Using Pixel Experience 9.0 custom Android ROM, you can update Xiaomi Redmi 5A to Android 9.0 Pie while also transforming it to look like Google Pixel 3. This article shows you exactly how to do the trick.
The stock MIUI 10 ROM is not bad. It is just enough to provide you with the most compatible Android mobile operating system for your Xiaomi phone, including Redmi 5A codename Riva. However, some users want the latest features available within the newest version of Android OS.
Unfortunately, not all Xiaomi devices receive the latest Android update. Flagship Mi phones such as Mi 8, Mi 8 Pro, Mi Mix 2S, Mi Mix 3, and Mi 9 are obviously worthy to receive the update. Budget phones within Redmi line up are not within this priority.
Luckily, the rapid development of Android communities help other users to have the opportunity to taste latest Android build via custom ROMs.
One of best custom ROMs is Pixel Experience. The reasons behind its popularity are obvious. First, Pixel Experience ROM offers maximum stability. Second, it brings up to date security updates to ensure your phone has the most secure system. Third, the ROM brings all Google Pixel goodies to any compatible devices. Pixel 3 launhcer, icons, wallpapers, system sounds, etc.
On top of that, Pixel Experience ROM sports all essential Google Apps already. You don’t have to manually flash GApps.
There are usually two builds of Pixel Experience ROM: AOSP-based and CAF-based builds. Last time we checked, the one available for Redmi 5A is the AOSP based.
Both AOSP-based and CAF-based Pixel Experience ROMs are flash-able using the same method as explained after the jump.
Before we proceed, we would like to remind you about the risk of flashing custom binaries on your phone. This includes custom recoveries, custom Kernels and custom ROMs.
We hold no responsibilities of any damages that happen to your phone. Please proceed with full caution. First, read the whole article thoroughly then attempt to proceed only if you have understood.
Again, this method requires you to wipe your phone data and hence it also does a factory reset. Please be aware of this requirement.
- 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.
How to Flash Pixel Experience on Redmi 5A
Step 1. Unlock your phone bootloader following this guide.
Step 2. Follow our guide to install Orange Fox TWRP on Redmi 5A. There are 15 main steps of that tutorial. Follow them to get the recovery installed.
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. For instance: PixelExperience_riva-9.0-20190219-1246-OFFICIAL.zip file.
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 Redmi 5A now runs Pixel Experience Android 9.0 Pie. Enjoy the full Pixel 3 experience on your Redmi 5A.
Root Redmi 5A on Pixel Experience 9.0 Pie ROM
This stage is basically not mandatory. Do this only if you want root access.
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 it is not impossible to run latest Android version, MIUI sometimes comes too late. In such a case, custom ROMs can be a helper. Pixel Experience ROM is one of viable option to have Android 9.0 Pie running on Xiaomi Redmi 5A.
The ROM offers just perfect system stability along with top notch security. It has no bloatware and has been a favorite among many novice and enthusiast users.
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