Xiaomi smartphones are now making an impression out west, and part of that reason is that you can continue rooting the Android operating system on the Xiaomi custom skin just like you could root the device from any of the Android skins that come from other manufacturers familiar to the western world. Anyone loving the Xiaomi Mi4i but wanting to get away from the traditional MIUI ROM can try installing some Xposed framework, followed by installing some Xposed modules. These modules coming from Xposed can tweak your user interface on the smartphone so what you see is not like the ROM you have always known at all — like installing a custom ROM but without having to go to the trouble (or take the risk) of installing a custom ROM on your device at all. Another Android root application we recommend checking out on the Xiaomi Mi4i smartphone is the Tasker app — an entire automation app that can help you make all the changes to your software that you would have ever dreamed of up until now.

Those who are not excited about what the Tasker app and Xposed framework bring to the table can still choose to install the more traditional root apps on the smartphone. Some of those apps I’m referring to include the ROM Toolbox, the Titanium Backup app, Viper4Android, Servicely, the NANDroid Manager, the Quick Boot app, Link2SD, Greenify and others like the Dumpster app. The dumpster app is great at recovering your lost file like your pictures you might have accidentally deleted. In fact, the basic version of the Dumpster app is available for everybody — even the non-rooted users too — but to get the most out of Dumpster and dig deep into your operating system the root access will be required. Make sure you root and try Dumpster again if you used the app on a smartphone like the Xiaomi Mi4i without root access and could not find what you were looking for on the system.
Xiaomi Mi4i

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.

Here is everything you need to root the Xiaomi Mi4i smartphone running on the MIUI 7.2.3 software update so you can start installing your root apps like the Xposed framework or check out something to recover your lost data like Dumpster:

Files You Need

  • Download the Xiaomi root toolkit for the Mi4i smartphone that works on the latest update from here.


Rooting the Xiaomi Mi4i running on the MIUI 7.2.3 software update

  1. Unlock the Developer Options and enable the USB Debugging Mode on your Xiaomi Mi4i smartphone before you attempt to connect your smartphone to the computer with the USB cable.
  2. Connect the Mi4i smartphone to the computer with the USB cable that you normally use to charge the battery overnight.
  3. Download the root toolkit for the Mi4i smartphone from the files section above and have it waiting on the desktop of the computer.
  4. Extract the root toolkit and then double-click to run the file when it’s on the desktop.
  5. Click on the ‘Root’button from the main kit user interface once it opens on the computer and then wait until your Mi4i smartphone is rooted.

In conclusion, that is how to root the Xiaomi Mi4i smartphone running on the latest MIUI 7.2.3 software update. You can now find out what you need to install a custom recovery on the Xiaomi Mi4 smartphone so you can use both things to start installing some custom ROMs. Anyone who isn’t quite sure about custom ROMs yet and what is on offer can head over to our best custom ROMs for the Xiaomi Mi4i smartphone list and check out what is available to choose. A custom ROM running on the Mi4i smartphone will replace the stock ROM until you want to flash the stock ROM back on the device at a later date. That day can be tomorrow or in ten years if you love the custom ROM you are using. Since the Mi4i smartphone is such as popular one for people to own, you should find some of the best ROM developers in the world have created some quality ROMs for you to try and see if you like them better than the stock MIUi ROM.

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