How to Root the Xiaomi Mi Pad

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Welcome back guys and today we have for you an exciting proposition. So you received your shiny new tablet! And if you’re like me, you’re itching to root it. Well here we are ready to help you out. But first you must install the developer ROM of MIUI on this bad boy. Don’t know how to go about doing that? Check the part 1 of this article out in here. Already on the Developer ROM? Then trudge on and let’s get the party started!


Pre Requisites

  • Your Xiaomi Mi Pad must have the developer edition of MIUI installed. To know how to do that you can follow my earlier article here.
  • If you want to install Super User or Super SU for root, you’ll need to have Google Play installed via the Google Installer from the Mi Market.
  • You must have access to a computer as this process requires your Mi Pad to be connected to a PC which will run the actual rooting software.
  • USB cable.


  • Download iRoot from here.
  • Download Super SU if you so choose from here.

Step 1

Before we begin, we have to activate Developer options on the MiPad. In case you don’t know how to do it, tap on Settings >About phone and then tap on Build number 7 times. Go back up one level and you will now see Developer options just above About phone.

Now, before you run iRoot, open your MiPad and tap on Settings – Developer options and turn on USB debugging.

Step 2

If at this time your MiPad is already connected, you will see a pop up. Go ahead and tap on OK.

Step 3

Now you are ready to start iRoot. The moment iRoot starts, you will see the following screen, because you are already connected and have USB debugging on. iRoot connects automatically without you having to do anything.

Step 4

After sometime, the connection is successful and you will see this.

Now agree to the user agreement. At this point in time, don’t use your MiPad anymore, because when you hit Root, the process starts.

Step 5

When you are all done (less than 2 min), you will see the MiPad restart on its own. Click on Complete and go ahead and close iRoot.

Step 6

When the MiPad restarts, you will see 2 new icons.


Congratulations you have now got root access on your Mi Pad! Now I know some of you maybe skeptical of iRoot as it’s a Chinese software, so in the next few steps I’ll be showing you how to replace the vRoot applications with SuperSU from the playstore.

Step 7

Reboot your Mi Pad once.

Step 8

Install SuperSU from Google Playstore. Reboot your Mi Pad.

Step 9

Wait for Mi Pad to complete the boot up sequence and start all the apps etc.

Step 10

Click on SuperSU icon. There will be a prompt ” The SU binary needs to be updated.  Continue?”, accept it. After the installation is completed, reboot Mi Pad.

Step 11

Wait for Mi Pad to complete the boot up sequence and start all the apps etc. When you launch any apps that needs root, you will be prompted, just click on “Grant”.

Congratulations! You have made it! The Mi Pad is finally rooted. Only one more step stands between you and Custom ROMs. That is Mi Recovery. We will replace it with a custom recovery on our next article. Stay tuned for more and if you get stuck or have any other problems, leave a comment down below!


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  1. Mike says

    Hi there!
    I read the first guide about how to install the dev rom on the mi pad.

    ‘Do remember a few things though, installing the developer edition is essential if you want to root the device. Also since the developer edition is the Chinese version of the ROM, there is no Playstore included in this one’

    This is one of the last lines of your article which CLEARLY mentions that google play is NOT included.However ,i quote,
    “Step 8
    Install SuperSU from Google Playstore. Reboot your Mi Pad.” from the next part , i.e. this article.

    I have seriously not understood.Could you please clarify and get back back to me asap..?No play store is a deal breaker for me since im planning on buying and rooting it.

    Thanks in advance..Please try to get back to me ASAP
    Thanks again

    • Amartya says

      Hi you have a very valid point. Actually there was a article between the two of these which seems to have got lost in the muck of things.
      As I said the developer ROM does NOT come with Play store pre installed. You can however install it, it is as simple as searching on the Mi store for Google Installer and installing the app and you will have play services and playstore back.
      Here is a link on how to do it, sorry I couldn’t go into much detail for the concise nature of comments

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