Xiaomi regularly releases Android-based MIUI firmware updates for its devices. To date, the company supports more than 150 models released under the brands Xiaomi, Redmi and POCO, for which dozens of updates are released monthly. For example, 324 updates were released in February 2022, and 463 in March (service data miuirom.org). These figures include Recovery and Fastboot ROMs, as well as OTA updates.
The latest version of MIUI for Xiaomi contains important updates, but it is not always clear why to install a fresh ROM, whether anything has changed in it at all. It’s even more difficult with where to download it, as the official MIUI Download website is updated with a long delay that goes up to several weeks.
And many are also interested in the release schedule of the firmware. After all, when some models have already received the OTA update, it has not yet come to other similar smartphones. Consider this question too.
Is it worth upgrading MIUI?
Users most often ask this question, because logically, if the phone works fine, then why update the operating system. There are many reasons for installing the update: from changing the appearance and ending with important security updates.
Therefore, it is worth updating MIUI to the latest version:
- Updated interface. This is especially true for upgrading from MIUI 12 to MIUI 12.5 or MIUI 13. The developers have adjusted the smoothness of the animation, changed the curtain of quick settings and made small cosmetic improvements. MIUI was already quite a beautiful system, but it became even more interesting.
- Improvement of pre-installed applications. In each new version of MIUI, developers update pre-installed applications, optimizing them and making them more functional. It is important to have the latest version of the programs for them to work stably.
- Improved dark mode. In MIUI 12 (and in the 11th version even more so) there were problems with the dark theme: not all applications adapted to the dark display mode, giving bugs during the display of dark colours. In the new version of MIUI, the dark mode has been completely redesigned and functions as expected.
- Animated super wallpapers. Another interesting feature is a set of animated super-wallpapers that change their position when moving the smartphone (works due to the gyroscope and accelerometer). For the most part, wallpaper is a view of nature and space objects. It looks impressive, but you need a smartphone with a powerful processor, so the wallpaper is not available to all models of Xiaomi, Redmi and POCO.
- Security updates. Often, MIUI updates include only a security update. It contains protection against new viruses and malware, and a built-in firewall and patches.
- Fixes and patches. Almost any operating system has stability and performance issues. Developers fix the found bugs (based on the readings of testers) and implement fixes in the updates.
- In each new version of MIUI, developers try to reduce RAM consumption, but decent results were achieved only in MIUI 12.5. Work to optimize ram consumption is carried out constantly.
- Improved autonomy. The new firmware includes fixes regarding the system’s use of the smartphone’s battery. The main task is to reduce the energy of the battery to a minimum and increase the battery life of the phone or tablet.
These are the main reasons for installing the MIUI update: after all, even if the user is of little interest in improving the interface and animations (as well as the new wallpaper), then it is impossible to dismiss security updates, bugs fixes and improvements in battery life.
What is the latest version of MIUI: at the moment, the latest version is MIUI 13, which was introduced on December 28, 2021, and the global version of the operating system was presented on January 26, 2022.
Updates to OTA, Fastboot ROM firmware and Recovery ROM carry not only positive aspects, but they can also cause a number of problems in the operation of the smartphone.
Possible issues after upgrade
No smartphone in the world is immune from problems after installing operating system updates. They can be random, such as the absence of some of the declared functions, and those that exist do not work correctly. But consider all possible problems.
Possible issues after the upgrade:
- Bootloop. This is a cyclical reboot of the smartphone after downloading the Xiaomi logo. Most often it occurs due to a crooked update. However, Bootloop can be fixed on your own.
- The unstable operation, overheating, and increased battery consumption. Usually, these are the problems of the firmware itself: the developers overlooked something at the release stage. There are two ways: wait for an update to fix the problem or roll back to a previous version of MIUI.
- Lack of some features. All OTA updates are in some way partial firmware, which may not contain all the stated options. In addition, installing OTA can cause conflicts with the old version of MIUI. Therefore, it is recommended to install the full firmware.
