How to root Xiaomi Redmi 2 and install CWM Recovery

The Redmi 2 is the follow up device of Redmi 1s. It is announced and released in January 2015 with stunning features. The device packs a 4.7-inch 720 pixels display with Corning gorilla glass 2 protection. It comes out of box running Android Kitkat v4.4.4. If you are a user of Xiaomi Redmi 2 and wish to use it to full extent, this article is for you.

You can now root Xiaomi Redmi 2 easily by following the simple steps below. Rooting Redmi 2 lets you install custom ROMs, Kernels and you can customize the device to suit your desire. Before getting into the tutorial, you should know what does rooting mean?. Xiaomi supports rooting and will not let the warranty void even after rooting the device.

If you are ready to root Redmi 2, do follow the prerequisites below to safeguard your personal data and to ensure successful rooting.


Check Device Model Number

It is vital to check device model number before rooting process to ensure flashing compatible files on the device. The device model number should be Xiaomi Redmi 2 running MIUI. If the device model number doesn’t match with mentioned one, do not attempt the tutorial.

Steps To Be Considered

  • You must have a computer installed with Android SDK. The Android SDK installs ADB drivers which are required to recognize the device connected to computer.
  • Enable USB debugging on the Redmi 2 which lets the device establish a stable connection with computer via USB. You can do it by following the below mentioned path. In latest versions of Android, the Enable Debugging option will be hidden in depth of settings category. You can follow our guide to enable USB debugging.
  • Make sure the phone’s battery is at least 80% charged at the start up of tutorial. If battery runs off during unlocking process, it may turn your phone into brick. So, charge the device before tutorial.
  • Rooting the device erase entire data on the device including internal SD card. So, make sure you create a backup of entire important data. If you are not familiar with Android backup process, you can refer our guide to Backup Android phone data.

Are you sure you completed all the above steps? Yes, you can now get started with the rooting process.

Guide to root Xiaomi Redmi 2

Disclaimer: Rooting/Unlocking/Installing custom ROMs and Kernels are not official methods. So, neither device manufacturer nor Droid Word team is responsible if anything goes wrong with your device during the process. This article is only for educational purpose. You can continue with the tutorial at your own risk.

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Flashing CWM Recovery on Redmi 2

1. Download the ADB and fastboot tools and extract them to a folder on Desktop and name it as Redmi root. 

2. Download the CWM Recovery file to the PC and copy it to Redmi root folder.

3. Now open the Redmi root folder and launch a command prompt window(Hold Shift+Right Mouse in any blank area of the folder >>Open Command prompt window here).

4. Turn off the Redmi 2 and wait for 2-3 seconds after the blank screen appears. Now press and hold the Volume down+Power keys together until fastboot screen is displayed.

5. Once the Redmi 2 is in fastboot mode, connect it to PC via USB cable in the fastboot mode.

6. Open the command prompt window and enter the following in it

fastboot devices

7. On executing this command, the command prompt displays a non-empty line of text. It says the device is connected successfully.

8. You can now start flashing of CWM recovery by entering following command in the command prompt

fastboot flash recovery recovery.img

This command flashes the CWM recovery on Redmi 2.

9. Wait until the process completes and enter the following command

fastboot reboot

That’s all! The device reboots successfully with CWM recovery installed. Now you can get started with rooting of Xiaomi Redmi 2.

Rooting Xiaomi Redmi 2

1. Download file to your PC.

2. Copy the file to root folder of Redmi 2 memory and not in any folders.

3. Now boot into CWM recovery mode. It can be done by following the simple steps below

  • Turn off the Redmi 2 and wait 2-3 seconds after the blank screen appears
  • Now turn on the device by holding Volume up+Power buttons together.

4. In the CWM recovery menu select Install from zip and browse the previously copied zip file and select it.

5. If any warning message is displayed, ignore/permit the device to perform the action.

6. The installation starts now and after completion select the reboot now option in the CWM recovery menu.

That’s it! You’ve successfully rooted Xiaomi Redmi 2 and installed CWM recovery. If you face any issues while following the above steps, do let us know through the comments section, we may help you out.


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