Probably you might feel confused and getting panic when your Xiaomi phone is bricked or having endless bootloop after installing new MIUI update or even as an impact of installing custom Android ROM on it. Well, the solution may depend on what your phone type is, since each phone type has different hardware specifications.
In this article I will show you how to reflashing MIUI on the Redmi Note 2 in case of normal and/or fastboot flashing didn’t work successfully for your phone. We are going to make use of a software named SP Flash Tool, a cool-little PC-based software to do several cool things on smartphones powered with MediaTek chipset. As a refresh, the Redmi Note 2 is powered with Mediatek MT6795 Helio X10 chipset, Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 processor, PowerVR G6200 GPU and a 2 GB RAM.
I posted other tutorials before which are standard method to flash MIUI ROM on your Xiaomi phone:
How to install MIUI using Recovery method
How to install MIUI using Fastboot method
The first one above is the easiest, safest and most popular method since it doesn’t require you to wipe all data inside your phone. While the second one is less popular but it is also safest method but it requires you to erase all of your phone’s data so you gonna need a backup. However, few users still prefer to use Fastboot method in case of their phones are bricked either soft or hardbrick.
In some and very rare situation (but it happens), the phone still might not work of its severe hardbrick or let’s just say the phone is broken severely. It is kind of situation when you can’t enter either Recovery or Fastboot mode as a result of unsuccessful flashing process. SP Flash Tool can help you deal with such kind situation.
In this guide you’ll see how to use SP Flash Tool to re-flashing MIUI 7 on Redmi Note 2 but it may also work on the Redmi Note 2 Prime edition. Before you start, I have to remind you that flashing ROM using this method is a little bit complicated and confusing even in some cases the PC can’t detect the phone so the tool is not working. There is no exact solution to that but you can try replacing current Android USB with another one.
Thankfully, there is a blog which is in Bahasa that shared the tip with us. Credits of all the pictures and tips belong to TeknikIt.com.
How to Reflashing MIUI
So here there are the steps you can follow :
Step 1 – Download Mi PC Suite and install it on your PC / laptop.
Step 2 – Download Mi Flash Tool and install it on your PC / laptop.
We are not going to use above two tools but we need the Android USB drivers installed when you install those two. However, if your phone is still not detected, try install one of these drivers :
Xiaomi USB Drivers v1.3
Universal ADB Drivers
Step 3 – Download the Fastboot ROM for Redmi Note 2 which currently at the time of writing is MIUI 7.1. You can grab the MIUI Fastboot package here and choose the corresponding version. Or, you can download from our mirror server (in US) just in case if you feel it too slow downloading from official Xiaomi’s server.
File name :
Version 126.96.36.199.lhmmick | 5115 downloads | 1 GB
Servers are powered by : SiteGround Cloud and Ramnode
Step 4 – Once downloaded into your computer, you’ll get a file with .tgz format. You can then extract it using either WinRAR or 7Zip and make sure you have a folder named “images“. Basically all we gonna need is that images folder and all of its content.
Step 5 – Also download SP Flash Tool here. You may also need to extract the .zip file using your favorite program like WinRAR, WinZIP or 7zip.
Step 6 – Next, you need to firstly disable Driver Signature option on your PC which in Windows 8 or 10 you can do that by pressing Windows button + i on keyboard to reveal the Settings page. From there you can choose Update & Security >> Recovery >> Advanced startup >> Restart now. Wait a moment for your computer to restart. Next, go to Troubleshoot >> Advanced options >> Startup settings >> Restart. Once your computer restarts, now choose Disable driver signature enforcement which is option number 7.
Your computer will restart, again. So just wait for it to complete.
Step 7 – Now open SP Flash tool you’ve downloaded and extracted earlier. You can do that by simply double-clicking flash_tool.exe.
Step 8 – In the Flash Tool, click the Download tab and make sure the one shown in the option is Download Only or Firmware Upgrade and not else. Next, click the Options >> then Option….
Step 9 – A new window will open. Next, take a look at it and make sure the USB Checksum and EMMC Checksum in the Download section are checked. After that you can simply close that window.
Step 10 – Still in the SP Flash Tool, click on the Scatter-loading button >> look for the images folder extracted from MIUI Fastboot ROM you’ve downloaded >> then choose the*_scatter.txt file which in this case is MT6795_Android_scatter.txt file >> finally Open.
Step 11 – You’ll see something like the one below if the scatter file has been loaded correctly:
Step 12 – Prepare your Xiaomi phone which is still in bricked / broken / bootloop state. It is strongly recommended to have your phone fully charged before continuing the process but make sure it has at least 70% of power remaining. Now connect the Redmi Note 2 to your computer using its data cable.
Step 13 – Next, click on the Download button in the SP Flash Tool.
Step 14 – The SP Flash will start to detect your phone and once it’s detected, you’ll notice a yellow bar appears in the tool showing the progress. Sit tight and wait till the flashing process is complete at 100%.
Step 15 – Once done, you’ll notice a small popup saying Download Ok. Otherwise, it means some thing wrong happened during the process.
Step 16 – Now you can safely disconnect your phone from your computer then turn it on. The first time the phone start will take longer time than usual but don’t worry since it’s normal.
Congratulation, your phone is now having brand new MIUI reinstalled like its factory settings.