Xiaomi Mi 5s is not receiving the official Software updates anymore, but the Custom ROMs development is still going on strong. Back in September, Mi 5s received the LineageOS 18.1 Custom ROM based on Android 11, and now Pixel Experience is also out thanks to the developer Jonas Cardoso. In this post, you can download the ROM and flash it with the given flashing guide.
The ROM is still in the Beta phase which means there can be some unidentified bugs, although the developer has listed only one bug: FDE(Full-Disk Encryption). Additionally, the user’s feedback so far is mostly positive and no one has reported something major. Also, You need to flash the latest MIUI firmware before flashing the ROM, you can find it in the Download section below.
Pixel Experience is one of the most downloaded and used Custom ROMs, thanks to its consistent updates record and a good set of features. It is based on the Android OS found in Google Pixel devices, which means you’ll get all the Pixel perks like Live Captions, several safety features, ringtones, and wallpapers.
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Download Pixel Experience for Xiaomi Mi 5s
- Visit the XDA Thread of The ROM before flashing
- All Credit to the developer Jonas Cardoso
How to flash Pixel Experience Custom ROM on Xiaomi Mi 5s
- Remove all Pins and Password so Decryption dont fail
- Make sure to update to the latest Firmware (MIUI V126.96.36.199.OAGCNXM or Later Version)
- Flash the latest TWRP given above
- Charge the device to at least 50%
Step 1: Unlock the Bootloader, Enable OEM Unlock, and USB Debugging
Step 3: Boot the TWRP temporarily
- Move the TWRP to the adb folder and rename it to something simpler, like twrp.img
- Type the command below to Boot the TWRP recovery on the Mi 5s. This will temporarily boot the recovery
fastboot boot twrp.img
or, to flash the TWRP, use this command:
fastboot flash recovery twrp.img
if you have flashed the TWRP, Use the Volume Up + Power button combo to boot into recovery.
Step 2: Flash the ROM
- Boot into TWRP
- Format the Data by Going in the Wipe Section, this will remove the encryption
- On the device, select “Advanced”, then “ADB Sideload” to begin to sideload.
- Go to the ADB folder and move ROM there. Rename it rom.zip
- Open Powershell window by Shift+ Mouse Right-Clicking on empty space and Open Powershell from the menu. Linux users can simply open the terminal by right-clicking and selecting “Open Terminal”.
- Sideload the package using the command, type it on the PowerShell or Terminal, whichever you are using.
adb sideload rom.zip
Flashing the GApps is the same as flashing ROM, just don’t Wipe or Format.
The first boot will take some time so be patient. And that’s it, you have flashed the Pixel Experience on Xiaomi Mi 5s.
About Pixel Experience
Pixel Experience is based on the Android OS found in Pixel Devices. Google Pixel series has always enjoyed the best version of Android among all the Android devices. And Pixel Experience brings all the Goodies of Pixel OS like Boot Animations, sound and Ringtones, wallpapers, and system animations. You also get the Pixel exclusive features like Safety and Live Caption.
Pixel Experience along with LineageOS, is one of the most used Custom ROM thanks to its stability, great support from the devs, and of course the performance and battery life.
GApps come pre-flashed in the ROM, you can install the ROM and use it right away. If you want to use the best Android out there, then this is the ROM you need to flash.
Features of Android 11
Android 11 is the latest Android version you can get right now. Talking about the changes over Android 10, Android 11 brings many changes although UI remains kind of the same. Android 11 is a mature operating system and here are some of the new best features:
Android 11 improves Notification in a couple of ways. First of all, Notifications are now categorized into three parts: Conversation, Alerting, and Silent.
The conversation category contains all the conversation, chat, messages Notifications and you can also prioritize certain chats over others. As Chats and Text messages can be important, this category stays at the top of the Notification drawer.
Then there are Alerting notifications that are just all notification other than conservations and finally the silent notifications where all notification from the app that is silenced by you are placed.
The second big change to notifications is the new “Notification History” feature. You can now watch all the notifications you received in the last 24 hour time period.
The third change is the mini music player that used to live in the notification section, now lives in the Quick Setting section. The working is still the same, you can swipe to close it and use it just like you used to.
If you use Facebook Messenger, you may be aware of Chat bubbles. It is a small Chat head that appears on top of all other apps so you can quickly send and read messages without changing the Apps. This is a great feature if you chat a lot.
New Screen Recorder
Android 11 comes with a built-in Screen recorder that can be found in the Quick tiles section. Screen recorder is not a new feature considering that there are hundreds of recorder apps already on the Play store and all Custom ROMs come with a native Screen recorder. Anyway, this new feature will make things more simple now.
Smart Device Controls
Smart devices are becoming more common, so Google added a new Smart device control section that allows you to control all of your smart devices from one place.
New Privacy Features
Every Android iteration comes with improved Privacy features and Android 11 is no exception. In Android 10, if you install an App, you can choose to give the app permissions all the time, only when the app is open or not give any permission at all.
Android 11 improves these permissions in a couple of ways. Now, you can give permission to an app only once. So Android will revoke the permission once you are done using the app and closes it. And another feature of Android 11 is the “Auto-reset” of permissions. if you haven’t used an app in a while, then the permissions will be revoked.