Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Rooting the Redmi 红米 for Singapore version

This is the proven method for the Singapore version first launched on 21 Feb 2014 by Xiaomi (and sold out in 8 mins) with the following build under Settings > About Phone:

Model number HM 1W
Android Version 4.2.2 HM2013023

Updated on 25 Mar: Framaroot no longer works for updated MIUI ver 13. For updated version 13, use the proven method over here.

Nice picture from Denny (taken from Xiaomi Singapore facebook page)


1. Download and Install the Framaroot apk into your Redmi. The MIUI forum link discussing this is over here. The apk version used successfully is Framaroot-1.9.1.apk 

(Note: You need to register as a forum user to download the apk.)

2. Choose the Barahir Exploit. (Note that besides the option to Install SuperSU, you can also choose to Unroot).

3. Reboot device after you see the Exploit Result screen.

4. You will have SuperSU installed after the reboot.

5. The main reason to root is to have the ability to move Apps to your SD card. This can be done using the app "System App Remover (Root)" over here. Photos are already saved onto SD card by default without rooting.

Note: If you need assurance or simply curious where are your apps on the SD Card, use a root browser such as the function in the app "ROM Toolbox Pro" to check the system folders that are normally hidden. In this case, the apps are under /mnt/asec. There is normally no need to change or move anything.

On the other hand, your apps in your internal or phone memory are under the folder /data/app.

6. If something goes horribly wrong and you need the original SG ROM, check over here.

For more tips, including online purchases and shipping of phones from China, read this article over here.

For a full review of the Singapore Redmi, check over here.

Update on 5 Mar 2014:

Google Playstore prompted for SuperSU to be upgraded to version 1.93. After reboot, the SuperSU and Redmi appear to function normally. However, for future prompts to update SuperSU, it is suggested not to update until it is verified to be safe. In other phones, there are reports of possible incompatibility or instability after updating.

The default in Playstore is auto-update. To disable auto-update in Redmi, it is the same with other android devices. Just go to Playstore and under Settings "..."> Auto-update apps>Choose "Do not auto-update apps".

Update on 19 Mar 2014:

62 tips over here on the MIUI V5 rom that is used on the Redmi. The custom rom can also be installed on many other phones.


  1. Does your apps that was moved to the SD card gets wiped out upon doing a reboot of your phone?

    1. No my apps did not get wiped out. Did yours?

  2. How to uproot and reset to factory condition? Btw, thanks for the rooting guide. It works well,

  3. My redmi is rooted but when i move apps to sd card its possible but when the phone is restarted, the apps disappears and the sd card space is still used

  4. Kindly advise how to update my Redmi after roots.

    1. Your query about updating the Redmi after rooting is addressed in this miui forum thread.


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  6. Can I know how to root xiaomi mi note pro

  7. As anonymus april 5 says the apps disappears after the phone is restarted.

    Do not use it !!