Xiaomi Redmi 5, Redmi 5 Plus and Redmi 5A update: Stable ROM 9.5.12 now rolling out with a fix for reboot issue while calling on Plus variant

Redmi Note 5

Unlike a few years ago, Xiaomi is now one of the best when it comes to software updates. Yes, you read that right! The company has been rolling out MIUI software updates to devices older than 4 years, which is something not even Google does.

This is what we expect to see happening to Xiaomi Redmi 5 and its counterparts, Redmi 5A and Redmi 5 Plus, which were launched in China late last year but started selling globally in 2018. The phones are as good as you’d expect from Xiaomi – great build, solid specs, big battery, and very affordable while the Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus take things a notch higher by shipping with the trending 18:9 display aspect ratio.

Even better is that since the Redmi 5 trio went global, Xiaomi has been busy with rolling out MIUI updates that bring new features, bug fixes, performance improvements as well as monthly security patches. This is why it’s important that you download these updates whenever they are available.

Well, this is exactly what this page is for – to let you know when the latest Redmi 5, Redmi 5A, and Redmi 5 Plus updates are available for download. It’s worth noting that this page only accounts for the global versions of the phones and not the Chinese variants. For updates regarding the Chinese model, click here for Redmi 5, here for Redmi 5A, and here (link is currently broken but we’ll update it soon) for Redmi 5 Plus.

Related: How to root Xiaomi Redmi 5

Xiaomi Redmi 5, 5A and 5 Plus MIUI 1o update

Xiaomi Redmi 5, Redmi 5A  and Redmi 5 Plus are currently installed with the latest stable MIUI 9, however, the company has already started testing the incoming MIUI 10 that will start rolling out widely in the coming weeks. On the list of Xiaomi devices that are eligible for MIUI 10, the Redmi 5 trio features prominently as expected, but when exactly the company plans to update these three to the new MIUI 10 remains unknown. Of course, we’ll keep an eye on it and update this post with fresh developments as they come in.

Xiaomi Redmi 5, 5A and 5 Plus Oreo update

Expected release date: Q3 2018

Being budget phones that first launched in late 2017, the Redmi 5 and Redmi 5A were always going to come preinstalled with Android Nougat. Xiaomi did a great job of giving the pair the newest version of the OS, 7.1.2, and while the Redmi 5 Plus has since been upgraded to Android 8.1 Oreo, we expect the same to happen to the other two at some point in Q3 or Q4. The fact that Xiaomi Redmi 4 and Redmi 4A, the Redmi 5 and 5A’s predecessors, launched with Marshmallow and were updated to Nougat 7.1.2 speaks for itself.

As noted, when exactly the Oreo update will start rolling out remains unknown, but we think the update may be out somewhere in Q3 or Q4 2018 for both devices. If history books are to be consulted, we don’t expect to see Android P coming to the phones, but we are open to surprises, too.

Redmi 5 update timeline

 Date  MIUI version  Download link  Changelog
22 May 2018 9.5.11.0 (stable) Recovery update | Fastboot update Improved user experience
20 Apr 2018 8.4.19 (beta) Recovery update | Fastboot update Added a confirmation dialog for deleting Quick apps from Home screen, Fixes for the issue of Yellow page FC, No menu shows in notification shade even after enabling the option
16 Apr 2018 9.5.7.0 (stable) Recovery update | Fastboot update Resume interrupted transfers in Mi Mover without starting over, Revamped start page and optimized performance, Quick search options, Optimized Browser’s kernel, Transfer apps with or without app data using Mi Mover, and more
Full changelog
13 Apr 2018 8.4.12.0 (beta) Recovery update | Fastboot update Top Sites introduced with New UI, Smoother New Feed, (India and Indonesia), Quickly switch the language in News Feed (India and Indonesia).

Full changelog

30 Mar 2018 8.3.29 (beta) Recovery update | Fastboot update Online content in Mi Music, Artist’s work page is revamped, Direct apps are called Quick apps now, Themes are adjusted for 18:9 screens
15 Mar 2018 9.2.7.0 (stable) Recovery update | Fastboot update Improved system stability, optimized performance
1 Feb 2018 9.2.3 (stable) Recovery update | Fastboot update NA

Redmi 5A update timeline

Date MIUI version Download link Changelog
12 Jun 2018 9.5.10 (stable) Recovery update | Fastboot update Update the security patch level to May 2018, Added New translation, and fixed Reboot issue while calling
26 May 2018 9.5.9 (stable) Recovery update | Fastboot update Boosted response speed for full-screen gestures, Fixed Caller ID and Notification settings weren’t applied for dual apps errors
20 Apr 2018 8.4.19 (beta) Recovery update | Fastboot update Added a confirmation dialog for deleting Quick apps from Home screen, Fixes for the issue of Yellow page FC, No menu shows in notification shade even after enabling the option
19 Apr 2018 9.5.6 (stable) Recovery update | Fastboot update Changed security patch level to March 2018, Fixes for Feedback Bug and reboot always after OTA update, Update the GMS and Mi Video versions
13 Apr 2018 8.4.12.0 (beta) Recovery update | Fastboot update Top Sites introduced with New UI, Smoother News Feed, (India and Indonesia), Quickly switch the language in News Feed (India and Indonesia).

Full changelog

30 Mar 2018 8.3.29 (beta) Recovery update | Fastboot update Online content in Mi Music, Artist’s work page is revamped, Direct apps are called Quick apps now
21 Feb 2018 9.2.4 (stable) Recovery update Optimized OTA workflow and fixed occasional Camera FC
8 Feb 2018 9.2.2 (stable) Recovery update | Fastboot update
Fixed issues where couldn’t share items in WhatsApp in some cases, Devices wouldn’t boot in some cases, and Cards weren’t updated fully  
18 Jan 2018 9.2.1 (stable) Recovery update | Fastboot update
New display formats for update logs in Updater, Mi Mover, supports data migration restarting, Simplified the UI, and more

Redmi 5 Plus update timeline

 Date  MIUI version  Download link  Changelog
13 Jun 2018 9.5.12 (stable) Recovery update | Fastboot update
Fixes Reboot issue while calling, bugs and performance enhancement
20 April 2018 9.5.4 (stable) Recovery update Fixes for fingerprint copy wasn’t updated, the icon and battery level weren’t always displayed consistently, and Feedback kept relaunching in some cases.
30 Mar 2018 9.5.3 (stable) Recovery update | Fastboot update 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, and more. Full changelog here.
14 May 2018 8.4.24 (beta) Recovery update NA

How to install Xiaomi Redmi 5 and 5A 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 Redmi 5 system update

Before you take down this route, Xiaomi notes that you should 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.

With that out of the way, let’s get down to the steps on how to install MIUI ROM using system update method.

  • Download the latest MIUI Recovery ROM file from the table above
  • Connect your device to a Windows PC using a USB cable and transfer the ROM file downloaded (above) into the folder ‘downloaded_rom’ in the internal storage of your phone.
  • Launch ‘Updater’ app on your device and tap the ‘…’ icon at the top-right corner, select ‘Choose update package’, and choose the ROM file you’ve put in ‘downloaded_rom’ above.
  • After choosing the right ROM file, your device will begin upgrading. Your device should automatically boot to the new version when the update is completed.

How to install Redmi 5 Recovery update

Like the system 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 Redmi 5 Fastboot update

Before any attempts to install the MIUI fastboot update on your Xiaomi Redmi 5 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 Redmi 5.

  • 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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