How to install TWRP on Xiaomi Mi 9 SE and ROOT (Detailed guide)

From this guide, you can install TWRP on Xiaomi Mi 9 SE and root using Magisk utility. If you are an Android enthusiast having Mi 9 SE, this post is for you! There are two tutorials below; the first part is to install the TWRP image using the Fastboot method, and the second part is to flash Magisk ZIP using recovery. Read ahead!

Xiaomi Mi 9 SE is the younger sibling of the flagship Mi 9T Pro. This phone is for those who prefer a pocket-sized device for easy one-handed operation. It comes with the same features as the Xiaomi Mi 9, Samsung AMOLED display, Sony 48MP camera, and improved in-screen fingerprint sensor.

Xiaomi Mi 9 SE

Featuring IR remote control and NFC, Mi 9 SE comes with the world premiere of the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 712. The only difference is the 5.97″ Dot Drop Full-screen display.

In the software part, Mi 9 SE runs with the MiUI 10 based on Android 9.0. But MiUI is not for everyone. So, many people prefer flashing custom ROM on Xiaomi devices. As Xiaomi has a vast fan base, many of them are developers too. We got a large developer community, the XDA forum, where we can see tons of development on Mi phones. So, in order to use the full potential of your device, you must install a custom recovery like TWRP. Custom recovery also allows you to root your device by flashing Magisk or SuperSU. Once you root your phone, you can utilize the root-based apps or Xposed Modules.

Therefore, in this post, we will guide you to install TWRP on your Xiaomi Mi 9 SE and root using Magisk Systemless utility. We have a detail step-by-step tutorial below; even a first time user can understand it correctly. Keep reading, and do not skip a single part. Otherwise, you may get stuck somewhere.

TWRP for Mi 9 SE is an unofficial build, but it’s quite stable with all working features, including data partition decryption, MTP, Nandroid backups, and more.

But in order to install the TWRP recovery on Xiaomi Mi 9 SE, you need to unlock the bootloader of your device. Without that, you can’t proceed to this tutorial. If you had already unlocked it, you can skip and proceed ahead. If not, we have a detailed tutorial on how to unlock the bootloader on Xiaomi Mi 9 SE. Check out the following guide:

Once you are done with the unlocking part, you can get back to this guide and install TWRP on Mi 9 SE, followed by flashing Magisk for rooting. But before that, check out some points below on the benefits of rooting!

Benefits of Rooting your Android device

Do you ever wonder why bother with rooting an Android devices that you have? Well, after reading this post, all your questions will be answered. It is true that rooting the Android device will scrap off the warranty that people have on their phones. This is one of the main reasons why people often do not root their devices in the first place.

However, there are many hidden advantages of doing so, and you will agree with us as well. Rooting of an Android devices unlocks the full-on power of the phones and other devices. This also provides some other benefits such as updates, battery saving benefits, deletion of unnecessary things. There are other benefits as well which we shall be discussing here.

Let’s get started then!

Why do you need to Root Android phones and tablets?

Here are some of the benefits that will convince you all about rooting your android devices. However, you do need to be careful while doing so.

1. Running Custom ROMs

One of the greatest benefits that come with the rooting of the devices is that the user will be able to run the custom ROMs. Why would you install the custom firmware on the phone? Well, because they help in optimizing and improving the entire Android system. Apart from that, the user experience from these modifications is exceptional.

2. Overclock CPU

We have seen that rooting the PC made it possible to overclock CPU. This is something that is similar to the phones as well. So, the user will be able to boost the CPU’s processing power to a very large extent. As a result, you can get a much smoother and better experience with the Android device that you use. However, there is also the risk of frying up the entire main board, so you need to be very careful while doing that.

3. Easy movement of applications from Storage to the SD Cards

If you have a budget Android phone, then this benefit will be very useful for you. For example, if anyone doesn’t have much internal storage on their low-budget phone, the apps can be transferred into the SD card very easily if the device is rooted. So, you can very efficiently free up space in the internal storage. Who doesn’t love having a tidied up storage right?

4. Remove the Bloatware

You can easily get rid of the bloatware that is troubling your phone. So, you can easily control all the applications that are present in the phone. You won’t have to deal with the clutters in the drawers as well. Cutting the bloatware would mean that you will have more memory as well.

5. Real Backups

Another great thing about rooting the phone or tablet would mean that your backup will be improved and restored very easily. Rooting the device helps your device to back up every single thing that you have on your device and not just the app downloads and some special settings.

There are many different benefits when it comes to rooting the Android device. You will have a longer life for your battery and who can forget about the clean storage, right? Well, why not go ahead and do it then? Root your Android device now to see impressive results.

About Xiaomi Mi 9 SE

NetworkGSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTE (Global)
ChipsetQualcomm SDM712 Snapdragon 712 (10 nm)
Memory64GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM
Primary Camera48 MP, f/1.8, (wide), 1/2.0″, 0.8µm, PDAF, 8 MP, f/2.4, (telephoto), 1/4.0″, 1.12µm, PDAF, 13 MP, f/2.4, (ultrawide), 1/3.1″, 1.12µm
Front Camera20 MP, f/2.0, (wide), 1/3″, 0.9µm
DisplaySuper AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size5.97 inches, 87.5 cm2 (~84.1% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~432 ppi density)
OSAndroid 9.0 (Pie); MIUI 10.3.3
GPUAdreno 616
BatteryNon-removable Li-Po 3070 mAh battery

Download TWRP Recovery for Mi 9 SE

The TWRP recovery for Xiaomi Mi 9 SE is not official yet. But fortunately, krasCGQ, a Recognized Contributor from XDA Developer, has created an unofficial TWRP 3.3.1 for the Mi 9 SE, all thanks to him. This build works like a charm. Download from the link below!

