This article is a comprehensive guide on how to install Pixel Experience 9.0 Pie, a custom Android ROM, on Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro, Ai, China, or Global. The one with codename Whyred.
The device itself comes running MIUI 10 based on Android 7.1 Nougat which then gets official Android 8.1 Oreo update. Up until now, when this article is posted, the current available build of the official MIUI 10 for Redmi Note 5 is still based on Android 8.1 Oreo.
However, if you are lucky enough to have this phone on hands, you can enjoy all of the features offered in Android 9.0 Pie earlier. How can it be? Well, thanks to the rapid development of Android community.
It is now available a fine selection of Pie-based custom Android ROMs. One of them is Pixel Experience. This ROM brings the awesomeness of Android Pie along with all the goodies of Google Pixel device.
Its name represents what this ROM offers. Users will get similar experience of using Google Pixel 3 device, the official flagship phone by Google itself.
This ROM has received so much attention and love from its users. Its popularity comes next after LineageOS. Its solid performance and system stability are the main reason behinds its popularity.
On top of that, the ROM brings a clean system without any ads and bloatwares. It’s neat, clean, and compact. All essential services and apps are bundled within its system.
There is no major bugs nor noticeable error detected within its usage. This ROM is perfectly safe for day-to-day use.
You can now transform Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 to look like Google Pixel 3 while enjoying the whole new Android 9.0 Pie experience.
Follow all the steps described after the jump.
Before we get into that, let us remind you about its risks.
Please create a full backup of your data especially important files including Contacts, messages, photos, and recorded videos. Proceed only with full caution. We hold no responsibility of any damages that may happen to your device. There is always unexpected situation and there are always risks of flashing third-party binaries on your device.
Please read the whole steps thoroughly. Proceed only once you have understood. Feel free to ask us questions if parts of the article are difficult to grasp.
- Download Xiaomi ADB & Fastboot driver on your computer.
- Disable Windows Driver Signature Enforcement on your computer.
- Then install the downloaded ADB & Fastboot driver.
- Download Pixel Experience 9.0 ROM zip file to your computer.
A note about Pixel Experience: The ROM is available in two variants, AOSP-based and CAF-based. It is up to you on which one you prefer. Some user like AOSP-based ROM while others prefer CAF-based ROM for its performance.
INSTALL ANDROID 9.0 PIXEL EXPERIENCE ROM ON REDMI NOTE 5
Step 1. Unlock your phone bootloader following this guide.
Step 2. Follow our guide to install Orange Fox TWRP on Redmi Note 5.
Step 3. Connect the phone to your computer using its USB cable.
Step 4. Transfer the Pixel Experience ROM zip file to the phone storage.
Step 5. You can now disconnect your phone from computer and turn it off completely.
Step 6. While it’s off, press and hold the Power key and Volume Up key simultaneously to enter recovery mode which in this case is Orange Fox TWRP.
Step 7. Do the “Swipe to allow system modifications” – if you have not done it yet.
Step 8. In the main menu, tap the “Wipe” button.
Step 9. Now you need to do a Factory Reset. Swipe to reset to ROM’s default state. This is necessary to remove apps/settings that might be incompatible with the new ROM.
Step 10. Back to the main menu of Orange Fox.
Step 11. Tap on the “Install” button.
Step 12. Locate the Pixel Experience .zip file that you have copied. Tap on it to select it.
Step 13. Now do the “Swipe to Install“.
Step 14. Sit tight and wait for the recovery to flash the Pixel Experience ROM.
Step 15. Once done, go to the main menu and choose “Reboot“.
Step 16. Choose “Recovery” from the dialog box. This will reboot your phone back to OrangFox recovery. This step is crucial to make any changes to partitions/filesystems done by flashing the new ROM take the full effect.
Step 17. Tap “Reboot” again then choose “System“.
Step 18. Sit tight and wait for the newly installed Pixel Experience 9.0 ROM sets itself up.
Step 19. Once done, go set up the Google Account. The ROM already includes Google Apps so you don’t have to flash GApps separately.
Step 20. Enjoy the newly installed ROM.
Congratulation, your Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 now runs Pixel Experience Android 9.0 Pie. Enjoy the full Pixel 3 experience on it.
You don’t need to flash any GApps since the ROM has already had it.
Optional additional steps:
Root Pixel Experience 9.0 on Redmi Note 5
These steps are optional. Do this only if you want root on your device.
Step 1. Download the latest version of Magisk here. Place the zip file to your phone storage.
Step 2. Go to the main menu of Orange Fox again and choose “Install“.
Step 3. Locate and find the Magisk zip file (e.g: Magisk-v18.1.zip). Tap on its name to select it.
Step 3. Do the “Swipe to Install” action.
Step 6. Once done, go back to main menu and tap on the Orange Fox Cup icon.
Step 7. Then choose the third menu icon.
Step 8. Make sure these two options are checked.
Step 9. Now go back to main menu then tap the “Reboot” option.
Step 10. Finally, choose “System“.
Voila! Your phone is now rooted. You can confirm the root status by downloading the root checker app from Play Store.
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