Without further ado, let us show you the way to flash Pitch Black Recovery on your Xiaomi Poco F1. This is an alternative recovery to the stock MIUI’s and the official TWRP.
Pitch Black Recovery Project (PBRP) sports more advanced features within its build. It also comes with different UI design and style. It is more powerful and is very simple.
It can do whatever the official one can do, with additional perks of course.
We recommend you to read the whole article thoroughly before actually implement all of the mentioned steps. Please make sure you have a clear understanding and have a general picture on how to proceed.
Furthermore, please create a full backup of all your crucial data and files. Create a full phone backup if possible. The procedure will not erase your data but it needs unlocked bootloader. You have to reset your phone during the bootloader unlocking process.
We hold no responsibilities of any damages of your phone. Flashing custom binaries on your phone always has a bricked device risk. Please proceed with caution.
How to Install Pitch Black TWRP on Poco F1
Step 1. Unlock the bootloader of your phone. This is a must. You can flash any custom recoveries without bootloader getting unlocked.
Step 3. Download Pitch Black for Poco F1 from here. It’s a zip file. You need to download it on both your computer and your phone.
Step 4. On your computer, extract the PBRP zip file (PitchBlack-beryllium-2.9.0-20181231-2008-OFFICIAL.zip) that you have downloaded. You will get 3 folders: META-INF, PBRP, and TWRP.
Step 5. Copy the “recovery.img” file available inside TWRP folder to your ADB folder at C:\adb\.
Step 6. Enable USB Debugging option on your phone. This option is available within Developer Options menu. Hence, you have to enable it at first.
Enabling Developer Options, go to:
Settings >> About phone >> tap the MIUI version 7x >> You are developer!
Enable USB Debugging, go to:
Settings >> Additional Settings >> Developer Options >> USB Debugging >> toggle it on.
A notification will pop up on your screen. Tap “OK“.
Step 7. Now connect your Poco F1 phone to your computer using its USB cable.
Step 8. On your computer, hold down the Shift key and right-click anywhere inside the ADB folder (C:\adb\). Choose “Open PowerShell window here“.
Step 9. Now type following command and hit Enter key to execute it:
adb reboot bootloader
This instructs your computer to establish ADB connection with your device while verifying any device attached. Second, this also reboots your device into Fastboot mode (bootloader mode). You will see your phone rebooting and you will also see the Mi Bunny Fastboot logo displayed.
There might be a case that ADB cannot recognize your device. If this happens, try to use different cable or different USB port. Make sure you use data cable – not the charging-only cable.
Step 10. Do the “Hot recovery boot” by typing the command below:
fastboot boot recovery.img
At this stage, your phone shall reboot into Pitch Black Recovery.
Step 11. Do the “Swipe to allow modifications“. You shall enter the main menu afterward.
Step 12. You will then see the main menu of Pitch Black recovery. Choose “Install“.
Step 13. Find and select the PBRP zip file (PitchBlack-vince-2.9.0-20181220-0719-OFFICIAL.zip).
Step 14. Do the “Swipe to Confirm Flash” action. As soon as you swiped, your phone will flash the zip file of PBRP.
Step 15. Your phone will automatically reboot into Pitch Black recovery again.
Step 16. Finally, reboot your phone by tapping on Reboot, then System.
This will bring you back to MIUI.
Voila! The Pitch Black TWRP has been installed successfully on your Xiaomi Poco F1.
At this point, you can continue to either flashing Magisk, a custom ROM, a custom Kernel, or any mods you want.