These are the main problems that arise in Xiaomi, POCO and Redmi phones after installing any of the most recent versions of MIUI. If after OTA the firmware is unstable or you catch a boot loop, you can try to perform a factory reset. But note that in this case, all user data on the phone will disappear.
- Security updates.
- The new version of MIUI on modern smartphones works better.
- Better smoothness of animation and scrolling.
- Optimized apps.
- Optimization of work with memory.
- New functionality.
- Unstable operation of the smartphone and system bugs such as the failure of previously working functions are possible.
- In some cases, there is a strong heating of the device.
- New MIUI features are not available for all phones – they are usually cut for older models due to poor performance.
- The update may not install or may not install correctly.
It is the list of shortcomings that makes users think hard about the need to install a new version because the occurrence of bugs in MIUI updates has already become a kind of “calling card” for Xiaomi. But in fairness, I note that the company reacts to problems and tries to correct shortcomings in a short time.
MIUI Update Release Schedule
As such, there is no update schedule for Xiaomi, POCO and Redmi. Developers do not publish firmware release dates for their devices, but only indicate the quarter or month of the proposed release for some models. This is done at The Xiaomi Presentations, which the company holds several times a year.
Smartphones are updated in waves. Xiaomi first releases updates on 1% of devices, and is waiting for errors. If the problems are serious, the update is stopped and the firmware is sent for revision. If there are no problems, then after a while the update is released on another 10% of devices. If there are no errors here, the update is gradually released on all other phones. The process is gradual to distribute the load on the update servers.
It is extremely difficult to predict the release of new versions for a particular smartphone model. The company informs only about the start of sending out one or another version of MIUI, and then – how lucky. It is known that developers prefer to update different series of smartphones quarterly: that is, if OTA did not come now, it may come in the next quarter.
I recommend that you familiarize yourself with other reasons in my article about OTA: 10 reasons why OTA does not arrive.
Where to download the latest version of MIUI
If you need to download the latest version of MIUI for Xiaomi, POCO or Redmi smartphones, it is best to use the miuirom.org website. It has a Russian version, which stores links to the official stock versions of MIUI for all Xiaomi phone models in the form of Recovery ROM, OTA and Fastboot ROM. On the site you can download old versions of MIUI, which will be needed in case of rollback through Fastboot.
How to download the latest firmware from miuirom.org:
- Go to the miuirom.org website.
- In the “Search for models” line, enter the phone model and go to its page.
- Select the desired region (MIUI region differences).
- Download the OTA update, Recovery ROM firmware or Fastboot ROM.
Booting the ROM from miui.com will start immediately, it remains only to wait for completion and move the file with the extension ZIP (Recovery, OTA) or TGZ (Fastboot) to the phone. Or unpack the archive on your PC: depending on the type of installation.
The official site for downloading Xiaomi firmware is https://c.mi.com/global/miuidownload/index. But, as I wrote above, it is updated with a long delay. While on MIUIROM.ORG the same links appear almost immediately.
Also, the advantage of MIUIROM is that there you can download updates DEV (stable beta) and versions for participants of the closed testing program Mi Pilot. And there are updates for Xiaomi routers, even the official global versions.
Briefly about the main thing
- MIUI updates are useful to install in any case, as they include security improvements and improve the performance of the device.
- The miuirom.org website has the latest versions of MIUI for Xiaomi, POCO and Redmi. They are needed for installation in the form of OTA, by fastboot method or through recovery.
- The official website of MIUI Download is updated with a long delay. Downloading firmware from other sources is the only way to immediately update your phone or tablet if it didn’t make it into the first wave of updates.
- After installing a new OS, there may be problems in the operation of the device. Before installing the firmware, I recommend that you first study the reviews about it. You can find them on miuirom.org in the comments, on the 4PDA forum or on the XDA Developers community.