Xiaomi has recently announced the release of Redmi Note 8 along with its Pro variant. This release does not mean burying its legendary predecessor the Redmi Note 7.
Specs-wise, Redmi Note 7 offers more value for the money. Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 (14 nm) chipset is sitting under the hood offering multi-core processors. They are Octa-core CPUs consisting of 4x 2.2GHz Kryo 260 and 4x 1.8GHz Kryo 260 processors.
Combining those monster-ish brains with Adreno 512 GPU and a choice of either 3GB, 4GB, or 6GB RAM will make the phone more than capable of playing most of the graphic-demanding games.
The phone comes running MIUI 10 Android 9.0 ROM by default. MIUI is a cool skinned version of Android operating system. However, there will be a certain point where you get bored with it.
There is where a custom ROM comes in.
Custom Android ROMs offer a different experience to what you got from running the official MIUI ROM. In many cases, custom ROMs are not heavily designed for distinctive UI. Instead, they offer faster, sleeker, and more stable performance.
This stereotype is no longer applicable to most recent ROMs. Take Evolution X as an example. Evolution X offers better system performance than what it is in the stock MIUI ROM. Nevertheless, it takes the look and feel of the Google Pixel phones.
Flashing Evolution X allows you to transform Redmi Note 7 to have the user interface experience of Google Pixel devices. You’ll see the same coolness in Evolution X as what you see in the Google Pixel.
In fact, the UI style has been evolved bringing the teaser look of upcoming Android Q which is currently at Beta stage.
Installing Evolution X is as easy as a cake. Simply follow the steps below to get it flashed in no time.
We hold no responsibility for any damages that may happen to your phone. Nobody forces you to do this trick. Do not forget to create a backup of your important files and data.
- You will need a Windows computer either a PC or a Laptop. Windows 8/8.1/10 64-bit is recommended.
- A USB data cable. Make sure it’s a data cable and not a charging-only cable. Simply use its official cable if you hesitate.
- Download Xiaomi ADB & Fastboot driver on your computer.
- Download Android Platform Tools r28.0.1 (zip).
- Download either TWRP or OrangeFox recovery for Redmi Note 7 (img).
- Download Evolution X v2.0 ROM for Redmi Note 7 (zip).
- Download Patched VBMeta image (img)
- Download Magisk root (zip) – Optional, only if you want to root.
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HOW TO FLASH EVOLUTION X ROM ON REDMI NOTE 7
Step 1. Disable Windows Drivers Signature Enforcement on your computer. We have the detailed tutorial here.
Step 2. Extract Xiaomi ADB Fastboot Driver zip file (miui-ADB-Driver-Installer-v1.4.3.zip) and install it on your computer. This should finish in seconds. Make sure you install it on C:\adb\. This step is necessary to install ADB Fastboot system-wide.
Step 3. Extract the miui-platform-tools_r28.0.1-win.zip on your computer. You’ll get a folder called “platform-tools“. This step is important to make sure you use the latest version of ADB-Fastboot.
Step 4. Unlock the bootloader of your phone. Read the full guide on how to unlock MIUI bootloader officially here. Please be aware that the process requires you to reset your phone. All your data will be lost.
Step 6. Now copy the vbmeta.img file to the “platform-tools” folder.
Step 7. Now enable USB debugging on your phone. You might have it enabled during the 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 8. Next, connect your Redmi Note 7 to your computer using its USB.
Step 9. Choose the “File Transfer” mode when asked (do not choose the charging mode).
Step 10. In Windows Explorer, go to the “platform-tools” folder. Hold down the Shift button on the keyboard, right-click anywhere within that folder, and choose “Open command prompt window/PowerShell window from here“.
Step 11. Now type following lines of command. Hit Enter every each line to issue it.
adb reboot bootloader
The first line asks your computer to recognize your device. The second line instructs your phone to boot into bootloader mode a.k.a the Fastboot mode. You’ll see the Mi Bunny logo displayed.
This instructs your computer to establish an ADB connection with your device while verifying any device attached. Second, this also reboots your device into Fastboot mode (bootloader mode). You will see your phone rebooting and you will also see the Mi Bunny Fastboot logo displayed.
Step 12. Next, type following command lines and hit Enter on the keyboard:
fastboot --disable-verity --disable-verification flash vbmeta vbmeta.img
That command flashes the vbmeta image onto your device.
Step 13. Finally, type this command but do not hit Enter just yet:
Step 14. Now press the Power button and Volume Up button simultaneously. Hold it until it reboots. Hit Enter on your keyboard at the same time as your phone is rebooting.
Your phone shall now reboot into TWRP recovery.
p.s: If this won’t work, simply turn off your device then reboot it by pressing Power and Volume Up buttons simultaneously.
Step 15. Next, do the “Swipe to confirm system modification” action. You are now in the main menu of TWRP.
Step 16. Choose “Wipe” from the main menu then choose “Format Data“. Proceed accordingly. Type Yes to confirm.
Step 17. Once done, go back again then choose “Wipe” then choose “Advanced wipe“.
Step 18. Select Cache, Data, System, and Dalvik.
Step 19. Do the “Swipe to wipe” action and proceed accordingly.
Step 20. Finished? Now in your computer, find the zip files of Evolution X ROM and Magisk (e.g: EvolutionX_2.0_lavender-9.0-20190829-0745-OFFICIAL.zip and Magisk-v19.3.zip). Copy those files to your phone through Windows Explorer.
Alternatively, you can also place those files inside the “platform-tools” folder then issue this command:
adb push EvolutionX_2.0_lavender-9.0-20190829-0745-OFFICIAL.zip /tmp/ adb push Magisk-v19.3.zip /tmp/
Step 21. Now go back to the main menu, choose “Install”, then locate the Evolution X zip file.
Step 22. Tap on it to select it then do the “Swipe to confirm flash” action (or Swipe to Flash in Orange Fox). Sit tight and wait for it to finish flashing.
Step 23. Do not reboot just yet once the flashing process of Evolution X ROM is done. Go back to TWRP’s main menu.
At this point, you can simply Reboot to System if you don’t want root access.
Step 24. Go back to the main menu again, choose “Install“, then locate the Magisk zip file.
Step 25. Tap on it to select it then do the “Swipe to confirm flash” action. Sit tight and wait for it to finish flashing.
Step 26. Once done, choose “Reboot” then “System“.
Step 27. Finally, set up your Google Account once the phone has finished the booting process. Initial booting time is usually longer than usual.
Congratulation! You have done a great job flashing the Evolution X Android 9.0 Pie on the Redmi Note 7. Enjoy!