How to Flash Red Wolf Recovery On Redmi Note 5A

Xiaomi has released many devices already, from low-end and budget smartphones to high-end and premium ones like Mi 8 and Black Shark. However, there are still many users choose to have either budget or mid-range devices like Redmi Note 5A. The device, which is also known as Redmi Y1 Lite, has the codename “Ugglite” and has many users around the globe especially in developing countries. The phone sports Qualcomm MSM8917 Snapdragon 425 featuring Quad-core Cortex-A53 processors and Adreno 308 GPU. The phone runs MIUI 9 based on Android 7.0 (Nougat). This phone expects to have MIUI 10 update officially.

This article will guide you through steps necessary to install the Red Wolf Recovery Project (RWRP) on Redmi Note 5. The RWRP is a basically a modified version of TWRP with additional spices including the abilities to survive OTA update, tap-to-wake in Recovery, flashlight, and password protection. Of course, those are not all of its key features but the highlighted ones.

Check also: TWRP v3.2.1-0 for Redmi Note 5A.

Many have avoided rooting their Android devices due to the fact that they will stop receiving OTA update in the future. This is because the stock MIUI recovery has been replaced with custom recovery. The RWRP, on the other hand, has a built-in feature allowing users to keep getting OTA Update package and it also has the ability to install the update package.

Words of caution:

Please read thoroughly the article before really implementing the steps. Make sure you understand what you are going to do prior to doing it. We hold NO responsibility for any risks of the broken device so please proceed with caution. Do not forget to create a backup of all your important data and files including Contact, Call logs, messages, photos, apps, and so on.


  1. A Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A / Redmi Y1 Lite device (Codename Ugglite).
  2. A compatible USB data cable. Make sure it is the USB data cable and not USB charging-only cable;
  3. A Windows-based laptop / PC. We strongly suggest you use Windows 8/8.1/10with 64-bit system;
  4. Your phone should have enough juice. Just make sure it has at least 65% battery power remaining;
  5. Download Minimal ADB & Fastboot Driver;
  6. Download RWRP for Redmi Note 5A (grab the .img file);
  7. Download the latest version of DM-Verity Encryption disabler tool;
  8. A spare time of your life which is not more than 30 minutes.

Steps to Flash RWRP Recovery

Step 1 – Extract and install Minimal ADB & Fastboot driver into your computer. It is recommended to firstly disable Windows Driver Signature Enforcement mechanism prior to installing the driver. You can re-enable that Windows feature again once you have installed the driver.

Necessary reading: Windows Driver Signature Disabler and Enabler tool.

Step 2 – Now install Minimal ADB & Fastboot driver software onto your computer.

Step 3 – Grab your phone and enable Developer options and OEM Unlock options on your phone.

Step 4 – Next, you need to first unlock the bootloader of your device. The unlocking mechanism is basically easy but you have to wait for official permission from Xiaomi developers team. Please read and follow our previous guide on how to unlock your phone bootloader.

Read: How to properly unlock the MIUI bootloader – a complete guide.

Step 5 – At this point, we assume you have already unlocked your device bootloader. Now copy or transfer the zip package of DM-verity disabler into your phone’s internal storage. Alternatively, you may simply open the download page with your favorite mobile browser and grab it directly into your phone.

Step 6 – Open up Windows Explorer on your computer. Find the newly downloaded twrp’s img file. Now rename that file from “rwrp-ugglite-v026.img” to “recovery.img“. Copy that recovery.img file to your ADB folder which is commonly located at drive C:\adb.

Step 7 – Next, grab your phone again, and turn it off completely. Reboot your phone into bootloader mode (which also known as Fastboot mode) by pressing Volume Down (-) and Power buttons together simultaneously until you see the Bunny Fastboot logo.

Step 8 – Connect your device which is already in Fastboot mode into your computer using its USB cable.

Step 9 – Now back to Windows Explorer. Go to the location of where you have extracted the RWRP flash-able image file (Step 6 above).

Step 10 – Hold down the “Shift” button on your keyboard and right-click on anywhere inside that folder. Next, choose “Open command window from here” or “Open Powershell Window here“.

Step 11 – Now in command prompt / Powershell window, type following command to check the status of your device whether it has been connected successfully or not:

fastboot devices

Your device will be displayed there. Otherwise, you may try either reinstalling the ADB & Fastboot driver or try installing Mi Flash tool.

Step 12 – Finally, issue the main magic command below which is the main magic spell to flash RWRP into your phone:

fastboot flash recovery recovery.img

The flashing process should take only a few minutes (not more than 3 minutes).

Step 13 – Once done, you can now reboot your device into normal mode by issuing this command:

fastboot reboot

That’s it. Now you can disconnect your phone from your PC.

Give it a try

At this point, your phone should have already been turned on in normal mode. In order to enter RWRP Recovery mode, you will need to first turn it off again by pressing the power button as usual. Once it has been off, now you press and hold Volume Up (+) and Power buttons together simultaneously until it reboots into RWRP.

Final Stage

Once you are in the main menu of Red Wolf Recovery, tap on the “Advanced” menu.

Then go to the “Special Actions” section to enable the following options:

  1. Support MIUI Incremental OTA, and
  2. Include System in OTA Survival.

Finally, go back to the main menu and choose “Reboot”. This will reboot your device into normal mode again. That’s it. Enjoy the newly installed Redwolf custom recovery. You can then use it to flash Magisk or SuperSU.

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