Xiaomi Mi Mix, Mi Mix 2, and Mi Mix 2S update: MIUI 9.6.1 stable based on Android 8.0 rolling out to OG variant, MIUI 10 beta 8.7.12 available for all variants

Many a time, Chinese OEMs have been criticised for their lack of commitment to timely software updates and Xiaomi is high on the list. But looking at the company’s recent trend, you’ll agree that there’s a significant improvement when compared to earlier years.

Perhaps it’s the recent deal with Google concerning the Android One Xiaomi Mi A1 that has sparked this vast change. But whatever the reason, the company now wants Xiaomi Mi MIX and MIX 2 users to join in the MIUI Global Beta program for Android Oreo.

Android P update

Category Current OS Android P update
Xiaomi Mi Mix Android 8.0 Not eligible
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 Android 8.0 Expected in Q4 2018
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S Android 8.0 Expected in Q3 2018, beta available

Xiaomi MIX 2S is the newest in the Mi MIX series and comes preinstalled with Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box. Also, the phone is already aboard the new Android P beta ship, details of which we’ve covered here. Given testing is already underway, we expect the stable version will be released at about the same time Google will make it available for Pixel users, probably in August 2018.

The Mi Mix 2 will also get Android P, but it’s likely to do so towards the end of the year. As for the OG Mi Mix, there’s no going past Oreo, which is its second major OS.

Android Oreo update

Speaking of Android Oreo, Xiaomi updated the Mi Mix 2 to the new OS on March 29, 2018. The OS was also made available to users of the Mi Mix on July 10, 2018.

Category Android 8.0 Oreo update
Xiaomi Mi Mix Released on 10 July 2018
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 Released on 29 March 2018
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S Pre-installed

Software update timeline

Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S

Date Software version Download link Changelog
12 July 2018 MIUI 10 8.7.12 (beta) | Android 8.0 Recovery update | Fastboot update Bug fixes and performance improvements
10 July 2018 MIUI 9.5.20 (stable) | Android 8.0 Recovery update | Fastboot update Fixed several bugs
06 July 2018 MIUI 10 8.7.5 (beta) | Android 8.0 Recovery update | Fastboot update

Installs MIUI 10 beta. Adds nature sounds, LDAC support, and improves UI, Mi AI, Face Unlock, camera, and more

07 June 2018 MIUI 9.5.19 (stable) | Android 8.0 Recovery update | Fastboot update Fixes issues with Bluetooth status, automatic device locking when taking photos, auto hands-free, weather location, device reboots, alarm not going off, WiFi hotspots, and more
8 May 2018 MIUI 8.5.3 (beta) | Android P 9.0 Fastboot update Android P beta

