This article explains all the essential steps on how to install TWRP on Xiaomi Mi 9T and finally to root it. In this guide, we’ll use LR.Team TWRP by Wzsx150. Feel free to use the official TWRP build once becomes available.
TWRP by WZSX150 is a custom TWRP build with Chinese as its default language. You can switch it to English upon flashed. The process is easy.
Every Xiaomi device comes with the stock Mi Recovery. This recovery is necessary to flash MIUI OTA update package. Replacing the stock one with TWRP recovery may prevent you to do so.
This limitation does not prevent you to update the MIUI system running on your phone. You can simply download the full MIUI Recovery ROM and flash the zip file through TWRP.
Alternatively, you can simply wait for the coming of forked TWRP with OTA Support such as Red Wolf, Pitch Black, or Orange Fox.
Anyway, TWRP is a powerful recovery. It can flash third-party binaries easily. Furthermore, TWRP can also create full backups, wipe partitions, restore backups, do factory resets, and so on.
Many people employ it to flash Magisk which in turn it allows users to gain root access systemlesly.
Xiaomi Mi 9T is the company’s latest product. The device is originally available in the company’s home country as Redmi K20. The company distributes it globally as Mi 9T. Both devices, however, are basically the same device with different naming. That’s all.
Both Mi 9T and Redmi K20 sport Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 chipset with 8 nm finfet technology. Such a fabrication technology allows better performance with less power needed.
The chipset has Octa-core processors on board. The CPUs consist of 2x 2.2GHz Kryo 470 Gold CPUs and 6x 1.8GHz Kryo 470 Silver CPUs. These provide all the horsepower needed by the system. Additionally, the chipset also equips Adreno 618 GPU to process all heavy-duty graphics tasks.
Such powerful hardware will be useless if the phone is not at its full potential. Unlocking its bootloader and flashing a custom recovery are the first key answers to unleash the beasts within.
Below we compiled all the essentials steps to help you flash TWRP and root Mi 9T successfully. The whole process may not as easy as expected for most novice users. However, it is a safe process if done right,
Before we begin, we strongly encourage you to create full backups of your data and files. We hold no responsibility of any damage that may happen to your device.
Nobody forces you to do what we guide you in this article. Please proceed with caution.
Furthermore, it is always good practice to read the whole article thoroughly. You may need to envisage all the steps before actually attempting to proceed.
- Windows computer either a PC or a Laptop. Windows 8/8.1/10 64-bit is recommended.
- A USB data cable. Make sure it’s a data cable and not a charging-only cable.
- Download Xiaomi ADB & Fastboot driver on your computer.
- Download Android Platform Tools r28.0.1 (zip).
- Download LR.Team WZSX150 TWRP for Mi 9T (img).
- Download Magisk – latest version (zip). Optional, only if you want to root.
HOW TO FLASH LR.TEAM TWRP ON REDMI K20 (MI 9T)
Step 1. Disable Windows Drivers Signature Enforcement on your computer. We have the detailed tutorial here.
Step 2. Extract Xiaomi ADB Fastboot Driver zip file (miui-ADB-Driver-Installer-v1.4.3.zip) and install it on your computer. This should finish in seconds. Make sure you install it on C:\adb\. This step is necessary to install ADB Fastboot system-wide.
Step 3. Extract the miui-platform-tools_r28.0.1-win.zip on your computer. You’ll get a folder called “platform-tools“. This step is important to make sure you use the latest version of ADB-Fastboot.
Step 4. Unlock the bootloader of your phone. Read the full guide on how to unlock MIUI bootloader officially here. Please be aware that the process requires you to reset your phone. All your data will be lost.
Step 5. Rename the “recovery-TWRP-3.3.1-0607-REDMI_K20-CN-wzsx150.img” to “recovery.img“.
Step 6. Copy that recovery.img file into the “platform-tools” folder (Step 3).
Step 7. Now enable USB debugging on your phone. You might have it enabled during bootloader unlocking process. However, it is a good practice to double-check it.
Enable 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 the “OK” button.
Step 8. Next, connect your Mi 9T to your computer using its USB.
Step 9. Choose the “File Transfer” mode when asked (do not choose the charging mode).
Step 10. In Windows Explorer, go to the “platform-tools” folder. Hold down the Shift button on the keyboard, right-click anywhere within that folder, and choose “Open command prompt window/PowerShell window from here“.
Step 11. Now type following lines of command. Hit Enter every each line to issue it.
adb reboot bootloader
The first line asks your computer to recognize your device. The second line instructs your phone to boot into bootloader mode a.k.a fastboot mode. You’ll see the Mi Bunny logo displayed.
This instructs your computer to establish an 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.
Step 12. Next, type following command lines and hit Enter on keyboard:
fastboot flash recovery recovery.img
The first command flashes TWRP to the recovery partition. The process shall finish in a few seconds.
Step 13. It’s time to reboot into TWRP recovery for the very first time. Type this command but DO NOT hit the Enter key just yet:
Step 14. Grab your phone. Press the Power button and the Volume Up button simultaneously. Hold it for approximately 3 seconds, then hit the Enter key on your keyboard.
Step 15. Your phone is now entering TWRP recovery. Do the “Swipe to confirm system modification” action. Once swiped, you’ll be in the main menu of TWRP.
Step 16. LR. Team’s TWRP is in Chinese by default. You have to follow our previous guide on how to change its language to English.
Please use this unofficial build of TWRP (instead of LR.Team’s) especially if your phone runs latest version of MIUI EU (EEA) – thanks to our reader Slothrop for the tips.
HOW TO ROOT MI 9T WITH MAGISK
Step 1. Download Magisk zip file and transfer it to your phone. You can easily do this through Windows Explorer. The process is like copying a file to a removable drive (USB Disk).
Alternatively, you can copy the downloaded Magisk zip file into the “platform-tools” folder. Next, issue this command to copy the file to your phone:
adb push Magisk-v19.3.zip /tmp/
Step 2. Choose “Install” from the main menu.
Step 3. Now locate the Magisk zip file in your phone’s internal storage. Usually, the zip file is in the /etc folder if you use the command above. Otherwise, find it in the location of where you copied earlier.
Step 4. Found it? Next, tap on its file name to select it.
Step 5. Next, do the “Swipe to confirm flash” action.
Step 6. The TWRP will do its magic and it’ll flash Magisk to your phone. Sit tight and wait for TWRP to finish the process.
Step 7. Finally, choose “Reboot” then choose “System” once done.
Voila! Your Xiaomi Mi 9T phone is now rooted!
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