Xiaomi launched their Mi3 Android smart phone last year which made a huge success due to the devastating specs and features that this phone had. That’s the reason Xiaomi Company decided to launch their new model Redmi 1s Android Smartphone in the market. Followed by the blockbuster sale of its previous phone Xiaomi Mi3, the new phone from Xiaomi has also created similar craze. People are dying to buy this Smartphone because of its amazing features and affordable price. The company had put 40,000 mobiles for sale and they received almost 100000 registrations for the same.

This dual SIM smartphone is packed with some awesome features and specs like 4.7-inch 720p IPS display. With screen resolution of 1280×720 pixels, 1.6GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor with Cortex-A7 core, 8 megapixel rear camera and a 1.6 megapixel front-facing camera, WCDMA slot for 3G data and a GSM slot for 2G data, 720p HD screen, 8GB of inbuilt storage which is expandable up to 32GB and a 1 GB of RAM. It is powered by Android 4.3 Jellybean Android OS. With such amazing features Redmi 1S surely becomes the most liked phone. Also such specs make it compatible to handle the newly launched Android versions.

If you are among those users who hate the MiUi theme and want to experience something more and different on their Redmi 1S then you can first root your Redmi 1S thereby flashing various custom ROMs later. Also if you are not interested in flashing a custom ROM you can still root it and install those android apps requiring root access. You can also increase your phones internal memory or transfer apps from internal to external memory or completely remove those pre installed apps from your phone. Everything can be possible only if your Redmi 1S gains a proper root access. So if you are searching for the method to root your Xiaomi Redmi 1s smartphone then you have come to the right place. With our step by step article we’ll show you how to root and unroot Xiaomi Redmi 1s Android smartphone.

Xiaomi Redmi 1s root and unroot


Rooting will void your device warranty. Also this procedure is considered to be of much risk and must be performed only if you have a complete knowledge about this stuff. Those who are new to this must strictly stay away as a single mistake can damage your Redmi 1S permanently. And if by mistake any damage happens then neither I nor the developers would be held responsible for that. So I recommend you to follow every single step given below at your own risk.


This Rooting article is only meant for Xiaomi Redmi 1S smartphone. Using this only any other device may cause severe damage. So better confirm your device from Menu->Settings->About Phone before proceeding further.

  • Make sure your phones battery is charged at least upto 60%. Since there is always a risk of switching your device off due to lack of battery power.
  • A manual backup of your entire phones data including contacts, call logs, messages, memos, whatsapp messages, apn settings etc must be done.
  • Your phone should be running the official stable version of MIUI ROM.
  • The Stock MI-Recovery 2.0.1 must be there on your Redmi 1S.
  • After rooting, your phone system will not be notified about the new OTA updates.
  • Make sure that you have activated the developer options in your phones settings. If not, then go to Menu->Settings->About Phone and tap the build number (Android version) five times to enable developer option.

Method 1: Using MI-Recovery 2.0.1

Procedure to Root Xiaomi Redmi 1S:


  1. Download update.zip
  1. Download unroot.zip


Step 1: Download the update.zip package file in a specific folder on your PC. Do not extract it.

Step 2: Using USB cable, connect your Redmi 1S to PC and transfer this update.zip file in the internal storage of your phone. Do not place it in any folder.

Xiaomi Redmi 1s update zip file internal storage

Step 3: Now safely remove USB cable and disconnect your Redmi 1S from PC.

Step 4: You need to boot your phone into recovery mode now. It can be done by either of the two methods:

A) Switch off your Redmi 1S completely until it vibrates. Then press and hold the Volume Up + Power key simultaneously till your phone enters the recovery mode.

Xiaomi Redmi 1s enter recovery mode


B) On your phone navigate to the System->Updater app and launch it. Press the menu button and select the Reboot to recovery option. Click on OK button and your Redmi 1S will automatically boot into recovery mode.

Xiaomi Redmi 1s reboot to recovery using updater app

Note: Touch will not work here in recovery mode. So you need to use Volume keys to navigate up and down. Use Power button for selection.

Step 5: You’ll see three languages. So use volume buttons & navigate to the English language and hit the power button. This will directly take you to the main menu of MI recovery 2.0.1 mode.

Xiaomi Redmi 1s select english language in recovery

Step 6: Again use Volume keys and navigate to the Install update.zip to system option. Select it using Power button. On the next screen press Yes option to initiate the rooting process.

