Xiaomi Redmi 2 is set to hit Indian market starting from February 24th, 2015 however a simple method is now available to help you root Redmi 2 with minimal efforts and less concerns. This method involves use of CWM recovery however you can also follow these steps on stock recovery. Don’t worry if you haven’t installed it yet because I’ll talk about it in this article itself. There are few things though that you should note down.
Rooting involves risk. A risk of losing your phone if you don’t follow the steps carefully or even if you mess it up somewhere. I shouldn’t be held responsible if that happens however I will do my best to help you out in those situations. The second most important thing is warranty. You will lose warranty if you root Redmi 2 and you might not be able to get it back even after removing root. Additionally, make sure that you’ve enough battery left in your device. I would recommend 75% or more battery power at the time of rooting your phone.
Installing custom recovery on Redmi 2
It is absolutely not required to install custom recovery on Redmi 2 to root your device. You can use stock recovery as well but I would just recommend installing this one because it gives way more options than stock recovery.
- Enable USB debugging by going into settings > about phone. Tap on build number 5-6 times. This will enable developer options in settings. Navigate to developer options under settings and tick mark the option of USB debugging.
- You will need to either download ADB and fastboot from Google or the easiest way would be to get MiFlash software and it will install these two things for you.
- If you’re unable to find either of these two things, simply install ADB and fastboot using this tool.
- Installing ADB and Fastboot through that tool will result in creation of adb folder under c drive.
- Open this folder and hold shift button on your keyboard. Simultaneously right click in an empty area and it will give the option of opening command window right within this folder.
- Download this CWM Recovery package for Redmi 2 and extract it somewhere on your computer.
- Now, switch off your phone, press and hold volume down plus power key together. This will put your phone in fastboot mode. Connect your phone to the computer using USB data cable.
- Copy and paste recovery.img file from extracted content to this adb folder where we have opened command window (Destination is C:/adb in my case).
- Now open that minimized command prompt window and type in following command exactly as written by me.
- This command will show some random phone ID and this directly means that our phone has been connected and recognized by ADB utility successfully.
- Now, enter the next command as written below –
fastboot flash recovery recovery.img
- This command will flash recovery image file that we just added in our ADB folder.
- Finally, reboot your phone using following command –
- Success. Your Redmi 2 is now running hot and fine on CWM recovery replacing stock recovery. If at all you want to go back to stock recovery, you can simply put that recovery image file in adb folder and fire up these same commands in chronological order.
Since we have installed Custom CWM recovery, we can now move on to rooting Xiaomi Redmi 2.
Steps to Root Xiaomi Redmi 2
- Download this root file and put it in your phone’s storage. Remember to put it under the root directory i.e., outside of any folders.
- Switch off your phone and boot into recovery.
- Select the option of – install from zip.
- Browse and select this root file.
- Flash/install this zip file. If you’re shown any warning, ignore or discard it.
- As soon as flashing is done, you can reboot your phone.
- That’s it my fella. You’ve successfully rooted Xiaomi Redmi 2 and on top of that you also have the custom recovery installed on your phone.
This now gives you unlimited freedom and it means that you can go ahead and download those apps which require root permissions. You can also remove system apps which are unimportant to you. For that, you can use Titanium backup software from play store. I will limit myself here and it is now time to explore for yourself. If there is anything that I can help you with, feel free to comment below. If you think this article has helped you, hit like and let me know. I might cover an article about installing custom ROM like CyanogenMod if time persist (also provided such ROM is available from developer). (Sources – MIUI Forum)