Downgrade Xiaomi Mi A1 from 9.0 Pie to Android 8.1 [No EDL, IMEI & Signal issue]

Though Xiaomi was quick in rolling out Android Pie right before 2018, the update came with a fair share of bugs. Though dubbed stable, it created instability in many devices across regions. The bugs included No EDL, IMEI loss and network signal issues. So, those who were excited for a Pie party now wanted to go back to Oreo OS. So, how to do it..? This is basically the process which we call as the rollback. In this guide, we have detailed out on how to Downgrade Xiaomi Mi A1 from 9.0 Pie to Android 8.1 Oreo.

Android Pie is the 9th generation of Android OS which brings unique features like Adaptive battery, digital wellbeing, improved notification management, App slices, recent Apps and many more. Xiaomi did perform a beta test with selected users in few regions for Mi A1. However, the stable rollout was quick but users reported of bugs. So, naturally, a few users who want an entirely clean and hassle-free interface for using their smartphone will opt for the rollback to Android 8.1 Oreo which worked pretty efficiently on the Mi A1.

Downgrade Xiaomi Mi A1 from 9.0 Pie

How to Downgrade Xiaomi Mi A1 from 9.0 Pie to Android 8.1

First, you have to follow a few guidelines and get the stock boot image file of Android Oreo 8.1 and flash the same. We have explained all the steps below in details. First, go through the instructions and then download the required files and perform the rollback.


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Steps to Downgrade Xiaomi Mi A1 from 9.0 Pie

Step-1 Download all the required files first of all from the download section.

Step-2 Switch Off Your Phone > Hold Volume Up + Power Button for a few seconds till Your Phone Vibrate Release The Buttons and your device has now entered the TWRP.

Step-3 Connect Your Phone To PC using a USB cable.

Step-4 Now copy the boot image file into the folder where you’ve downloaded the TWRP from the PC(as you’re connected).

Step-5 Now on your phone you are in TWRP menu. Select the restore option.

Step-6 Browse and select the image file > swipe to confirm the restore.

Step-7 Now you will be back on TWRP home screen > tap on Bootloader to enter your device Fastboot mode.

Step-8 Now open the Mi Flash tool.

Step-9 As MiFlash tool opens > Click refresh > click to select Clean All radio button option.

Step-10 Now copy the folder path where you saved the Mi A1 boot file.

Step-11 Then Paste It On the Address Bar of the Mi Flash Tool And Click On Flash to install the boot image.

Step-12 Now wait for some time till the flashing process gets over.

So, that’s it, guys. Now after the installation finishes, the device will reboot on its own. Now you’ve successfully downgraded you Mi A1 to Android 8.1 Oreo from Android Pie. This should also solve the bugs on your device. We hope this guide was useful to you.

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