Xiaomi Mi MIX 2

Date Software version Download link Changelog
12 July 2018 MIUI 10 8.7.12 (beta) | Android 8.0 Recovery update | Fastboot update Bug fixes and performance improvements
06 July 2018 MIUI 10 8.7.5 (beta) | Android 8.0 Recovery update | Fastboot update Adds nature sounds, improves UI, camera, and more
28 June 2018 MIUI 10 8.6.28 (beta) | Android 8.0 Recovery update | Fastboot update MIUI 10 global beta, fixes for issues where Settings keeps stopping, Phone enters Recovery mode when charging and Cleaner content doesn’t translate to Russian in the file manager
22 June 2018 MIUI 9.6.1 (stable) | Android 8.0 Recovery update | Fastboot update Deleted shortcuts for moving data and managing Second space, Themes are adjusted for 18:9 screens, You can hide the shortcut to Second space now, Add guidance for new users
22 May 2018 MIUI 9.5.8 (stable) | Android 8.0 Recovery update | Fastboot update Bug fixes and more
20 Apr 2018 MIUI 8.4.19 (beta) | Android 8.0 Recovery update | Fastboot update Added a confirmation dialog for deleting Quick apps from Home screen, Fixed the issues of Yellow page FC and No menu shows in notification shade even after enabling the option
17 Apr 2018 MIUI 9.5.6 (stable) | Android 8.0 Recovery update | Fastboot update Fixes issue that the screen could not turn off, when playing video or making phone calls,  Fingerprint copy wasn’t updated, Fix the issue Camera FC
13 Apr 2018 MIUI 8.4.12 (beta) | Android 8.0 Recovery update | Fastboot update Top Sites in introduced with New UI, Enhanced News Feed for India and Indonesia, Added quick SMS action buttons for popular SMSes, Shortcut for the Split screen in Recents, Playing online content gives warning every time with every song even when no data limit is set, Bluetooth often disconnects when playing music
13 Apr 2018 MIUI 8.4.12 (beta) | Android 8.0 Recovery update |Fastboot update Top Sites introduced with New UI, Added quick SMS action buttons for popular SMSes, Shortcut for the Split screen in Recents, and more. more
30 Mar 2018 MIUI 8.3.29 (beta) | Android 8.0 Recovery update | Fastboot update Online content in Mi Music, Artist’s work page is revamped, Direct apps are called Quick apps now
29 Mar 2018 MIUI 9.5.4 (stable) | Android 8.0 Recovery update | Fastboot update Android 8.0 Oreo, Resume interrupted transfers in Mi Mover without starting over,  Revamped start page and optimized performance, Quick search options, Adjusted the position of the search bar, Optimized Browser’s kernel, One-time data limits, and more
23 Mar 2018 MIUI 8.3.22 (beta) | Android 8.0 Recovery update | Fastboot update Fixes for Files App/Android System FC when uploading files on web browser and Camera quality is degraded after update to Android O
16 Mar 2018 MIUI 8.3.15 (beta) | Android 8.0 Recovery update | Fastboot update
Fixed issue where when the file folder is out, the page goes back to the top, Added the card of ‘Recommend for you’, The game of ‘Mi Coconut Island’ has finally arrived exclusively for Mi Browser (India), and Search bar improved with broader input area
9 Mar 2018 MIUI 8.3.8 (beta) | Android 8.0 Recovery update | Fastboot update
Fix the issue Notification bar show white area, Fix the issue that Weather keeps stopping, Fix the issue that P-sensor doesn’t work well, Add guidance for new users, Add top tabs on homepage and support side-scroll
1 Dec 2017 MIUI 9.1.2 (stable) | Android 7.1 Recovery update Added Wallpaper Carousel to Settings in the global build, fixed error where couldn’t make calls in some carrier networks, fixed app lock security issues, fixed issue where contact names weren’t shown in call history
17 Nov 2017 MIUI 9.1.1 (stable) | Android 7.1 Recovery update Deep-level system optimizations, New icons, New animations for launching and exiting apps, Simpler Home screen editing, Introducing Split screen, Improved Silent mode triggered by the volume button,  Improved readability for the start page of Messaging, and more
26 Oct 2017 MIUI 8.5.2 (stable) | Android 7.1 Recovery update NA

Xiaomi Mi Mix

Date Software version Download link Changelog
12 July 2018 MIUI 10 8.7.12 (beta) | Android 8.0 Recovery update | Fastboot update Fixes several bugs and improves system stability
10 July 2018 MIUI 9 v9.6.1 (stable) | Android 8.0 Recovery update | Fastboot update Installs MIUI 9.6.1 based on Android 8.0 Oreo
06 July 2018 MIUI 10 8.7.5 (beta) | Android 8.0 Recovery update | Fastboot update Adds nature sounds, improves UI, camera, and more
27 June 2018 MIUI 9.5.5 (stable) | Android 7.0 Recovery update | Fastboot update Bug fixes and performance improvements
20 May 2018 MIUI 8.5.17 (beta) | Android 8.0 Recovery update | Fastboot update NA
28 Apr 2018 MIUI 9.5.2 (stable) | Android 7.0 Recovery update | Fastboot update Resume interrupted transfers in Mi Mover without starting over, Quick search options, Adjusted the position of the search bar, Optimized Browser’s kernel, One-time data limits: hotspot turns off automatically when set data limit is reached, and more
20 Apr 2018 MIUI 8.4.19 (beta) | Android 8.0 Recovery update Android 8.0 Oreo beta
11 Jan 2018 MIUI 9.2.1 (stable) | Android 7.0 Recovery update Display effect when the virtual navigation button is on a light-colored wallpaper, Multiple themes supported on the clock widget, Adding widgets to an empty spot with a single tap, and more
29 Nov 2017 MIUI 9.1.1 (stable) | Android 7.0 Recovery update Reading mode can turn on and off at sunset and sunrise automatically, Improved layout and readability for search results in Contacts, Virus scans and payment scans were merged into Security scan, and more
18 Oct 2017 MIUI 8 8.5.5 (stable) | Android 6.0 Recovery update Optimized system performance
19 Sep 2017 MIUI 8 8.5.4 (stable) | Android 6.0 Recovery update Separate App locks for Dual apps, Option for hiding the content of notifications on Lock screen, Manage autostart for multiple system apps, Switches for common settings in search results, Use search to select your timezone, and more

