When it comes to a custom recovery, TWRP is king of the kings. It becomes not only the most used recovery but also the source of many third-party TWRP forks. Some of its great forks are Red Wolf, Pitch Black, and Orange Fox.
This article will guide you through all the steps on flashing Orange Fox recovery on Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 China, Global, and India.
As you may already know, there are several variants of Redmi Note 7. All of them boast similar hardware specifications except for its camera setup.
While the Global, Europe, and China variants boast 48MP camera sensor incorporated with 5MP depth sensor camera, the Indian variant has only 12MP main camera.
This tutorial works on all of those variants. Just make sure you don’t flash it on Redmi Note 7 Pro codename Violet. The steps may be similar but the Orange Fox build is not the same.
Anyway, Orange Fox Recovery is basically a forked version of TWRP but with additional twists.
There are a bunch of advanced features built in the recovery. Orangefox also supports MIUI OTA update. It means you won’t lose it although some additional steps are necessary to set up once.
Some other key features including built-in Magisk root.
How to Install Orange Fox On Redmi Note 7
Flashing it is basically easy. Simply download the zip file on your phone then flash it through TWRP. That’s if you have TWRP installed.
Otherwise, you can also install it from scratch by following steps below.
We suggest you to take backups of all your crucial data and files. Flashing custom recoveries needs you to unlock bootloader. The process is completely safe but you’ll need to factory-reset your phone. This means losing your data.
Additionally, we hold no responsibilities of any damages on your phone. Please proceed with full caution.
It always be a good practice to read the whole article thoroughly and proceed only with full understanding.
You will need:
- 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.
- Download Xiaomi ADB & Fastboot driver on your computer.
- Download Android Platform Tools r28.0.1 (zip).
- Download Orange Fox Recovery for Redmi Note 7 (zip).
Flashing Orange Fox Recovery 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 5. Extract the Orange Fox ZIP file using either Winzip or Winrar. Open the zip file, choose the “recovery.img” file, and extract only that file. Copy that recovery.img into the “platform-tools” folder (Step 3). Also, copy the Orange Fox zip file into the same folder.
Step 6. Now enable USB debugging on your phone. You might have it enabled during 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 7. Now connect your Redmi Note 7 to your computer using its USB.
Step 8. Choose “File Transfer” mode when asked (do not choose charging mode”.
Step 9. In Windows Explorer, go to the “platform-tools” folder. Hold down the Shift button on keyboard, right-click anywhere within that folder, and choose “Open command prompt window/PowerShell window from here“.
Step 10. 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 fastboot mode. You’ll see the Mi Bunny logo displayed.
This instructs your computer to establish 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 11. Do the “Hot recovery boot” by typing the command below:
fastboot boot recovery.img
Your phone should now reboot into recovery mode which in this case is Orange Fox. However, the Orange Fox itself is not yet installed.
At this stage, your phone shall reboot into Orange Fox recovery.
Step 12. Do the “Swipe to allow modifications“. You shall enter the main menu afterward.
Step 13. Now issue following command to copy the full Orange Fox zip file to your phone:
adb push OrangeFox-R10-019-RC-lavender.zip /tmp/
You may need to rename the bold part of the command with the exact file name of the version of Orangefox you got.
At the time of writing, the official build is not released yet. Hence, we use the RC build (Release Candidate).
Step 14. Choose “Install” from the main menu of recovery.
Step 15. Find and select the Orange Fox zip file (e.g:
OrangeFox-R10-019-RC-lavender.zip). You may need to browse through all folders in the phone’s internal storage. Just find the /tmp folder since we copied the zip file in there.
Found it? Simply tap on its file name to select it.
Step 16. Do the “Swipe to Install” action. As soon as you swiped, your phone will flash the zip file of Orange Fox recovery.
Step 17. Once flashed, simply choose “Reboot” then choose “Recovery“.
Your phone will automatically reboot into Orange Fox recovery again. This time is not a hot boot but the actual recovery booting using the one installed on your phone already.
Congratulation! The Orange Fox TWRP has been installed successfully on your Xiaomi Redmi Note 7.
Check also: How to flash LineageOS on Redmi Note 7.
Recently, Xiaomi has implemented some kind of protection to prevent any attempt in replacing Mi Stock Recovery.
However if you had not managed to boot into Orange Fox recovery (Step 17), you can try this.
First, try reflashing Orange Fox again. Once you flashed it (Step 16), do not hit the Reboot button. Instead, type this in the command prompt or PowerShell window:
Do not hit Enter on your keyboard just yet. Grab your phone, press the Power and Volume Up buttons together, then hit Enter on your keyboard. This trick prevents stock MIUI ROM to replace the custom recovery with the stock one.
Tried it? How was your experience? Share your success or fail story in the comment form below.