Xiaomi is famous for its budget-level Android phones. This popularity has been aimed in another direction recently. The company split its brand separating its entry-level phones Redmi to its own brand. Yep, Redmi is now not the same as Xiaomi.
The company expects its “cheap” brand would change to “high quality” one with the release of Redmi. Redmi still continues producing budget phones through its Redmi and Redmi Note lineups while Xiaomi continues with its high-end Mi lineups.
The success of the Redmi brand brings an inevitable amount of sales for the company. Many people, including us here at MIUI blog, loves budget phones.
The current budget phone available to continue the legacy of Redmi family is the Redmi 7A.
The Android phone that has codename Pine boasts Qualcomm SDM439 Snapdragon 439 (12 nm) chipset. The SoC sports Octa-core processors built on 2x 2.0GHz Cortex-A53 and 6x 1.45GHz Cortex A53 CPUs. These little monsters work together with Adreno 505 GPU to deliver a smooth graphical experience in a small 5.45 inches screen.
Being a budget phone doesn’t mean being abandoned by third-part Android development community. The release of unofficial TWRP confirms this statement.
TWRP is a popular custom recovery used in many devices from different manufacturers. It supports touchscreen display allowing users to navigate freely using their fingers.
Unfortunately, at the time of writing this article, the official TWRP build is not available yet for Redmi 7A. The great news, there is always some random developers kind enough to allocate their time building the unofficial one.
Download TWRP for Redmi 7A
A senior XDA member JarlPenguins has managed to build his own version of TWRP recovery for Redmi 7A codename Pine. This TWRP has version number 3.3.1-0 and is proven to work successfully.
It has all the standard features of TWRP except it is unofficial. There are no fancy things like OTA Survival, built-in Magisk, and so on. It just works.
Flashing this build is similar to flashing any TWRP-based recovery. You’ll need an unlocked bootloader.
We compiled all the essential steps to properly flash TWRP on Redmi 7A here. Visit that page to find the complete guide on flashing the recovery.