The Xiaomi Mi 3 has been an incredibly popular phone both in the Indian and in the other markets where it has been launched. The primary reason behind that has been stellar hardware at a very affordable pricepoint. But it comes loaded with MIUI and that’s not everybody’s cup of tea.
Adding insult to injury is the fact that the Mi 3 runs on the now defunct, Kitkat. So to alleviate all your woes we are here with the latest version of android, Lollipop in the form of CyanogennMod.
But as always, before we begin; a few warning words. Romming a phone always entails some risks. We here at www.androidrooting.org take no responsibility for your device if it is anyhow damaged in the process described below.
With that out of the way, let’s get cracking. The bugs are first up, and as you can see for yourself they are really not that major.
- USB OTG
- Video recording through the included camera often leads to force stops. Using any other camera app is a good way to circumnavigate this issue.
- Random reboots in some devices.
Still with us? Good, now let’s go over the things we will be needing.
- Your Xiaomi Mi 3 must be rooted. To know how to root your device, click on this link
- You must have a Custom Recovery Like ClockWork Mod or TWRP installed on your device. To know how to install a custom recovery click on this link.
- Your device must be charged over 80%.
- Common sense and the ability to follow instructions!!
There are two versions of this ROM available a Deodexed version and an Odexed version. To put it simply, the Deodexed version is better for theming using mods and the Odexed version is much more optimised and speedy. Take whichever one best suits your needs. If you wish to know more about this hit me up in the comments. There is another ROM based on AOSP without the CM modifications. If you would like to see that click here.
Power off the phone.
Boot into recovery. Hold the volume up and power button till the Mi logo comes up. Then continue holding till the CWM recovery logo comes up. Release the buttons.
Factory Reset. Then wipe all the cache partitions. Finally proceed to format the system.
Flash the downloaded ROM zip. Wait a bit for the device to finish flashing the system.
Navigate to the Install zip option. Click on it and navigate to where you’ve stored the GAPPs file. Install GAPPs
Reboot. The first boot takes some time, please do not panic.
Congratulations!! You have successfully updated your I 3 to the latest version of androi Lollipop 5.0.2 . We hope you enjoy this tasty treat from Google as much as we enjoyed bringing it to you. Sound off in the comments below for queries and questions.
Below are a few screenshots of the ROM.