Fix a bricked/bootloop Redmi 3 (also Pro and Prime)! [SOLVED]

I was pretty upset when I accidentally bricked my Redmi 3 Pro after just using and uninstalling a app called “Substratum theme engine”. It sucks, do not ever download it! Worst piece of crap app I have ever tried.

Anyway, I found a way to fix my Redmi 3 Pro, this should also work for the regular Redmi 3 and also Redmi 3 Prime.

By following this guide, you’re responsible to whatever happens to your phone and cant hold me responsible.
I’m just trying to help and this is how I repaired my bricked Redmi 3 Pro.

I couldn’t boot into recovery mode and the phone was stuck in a boot loop. I could only boot into Fastboot but there’s also another mode you can enter called EDL. But lets start with the guide.

Bricked Redmi 3 (pro/prime)

OK, Lets try to fix your bricked Redmi 3/Pro/Prime!

0: I forgot this step, that’s why it’s called “0”. 😀

It’s might be a good idea if you unplug as many USB devices as possible like external harddrives, printers and so on to make sure there’s a minimum chance of conflicts. Also, do NOT connect your phone to the computer yet!

1: Download drivers and Android tools

You need some drivers and tools to make your communicate with your phone. A guy called Snoop05 have developed a really small package with the things you need and it’s really simple to install everything in 15 seconds. Even if you have done this before, I recommend that you download and install the latest version because earlier versions didn’t work to unbrick the Redmi 3 for me.

Go to this thread and download the 15 seconds ADB Installer.

Follow the installation-guide in the first post in that thread, it’s really simple. There’s no need to uninstall the older drivers if you have any.

2: Download Flash tool and install it.
MiFlash

Now you need to download MIUI ROM Flashing Tool (Size: 46 MB), you can find the download link in this thread. If you already got it installed, make sure you got the last version, older versions wont always work.

3: Download the ROM
Download ROM
The Redmi 3, Redmi 3 Pro and Redmi 3 Prime are using the same ROM. When I flashed I had success with flashing the Chinese Developer ROM (Dont worry, you can choose English when you setup the phone) and later flash to another ROM if you need to.

So go back to this websiteand search for “Redmi 3/Prime Latest China Developer Version Fastboot File Download“. When you click on it the filename should start with “ido_xhdpi”. Download it, it might take a while since it’s pretty big (1.5 GB).

Extract ROM with 7-ZIP
Now you need to extract the ROM tgz file you downloaded. You can extract it using 7-ZIP for example which is also a free tool.

When you have extracted the tgz file you might end up with a tar file, you need to extract that one also until you see a folder with some files in it and also a folder called “images”.

4: Time to connect your phone.
usb data cable

This step is a bit messy, sometimes the computer find the phone, sometimes it doesn’t.

Try to enter the phones fastboot mode by starting by pressing VOLUME MINUS (-) and the POWER BUTTON and hold them. Hopefully you’ll see the Android dude and the text “fastboot”.

Android fastboot

(If you aren’t able to enter fastboot you will need to try the other mode called EDL. Try to enter this mode by pressing Volume Up (+) and Volume Down (-) and then the powerbutton, hold them down for a while. The phone will vibrate ~2-3 times and the screen will be completely black!)

Now, connect the phone to the computer with a USB cable that can transfer data! (remember that many USB cables is only for charging!).

When connecting the phone you might get a notification about installing unsigned drivers, and you need to do it! Let Windows work for a couple of minutes until it’s done. (If you cant install the unsigned drivers you need to follow this guide).

(If the drivers doesn’t seem to work you might need to install “Qualcomm HS-USB QDLoader 9008“.)

Start the flash tool – “XiaoMiFlash.exe”. Hopefully it will find your phone. It will say something with “COM” and then some numbers and stuff.
It might take a while to find it, keep pressing refresh, it might take some minutes.

When it have found it, press “select” and browse to the folder you extracted in Step 3.

At the bottom of the flash tool I recommend that you select “Clean All”. (You will lose all your data on the phone)

Flash the new Redmi 3 ROM to repair your phone

Now, press “Flash” and pray to god that it works!

If it doesn’t try another USB cable and another USB port, try to restart your computer. You might also want to try it on another computer and also look up so your computer identify the phone as “Qualcomm HS-USB QDLoader 9008”.

Let me know in the comments if you cannot get something working and I’ll try to help you solve it!

Remember, the first time you boot up your phone after flashing the firmware it may take a really long time for it to boot! It took 15-20 minutes for me!

I wish you good luck!

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