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

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.