How to unlock bootloader on Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra

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The Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra is the company’s answer to the flagships of 2020. It is quite possibly the most feature-packed extreme phone ever.

Now, if you happen to own a Mi 10 Ultra and are looking for ways to unlock the bootloader of the phone then, you are at the right place, as in this post, we will be guiding you on how to unlock the bootloader of Mi 10 Ultra phone. If you are new to rooting, then you must understand that first, you need to unlock the bootloader of the device and then install a custom recovery like TWRP to root the device. So, that being said, let us get straight into the article itself:

How to unlock bootloader on Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra

Mi 10 Ultra Device Overview

Released in August of 2020, the Mi 10 Ultra boasts a massive 6.67″ 1080 x 2340 OLED display with a refresh rate of 120 Hz. The display has a notch cutout for the camera and has a tall aspect ratio of 19.5:9.

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Under the hood, you get the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset powered by the Adreno 650 for the graphics. The Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra comes in various RAM and storage variants ranging from 8GB + 128GB all the way up to 16GB + 512GB. You get the faster UFS 3.1 storage on all the storage options which keep things such as app and game launches fast and smooth.

When it comes to the cameras, the Mi 10 Ultra has a whole bunch of them laid out in a quad-camera setup at the rear. The primary camera is a 48MP lens with Xioami’s own sensor inside. The 20MP ultrawide lens allows you to capture images in tighter spaces. There is also a 48MP telephoto lens which gives you access to 5x optical zoom and up to 120x hybrid zoom which is just crazy. Lastly, the 12MP depth sensor is used for capturing portraits of human subjects and other objects with precise edge detection.

All of this power is backed up by a 4500 mAh battery which might not sound impressive at first glance given the 120Hz display on the Mi 10 Ultra, but the real eye-catcher is the insanely fast 120 Watt charging.

Other features of the newly launched Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra include a fast in-display fingerprint scanner, dual stereo speakers, and support for reverse wireless charging. Overall, the Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra is a tough phone to beat for the starting price of CNY 5,599 which is roughly 60,100 Indian Rupees. The phone comes with MIUI 12 based on Android 10 and is promised the latest updates on the quickest from the company.

What is Bootloader Unlock?

A bootloader is a program that is the first thing that boots up in your device whenever you turn ON your device. It commands the device to run the appropriate programs in order to run smoothly and provide better performance. Moreover, the bootloader is stored away from the reach of the user and is stored at a stable memory so that the user could not hamper the files. However, there are methods and ways via which you can safely unlock the bootloader of the device and go ahead with flashing a custom recovery to root your device. But, you should make sure to follow a reliable guide and follow the steps correctly in order to avoid any permanent damage to your phone.

Why do we need to unlock the bootloader?

Once you have unlocked the bootloader on your phone, then you can root your phone. It allows the user to go ahead and install restricted apps, mod apps, install custom OS like Lineage OS, etc on the device. Note that the unlocking of the bootloader will void the warranty of your device. So, it is better to allow the warranty period to get over and then unlock it.

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Advantages

  • You can install any custom ROM like Lineage OS, Resurrection ROM, etc.
  • You can also root your device.
  • Install a custom recovery like TWRP.

Disadvantages of bootloader unlock

Below are the disadvantages of the bootloader unlock that you need to keep in mind before you go ahead and actually unlock the bootloader of your phone:

  • After unlocking the bootloader, it voids the warranty of your device.
  • You will no longer receive the official OTA updates.
  • You can brick your device if you do not follow the steps carefully.

Pre-requisites

Now before we go ahead and unlock the bootloader of Mi 10 Ultra, let us make a list of pre-requisites that are required to unlock it:

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Charge your phone

You need to make sure that your Mi 10 Ultra is charged to about 60% before operating it for unlocking the bootloader to avoid any boot loop issues during the unlocking process.

You need a PC or Laptop

We would be running certain ADB and Fastboot commands that can be executed via PC or a laptop. So, we would need a computer in order to unlock the bootloader.

Download USB Drivers

In order to make your Mi 10 Ultra recognized by your PC, you need to have proper USB Drivers appropriate to your phone installed on your computer. And for that, you can follow the link below to download the correct Xiaomi USB Drivers on your PC.

Download Mi Unlock Tool

Mi Unlocker Tool is used for unlocking the bootloader of any Xiaomi device after getting permission From MIUI official website. You can download the latest Mi Unlock Tool by clicking the link below:

Enable USB Debugging and OEM Unlock

To unlock the bootloader, first, you need to enable the USB Debugging and OEM unlock to interact with your PC or Laptop via the Mi Flash tool.

  1. In your phone, Open Settings app
  2. Look for About Phone menu and Tap on it
  3. You may see the device build number or software version detail, tap on it multiple times until the confirmation of developer options enabled flashes on the screen.

Now as the developer options are enabled on Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra, this will appear inside settings. You can enable USB debugging by accessing developer options. The steps to do this are:

  1. If you have enabled developer option, now go back and tap settings again
  2. Open the Additional Settings menu – Developer option
  3. Enable the USB Debugging and OEM unlock

USB debugging and OEM Unlock on Xiaomi

Bind your Mi Account

In order to unlock the bootloader on your Mi 10 Ultra, you are first required to bind your Mi Account to your phone. This can be easily done via the Mi Unlock Status menu that is located within the Developer Options. Follow the steps below to bind your Mi Account with your Mi 10 Ultra:

  1. Make sure that you have a Mi Account. If not then, it can be easily created by visiting the official page.
  2. You need to insert the SIM card with the same number that you used to create the Mi account.
  3. Now, you need to use your mobile internet connection and disconnect from the WiFi for the further process.
  4. Then, head over to Settings>>Additional Settings>>Developer Options>>Add account and device and log in with your account.
  5. You will be greeted with a toast message stating “Added successfully. Mi account is associated with this device now.
  6. That’s it!

Note that you should not try to bind your account, again and again, to avoid getting blocked temporarily by Mi.

Steps to Unlock Bootloader on Mi 10 Ultra

Instructions

  1. Turn off your phone and boot into the Fastboot mode.
  2. You need to connect your device to your PC/Laptop with the help of USB Cable while in Fastboot mode.
  3. Download the Mi Unlock Tool from the above section.
  4. Extract the contents of the zip file and open the miflash_unlock.exe file.
  5. Log in to the Mi account within the tool.
  6. The tool will now verify whether your phone is eligible for bootloader unlocking.
  7. Once the phone is verified, the tool will show that the “Phone connected“.
  8. Now click the Unlock button within the tool.
  9. You will be prompted with a new message where you need to click on the Unlock anyway button.
  10. This will commence the unlocking process and once the process is complete, you will see a message stating Unlocked successfully.
  11. Click on the Reboot phone button. This will reboot your phone into the OS and you will be treated with an unlocked bootloader message confirming that the Mi 10 Ultra is unlocked.
  12. That’s it!

So, there you have it from my side in this article. I hope that this guide will help you with the unlocking of your Mi 10 Ultra easily and in a safe and official way. Please let us know in the comments if this guide was helpful and also comment down below if you have faced any issues with any of the above-mentioned steps. Until the next post…Cheers!

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