In this guide, we will show you the steps to root your Xiaomi 12/Pro/12X via Magisk patched boot.img file. The twelfth iteration of the Xiaomi devices beholds a power-packed feature set. With a 120hz refresh rate, the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset, up to 12GB RAM, and an impressive 120W fast charging, it seems to have checkmarked most of the prerequisites. Along the same lines, it is performing quite decently in custom development as well.
Once you have unlocked the device’s bootloader, you will be in a position to flash custom/GSI ROMs, a custom recovery like TWRP, and welcome a truckload of mods onto your device. However, it is the ability to gain administrative access that has always been the go-to choice for many tech enthusiasts. If you also echo this thought, then this guide shall help you to root your Xiaomi 12/Pro/12X via Magisk patched boot. Follow along for the instructions.
Benefits and Risks of Rooting
Once you root your device by flashing the Magisk patched boot.img via Fastboot Commands, you will be in a position to try out a plethora of customizations on your device. These include the likes of flashing custom ROMs, installing a custom recovery like TWRP, or flashing a custom kernel. Along the same lines, you could also flash Magisk Modules, Xposed Framework, Substratum Themes, Viper4Android, and the likes. However, this is just one side of the story.
Carrying out this process also has its downsides. First off, the process requires an unlocked bootloader. Doing so will wipe off all the data and could nullify the device’s warranty as well. Likewise, WideVine L1 will be degraded to L3, resulting in the inability to stream Netflix in HD [FIXED]. Then the SafetyNet will be triggered [FIXED], which might cause issues with banking apps [FIXED]. So if all that’s well and good, then let’s get started with the steps to root your Xiaomi 12/Pro/12X via Magisk.
How to Root Xiaomi 12/Pro/12X via Magisk
The below instructions are listed under separate sections for ease of understanding. Make sure to follow the same sequence as mentioned. Droidwin and its members wouldn’t be held responsible in case of a thermonuclear war, your alarm doesn’t wake you up, or if anything happens to your device and data by performing the below steps.
STEP 1: Install Android SDK
First and foremost, you will have to install the Android SDK Platform Tools on your PC. This is the official ADB and Fastboot binary provided by Google and is the only recommended one. So download it and then extract it to any convenient location on your PC. Doing so will give you the platform-tools folder, which will be used throughout this guide to root your Xiaomi 12/Pro/12X via Magisk.
STEP 2: Enable USB Debugging and OEM Unlocking
Next up, you will also have to enable USB Debugging and OEM Unlocking on your device. The former will make your device recognizable by the PC in ADB mode. This will then allow you to boot your device to Fastboot Mode. On the other hand, OEM Unlocking is required to carry out the bootloader unlocking process.
So head over to Settings > About Phone > Tap on MIUI Number 7 times > Go back to Settings > System > Advanced > Developer Options > Enable USB Debugging and OEM Unlocking.
STEP 3: Unlock Xiaomi 12/12X/Pro Device Bootloader
Since this is an unofficial ROM (a custom ROM to be precise), you will need to unlock the device’s bootloader. However, doing so will wipe off all the data and could nullify the device’s warranty as well. So if that’s all well and good, then please refer to our guide on How to Unlock the Bootloader on any Xiaomi Device. Once that is done, you may move over to the next step to root your Xiaomi 12/Pro/12X via Magisk.
STEP 4: Download Xiaomi 12/Pro/12X Fastboot ROM
Next up, you will have to download the Fastboot ROM for your device. Make sure to download the same version that is currently installed on your device (you could verify the same from your device’s Build Number). As far as the downloading source is concerned, you could get it from the official MIUI site or a third-party site like XiamiFirmwareUpdate (if the official website is blocked in your region).
STEP 5: Get Xiaomi 12/Pro/12X Stock Boot.img
- Once you have downloaded the firmware, extract it to any convenient location on your PC.
- Then go to the Images folder and copy the boot.img file from there.
- Now transfer this boot.img file to your device.
STEP 6: Patch Xiaomi 12/Pro/12X Boot.img via Magisk
- Download and install the latest version of the Magisk App.
- Then launch it and tap on the Install button next to Magisk.
- After that, choose ‘Select and Patch a File’, navigate to the stock boot.img file, and select it.
- Then tap on the Let’s Go button situated at the top right.
- The boot.img file will now be patched and placed under the Downloads folder on your device.
- You should transfer this file to the platform-tools folder on your PC.
STEP 7: Boot Xiaomi 12/Pro/12X to Fastboot Mode
- Connect your device to the PC via USB cable. Make sure USB Debugging is enabled.
- Then head over to the platform-tools folder, type in CMD in the address bar, and hit Enter. This will launch the Command Prompt.
- Type in the following command in the CMD window to boot your device to Fastboot Mode
adb reboot bootloader
- Now type in the below command to verify the Fastboot Connection
- If you get a device ID followed by the fastboot keyword, then the connection stands successful. You may now proceed to the next step to root your Xiaomi 12/Pro/12X via Magisk.
STEP 8: Flash Magisk Patched Boot & Root Xiaomi 12/Pro/12X
- To begin with, make sure that the patched boot (magisk_patched_boot.img) is present inside the platform-tools folder.
- Then open the CMD window inside this platform-tools folder.
- Now type in the below command to boot your device to the temporary rooted OS.
fastboot boot magisk_patched_boot.img
- Now launch the Magisk app and tap on Install.
- Then select Direct Install and tap Let’s Go situated at the top-right.
- Once done, hit the Reboot button situated at the bottom right.
- That’s it, your device will now boot to the permanently rooted OS.
That’s it. These were the steps to root your Xiaomi 12/Pro/12X via Magisk. If you have any queries concerning the aforementioned steps, do let us know in the comments section. We will get back to you with a solution at the earliest.
NOTE: There also exists a method to root your Xiaomi device by directly flashing the Magisk patched boot file. However, that is usually a risky approach and should be avoided. The above approach of first booting the patched file and then permanently flashing it via Direct Install of Magisk is the fail-safe method that you should opt for.
Fix: Xiaomi Stuck in Bootloop while rooting
If your device is stuck in bootloop, then you might have to disable the verity checks by flashing the vbmeta file. Here’s how it could be done:
- First off, extract the vbmeta.img file from the Fastboot ROM that you have downloaded.
- Then transfer this vbmeta file to the platform-tools folder and launch the CMD window inside this folder:
- After that, connect your device to the PC and force-boot it to Fastboot Mode.
- Now execute the below command to flash vbmeta and disable the verification:
fastboot --disable-verity --disable-verification flash vbmeta vbmeta.img
- Once that is done, you may proceed with the rest of the rooting steps (see STEP 8).
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