Indian Redmi Note 5 gets its first MIUI update in over 4 months

Indian Redmi Note 5 gets its first MIUI update in over 4 months

Redmi Note 5 and Note 5 Pro were among the most successful Xiaomi smartphones sold in India. By the fourth month after launch, Xiaomi had managed to sell 5 million units of the two smartphones combined in the country. Redmi Note 5 Pro, the more cherished and powerful one of the two, has received a fair treatment including two major OS updates – Android 8.1 Oreo and Android 9 Pie – while a system-wide dark mode is currently being tested. The lower-powered Redmi Note 5, on the other hand, has not received any update since November last year. But, if you’re using an Indian Redmi Note 5, there’s good news for you as Xiaomi is now turning its attention back to the smartphone and releasing a new update after almost five months of waiting.


Redmi Note 5 XDA Forums

The Indian units of Redmi Note 5 (codenamed “vince”) are now getting updated from MIUI build number 10.0.4 to MIUI 10.2.1. Based on Android 8.1 Oreo, the update is primarily aimed at fixing a host of issues, which seem to have deterred Xiaomi from working on new features for the device. Here are all the major bugs fixed in this update:

  • Phone
    • Notifications about incoming calls will no longer disappear if you’re in a video call
    • Incorrect UI elements for switching between the front and the back cameras during video calls is now fixed
    • Those who couldn’t send SMSes during conference calls will now be able to do so
  • Lockscreen, notification shade, and status bar
    • The overlapping of “return to call” button and time has been fixed
    • You can now select which apps show floating notifications and restricts the ones you want to hide
    • The issue of the fingerprint scanner not unlocking the phone during calls has been fixed
  • Settings
    • Missed call notifications will now come with vibrations when you switch of DND mode
  • Security
    • The security patch has been updated (although no mention of the exact patch in the changelog)

As mentioned earlier, the update is specific to Indian units of the Redmi Note 5 and should reach users in phases. There’s a faster way to get the update and it is officially supported. Just download one of the packages from below and install the update with the Mi Updater tool within Settings on your Note 5. You can also use Mi Flash Tool to install the update using the Fastboot ROM, which is also linked below.

Full MIUI 10.2.1 update for Redmi Note 5 (1.4GB) MIUI 10.2.1 increment update for Redmi Note 5 (415 MB)

MIUI 10.2.1 Fastboot ROM for Redmi Note 5

Thanks to XDA Recognized Developer yshalsager for the download links. 

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Tushar Mehta
Tushar Mehta

I am a Senior Editor at XDA. I have been reviewing gadgets for over five years and gained experience by working for prominent tech publications in India before joining XDA. I enjoy fiddling with all smart objects and my love for software customization dates back to the Symbian S60 days. I like to devote my spare time idealizing the romantic union of technology and philosophy or spacing out on Pink Floyd. You may email me at [email protected]

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