Google Android One is near-to-stock Android ROM. It is similar to AOSP Android. Stock UI styles, features, looks and feels are mostly identical.
Xiaomi devices running Android One get significant users attention. Despite there are many who love MIUI from the bottom of their hearts, there are also some people who love Android One. It’s not them to blame.
MIUI is notorious for bloatware and ads. The developers promote sleek speed and lightweight performance. On the other hand, ads come blocking the way.
We couldn’t call it as intrusive ads. However, users have different preferences to define “intrusive”. At some point we also believe that annoying is a similar term for most users.
Android One has its own advantages. One of them is regular and fast system update intervals. Users of Android One have privilege to receive quicker update.
Quicker update means more secure device. Every security patch released by Google will land faster on Android One devices instead MIUI-based ones.
Other than that, users may have their own opinion for their preferences to choose Android One.
Are you one of them? Well, if by any chances you are a Redmi Note 5 user and you want to have a taste of Android One awesomeness, this tutorial is may be just for you.
You can now run the ported version of Android One ROM on Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro/Ai/Global (codename Whyred). Simply follow simple steps below.
Before you proceed, please create backups of your crucial files and data. It is obvious that your data will be wiped during the process.
Furthermore, we hold no responsibility of any damages that may happen to your device. Proceed with full caution.
How to Flash Android One on Redmi Note 5
Installing Android One on Redmi Note 5 is basically easy. One biggest drawback is losing your data. That’s it. You can always take backup and restore it later.
Step 1. You need to unlock the Redmi Note 5 bootloader. This is a must. Please remember that you may lose your data because of unlocking process.
Step 2. Flash Orange Fox TWRP on your phone. You may use the official TWRP of course, but we prefer to use Orange Fox Recovery.
Step 3. Download Android One ROM flash-able zip file (e.g: Android_One_v2.2.zip) and F2FS patch (e.g: Android_One_Fix_f2fs_exFat_ntfs.zip). Just download it to your computer but do not extract it.
Step 4. 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.
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 5. Now remove any kind of lockscreen protection, be it PIN, password, fingerprint, or face unlock. You can manage this configuration through Settings >> Lock Screen & Password >> then delete all of them.
Step 6. Turn off your phone completely. Once it’s off, press the Power key and Volume Up key simultaneously. This will reboot your phone to Orange Fox TWRP.
Step 7. You may need to do “Swipe to allow system modification” action. If you have’t done it yet.
Step 8. Form the main menu, choose “Wipe” then “Format Data“.
Then proceed accordingly.
Step 9. Now connect your Redmi Note 5 to your computer using its USB cable.
Step 10. Transfer the download ZIP files (step 3) to your phone internal storage.
Step 11. Go back to the main menu then choose “Install” button.
Step 12. Now find and locate the ROM zip file (Android_One_v2.2.zip). Tap on it to select it.
Step 13. Do the “Swipe to install” action.
Step 14. Wait for the flashing process to finish. Once done, go back to the main menu then choose “Install” again.
Step 15. Now find the “Android_One_Fix_f2fs_exFat_ntfs.zip” file. Tap on it to select it.
Step 16. Again, do the “Swipe to Install” action.
Step 17. Wait for the flashing process to finish. Once done, tap the back button and go to the main menu.
Step 18. Tap “Reboot” then “System“. This will reboot your phone back to the system. Instead of MIUI, you’ll now find Android One booting.
Step 19. The initial booting process may take longer than usual. Once you are in, you’ll need to setup your Google Account.
Step 20. Restore your data if necessary.
That’s all folks. Congratulation, you have successfully installed Android One on Redmi Note 5 (codename whyred).
The Google Apps are already pre-installed but the system itself is not rooted. Hence, you’ll need to flash Magisk if you want root access.
Got questions? Leave feedback in the comment section below.