Rebooting Redmi Note 5 into Bootloader / Fastboot Mode

Rebooting Redmi Note 5 into Bootloader / Fastboot Mode 1

There is no secret recipe to reboot a Redmi Note 5 device into bootloader mode. In fact, you don’t need to be a chef, a scientist, or a politician just to be able to reboot your Whyred phone into the fastboot mode. Don’t be confused just because there are two different terms. Both the bootloader mode and the fastboot mode refer to the same device booting state.

What is Bootloader mode?

The bootloader itself is just like BIOS on a computer. It is the first program run when your Xiaomi device is turned on. The bootloader mode is a specific mode when you can have access to your device bootloader through ADB and Fastboot interface. You may not have to do this often but knowing how to do this will save your day.

Xiaomi users and some other users prefer to call it the fastboot mode. Once your phone is in the bootloader mode, all executed commands usually have “fastboot” prefix. For instance: fastboot devicesfastboot reboot recoveryfastboot oem unlock, and so on and so forth. That is probably why we can also refer it as the Fastboot mode since the connection type necessary to communicate with your phone can only be done with the fastboot interface.

There are two methods you can try to accomplish the task.

The Methods:

Now let’s start with the first method. You can do this by pressing a button combination. The key point of this trick is that you have to execute it while your phone is totally turned off. Here are the steps:

  1. Enable Developer Options. Go to Settings > About phone > tap the MIUI version several times until the developer options being enabled.
  2. Also, enable USB Debugging through Settings > Additional Settings > Developer Options > USB Debugging > toggle it on.
  3. Turn off your phone completely.
  4. Press and hold both the Power button and the Volume Down (-) button simultaneously.
  5. You will see an MIUI bunny logo displayed along with the Fastboot text.

The first and second steps are necessary due to the fact that you will not be able to do anything with your phone even it has already been in fastboot/bootloader mode.

The second method worth trying can be achieved by using a series of command. This involves your computer and it needs a USB cable to connect your device with it. Follow these steps carefully:

  1. Enable Developer Options. Go to Settings > About phone > tap the MIUI version several times until the developer options being enabled.
  2. Also, enable USB Debugging through Settings > Additional Settings > Developer Options > USB Debugging > toggle it on.
  3. Disable Windows Driver Signature Enforcement on your computer. Read here.
  4. Download and install ADB and Fastboot drivers on your computer. Available here.
  5. Connect your Redmi Note 5 Pro to your computer using its USB cable. The phone is still in normal mode (Not turned off).
  6. Go to the ADB folder in Windows Explorer. This is usually located at C:\adb.
  7. Type “cmd” – without quotes – in the Address bar of Windows Explorer, then hit Enter. This will launch Command Prompt window right in the current location.
  8. Now type following command and hit Enter on your keyboard to execute it.

The command lines to boot into bootloader mode:

adb devices
adb reboot bootloader

The first line tells your computer to establish an ADB connection and list all attached device. You will see your device code being displayed. The second line instructs your PC to reboot your phone into bootloader mode.

Congratulation, you will see the Xiaomi Bunny logo being displayed that indicates your phone is already in the bootloader mode.

What to do next? At this stage you can then proceed to some advanced tasks like unlocking bootloader, flashing MIUI ROM with Mi Flash Tool, creating a full data backup, or flashing a custom recovery (TWRP/RWRP).

Easy as a pie isn’t it?

Just an additional tips, Redmi Note 5 with codename Whyred (that’s the India RN Pro, RN Global/AI) is one of MIUI devices with Anti-rollback protection. Please be cautious if you wish to downgrade the running MIUI on it.

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