This is easiest and safest way to install TWRP (custom recovery) then root and unroot Redmi Note 2 without PC. Guide with pictures!
For your information, since MIUI 7 has been pushed out and coming to Redmi Note 2, users basically can gain root effortlessly and giving permission to selected apps to have root access. But however that requires you to grant access to specific app each time you installed root-only app before being able to running it on your phone.
So this tutorial will show you how to root Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 running either MIUI 6 or MIUI 7 so you can “really” have root access on your phone. The Redmi Note 2 is really a cool smartphone with a bunch of awesomeness like the Mediatek MT6795 Helio X10 chipset plus the Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU implemented and placed under the hood giving the phone enough horse power to run Android 5.0 Lollipop on its 5.5 inches IPS LCD. Gaining root access on Redmi Note 2 will unleash its true performance and max out its true ability.
Root Redmi Note 2 Without PC
– Make sure your phone has at least 80% battery power remaining
– Make sure your phone is connected to Internet
– A cup of coffee
– About 20 minutes of your time
Steps to root :
Step 1 – Grab your phone, open its web browser app (or Firefox mobile, Opera, Chrome, etc).
Step 2 – Download custom recovery image, TWRP v2.8.7 for Redmi Note 2 by visiting this url on your browser:
then click the Download button.
the download progress will start automatically.
Step 3 – Once done downloading the TWRP file, open up any File Manager app (or use the one installed by default). Now locate the file you’ve just downloaded. Found it? Move that file to phone’s internal storage and make sure it’s not inside any folder (see pic). Once moved to the right location, rename the file from note2twrp287.zip to update.zip (make sure there is no typo)
Step 4 – You must now enter Recovery Mode. Please note that Xiaomi has managed to include their stock recovery inside Redmi Note 2. Don’t get me wrong, the Xiaomi’s stock recovery (namely Mi Recovery) is cool but TWRP is much more cool. Why? Easiest answer for that is the fact that TWRP is touchscreen-friendly while stock recovery is not.
Now you have to firstly enter Recovery Mode by pressing Volume Up (+) button and Power button together at once for few seconds until your phone is shaking (little vibration you feel) and then release the buttons. Feel difficult? There is still another way of course: on your phone, go to Tools > tap the Updater tool > tap on Options which is the one with … symbol in the top right corner > then choose Reboot to Recovery mode.
Step 5 – As I said, the Mi Recovery is not using touchscreen interface which means you have to use Volume +/- to navigate from one option to another, and use Power button to choose your option.
Choose English > then Install Update.zip to system > then when it asks you “Confirm install update.zip?” simple choose Yes.
Step 6 – Sit tight and wait till the process complete. Do not forget to drink the coffee you’ve prepared previously. Once the update.zip flashing process is complete, choose Back then Power off.
Your phone is now turned off.
Step 7 – Again, now enter Recovery Mode by pressing Volume + and Power buttons at once together for few seconds until you feel it vibrates a bit then release the buttons. Your phone will now booting into Recovery Mode but this time is TWRP and not Mi Recovery. You’ll notice the difference as TWRP has different user interface.
Step 8 – Once you are in TWRP Recovery, you’ll see some kind of warning message asking you to confirm that you are really aware about what you gonna do using TWRP. Simply swipe the slider to the right.
Do not forget one thing, you can now use your finger to tap or swipe. You don’t have to use Volume keys and Power button again.
Step 9 – Once you are in the main page of TWRP, you’ll see several menus like Install, Wipe, Backup, Restore, Mount, File Manager, Advanced and Reboot. Tap on Reboot > System. In the next page TWRP will ask you to install SuperSU which will root your device. Simply swipe the slider to the right to confirm SuperSU installation which means rooting your device.
Step 10 – Your phone will now reboot and once its ready, it will be rooted. Go to your App drawer and look for the SuperSU icon there. Congratulation your Redmi Note 2 is now rooted. You can verify it by installing root-only apps like Titanium Backup or simply by installing Root Checker app.
Unroot Redmi Note 2 without PC
Unrooting your Redmi Note 2 is really a piece of cake. It is not as difficult as rooting it. Simply open up the SuperSU app again > choose Settings > choose Full Unroot > then tap one Continue. Finally reboot your phone and once it’s on again, you’ll notice that SuperSU app is no longer installed and your phone is now back unrooted. Simple isn’t it?
Rooting Redmi Note 2 can be done easily and safely without having to connect your phone to PC / laptop. While MIUI 7 gives root access for certain apps you want, gaining full root access is more preferred. The steps above can be implemented to root Redmi Note 2 running MIUI 6 or MIUI 7.
Disclaimer: The tricks above is originally by TeknikIT.com so all ideas, thanks and credits including images are belong to TeknikIT.com.