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How to Root Xiaomi Mi 8 SE

You can really use your Android device on full power only after applying certain tweaks or customizations. These tweaks will help you obtain better performance from your new Xiaomi Mi 8 SE regardless of what you choose to install or to run on your smartphone. But, for being able to unleash the true potential of your Android device you need to apply a dedicated operation first: gaining root access. Well, if you are ready to become an Android expert, don’t hesitate and check the guidelines explained below as there you can learn how to successfully root your Xiaomi Mi 8 SE.

The root access will enable an extended access towards the Android core system. In a few words, by ensuring root you will remove factory and default restrictions that are running by default within the Android OS. Thus, as you can already tell, without such restrictions you can customize, optimize and personalize the Android functionality along with other essential features and capabilities without problems or restrictions. That’s why, once root access is applied you can improve the performance of your Xiaomi Mi 8 SE and you can test, try and use apps and processes that cannot be found on the stock / official Android OS.

In that respect, here are a few examples of operations that can be initiated once this step by step guide is completed: you can remove bloatware, you can install custom MODs and kernels, you can flash custom ROMs, you can overclock or undervolt CPU frequencies, you can add apps from other sources than Google Play and so on.

Now, there is an important that must be considered at this point: gaining root is not an operation supported by Xiaomi or by Google so this tutorial cannot be associated with your OEM. Moreover, the root exploit is developed by third party devs which means that your phone’s warranty will get void once you start the process explained below. The warranty flag can be restored if you will choose to reinstall the stock Android firmware on your device – then, the root access will be revoked, the stock recovery reinstalled and the bootloader relocked.

By the way, for being able to root your Xiaomi Mi 8 SE you will first have to complete other two additional procedures: you have to unlock your phone’s bootloader and you must install TWRP recovery on your Mi 8 SE.

A backup is required as your data might get corrupted or wiped out during the root operation. Along with a general backup you should also perform a Nandroid one – in that way you can save the current Android OS that runs on your phone so if something bad happens you can easily go back to stock.

As for the general backup process you can choose to sync certain files with your Google Account, you can use built-in cloud storage Xiaomi services or you can download and use backup and restore apps available on Google Play. On that matter you can then choose to secure stuffs like contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, saved passwords, EFS folder, IMEI / NVRAM data and so on.

A computer must be at your disposal. On that device you will have to save the root exploit that will be afterwards flashed on your smartphone through TWRP recovery. Now, for making things work you need to enable Developer Options on your Xiaomi Mi 8 SE and check the USB Debugging field – so, first go to About Phone and tap repeatedly (for 7 or 10 times) on Built Number until the ‘you are a developer’ message is displayed; afterwards, access Menu -> Settings -> Developer Options and check the USB Debugging feature.

Verify how much power is there left on your Xiaomi Mi 8 SE. If you notice that the power is lower than 50% you should plug in the charger before doing anything else – if you skip the charging process your device can get turned off while you try to root its Android OS. Unfortunately, if a sudden shut down occurs you can end up in experiencing malfunctions on your phone – the Android system can get soft-bricked.

Of course, start to apply the steps available below only if you own the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE – this operation won’t work on similar Android based devices so try not to mess things up.

How to Root Xiaomi Mi 8 SE

  1. First, power on your computer; afterwards, enable a WiFi connection and go here for downloading the root exploit that’s available for your Xiaomi Mi 8 SE.
  2. Also, switch on your smartphone.
  3. Reboot into recovery mode and from there initiate a wipe: choose ‘wipe data factory reset’ followed by ‘wipe cache partition’ and by ‘wipe dalvik cache’.
  4. Return to main menu of recovery and choose ‘reboot system now’.
  5. Connect your handset with your computer via USB cable.
  6. Select the root package from desktop and transfer it on your phone; when done, unplug the USB cord as the computer is no longer required.
  7. Power off your device again and reach recovery mode once more.
  8. In recovery tap on the Install option and pick the root file that’s now located on your Mi 8 SE.
  9. Swipe for starting the flashing process and wait while everything is automatically completed.
  10. In the end, from main menu of recovery choose ‘reboot system now’.

Good work; root is enabled on your Xiaomi Mi 8 SE – you can verify the root status easily by downloading and installing the Root Checker app. You can share the root experience with us and with other users who might want to use and follow the guidelines from above by using the comments field from below – in that way you can help others who might still have second thoughts in term of using a rooted Android system. Also, stay close for further similar step by step guides and for other Android related tips and tricks available for your Xiaomi Mi 8 SE.