(twrp-3.3.1-3-grus-20190802.img is the latest version so far. But keep checking the developer page for the most recent version always.)

WARNING: All the custom ROMs, Official Firmware, How-to guides, tutorials, roots, hacks, and tricks mentioned on our site belong to the respective developers. We are not responsible if anything goes wrong with your device. Perform it at your own risk.

Download Magisk ZIP for Mi 9 SE

For rooting, we will be using Magisk Systemless root utility. Download the latest version from the link given below:

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  1. Make sure your phone has at least 80 – 85% charge. If not, please do charge it before starting the experiment.
  2. You need to enable USB Debugging mode to connect your Android phone to computer. (Settings > About Phone > Build number > Tap it 7 times to become developer; Settings > Developer Options > USB Debugging).
  3. You must install Android SDK tool on your computer.
  4. Your Mi 9 SE should have the bootloader unlocked from before. Otherwise, this tutorial won’t work. If your bootloader is still locked, you can try out our detailed guide on how to unlock the bootloader of Xiaomi Mi 9 SE using the Mi Unlock tool. Once done with the unlocking part, you can get back to this tutorial.

Download Mi 9 SE USB Driver

Make sure you have correctly installed Xiaomi Mi 9 SE USB Driver on your computer. If not, please download from any official source and install it correctly. Otherwise, your computer will not detect your device.

Download the latest Xiaomi Mi 9 SE USB Driver

Backup Mi 9 SE (Warning)

But before starting the tutorial, we suggest you to backup your important documents from the device and make a copy of it to your computer. On performing our experiment, your device will get wiped, and you will lose everything from the phone. We don’t want that. in that case, we have a list of Application that may help you on creating backup within the phone. Later on, you can copy the files to computer for a safe side.

Top 10 Best Android Backup Apps – Secure your Data

Once you are sure that you are done with the backup stuff, please proceed to the tutorial below on How to Root Xiaomi Mi 9 SE quickly.

How to install TWRP and root Mi 9 SE

We have mentioned the full step-by-step instructions on how to install TWRP and root Mi 9 SE using Magisk Utility. If you are entirely new to rooting, flashing a Custom ROM or an Official Firmware, please read the entire tutorial once before actually performing it on your device.

Tutorial: How to install TWRP on Xiaomi Redmi 8

  1. Download all the required files from the above-given links to your device. Also, keep a copy of the TWRP image file on your computer.
  2. Connect your phone to the computer using compatible USB cable (preferably, the official one, provided by Xiaomi with the phone box).
  3. Open Command Prompt on the same directory as TWRP file. Press the SHIFT key and right-click on an empty space. Select “Open PowerShell window here” or “Open command window here” from the pop-up menu.
    PowerShell Window
  4. On the PowerShell Window, type the following command and HIT enter:
    adb reboot bootloader

    (This will reboot the device into fastboot/bootloader mode.)
    └ If you get a permission pop-up on your device to “Allow USB debugging”, tap OK.
    Mi Fastboot

  5. Once you are in the fastboot mode, type the following command and HIT enter:
    fastboot flash recovery twrp-3.3.1-3-grus-20190802.img

    (The command ends with the file name. If the file name changes in a newer version, type “fastboot flash recovery <your-changed-name here.img”)

  6. Once the file is flashed, reboot your device! Carefully hold the Volume Up button now. While holding, type the following command and HIT enter to reboot into TWRP recovery.
    fastboot reboot
  7. TWRP Recovery: In order to reboot into recovery mode, use Volume rockers to select “Recovery mode” option and press Power button to select. You will get access to TWRP.
  8. You will be asked to enter your device Password/PIN/Pattern. Enter it to let system decrypt in recovery mode. If you don’t have any password, it won’t ask.

So, you are done here! No further steps are required for TWRP image file.

Tutorial: How to root Xiaomi Mi 9 SE

There are two methods to root Xiaomi Mi 9 SE using Magisk:

  1. Flash the Magisk ZIP using TWRP recovery.
  2. Patch the stock boot image of your current firmware and flash it using fastboot.

However, the second method is not recommended for novice users since it is quite tricky. You need to familiarize with the steps before you proceed with it. Both methods are described in our detailed tutorial below:

→ How to install Magisk to root Android devices – Universal Systemless Interface

Once you are done with everything, reboot your phone to the system, and verify root status using this Root Checker App.

Must read: 50+ Best Android apps for rooted device!

Interested on Google Camera port on Xiaomi Mi 9 SE? Check out our GCam port section from the link below:

So you are done with this tutorial! You had successfully installed the latest TWRP official and rooted Xiaomi Mi 9 SE using our guide. If you faced any problem with performing this tutorial, please let us know by dropping a comment below. Our team will reply you back as soon as possible.

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Saeed Ashif Ahmed
Saeed Ashif Ahmed is a Blogger who has a keen interest in how emerging technology can help the world become a more just, equitable, and kind place. He enjoys interviewing CEOs of tech startups asking them what they are doing to bring greater opportunity and equity to our society.
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