Easiest Way to Flash TWRP / RWRP / Pitchblack Recovery on Redmi Note 5

Sssst! Don’t tell anyone! This is the easiest method to flash either the official build of TWRP or the unofficial ones on the Redmi Note 5 Pro/Global/China. By what we mean the “unofficial ones” are several modified versions of TWRP: Red Wolf Recovery and Pitch Black Recovery.

Each alternative build of TWRP offer some distinctive features compared to the official one. We have talked about Red Wolf Recovery before. We have also discussed the way you can install it on your phone and gain root access through Magisk’s help. In case you missed it, you can read the full tutorial here.

This time, we tell you an alternative yet easier method. Enter TWRP Flasher Toolkit by Perdana. It is a Windows-based software to do mostly what its name suggests; to flash TWRP. The tool has a very simple interface.

Before we proceed, we strongly suggest you create a backup of all important data and files from your phone. This procedure is totally safe. However, if things go wrong, we have no responsibility for any risks of damage caused by this guide. Please proceed responsibly.

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Requirements

We really advise you to read the whole steps thoroughly. Proceed once you understood and have a grasp of what to do.

Preliminary Steps

You need to accomplish the following tasks prior to rooting your MIUI device:

  1. Unlock your phone bootloader officially. This is particularly easy but it may take some time. Read our full guide on how to do this here.
  2. Disable Driver Signature Enforcement on your Windows computer. This allows smooth installation process, or else, you will end up fail on installing the necessary driver. The full tutorial is here.
  3. Install Xiaomi ADB-Fastboot USB driver software you have downloaded it from the above link. This allows your computer to recognize your Android device properly. On top of that, this makes sure you can establish both ADB and Fastboot connection while the phone is in Bootloader mode and USB Debugging enabled. Choose site-wide installation during the process. Once installed, you will have it in your drive C:\adb\. You may also use Mi Flash tool instead. The tool bundles all required drivers within its installation.
  4. Download the latest version of the DM Verity Disabler zip file directly to your phone (link available above). You may copy the zip file from the Downloads folder to the root directory of your phone storage for an easier access.
  5. Check which MIUI version runs on your device. Go to Settings >> About Phone >> see the Android version. You have to remember this part. It will be crucial in deciding which TWRP build is compatible.

Steps to Flash TWRP/RWRP/Pitchblack

  1. Extract the TWRP Flasher Toolkit .RAR file. You may use either WinRAR or 7Zip for this task.
  2. Enable Developer Options. Go to Settings > About phone > tap the MIUI version several times until the developer options being enabled.
  3. Also, enable USB Debugging through Settings > Additional Settings > Developer Options > USB Debugging > toggle it on.
  4. Reboot your phone into bootloader/fastboot mode. You can either use the button combination method or use the ADB method. Read our full guide about Redmi Note 5 bootloader mode here.
  5. Connect your phone to your computer using its USB cable.
  6. Open up Windows Explorer and go to the location of where you have extracted the tool. Find “KLIK 2X TOOLKIT INI“. Right-click on it and choose Run As Administrator.
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  7. The toolkit will open. It displays 10 available menus.
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Flashing TWRP on MIUI 9.5 based on Android 7.1 Nougat

This is the easier among any other version of MIUI.

  1. From here, you can simply choose option number 6. Type 6 on your keyboard and hit Enter.
  2. The tool will automatically flash the TWRP for Nougat on your device. Once finished, your phone will automatically reboot into TWRP.
  3. Do the “Swipe to allow system modification”.
  4. Choose “Install” from the main menu.
  5. Locate the DM-Verity Disabler zip file you have downloaded earlier.
  6. Choose it and do the “Swipe to confirm flash” action.
  7. Once flashed, choose “Reboot”.
  8. That’s it. You have successfully installed TWRP.

Flashing TWRP on MIUI 9.x and MIUI 10 based on Android 8.1 Oreo

  1. First, you need to check whether your phone has Anti-rollback Protection or not. Type 3 and hit Enter.
  2. If the result is ANTI=4, it means the ARB Protection is enabled on your device already.
  3. Type 4 and hit Enter. This will flash ARB Unlocker and reactivate fastboot. Skip this step if your phone is not ARB4.
  4. Next, simply choose which recovery you wish to install:
    – The official TWRP (Type 5 and hit Enter)
    – Unofficial TWRP for Android 8.1 Oreo device (Type 7 and hit Enter)
    Redwolf Recovery Project (Type 8 and hit Enter)
    Pitchblack TWRP (Type 9 and hit Enter)
  5. The tool will automatically flash the TWRP/RWRP/Pitchblack on your device. Once finished, your phone will automatically reboot into recovery mode.
  6. Do the “Swipe to allow system modification”.
  7. Choose “Install” from the main menu.
  8. Locate the DM-Verity Disabler zip file you have downloaded earlier.
  9. Choose it and do the “Swipe to confirm flash” action.
  10. Once flashed, choose “Reboot”.
  11. That’s it. You have successfully installed TWRP.

What’s next?

From here, with a custom recovery of your choice has been installed, you can then flash Magisk to gain root access. You may also flash a custom ROM of your choice such as LineageOS, Pixel Experience, etc.

Check also: How to root Redmi Note 5 whyred.

Have you succeeded? Tell us your experience in the comment section below.

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