How to download and install MIUI 8 on your Xiaomi device?

On June 30, Xiaomi announced the launch of MIUI 8 towards the second week of July. As promised, Xiaomi delivered the update. As of writing this, MIUI 8 updates for nearly all Redmi and Mi branded smartphones are available. In this article, we will explain how to download and install MIUI 8.

(1) Navigate to and select Downloads link locatd on the top navigation bar

(2) You have to locate your device by electing the appropriate option

(3) For instance, if your device is Mi Max, select “Xiaomi Mi Max

(4) You will view the download details on the corresponding page. You should make sure to download a ROM package based on your device and location. If you are in India, you should download Global version. Otherwise, you will view Chinese font after installation, which will be difficult to decipher.


(5) If you would like to test drive a version, which is not released publicly, you need to download the Developer ROM.


You should note that developer ROM package will have errors and bugs, which you can report directly to Xiaomi. If you are not satisfied with the Developer ROM version, you can rollback by installing stable ROM.


How to Download?

To install either the stable or developer ROM, you need to download the file to your PC. If the default download manager is slow, you can make use of tools like Download Accelerator.

You need to copy the downloaded file to the internal storage of your device and launch the Updater app located inside Tools section.

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Once you are inside the Updater app, you need to tap on the three dots located on the right hand side of the screen. Select “Choose update package” option and locate the file you have downloaded. Follow the on-screen instructions and wait till the installation gets completed automatically.

Alternatively, you can make use of Mi Flash tool but we would recommend the above steps since it is the safe way to download and install the update.

Please make sure to capture backups of all your images, videos, whatsapp content and any other vital information from your smartphone before proceeding to install the update.

Anand Narayanaswamy is the editor-in-chief of Netans. He was recognized as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 9 years (2002 to 2011) and again as a Microsoft MVP in Surface under Windows and Devices in January 2024. He worked as a Chief Technical Editor with ASPAlliance and was part of ASPInsider program. Anand has published several articles and reviews related to various software and hardware products for various software and technology related websites. He is also active on social media and also participates as an Influencer for various brands. Anand can be reached at