List of all the eligible smartphones for MIUI 8
List of all the eligible smartphones for MIUI 8Xiaomi India via Twitter

As promised, Xiaomi has released the Android Marshmallow-based MIUI 8 global beta ROM to select Mi and Redmi series devices.

In addition to Marshmallow features, MIUI 8 brings a revamped user-interface, visually appealing Gallery app with built-in editing tools, enhanced calculator app, new Notes app, scrolling screen-shot, dual apps, inbuilt SMS caller-ID and many other value-added features.

Read more: Top 8 salient features of MIUI 8.0

Xiaomi's fully stable MIUI 8.0 global version is slated to be rolled out on Aug.16. If patience is not your strongest suit, then you can install the global beta ROM on your Xiaomi device.

The company has detailed the procedure on how to install the beta version. But before going forward with the installation process, make sure to follow the prerequisites provided below.

Prerequisites (Things to remember before installing the ROM):

  1. MIUI 8.0 Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow ROM is different for different devices. If tried on other models, it might get brick them [To check your device model: Go to Settings >> About phone >> model number]
  2. Make sure the device is unlocked before going forward with the ROM installation. If it is locked, click HERE to unlock it.
  3. Installation of ROM requires clearing of memory in the smartphone, so make sure to back all the data.
  4. Make sure the device has more than 80% battery, or else there is chance of the smartphone getting temporarily bricked if the installation process is interrupted midway.

[Disclaimer: This procedure is very technical and should be performed by a person with sound knowledge of manual software installation of Android devices. If the installation process is not followed properly, there are chances of the device getting bricked or may even lead to the device being permanently irreparable. IBTimes India cannot be held responsible for any damage or claims from readers if the procedure does not yield the required results or if devices get bricked. Hence users are advised to proceed with caution or just wait for a day or two to install new software with very less effort via OTA].

Tutorial: Step-by-step installation procedure of Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow-based MIUI v8.0 global beta ROM on Xiaomi devices (courtesy, Xiaomi):

Step 1: Download MIUI ROM Flashing Tool (Size: 27MB, 64a2b6f5620db2bf249dac0ce2017428, HERE). 

Step 2: Select the right MIUI ROM version for your phone from the listed below, and download the corresponding package file [Downloadable link is provided below the Step 6].

[Note: Be advised, if the ROM file suffix is '.tgz', go forward with the installation process. If it is '.gz', please rename it to '.tgz']

Step 3: Turn off the device. Press the volume– key and the power button simultaneously to enter the Fastboot mode. Then, connect the device to the Windows PC/laptop via a micro USB cable.

Step 4: Double click on the downloaded ROM file to decompress it. Open the file folder for the decompressed ROM pack, and copy its path on the computer.

Step 5: Decompress the MIUI ROM flashing tool downloaded in Step 1, and double click on it to install (if there is security warning, select 'Run'). After installation is completed, open MiFlash.exe and paste into the address bar the ROM file folder path copied in the last step.
Click on the first button (circled out in yellow) to Refresh, and MiFlash should automatically recognize the device. Then click the second button (circled out in red) to flash the ROM file to the device.

Step 6: Wait until the progress bar inside MiFlash turns fully green, which means the ROM has been successfully installed. Then your device should automatically boot to the new version.

Downloadable Links:

For MIUI 8 global beta ROM files, click here.

[Note: If the flashing guide could not help you, please download Mi PC Suite, here. After Mi PC Suite is installed, make sure that your phone isin fastboot mode, connect your phone to a computer, and select the correct ROM file to flash]