How to update Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 to Android Marshmallow (MIUI 8 v6.9.9 Official ROM)?

Xiaomi recently started seeding MIUI 8 (based on Android 6.0.1 MM) as an OTA software update to many phones including Redmi Note 3. It may not be available to all the devices at the same time. As usual OTA update rolls out in phases due to server issues – some devices will get it earlier while others have to wait a bit. However the good news is that you don’t have to wait for the OTA update to arrive for your Redmi Note 3 to get the taste of new MIUI 8 and Android MM. Here is an alternative method to download and install the official update manually. Just follow the steps described below.

Redmi Note 3 MIUI 8 Android 6 MM

Warning – OTA update process does not affect the phone data as it updates the system software only, while manual update process may delete user data. So it is recommended to back up your important phone data first before proceeding further with the manual update.
Also make sure that the phone battery is sufficiently charged (over 60% recommended) so that the phone does not run out of power during the update process.

Steps to Update Redmi Note 3 to MIUI 8 (Android 6.0.1 MM)

Download the update package – Redmi Note 3 MIUI 8 v6.9.9 Global ROM (about 1.2 GB zip file) from here

Copy the zip file to phone’s internal memory (if the file was downloaded in computer). Skip this step if the file was downloaded in phone itself

Now go to “Tools – Updater” in the phone

In the Updater app go to Menu (3 Dots) – Choose update package

Browse and select the update zip file you downloaded – update process will start – phone will be unusable during the update

Wait for the process to complete – it will take some time and may be a couple of restarts so just chill! Finally the phone will boot into the all new MIUI 8 (Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow).

Note that the new software will take some time (say 2-3 days) to “settle” and “stabilize”, so do not worry about early hiccups like slow performance or fast battery draining. It will settle down in a while.

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3 Responses to How to update Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 to Android Marshmallow (MIUI 8 v6.9.9 Official ROM)?

  1. Aq September 29, 2016 at 11:50 AM #

    Redmi note 3 pro cannot verify update

    • Happyzayn December 14, 2016 at 4:41 PM #

      I can’t update even when I follow the procedures. Why?

  2. Kavish kumar singh November 29, 2016 at 4:25 PM #

    Hey fellas i have the snapdragon variant of redmi note 3 so after this beta update as i read above how badly is it going to affect the phones performance as it is not fully stable

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