This article guides you straight to the steps on installing KangarooX custom Android kernel on Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro/Ai/Global/China variant codename Whyred. A custom kernel is just like a custom driver software for Windows. It helps the operating system to speak the language that the machine/device can understand.
Every Android phone comes with a ready-to-use factory-default kernel. It is commonly a stable one. However, some users simply need more performance.
A computer, an Android phone, and any computer-based device that has chipset, CPU(s), and RAM is tweak-able. It means you can improve its default performance, increasing it more than its default settings. This is commonly called as overclocking.
Overclocking is basically a safe procedure. However, it needs proper understanding on modifying the settings of each hardware (through the kernel).
Unluckily, not all users are understand about that bunch of settings. It’s just too many for novice users. The good news is,.. there are also good developers who have managed to create ready-to-use custom tweaked kernels.
One of them is KangarooX, a custom Android kernel created for and compatible with Redmi Note 5 Whyred. When we say “Whyred”, it means for all version of Redmi Note 5 except Redmi Note 5 India.
Whyred boasts Qualcomm SDM636 Snapdragon 636 (14 nm) chipset, Octa-core 1.8 GHz Kryo 260 CPUs, and Adreno 509 GPU. Its specs may be not a flagship one. Nevertheless, it is also not a budget phone. It’s a mid-range device that is close to or almost be a flagship. It holds potential of powerful performance.
KangarooX kernel is made in two versions: the standard and the overclocked. The non-overclocked version simply tweaks some settings to improve your phone performance without overclocking the clockspeed of its CPUs and GPU. The overclocked one is obvious. It improves the performance also by overclocking the default CPUs’ speed.
It is up to you on which one to choose. Both also provide stable and battery-friendly performance.
Before installing the kernel, we recommend you to create backup of your data and files. You may not lose them but it is always a great practice to create backup before flashing third-party binaries.
Steps to Flash KangarooX Kernel
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 KangarooX Kernel zip file for Redmi Note 5 directly into your device. You can choose either the Overclocked (OC) and the standard version (Non-OC), e.g: KangarooX-EAS-r3.9-OC.zip. Also, download the Perfboost Firmware Config file. There are two versions as well. Choose one based on your Android ROM, whether Android 8.1 Oreo or 9.0 Pie (for instance Perfboost-FW-config-Pie.zip.
Step 4. 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 5. Choose “Install” from the main menu.
Step 6. Locate the KangarooX Kernel zip file. It usually resides in the Downloads folder. Tap on it to select it.
Step 7. Now do the “Swipe to Install” action.
Step 8. Wait for the process to finish. Once done, tap the back button and go to the main menu.
Step 9. Again, tap the “Install” menu.
Step 10. Now locate the Perfboot Firmware config file (for instance: Perfboost-FW-config-MIUI-Oreo.zip). Tap on it to select it.
Step 11. Again, do the “Swipe to Install” button to flash the firmware config file.
Step 12. Once done, go back to main menu. Tap “Reboot” then “Recovery“. This will reboot your phone back to recovery again. This is a good practice to make sure the flashed binaries really take place.
Step 13. This time choose “Reboot” again then choose “System“.
Step 14. That’s it. Your phone will now boot into normal mode (e.g: running MIUI, LineageOS, Pixel Experience, Havoc, etc).
Congratulation, you have successfully flashed KangarooX kernel on Redmi Note 5 whyred. You should now get better performance especially the faster and smoother sleekness.
Should you have any question, please do not hesitate to write comments below.