Unlocking the bootloader of your Redmi 8 is just the first step to unleash the true potential for your Android phone. The next step you need to undergo is flashing a custom recovery. Why? Simple because the default stock Mi recovery has very limited features.
In the case of Redmi 8, the device already receives both the official and unofficial builds of TWRP. Both builds come with the same user interface design since the same theme is employed. Yet, the key features are also similar.
Recently, an XDA member known as Altsec has managed to build an unofficial version Orangefox recovery.
Orange Fox Recovery Project (OFRP) is an independent project porting TWRP to a distinctive recovery boasting even more advanced key features, the ones not available in the main branch for TWRP.
On top of that, OFRP ships with a completely different user interface design. Thanks to the theming function exist in the OFRP.
This Altsec’s Orangefox TWRP is an unofficial build. We’ll update the article once the official one becomes available.
There are two files: the flash-able image file (.img) and the flash-able zip file.
You need to download them both on your computer.
The files are hosted on our servers as mirror copies. You can also grab them from its original source hosted on Mega.nz here.
Flashing Orangefox on Redmi 8 is easy. There are several requirements tho.
- A computer running Windows 10.
- A USB cable. Do not use a charging-only cable.
- Orangefox TWRP IMG file (link above).
- Orangefox TWRP ZIP file (link above).
- ADB Fastboot Drivers.
- Android Platform Tools.
- The latest version of Magisk (optional).
- A cup of coffee latte (optional).
No one points a gun at you forcing you to follow this guide. Flashing a custom recovery is a safe process. Nevertheless, bad things usually happen. Please proceed with caution. No one will hold responsibility for any damages to your phone.
Flashing a custom recovery will not delete your data but unlocking the bootloader will.
Please create backups of important files and data.
Follow these steps to install Orangefox TWRP on Redmi 8 codename Olive:
Step 1 – Install the ADB Fastboot Drivers on your computer.
Step 2 – Unlock the bootloader of your phone.
Step 3 – Extract the Android Platform Tools zip file. You’ll get a new folder called “platform-tools”. We recommend you to extract it in the drive C:\.
Step 4 – Download both zip and img files of Orangefox to your computer. Place both files inside the platform-tools folder.
Step 5 – Rename the “recovery-orangefox-olive.img” file to “recovery.img“. In most cases, you may not need to include the “.img” suffix.
Step 6 – Next, connect the Redmi 8 phone to your computer using its USB cable.
Step 7 – Choose the “File Transfer” mode if asked (do not choose the charging mode).
Step 8 – In Windows Explorer, go to the “platform-tools” folder.
Step 9 – Click on an empty area in the address bar of Windows Explorer, type
cmd, then hit Enter on keyboard. This launches the Command Prompt window.
Step 10 – Type following command in there. Hit Enter on the keyboard to execute each line.
adb devices adb reboot bootloader fastboot devices
The computer shall establish ADB-Fastboot connection with your phone. The displayed device code indicates its success. Furthermore, your phone shall reboot into the bootloader / fastboot mode.
You will see your phone rebooting and you will also see the Mi Bunny Fastboot logo displayed.
Step 11 – Flash the TWRP using the command below:
fastboot flash recovery recovery.img
Step 12 – Finally, reboot your phone using this command:
Step 13 – Once you typed the fastboot reboot command above, press the Power button and Volume Up button simultaneously to enter TWRP recovery.
Step 14 – Do the “Swipe to confirm modifications”. This is necessary during your first boot only.
Step 15 – Copy the Orangefox zip file and Magisk zip file to your phone. You can do this by copying and pasting the files in Windows Explorer, or use this command alternatively:
adb push Magisk-v20.1.zip /tmp/
adb push OrangeFox-Unofficial-Official-olive.zip /tmp/
Step 16 – Tap the [Files] menu at the bottom bar.
Step 17 – Find and locate the copied Orangefox zip file. Tap on it to select it.
Step 18 – Do the “Swipe to Install” action. Wait for the process to complete within seconds.
Step 19 – Tap the [Files] again and this time find the Magisk zip file. Tap on it to select it.
Step 20 – Do the “Swipe to Install” action. Wait for the process to complete within seconds.
Step 21 – Tap [Menu] at the bottom of the screen.
Step 22 – Choose [Reboot] then choose [System].
Voila! You have successfully installed Orangefox TWRP on Redmi 8.
These are some screenshot pics or Orangefox took on Redmi 8.