How to install Xiaomi Mi Mix update

There are different methods you can use to install MIUI updates besides the usual OTA downloads. All of them involve manual installation and we have procedures for each one right below. Note that in most cases, Xiaomi provides all three files in distinct packages, so make sure you grab the right one depending on the method you want to use.

How to install Xiaomi Mi Mix Recovery update

Like the systems update, there are a few things you also need to note before going the recovery update route.

  1. Please wipe all data in Recovery mode if you want to update to a discontinuous ROM version, or downgrade to an older ROM version using MIUI full ROM pack.
  2. Due to the differences in Recovery interface, this method is not applicable to devices with a locked bootloader.

Now, onto the main steps of installing MIUI recovery update on your Xiaomi phone.

  • Download the latest MIUI ROM file from the table above and rename the downloaded ROM file to ‘update.zip’ on the computer.
  • Connect your device to the computer above using a USB cable and copy the ROM file downloaded and renamed in Step 1 above into the root directory of the internal storage of your device (Do not put it in any folder).
  • Enter the Recovery mode of your device. There are 2 methods to do it as follows:
    Method 1: Launch ‘Updater’ app on your device, click the ‘…’ icon at the top-right corner, and select ‘Reboot to Recovery mode’ to enter.
    Method 2: You can also turn off your device and then hold both Volume up button and Power button at the same time to enter Recovery mode.
  • In Recovery mode, you can use Volume up/down to scroll through the options and Power button to confirm your selection. After entering Recovery mode, choose the language you use, select ‘Install update.zip to System One’ and confirm. Your device will begin updating automatically. Wait until the update is completed, choose ‘Reboot to System One’, and then your device should boot to the new version.

How to install Xiaomi Mi Mix Fastboot update

Before any attempts to install the MIUI fastboot update on your Xiaomi Mi Mix handset, take note of the following:

  1. A Windows PC/laptop will be needed for this to work.
  2. Make sure that your device is fully charged or has enough power for this process.
  3. All user data will be purged in this process, so make sure you back up your data and think twice before proceeding.

With that out of the way, here’s how to install MIUI fastboot update on your Mi Mix.

  • Download MIUI ROM Flashing Tool. If your device is locked, please click here to unlock it first. If your device is unlocked, please just follow the following tutorial to complete the ROM flashing.
  • Download the latest fastboot update ROM from the table above.
  • Turn off the device. Press the Volume down + Power buttons at the same time to enter Fastboot mode. Then connect the device to a Windows PC via a USB cable.
  • Open your phone’s storage and double click on the downloaded ROM file to decompress it. Open the file folder for the decompressed ROM pack, and copy its path on the computer.
  • Decompress the MIUI ROM flashing tool downloaded in Step 1, and double-click on it to install on your PC (if there is security warning, select ‘Run’). After installation is complete, open MiFlash.exe and paste into the address bar the ROM file folder path copied in the last step.
    Click on the first button (circled out in yellow) to Refresh, and MiFlash should automatically recognize the device. Then click the second button to flash the ROM file to the device.
  • Wait until the progress bar inside MiFlash turns fully green, which means the ROM has been successfully installed. Then your device should automatically boot to the new version.

Note that if the flashing guide could not help you, please download Mi PC Suite here. After Mi PC Suite is installed, make sure that your phone is in fastboot mode, connect it to the PC in question and select the correct ROM file to flash.


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