Yes, that’s right; root access is possible on the Xiaomi Poco F1 thanks to the Magisk support and to the devs who made this happen so quickly. Thus, you can now unlock the Android UI that runs on your new Snapdragon 845 powered device, which means that things are really starting to look interesting enough even for the most experienced Android users. We know, the Xiaomi Poco F1 is being powered by the fastest processor on the market and we know that things aren’t perfect, but on that price tag, who can really argue about such things.
Anyway, now with the possibility of gaining root access revealed the perspective of using the Xiaomi Poco F1 on a daily basis sounds even better. Why is that? Well, mostly because on a rooted device you can choose what tweaks to apply in order to customize and optimize the Android core system, depending on your own needs. Shortly, you can now personalize your Android experience in order to receive the best results, and when a high-end smartphone is involved, your job is quite intuitive.
That’s why we are now discussing about rooting the Xiaomi Poco F1. And we will do that during the following guidelines where we will bring into debate important aspects including the advantages and the risks implied, the essential pre-requisites that must be first applied and the actual steps that will teach you how to successfully gain root access on your handset.
As already outlined, if root is ensured you can tweak the Android platform. So, on your Xiaomi Poco F1 you will be able to perform different customizations and optimizations just for improving the overall Android experience. And among the custom operations that can be applied on a rooted OS, we can mention the following ones: you can remove bloatware and specific start-up programs, you can add custom kernels and MODs, you can install custom apps from other sources than Google Play, you can set up a custom ROM firmware (like Lineage OS, AOKP or Paranoid Android), you can choose to overclock or undervolt CPU frequencies and so much more.
But, unlocking your Android device cannot be achieved unless you agree with one particular aspect – losing the warranty of your Xiaomi Poco F1. Well, unfortunately, gaining root access isn’t a process supported by your OEM or by Google. As mentioned, the root exploit is developed by third party devs so by following the steps explained below you should know that the warranty flag will be tripped. The warranty can be restored if needed, but in that case you will have to reinstall the stock Android OS on your device – then, the root access will be revoked and your smartphone restored back to its factory state.
You can root the Xiaomi Poco F1 by using this step by step guide only if you can use a custom recovery image – from that environment you will have to flash the root exploit. So, before going any further, take your time and learn how to install TWRP recovery on your Xiaomi Poco F1. Do note that an unlocked bootloader will be also required – you can easily unlock your phone’s bootloader by following the guidelines offered by Xiaomi.
Before rooting your Xiaomi Poco F1 consider in making a general backup for saving your personal data, info, accounts, files and basically everything else that wasn’t there from day one. The backup is optional but highly recommended – during the root process you will have to make a hard reset so, if you’re not careful enough you can end up in losing your contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, saved passwords, IMEI / NVRAM data and so on. You can save those files easily and also quickly – in that respect you can use dedicated backup and restore apps available on Google Play, you can sync your data with your Google Account or you can just use built-in cloud storage platforms that are already running on your phone.
You will have to use a computer if you will want to resume the steps explained below. On that computer you will download the root exploit – later, you will transfer this package on your phone as you will have to flash it via TWRP recovery.
On your Xiaomi Poco F1 you need to check the USB Debugging option. This feature is located under Menu - > Settings - > Developer Options. If the Developer Options entry isn’t available under general Settings, don’t panic; just navigate towards About Phone and there tap repeatedly, for 7 or 10 times, on Built Number until the ‘you are a developer’ message is displayed on your smartphone.
You have to charge your handset before starting the root sequence. A charging is required especially if your phone runs low on power – then, it can get turned off right in the middle of the unlocking procedure; if a sudden shut down happens you might end up in experiencing different software related issues on your Xiaomi Poco F1 – you can therefore soft-brick your Android device so be careful.
How to Quickly Root the Xiaomi Poco F1
- Power on your computer and enable an internet connection.
- Then, access this page and from there download the root exploit that’s available for your Xiaomi Poco F1.
- Save the root file on desktop.
- Switch off your smartphone and wait a few moments while the shut down process is completed.
- Then, reboot recovery mode on your device.
- In recovery choose to make a hard reset and also clear app data cache – you can do that by selecting the following options: ‘wipe data factory reset’ followed by ‘wipe cache partition’ and by ‘wipe dalvik cache’.
- Return to main menu of recovery and pick ‘reboot system now’.
- Connect your phone with your computer – do so by plugging in the USB cable.
- From your computer select the root package and transfer it to your smartphone.
- Remove the USB cable and power off your device.
- Reach recovery mode again.
- In recovery tap on Install and load the root file from your phone.
- Swipe and start the flashing process.
- In the end, go back to main menu of recovery and tap on Reboot.
- That’s all.
Good work; root is now enabled on your Xiaomi Poco F1. You can verify the root status on your Android device easily by using a dedicated app available for free on Google Play – just download and run the Root Checker app. If you want, you can use the comments field from below for sharing your root experience with us and with other users who might be thinking in unlocking their own Xiaomi Poco F1. If you had problems, share it with us and offer as much details as possible as based on the info you provide we will try to find the right troubleshooting solutions. Enjoy and stay close for more tutorials and other useful Android related tips and tricks.