Important Information:

Xiaomi has released the Android 5.1.1 update to only Redmi 2 variants with 2GB of ram. As not all Redmi 2 variants received the update, these variants are on the latest compatible firmware.


What you need to know

Basic requirements

  1. Make sure your computer has working adb and fastboot. Setup instructions can be found here.
  2. Enable USB debugging on your device.

Installing a custom recovery using fastboot

  1. Download a custom recovery - you can download TWRP. Simply download the latest recovery file, named something like twrp-x.x.x-x-wt88047.img.

  2. Connect your device to your PC via USB.
  3. On the computer, open a command prompt (on Windows) or terminal (on Linux or macOS) window, and type:
    adb reboot bootloader

    You can also boot into fastboot mode via a key combination:

    • With the device powered off, hold Volume Down + Power.
  4. Once the device is in fastboot mode, verify your PC finds it by typing:
    fastboot devices
  5. Flash recovery onto your device:
    fastboot flash recovery twrp-x.x.x-x-wt88047.img
  6. Now reboot into recovery to verify the installation:
    • With the device powered off, hold Volume Up + Volume Down + Power.

Installing LineageOS from recovery

  1. Build a LineageOS install package.

    • Optionally, download 3rd party application packages such as Google Apps (use the arm architecture)
  2. Place the LineageOS .zip package, as well as any other .zip packages on the root of /sdcard:
    • Using adb: adb push /sdcard/
    • You can use any method you are comfortable with. adb is universal across all devices, and works both in Android and recovery mode, providing USB debugging is enabled.
  3. If you aren’t already in recovery, reboot into recovery:
    • With the device powered off, hold Volume Up + Volume Down + Power.
  4. (Optional, but recommended): Select the Backup button to create a backup.
  5. Select Wipe and then Advanced Wipe.
  6. Select Cache, System and Data partitions to be wiped and then Swipe to Wipe.
  7. Go back to return to main menu, then select Install.
  8. Navigate to /sdcard, and select the LineageOS .zip package.
  9. Follow the on-screen prompts to install the package.

  10. (Optional): Install any additional packages using the same method.

  11. (Optional): Root the device by installing the LineageOS su add-on (use the arm package) or using any other method you prefer.
  12. Once installation has finished, return to the main menu, select Reboot, and then System.

Get assistance

If you have any questions or get stuck on any of the steps, feel free to ask on our subreddit or in #LineageOS on freenode.