The Xiaomi Mi 5 smartphone is the latest smartphone to get from the Chinese manufacturers range, and it comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box. Luckily for the owners of this handset, you can root it without having to wait for any of the one click rooting solution or toolkit just by installing a custom recovery first, followed by the version of SuperSu by Chainfire we have for you in this guide.

These are the steps to root the Xiaomi Mi 5 smartphone running on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow software update that it is running out of the box.

Xiaomi Mi 5

What Is Rooting the Android Operating System?

When you buy a new smartphone, you might not know it, but the Android operating system is in a “locked” state. For the most part, it will not make much difference to you: most apps are still available to use, and there are benefits to this locked state such as better security. When you root the Android operating system, you are gaining full administrative rights over the OS.

Why Would You Want to Root Android?

Gaining full administrative rights over the operating system has some perks to some people. For example, out of the millions of applications available on Google Play, some of them will not be able to run on your device unless it has root access. Until you have a specific need for wanting Android rooted, you probably want to leave Android as it comes out of the box. But if you need to unlock an app, then that is when you want to look into rooting methods. Using more apps is only one example of why you may want root access, here is the full list of benefits:

  • Unlock more applications. Some of the apps available for Android cannot run unless you have root access. This is because the app’s features cannot run without the root permissions because the features require the full system access before they can be useful.
  • Better battery life. Smartphones are great, but they have one caveat, which is each time you recharge the battery, it loses some of its overall lifespan. That means smartphones, in general, do not make great investments, and if your weekly paycheck is low, you will want to limit the number of smartphones you go through. One of the ways you can do that is by removing bloatware and creating a better battery life.
  • Bolster performance. If you are the budget-conscious shopper, you may want to increase the device’s performance. This can be done by removing the bloatware as well. The more processes you have running, the more memory that is used. By removing some of the apps, it can help lighten the load on your hardware.
  • Customize Android with themes. With root access, you can download and install any theme that’s at your disposal. That includes any customized theme you can find.

What Are the Risks of Rooting?

If you are buying a smartphone that is not running iOS, then it is probably the Android operating system that you want running as the ideal software to pair with your shiny new hardware. It is, in fact, the Android OS that offers you the chance to customize the OS considerably more than iOS: custom themes, run any app you know about, the works. For many users, the “openness” of an operating system is important, because it offers them more freedom which means running into fewer problems with their investments. But there is a reason iOS likes a far more locked approach: the ability to customize is not for everyone, and if you do not know what you are doing it can lead to a lot of problems which can define your time with the OS rather than freedom.

With power (full admin permissions) comes greater responsibility. Here are some of the main risk factors when it comes to rooting:

  • Malware becomes a larger threat. You might read the occasional news article about how new malware is wreaking havoc in parts of the world on Android. But the Android operating system with root access becomes considerably more vulnerable to exploits because applications are no longer prisoned off in their own sandbox environments. This means if you accidentally download malware, it can do more damage because it can spread throughout the operating system and even jump into other applications and potentially view sensitive data.
  • You can accidentally brick the smartphone. There is always a chance that you end up bricking the smartphone before you had the opportunity to use it with root access. That is because if you are going to brick it, it is going to happen during the rooting process.
  • You may void the warranty. Most manufacturers do not allow you to root the Android operating system and still get to bring it in for repairs under warranty. Whether they are legally meant to do that or not is another question, but it is now common knowledge that most do not want to help you if they find out you have unlocked the OS with root access.

Files You Need

  • Download the version of the SuperSU application you need from here.

You must have a custom recovery installed on the Xiaomi Mi 5 smartphone before you can root the device using this guide.

Note that by choosing to customize the operating system on your Xiaomi Mi 5 smartphone you agree to void the warranty you get from the manufacturer. You can always take off all the customizing options you put on to get the warranty working again later. However, in the meantime, you cannot send the device away for free repairs.

Rooting the Xiaomi Mi 5 running the Android 6.0 Marshmallow updates

  1. Enable the USB Debugging Mode on the Xiaomo MI 5 smartphone before you continue with the guide.
  2. Download the SuperSU for the Mi 5 from the files section above and have it on the desktop of the computer.
  3. Connect the Mi 5 smartphone to the computer with the USB cable and then copy the SuperSU application to the internal storage SD card.
  4. Unplug the Mi 5 smartphone from the computer and the USB cable.
  5. Boot the Mi 5 smartphone into the recovery mode and you will get the TWRP Recovery you installed earlier booting up on the display.
  6. Choose to take the NANDroid Backup from the menu before you complete the rest of the guide.
  7. Tap on the “Install” button from the TWRP menu and browse the SD card for the SuperSU zip file.
  8. Follow the on-screen commands to install the SUperSU on your Mi 5 smartphone and then choose the option to reboot the system when it is done.

In conclusion, that is all you need to root the Xiaomi Mi 5 smartphone by installing the SuperSU zip file from within your custom recovery menu. Anyone who cannot get the guide to work might need to try copying the SuperSU to the internal SD card from the computer again. Sometimes if you store the SuperSU zip file in one of the subfolders, you cannot find it again later when you attempt to install the file. To beat that problem, all you need to do is copy the SuperSU to the topmost folder and do not hide it one of the subfolders. Now the rooting exploit should show up when you click the Install option from the custom recovery menu.