The Mediatek powered Redmi 9A is yet to see a global launch. Now available in China, the device is likely to hit the Indian market soon within a few days. Being a fresh new device, you can’t expect much development for the device in the unofficial sector. However, rooting is something that you can do even now with the help of Magisk.
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Don’t know how to root? Then have a look at the guide we’ve given below to root the Redmi 9A. First, you’ve to do is unlock the bootloader.
Disclaimer: Bootloader unlock may erase your data. So backup all the necessary data before proceeding.
- Sufficient battery backup. Keep it above 60% to be on a safer side.
- A Windows PC with ADB and Fastboot installed
- Minimal ADB and Fastboot: Download
- Magisk: Download
- Mi Unlock Tool: Download
Once all the necessary files are downloaded and set-up. Proceed with the given steps.
Unlock Redmi 9A Bootloader
- Log-in to Mi account on your device. Create a new account if you don’t have yet.
- Then visit Xiaomi’s bootloader unlock page.
- Click the Unlock Now button and then log into your Mi account
- Wait for the bootloader to unlock the approval SMS message.
Mi account should be verified with a phone number. So, do the needful.
Open the Settings app on your device.
- Go to Mi Account, and log-in if not already done.
- Enable the Sync option and Find Device (You might need to enter the password if prompted)
- Enable Developer Options, then OEM Unlock and USB Debugging on the Redmi 9A
- Download and Extract the Mi Unlock Tool to your PC
- Run the Mi Unlock program
It should be a file named “miflash_unlock.exe”.
- Sign in to your Mi Account on the Mi Flash Unlock Tool. Make sure to login with the same Mi ID you’ve used while requesting for the unlock.
- Boot the Redmi 9A into Fastboot Mode: Once the device has been shut off, press and hold the Power and Volume Down buttons together at the same time. Continue holding these two buttons down until you get to the Redmi 9A Fastboot Mode splash screen.
- Connect your device to the PC via micro USB cable.
- Click the Unlock button at the bottom of the Mi Unlock program
- Wait through the two warning pop-up messages and click the Unlock Anyway button
You should see the Unlock Anyway button appear after the countdown finishes.
- Wait for the Mi Unlock program to go through the Verify Device phase
- If everything goes smoothly you should see this image on the Mi Unlock program
Once the unlock is successful, the device would reboot automatically and during the phase, it’ll wipe the system/internal storage. So, as said earlier, don’t forget to backup important data.
Sometimes, Xioami would insist to wait for a period of time until you can unlock the device upon clicking the Unlock Anyway button mentioned in step 16. If that’s so, you’ve to wait the amount of time you were told and once done, repeat the steps once again.
Root Using Magisk Manager Patched Boot Image Method
- Download the official ROM from here – make sure the model of your phone and the installed firmware matches what you’re downloading. If they don’t, then keep in mind that it won’t work correctly and can invite unwanted bugs and issues.
- Install Magisk Manager app. Download link is given above.
- Extract boot.img from the official ROM zip you downloaded and transfer it to the phone.
- Open Magisk Manager
- Tap “Install” in Magisk Manager dashboard
- Then again, Install > Select and Patch a File. Now select your stock boot image file
- Magisk Manager will patch the image, and store it in
- The output magisk_patched.img file should be now transferred to your computer. Most appropriately, to the Mi Unlock folder where fastboot.exe is located.
- Reboot your phone to fastboot recovery mode. Open a command prompt in the folder of the Mi Unlock tool and input:
fastboot flash boot magisk_patched.img
This will flash the patched Magisk-enabled bootloader to your phone.
- Reboot the phone and it’s almost done! Verify root status in the Magisk Manager app.
Let the device reboot. The device may force reboot several times, and it’s nothing serious. After completing the initial procedures, install the latest Magisk Manager. The phone will reboot eventually. Once again launch the Magisk Manager, select the “Beta Channel” for updates and enable Magisk Hide. Then all you’ve to do is to reload the Magisk Manager, and check for Safety Net: you should have the green light!
Hope you’ve been able to root the device. With root privileges, you can customize the device even further such as applying custom overlays, changing system settings, debloating, and what not. Have fun with the extra privileges.
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