How To Root Xiaomi Mi Play and Install TWRP Recovery


How To Root Xiaomi Mi Play – Root process is used for cellphone users who want to have more access to their cellphones. And of course to root there is a separate way to do it, whether it’s with a PC or without a PC. In this article I have provided the tutorial and root download for the Xiaomi Mi Play below.


Xiaomi Mi Play comes as new series of “Mi” but with price like “Redmi” series. Here are few key specification od Xiaomi Mi Play, Helio P35 procecor which runs on 2.3 GHz Octa-core memory, 5.84 inch with resolution of 1080 x 2248 pixels and 4 GB RAM with 64 GB storage.

How To Root Xiaomi Mi Play
How To Root Xiaomi Mi Play

Xiaomi Mi Play uses a dual camera setup on the back, 12 MP dual pixel PDAF and 2 MP depth sensor. The selfie camera from Mi Play have resolution of 8 MP and can record FHD video. Other specifications and features of Mi Play include 3000 mAh Li-Po battery, USB Type-C and many others. Mi Play is sold about 160 Euro for lowest variants.

Note: This process will completely wipe everything from your phone, so I suggest you to first backup your important data.

How To Install TWRP on Xiaomi Mi Play

Before we started this root process, you should make sure your Mi Play is already unlocked. If your Mi Play is not unlocked yet, you can visit here to unlock bootloader Mi Play.

TWRP itself is a custom recovery to not only give rooting for your Android, but it’s also a place to flash another ROM or mod for your phone. Now, if you’re sure already unlocked your Mi Play, then download the necessary file below.


Now follow this step to start proceeded.

STEP #1. Activate USB Debugging in your phone. Here is how to do it:

  • Open Setting, scroll down until you found “About Device”.
  • Now find “MIUI Version” and tap it 7 times until notification showed that indicated Developer Mode has been activated.
  • Back to Settings again.
  • This time, look for “Additional Settings” and find  “Developer mode”.
  • After you found it, make sure to activated “USB Debugging Mode”

STEP #2. Extract the TWRP file that have you downloaded then install Minimal ADB Fastboot. Now copy file twrp-mimix2s.img to C:\Program Files (x86)\ Minimal ADB and Fastboot.

After that, copy file and SuperSU or Magisk to your sdcard or USB OTG (Note: don’t copy this file to your internal storage, you need an external sdcard or USB OTG).

STEP #3. Reboot your Mi Play to fastboot mode (First turn off your phone and press and hold volume down and power button together for 7 second). Release the buttons if your screen turn to fastboot mode like this one.

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Fastboot logo on Xiaomi devices

STEP #4. After you succeed to enter fastboot mode, connect your phone to PC using USB cable. You should use an original or at least good quality USB to avoid any circumstance.


STEP #5. Now open Minimal ADB Fastboot and type this command:

fastboot flash recovery twrp-mi8pro.img

STEP #6. Now reboot your Mi Play with this command:

fastboot boot recovery twrp-mi8pro.img

Congratulation, at this point you have successfully install TWRP on your Mi Play. Now you must follow another instructions to finally root Xiaomi Mi Play.

How To Root Xiaomi Mi Play

Now I’ll assume that you have installed TWRP on your phone and now you are at TWRP screen. Now follow the next step to root Xiaomi Mi Play.


STEP #1. At first, you maybe noticed that your phone asking for password that you never created and thus make you freaking out. But just relax, you only need to click “Cancel” and viola!, TWRP finally open.

STEP #2. Now after finally open, TWRP will ask your permission to modified system, then you should not give it, just choose “Keep Read ONly”.

How To Root Xiaomi

STEP #3. After finally showed up, choose “Install” and maybe you will surprised that your internal storage became 0, but once again you don’t need to worry. Now you must put your external sdcard or your USB OTG to your phone. Go back to TWRP menu and choose “Reboot > Recovery” and wait until phone reboot to recovery, means reboot to TWRP.

STEP #4. After TWRP open, once again choose “Install” and now “Select Storage” and choose sdcard or USB OTG depends on what you’re using. Then search that you have copied before, flash it then back to back to TWRP menu and select Reboot > Recovery.

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Select storage on TWRP

STEP #5. Now, once again check your internal storage, if it’s still show as 0 then you must Wipe it by using Wipe menu and select Data. You must wipe to make your internal storage back again.

STEP #6. If your internal storage is back to normal again, it’s time for you to install SuperSU or Magisk from your external sdcard or USB OTG. To do it, you must back to TWRP menu and choose Install just like flash Noverity file before.

Also don’t forget to install again if your storage is 0 and you already Wipe it.

After all process completed, you can finally reboot your Mi Play to system. But reminder that this time, a reboot time will be a little longer than usual, its normal anyway. But if it’s turns out that your phone is bootloop, you can try to flash Xiaomi Mi Play. See you next time at


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