixel Experience is one of popular custom Android ROMs coming next after LineageOS 16 (LOS16). Unlike LOS, Pixel Experience comes with essential Google Apps built in. Hence, you no longer need to flash OpenGApps separately.
Just like its name, this custom ROM brings all the goodies and awesomeness of Google Pixel device to your Xiaomi device or in this case is a non-Pixel device. This ROM transforms your Pocophone F1 to resemble Pixel 3 Android 9.0 Pie.
Xiaomi Poco F1 is a flagship killer that boasts the same chipset, processors, and GPU as what in Xiaomi Mi 8. The Qualcomm Snapdrgon 845 SoC under the hood is as capable as what Mi 8 has it. Even better, the maximum power of its SoC can be unleashed by doing a simple overclock. Therefore, it’s not far behind the Pixel 3 in terms of performance.
Pixel Experience sports almost all the essential goodies of the Android system running on Google Pixel. It brings the bootanimation, wallpaper, icons, fonts, and even the Pixel Launcher. The design of its User Interface (UI) is also similar.
In short, this ROM not only brings the awesomeness but also brings the whole experience of Pixel to Poco F1. It is a must have ROM and that what makes it so popular.
Before we begin, we have to remind you about the risks of flashing.
Flashing a custom Android ROM will wipe partial/full data from your phone and it will replace the stock MIUI ROM. Doing this means you make a switch from one ROM to another ROM. It’s like switching the OS itself.
We hold no responsibilities of any risks ad damages that may happen to your device. You decided to proceed and hence proceed responsibly.
Please make a full and a proper backup of your phones. Back up the most important data and files. Messages, Contacts, Apps, Music, Videos, and Document files are some parts that you may want to prioritize.
Please read the whole article thoroughly and understand all the steps before you actually implement it. Proceed only once you have a clear understanding.
Doing it wrong will risk your own device.
- Download Xiaomi ADB & Fastboot driver on your computer.
- Disable Windows Driver Signature Enforcement on your computer.
- Then install the downloaded ADB & Fastboot driver.
- Download Pixel Experience 9.0 ROM zip file to your computer.
A note about Pixel Experience: The ROM is available in two variants, AOSP-based and CAF-based. It is up to you on which one you prefer. Some user like AOSP-based ROM while others prefer CAF-based ROM for its performance.
INSTALL ANDROID 9.0 PIXEL EXPERIENCE ROM ON Poco F1
Step 1. Unlock your phone bootloader following this guide.
Step 2. Follow our guide to install Orange Fox TWRP on Poco F1. Follow Step 1 until Step 15 of that tutorial.
Step 3. Connect the phone to your computer using its USB cable.
Step 4. You can now disconnect your phone from computer and turn it off completely.
Step 5. While it’s off, press and hold the Power key and Volume Up key simultaneously to enter recovery mode which in this case is Orange Fox TWRP.
Step 6. Do the “Swipe to allow system modifications” – if you have not done it yet.
Step 7. In the main menu, tap the “Wipe” button.
Step 8. Now you need to do a Factory Reset. Swipe to reset to ROM’s default state. This is necessary to remove apps/settings that might be incompatible with the new ROM.
Step 9. In your computer, transfer/copy the Pixel Experience ROM zip file to the phone storage.
Step 10. Back to your phone, go back to the main menu of Orange Fox.
Step 11. Tap on the “Install” button.
Step 12. Locate the Pixel Experience .zip file that you have copied. Tap on it to select it.
Step 13. Now do the “Swipe to Install“.
Step 14. Sit tight and wait for the recovery to flash the Pixel Experience ROM.
Step 15. Once done, go to the main menu and choose “Reboot“.
Step 16. Choose “Recovery” from the dialog box. This will reboot your phone back to OrangFox recovery. This step is crucial to make any changes to partitions/filesystems done by flashing the new ROM take the full effect.
Step 17. Tap “Reboot” again then choose “System“.
Step 18. Sit tight and wait for the newly installed Pixel Experience 9.0 ROM sets itself up.
Step 19. Once done, go set up the Google Account. The ROM already includes Google Apps so you don’t have to flash GApps separately.
Step 20. Enjoy the newly installed ROM.
Congratulation, your Xiaomi Poco F1 now runs Pixel Experience Android 9.0 Pie. Enjoy the full Pixel 3 experience on it.
Optional Root Poco F1 on Pixel Experience 9.0 Pie
Do this only if you want root on your device.
Step 1. Download the latest version of Magisk here. Place the zip file to your phone storage.
Step 2. Go to the main menu of Orange Fox again and choose “Install“.
Step 3. Locate and find the Magisk zip file (e.g: Magisk-v18.1.zip). Tap on its name to select it.
Step 3. Do the “Swipe to Install” action.
Step 6. Once done, go back to main menu and tap on the Orange Fox Cup icon.
Step 7. Then choose the third menu icon.
Step 8. Make sure these two options are checked.
Step 9. Now go back to main menu then tap the “Reboot” option.
Step 10. Finally, choose “System“.
Voila! Your phone is now rooted. You can confirm the root status by downloading the root checker app from Play Store.
While many still believe that flashing a custom ROM is extremely difficult, we have shown you that it is easy and safe if done properly.
Pixel Experience offers rock solid performance with no bloatware and ads. It is the best alternative to MIUI ROM. Everything works flawlessly on Poco F1.