Category: Android Root 101

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How to Root Xiaomi Mi 9!

In this tutorial, I will be showing you how to root the Xiaomi Mi 9.   We will be following the Xiaomi Bootloader Unlock Guide and original Xiaomi Universal Root Guide I wrote last year since the process is exactly the same.  And this root method is also same on all Xiaomi smartphones so you can follow along even if you have another Xiaomi device, only thing different is the TWRP recovery you will be using for your specific model of Xiaomi Android smartphone.

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How to Unlock Bootloader on Xiaomi Android!

In this tutorial, I am going to show you how to unlock the bootloader on ANY Xiaomi Android smartphone or tablet.   Now, Xiaomi provides bootloader unlocking tool(a Windows program) that will allow you to easily unlock bootloader on ANY Xiaomi Android device.   While this process is simple to do, you will still need to do a few steps and this tutorial will help anyone to get it done quickly and easily.

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How to Install GSI ROM on ANY Android Device w/ Project Treble & Unlocked Bootloader! [TWRP Method]

For those of you who want to install Project Treble GSI(Generic System Image) ROM on your Android device with unlocked bootloader, you can use TWRP recovery to install them.  The process is actually not entirely different from flashing a regular custom ROM in TWRP, the only difference is that you will be using “Install from image” option instead of the default “Install from zip” option.  (If you don’t know what Project Treble is, please see “What is Project Treble for Android”.

What are GSI ROMs?
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What is Project Treble for Android?

Google has launched a new way of updating Android OS(Operating System) starting in 2018 called, “Project Treble”.   Although Google uses pure “100%” Android OS on their Nexus/Pixel devices such as the Pixel and Pixel 2 smartphones, many manufacturers like Samsung, LG, Huawei, Xiaomi, and others have added their own UI/skin on top.  In extreme cases like Samsung, they have added S-Pen features to their Samsung Galaxy Note series and lots of new hardware features not found in the original Android OS.  Due to this reason, whenever Google updates their OS from one iteration to another(such as Android 7.0 Nougat to 8.0 Oreo), manufacturers have to re-build the whole OS from ground up, causing months of delay in updates.  For example, Android Oreo update for Galaxy S7 probably took around 8 months.  This has been a troubling problem as Android OS updates once a year and by the time manufacturers update their software to the latest, they are already at least 6 months behind.

Project Treble mean Faster OTA Updates!
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Why Rooted Android Smartphones are Actually More Secure!

Today I am going to talk about why rooted Android smartphones are actually more secure, there is a misconception going around where people think a rooted phone is less secure.  Well, as a person who has rooted almost every phone he has owned, and I have personally bought about a hundred Android smartphones since 2011, I have NEVER been hacked with a rooted smartphone.

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How to Install TWRP Recovery & Root w/ Magisk using Fastboot! [Universal Method]

 

In this Android Root 101 tutorial, we are going to learn how to install TWRP recovery & root your Android using Fastboot.  This tutorial is a “universal method”, meaning you are going to be able to use on any Android device except the following:

Samsung Android devices use ODIN so you will want to follow How to Install TWRP & Root w/ Magisk using ODIN on Samsung Android instead.