Xiaomi Redmi 1s install zip recovery

Step 7: The process will complete within 5 seconds. You’ll see green colored Update complete icon on your screen.

Xiaomi Redmi 1s installing zip

Step 8: Select the Back button using Power key.

Step 9: Then click on Reboot option. On the next screen click on Reboot to System option. This will restart your Redmi 1S.

Xiaomi Redmi 1s main menu recovery

Step 10: When your phone starts up, navigate to Settings->Security->Permission. You’ll see that the Root Permission option can be enabled now. So enable it and press OK.

Enable root permission

That’s it! Your Xiaomi Redmi 1S has been successfully rooted. If you want to confirm this, install Root Checker app and launch it. Grant permissions and voila it’ll show your device is rooted!

Root check

Procedure to Unroot Redmi 1S:

Step 1: Navigate to Security ->Permission and disable the Root Permission option.

Step 2: Download the unroot.zip package file on your PC. Rename it as update.zip and place it in your phones internal storage. Remember not to extract it.

Step 3: Safely disconnect your Redmi 1S from PC.

Step 4: Launch Updater app. Press menu button and select reboot to recovery option.

Step 5: As you enter the MI recovery and click on English to confirm your language.

Step 6: Similarly as rooting process, click on Install update.zip to system option. Then press Yes to start the unrooting process.

Step 7: Select the Back option using Power button and click on Reboot to restart your phone.

Great! You’ve successfully unrooted your Xiaomi Redmi 1S.

Method 2: Using Updater App

Procedure to Root Xiaomi Redmi 1S:

Step 1: Download update.zip file from the link given above and transfer it to your phones internal storage. Remember no to place it in any folder. Also don’t extract it.

Step 2: On your phone navigate to the System->Updater app and launch it. Hit the menu button and click on Select update package option. As soon as you click on it, you’ll see all your files and folders present on your phones internal storage. Just navigate to the update.zip package file which you’ve copied earlier and select it.

Xiaomi Redmi 1s select update package

Step 3:  On the next screen select the Update option.

Xiaomi Redmi 1s Install update zip

Step 4: The updater will ask to back up your data or to start update. Click on Start update (assuming that you’ve backed up everything before).

Xiaomi Redmi 1s start Install update zip

Step 5: Your phone will automatically restart.

Xiaomi Redmi 1s phone start

Step 6: When your phone starts up, go to Settings->Security->Permission and enable the Root Permission option.

Good job! You’ve rooted your Xiaomi Redmi 1S successfully. Use Root checker app to confirm the same.

Procedure to Unroot Xiaomi Redmi 1S:

Use the same procedure as you did for rooting just use the unroot.zip file instead of update.zip (No need to rename the unroot.zip file).

Method 3: Replacing Stock recovery by Philz recovery

Procedure to Root Xiaomi Redmi 1S:


  1. Download Update.zip
  1. Download SuperSu.zip


Step 1: Download both the zip files on your PC. Do not extract them.

Xiaomi Redmi 1s root files

Step 2: Connect your Redmi 1S to PC and transfer update.zip file on your phones internal storage. Copy the SuperSu.zip file on your phones external SD card.

Step 3: Disconnect your phone from PC by removing the USB cable.

Step 4: Then Root your Redmi 1S by using the Step 4 to 10 of Method 1 given above.

Step 5: Navigate to the Updater app and reboot into recovery.

Step 6: Well you have Philz recovery loaded within no time. Note that touch will not work here, so use Volume keys for navigation and power button for selection.

Step 7: Using Volume keys navigate to the install zip option and select it using Power button. On the next screen select choose zip from sd (sometimes sdcard1) option. Select the SuperSU.zip file using Power button and hit yes. This will start the flashing process.

Philz recovery screenshot 1

Step 8: After flashing completes successfully, reboot your Redmi 1S by selecting Reboot system option.

Voho! You’ve successfully rooted your Redmi 1S! For unrooting your can use any of the methods mentioned above. After rooting you can customize your Redmi 1S for further optimum use. You can move apps from internal to external storage, increase internal memory, boost your phones battery life, remove bloat ware apps and make your phone function faster.

If you face any problem while going through the process then don’t hesitate. Just inform me through the comments section. Enjoy! 🙂

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