Factory Resetting Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

There was an update sometime in June 2017 that made the pattern lock on the Note 4 to stop working. The phone wouldn’t take any input at all. The pattern had not changed. After a few attempts, the timer sets to 120 minutes.

You would have thought it was a simple case of factory resetting the phone. Its not that simple, Xiaomi lock the phone. I dropped them an email see if they could help me. This is the reply I got.

Hi Ben,

Greetings from Xiaomi!

Thank you for writing us. I will be glad to assist you.

I understand your concern that your device is locked with the screen lock password and regret the inconvenience you have experienced. I would request you to please get in touch with the vendor/website from where the device was bought for further assistance.

Also, would like to inform you that you are unable to enter in the recovery mode if the bootloader of your device is locked and to unlock the bootloader of the device, Mi Account is required.

Please get in touch with us if you need any further assistance.

Thank you for being a valued customer. Have a great day ahead!

Xiaomi Customer Support

I got it from Gearbest and I didn’t fancy going through their process. I figure they would have said its not their problem.

So after a lot of Googling and reading the Xiaomi forums, I managed to reset it. It wasn’t too bad in the end. Just need to a couple of things and the right software.

1) USB debug mode needed to be on.
2) You needed to know the details of the Xiaomi account.

I used this video.

You have to download some software. You can get it from here. A virus total scan does show it to contain a keylogger, but I think its a false positive.

Use your own judgement about it. I installed it on mine if it makes you feel better. I scanned with windows defender and AVAST and nothing. Mirrored Here – USE AT OWN RISK. Virus Total says it contains a keylogger.

So after using the unlock tool, it did reset. However, I need to reset the Xiaomi account. Luckily, that was a case of just getting a SMS from Xiaomi to reset the account.

Hope this helps someone out. It took me a lot of Googling to find it out. Disappointed that Xiaomi make it so hard to reset the phone. Most companies just allow you to factory reset. I suppose its good for security if you have access to all your MI account but for your average person, its quite a hassle.

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