This article will give you a step by step guide on how to unlock the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 bootloader as well as all of the other snapdragon variants of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 series. The series consists of five devices i.e., Redmi note 10, Redmi Note 10 Pro, Redmi Note 10 Pro max, the Redmi note 10 S, and a 5g variant of the base model. Some of these are devices coming with the snapdragon chipset and some of them are not.
If you have The Redmi Note 10 series devices with the MediaTek chipset then the company does not have an official bootloader unlock for that device yet.
We might write a tutorial in the future for Redmi Note 10 with the MediaTek chipset but for right now we’re just you going on with the Snapdragon variants. To complete the tutorial, we’re going to do two things like enabling developer mode and booting into Fastboot mode. We also need to download a tool called “Mi Unlock Tool”, a sim with a data connection and we also need to have a Xiaomi Mi account.
Let’s start with a step-by-step tutorial:
Go to the about phone page into the settings application to enable developer options. Tap on the MIUI version about 7 to 10 times. After that go back to the main settings page, navigate additional settings, and in the additional settings page scroll down to find the developer options menu. This menu is hidden if you do not do the previous step so, please be sure to do that.
In the developers’ option look for OEM unlocking and turn on the toggle next to it. Now, go back to the main settings page look in the look for the “Mi account” option, and then sign in to your Xiaomi Mi account. With all of that do you need to make sure that you have a sim card installed with a data connection as we’re going to be disabling WI-FI.
Go back into the developer options menu again and this time we’re going to look for the “Mi Unlock Status” option. Tap on that “Mi Unlock Status” option and we’re going to likely get permission required pop-up which has to agree to continue. This is why we need to have a Xiaomi Mi account installed. Here are the step by step instructions:
Tap on the “Add Account and device” button at the bottom. Once we tap that it’s going to prepare and if everything goes smoothly you should get a message saying that “it has been added”. When you add your account make sure that both sync and as well as find device is enabled because Xiaomi needs those to verify that everything is set.
If you get an error message when you tap on “Add account and device, “ remove your Mi Account that you added in the previous step and add the account again to continue the process. Once that’s done, we can then proceed with the bootloader unlock process which starts by powering off the phone because we need to boot this device into Fastboot mode. This is important so that our Xiaomi Mi unlock tool can recognize it.
Once the device is powered off, we need to press the power and volume button at the same time to boot into the Fastboot mode. If you’re not familiar with how to do that click on the link to learn more. Now we just need to connect our smartphone with a USB cable.
Download the Mi Unlock tool on your PC and install it. After the installation, open the Mi unlock tool, when you open it up, you will get a big disclaimer. Click on the “Agree” button at the bottom to continue.
It’s going to ask you to log into your Xiaomi Mi account. It needs to be the same Xiaomi account that you used to log in on your phone. Now once you log into your account it’s going to take you over to the secondary screen. If you have not connected your phone to the PC, you’re going to be instructed to not only plug the phone in but also to boot into Fastboot mode. It’s the same thing
We will also get the warning message saying that:
unlocking the bootloader is going to erase user data.
Yes, that is correct so back up all of your important data before unlocking the bootloader. When you’re ready just click the unlock button at the bottom in the Mi Unlock tool. It will bring up a confirmation dialog twice to make sure this is actually what you want to do.
So, just click the unlock anyway button. We will not be going to unlock the bootloader here. It is going to be the first step in unlocking the bootloader process. We usually have to wait either three or seven days depending on your Xiaomi account and how many smartphones you’ve unlocked in the past.
So, once you’re ready just click the unlock anyway button again. You will get a count-up percentage right here, we should get a checkmark on the verifying device option. If everything went smoothly, we should get a please unlock and then a certain amount of time hours later. The goal here is to make sure that we get a message telling us that we are allowed to unlock the phone after a certain number of hours so in our situation it’s 168 hours.
Also do not add the Xiaomi Mi account to MIUI again, if we do this again within this amount of time before we unlock the bootloader it will reset the number of hour timer. So just don’t mess with your Mi account within MIUI from now until this timer runs out. So, if you’re like me and we’re having to wait a certain amount of time before we can unlock the bootloader, we’re now safe to unplug the cable.
We can force a reboot on the phone by pressing and holding the power button. It takes about 10 to 15 seconds, but after we hold the power button down for long enough, it will turn the screen black. Then it’s going to go through the typical boot process. Now, if we had unlocked the bootloader, it would have rebooted on its own.
So, that is the official method of unlocking the bootloader for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 series having Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset.
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