Xiaomi announced Android Nougat-based MIUI 9 about a month ago and revealed that all of the eligible devices will be receiving it in three batches. While the first batch has already received the global beta update, the team released the newest ROM for the second batch yesterday which also includes the budget smartphone Redmi 4.

So if you have been wondering how you can install MIUI 9 global beta on the Redmi 4, this step by step tutorial will help you and make the whole process a lot easier. The process remains that same even if you have the Redmi 4X but just keep in mind that this one is for the global beta ROM. If you want to use the China ROM, you will just have to download the corresponding China ROM file instead of the Global ROM and the rest of the steps will be same.

It is also advised that you take a backup of your Redmi 4 before proceeding because once you will be done flashing MIUI 9, you will most likely lose all your data. You can also use Xiaomi’s own Backup option which is available with phone’s settings for the same. Additionally, make sure that your device has an unlocked bootloader and download the official Mi Flash Tool which will be used for flashing the MIUI 9 ROM on the Redmi 4. And lastly, start the process only if your Redmi 4 has at least 50% battery left. While this is not a thumb rule, just know that more the battery, less are the chances of running into any trouble.

Steps to Install MIUI 9 Global Beta ROM on Redmi 4/4X:

  • Download the global beta ROM for the Redmi 4. It is 1.8GB in size and we would recommend you connect to WiFi before starting the download
  • Once the download is complete, extract the file and place the extracted folder anywhere you want on your PC/laptop.
  • Power off the Redmi 4. Press volume button and power button simultaneously for a few seconds to enter the fast boot mode.
  • Launch the Mi Flash tool and connect the device with the PC/laptop using a USB cable. It will show your device once connected.
  • Select Clean All option from the bottom of the tool. While you can also choose to select Save user data or Clean All and lock options but we would suggest going with the Clear all option to avoid any unwanted bugs that may arise after the flashing is completed.
  • Now, copy the location address where you saved the extracted MIUI 9 ROM file and paste it into the address box (at the top) of the flashing tool.
  • On pasting the address, click the Flash button to start the flashing process.

This process will go on for some time and once it is completed successfully, your Redmi will automatically reboot and start running Nougat-based MIUI 9 global beta. It should be noted that it might take time for the first boot (even up to 10 minutes or so), just be patient with it. But this is only for the first boot after which all boots will be as quick as using any other ROM.

If you have any questions or doubts, feel free to ask them in the comments section below.