Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 - GINKGOIN

I followed Lineage OS wiki:

But instead installing LineageOS recovery I installed TWRP:

I managed to boot TWRP at first, but had problems later, for some reason device started stock recovery when power + volume up, got forward from there I had to follow guide how to reboot phone to twrp recovery from PC cmd / terminal (I use linux).

Double check these if you have similar issues, but I think it was something like, connect phone to PC (at this point I had bootloader opened and USB setted back to debug mode). If you don’t have this problem skip this booting to twrp recovery part. This is written partially from memory, so that’s why search and verify somewhere if you try following. I will doulple check later, but at quickly glance it seems right to me. Can’t find now what guide I was using selectively.

From terminal:

sudo adb devices (if on windows, no sudo)
(check if PC finds phone)

sudo adb bootloader

sudo fastboot devices
(check if fastboot finds phone)

sudo fastboot reboot recovery

I don’t actually recall for sure did phone booted directlt to twrp after that or did I need to hold power + power up.

After this I made backup from my stock rom following this guide:

Note: I didn’t copy data cause in my case it was empty and while trying keeping it on causede error at the end.

Now when backup is ready I connected phone to PC and copied backup files to PC just in case. After that I jumped back to following Lineage OS Wikipage. Just note that wikipage is using LineageOS Recovery iin the guide, twrp is bit different but needed functionality for sideload can be found there also.

After I flashed /e/ OS image at the step where wikipage sideloads LineageOS image, I also sideloaded Magisk cause I knew I was going to need that for testing porposes, but it’s not neccesary needed.

If everything goes fine things are quite straightforward after this, just starting and setting phone up with /e/ account.

Note: This was my first time I used sideload option and only second time to install custom rom in general, so that’s the reason I don’t remember all exact steps I faced, but in generally things should be able to done at this way and Lineage OS wiki is good friend to start. Also don’t do something if you are not sure of.

Edit: Could you @itsclarence correct me if I made some mistakes above, you have more experience. Especially mistakes which could lead to bricked device should always be ironed out, that’s why I also sis it’s better double check. On the other hand bricked device is always one possible scenario what could happem if things go wrong.

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I do not own this device, so another Note 8 e-user with this device can better assess your steps. At first glance I think you are doing everything right. The steps to make your backup are okay.

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Got finally bootloader unlocked. Installed twrp but it gives error 255 and I’m not able to make backups. There are no traces of multi-id, 999 folders etc. but it is possible that multi-id is the reason. Haven’t found anything related to this though.

Any ideas?

What OS do you use?

I use linux and first also got problem to install twrp (flash seemed to get stuck). In my case it was that like LineageOS wiki says you really need to enable developer mode and USB debug again after bootloader is opened. So had to lagin to stock android once again for that. After that I got twrp flashed with ok massages. You might have differen’t problem though.

One another note, I asked from telegram community support group:

And apparently official build for Redmi Bote 8 /8T is coming at this month, you might want to wait that. Anyway that’s good place to ask help too if you still can’t flash twrp or have provblems with it.

I’m on linux. Got twrp installed (usb debug etc. enabled) but while making backups it finishes with error 255.

As this is not really e related, just asked if anyone else here came across similar issue while going through the same process. Will check the twrp related forums for further solutions.

Thanks again, looking forward for the official release.

Oh did you choose to backup also data? I first tried with that too, but got error, don’t remember code thought. So when backup only those two I mentioned earlier I got backup success.

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Is there already date set for the official version? I’ll wait for that, if it’s not too far in the future.

Hi! According telegram group release of updates and newly supported devices is at week 2 2021 so Dev also can have some holiday. There’s also unofficial 0.13q build for this device available in this forum. If you don’t want wait you can try this build or newer 0.13. I will do clean flash to my device when official is released.

Has official rom been released yet? I’ve been waiting for it to install on my device, but did not find any info and it’s not on the official rom page either. Any news on the release date?

Well I don’t anymore want to say something which is not more or less official, or has even slightly possibility it was missunderstood… So maybe it’s worth to follow the answer since I asked at here:

I also did notice e0.14q build available for ginko at this forum. I might add link to that later, but at least from link above there will probably be answer what is current state and is newer unoffucial still the way to go. So answer directly hopefully from there.

Edit: Just in case, here’s link to thread with 0.14 build


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We want support for Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T and 8! LineageOS has generic version for these both, 8 and 8t, only difference is NFC?

How did you install banking apps etc?

I added my steps at the end of this how-to:

Like I said, I don’t know are there some downsides with those steps I mention, compared to the original how-to. But that works for me.

I’ve been testing this for a couple (?) of weeks now and it is rock solid and stable. I’ve been able to install banking apps and after the OTA update also one of the banking apps that did not work before the update.

This is really excellent! Thank you all involved.

How did you do that ?

OTA update came through /e/ system updater. It suggested new update and installation was a breeze. OTA

Hum ok I didn’t know that this device is officially supported ! And today I re-checked and it’s on the list …

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I have a Redmi Note 8 (Gingko) and I only use Linux (Mageia) on my PC.
So I can’t use the Mi Unlock app for Windows.
I’ve found the XiaoMITools V2 which is a .run file for Linux use.
Have someone already used it to unlock a Xiaomi booloader ?
Thanks for your answers.

Hi @Dan29, I am a XiaoMITools V2 user. I wonder if you were going to ask how to open a .run file?

./XMT2_Linux_20.7.28.run --help

It did work fine, or perhaps you wanted to say something quite different!?