The Xiaomi Redmi Note released during March of 2014 with an Android (4.4.2) MIUI V5 UI ROM out of the box. The Redmi Note hasn’t seen a great deal of updates since then, but you can keep the updates rolling by installing a custom ROM on your Redmi Note instead. As you probably know, a custom ROM removes the stock ROM completely and gives your device a new user-interface and new features. Some people go searching for the best Xiaomi Redmi Note custom ROMs purely to see what firmware they could be running, while others will want to test out new features they haven’t yet tried.
Files You Need
- You always need to have a custom recovery installed on the Xiaomi Redmi Note before you can get any custom ROMs installed on your device.
- You may sometimes be asked to have root access on your Xiaomi Redmi Note before you can install a custom ROM, but that depends on which ROM you are installing.
- You might need to install your own Google Gapps packages to go with your new custom ROMs. Sometimes Gapps can be included in a ROM, but most of the time they are not. Google Gapps are the stock apps you would normally get from Google on your device.
Although the Redmi Note comes with MIUI OS installed by default, everybody needs the latest and they should get it when it is available. That’s why I have the latest MIUI V7 for your Redmi Note. The MIUI V7 ROM has lots of stock apps updated and lots of other settings that are changed and improved by the team. You’ll definitely love the redesigned notification drawer.
Features: 4 new system UI: Rose, pink blush, ocean breeze. high life, 30 % faster system response, 10% better battery for daily use, XXL test, baby album, child mode, auto DND, showtime, MIUI in Inida, quick OTP.
CyanogenMod 13.0 ROM:
The CM 13.0 custom ROM is an aftermarket firmware made by the CM community for most of the Android smartphones who seek more performance and stability. CM 13 custom ROM is a simple yet powerful custom ROM to customize your phone the way you want it, and gives you better performance than ever. Although this is an unofficial build of CM 13, it is still its bug free and smooth to use on your Redmi Note handset.
Features: Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based, ambient display, live display, custom DPI, CM theme engine, themes available at Google Play Store, battery saver, quick charging, better battery backup and lot more customize-able options in settings menu.
Android Ice Cold Project (AICP 11):
The AICP ROM is one of the most highly customize-able custom ROMs for the Redmi Note ever built. Based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, this custom ROM consists of tons of customizing options in the settings menu. You can customize your phone from the status bar battery icon to the navigation bar buttons functionality. There is also a theme engine in this ROM to theme your phone fully with one touch.
Features: Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based, CM theme engine, Google Play Store consist of lots of themed for this custom ROM, status bar tinting, enable/disable nav bar, landscape home screen.
The Lollicraft ROM is actually an Android 4.4 KitKat-based custom ROM which is themed as Android 5.0 Lollipop and not a real one. There are some minor graphics bugs which you can notice, but they won’t bother you if you read the custom ROM thread carefully. Rest of the custom ROM features are listed below.
Features: Android 4.4.2 KitKat-based, modded to look like Android 5.0 lollipop, highly customized, rooted, 13 MP camera app, contextual background, battery bar, heads up notifications, ad blocker, font chooser, sidebar, system app remover and installer, dynamic status bar, custom carrier label, Dolby atoms support, Lollicraft wallpapers.
The BlissPOP custom ROM is the only custom ROM with lots of simplicity and power. You can install this custom ROM if you are real app freaky and a hardcore gamer. This custom ROM can handle multiple apps at the same time because of its fast multitasking feature and better RAM management.
Features: CM 12 theme engine, status bar customization, clock and date alignment chooser, super user indicator, breathing notifications, brightness control, memory bar in recent apps, clear all button in recent window, status bar header weather, open app in floating window, tile options, heads up notifications, screen record, user switcher, flash light, sound panel, flash light.
If you don’t want all the fancy features of Android 5.0 Lollipop and are just seeking for more performance, better battery backup, fast multitasking and more, then you should go for this custom ROM. CM 11 custom ROM is based on Android 4.4 KitKat and runs really fast — even if you are working on two apps side by side using multi window feature.
Features: Android 4.4 KitKat-based, multi window, CM theme engine (if you care about some themes), clear all task button in recent apps, lock screen shortcuts,
FIUI 2.32 ROM:
When I first heard the name of this ROM I laughed a lot because I haven’t checked out the features and screenshots until then. However, now that I have gone through them, I realized that this custom ROM is real neat simple and full of features. And the full name of this custom ROM is Future Inspired User Interface and this name fits the ROM perfectly.
Features: Android 4.4 KitKat-based, super fast charging (even more fast with ART enabled), overnight battery drain lowers to nil, call UI is smooth with no lag, slim notification bar (real slim and awesome), super fast booting, Sony Walkman with clear+ technology.
Galaxy S5 ROM:
If you fancy Samsung Galaxy S5’s TouchWiz UI, then this custom ROM will do the trick for you. You can experience the whole TouchWiz UI with this custom ROM. Not only the UI, but you will also get some features of the Samsung Galaxy S5 with this custom ROM like smart stay, multi-window, floating window and more.
Features: Fully rooted, power saving mode, working S-Voice, power optimization script, stable and smooth, update SD card read speed, fast and smooth, init.d script and busy box, zip aligned and deodexed.
Xperia Z3 Experience:
If you think you might enjoy using an Xperia Z3 themed custom ROM, then you should go for this custom ROM before any other ROM. This custom ROM is seriously themed as Sony Xperia Z3 with lots of Xperia Z3 stock apps added in the firmware. There is only a small bug in this custom ROM is that Sony Walkman visualizer force close the app, but don’t worry, this is not a major bug.
Features: Xperia Z3 framework, totally themed ROM as Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 sketch, Xperia Z3 calender, Xperia Z3 keyboard, Xperia Z3 album editor, Xperia Z2 task, Xperia Z2 setup wizard.