An open bootloader is actually part of Android’s identity, but Xiaomi dedicates it to more user security.
Like Xiaomi Android Authority Confirmed, bootloader unlocking is not possible by default on devices with newer HyperOS operating systems. According to Xiaomi, this is intended to ensure system security and prevent data leakage.
“Previous operating systems such as MIUI 14 can still be unlocked, but users will no longer receive Xiaomi HyperOS updates if they leave their devices unlocked,” the company told us.
Especially strict rules apply to users in China. Here, users must first reach level 5 in the forum to apply for activation. Additionally, permits are limited to a maximum of three devices per year. Xiaomi has not yet provided any details about the activation process for other regions.
No updates after unlocking
The company also explained that users will no longer receive MIUI or HyperOS updates after unlocking the bootloader. This applies regardless of whether the device is already running on MIUI 14 or HyperOS. Updates will be possible again only after blocking it again
Limitations set Xiaomi apart from other manufacturers. With Google’s Pixel series or OnePlus, bootloader activation can be easily done through developer options. It’s definitely in the minority, but some users appreciate open bootloaders so they can freely customize their devices and add alternative custom ROMs.
Xiaomi justifies the restriction with the increased security risk posed by an unlocked bootloader. Also, various apps such as banking and payment functions can no longer be used after unlocking. However, HyperOS’ new rules could be a setback for the growing customizing community.