Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro dual boot ROMs ( MultiROM )

MultiROM is a multi-boot mod that can boot any Android ROM and systems like Ubuntu Touch. It can boot from internal memory and USB drives via OTG cable. Every time you boot up your device, you can choose which ROM to run. ROMs are installed and managed via modified TWRP recovery. Check out more about this mod at the forum link below.

  • Multiboot any number of Android ROMs
  • Restore nandroid backup as secondary ROM
  • Boot from USB drive attached via OTG cable


Firstly, there are videos on youtube. If you want, just search for “MultiROM installation” on youtube and watch those, big thanks to all who made them. There is also an awesome article on Linux Journal.

You can install it either from MultiROM Manager app or from this guide:

Note 1: Your device must not be encrypted (hint: if you don’t know what it is, then it is not encrypted).

MultiROM has 3 parts you need to install:

  • MultiROM – download the ZIP file from second post and flash it in recovery.
  • Modified recovery – download the IMG file from second post and use fastboot or Flashify app to flash it.
  • Patched kernel – You can use either one of the stock ones in second post or third-party kernels which include the patch, you can see list in the second post. Download the ZIP file and flash it in recovery.

You current rom will not be erased by the installation.
Download links are in the second post.

Adding ROMs

1. Android
Go to recovery, select Advanced -> MultiROM -> Add ROM. Select the ROM’s zip file and confirm. As for the space, clean installation of stock 4.2 after first boot (with dalvik cache generated and connected to google account) takes 676mb of space.

Using USB drive

During installation, recovery lets you select install location. Plug in the USB drive, wait a while and press “refresh” so that it shows partitions on the USB drive. You just select the location (extX, NTFS and FAT32 partitions are supported) and proceed with the installation.
If you wanna use other than default FAT32 partition, just format it in PC. If you don’t know how/don’t know where to find out how, you probably should not try installing MultiROM.
If you are installing to NTFS or FAT32 partition, recovery asks you to set image size for all the partitions – this cannot be easilly changed afterward, so choose carefully. FAT32 is limited to maximum of 4095MB per image – it is limitation of the filesystem, I can do nothing about that.
Installation to USB drives takes a bit longer, because the flash drive is (usually) slower and it needs to create the images, so installation of Ubuntu to 4Gb image on my pretty fast USB drive takes about 20 minutes.
Enumerating USB drive can take a while in MultiROM menu, so when you press the “USB” button in MultiROM, wait a while (max. 30-45s) until it searches the USB drive. It does it by itself, no need to press something, just wait.

Updating/changing ROMs

1. Primary ROM (Internal)

  • Flash ROM’s ZIP file as usual, do factory reset if needed (it won’t erase secondary ROMs)
  • Go to Advanced -> MultiROM in recovery and do Inject curr. boot sector.

2. Secondary Android ROMs
If you want to change the ROM, delete it and add new one. To update ROM, follow these steps:

  • Go to Advanced -> MultiROM -> List ROMs and select the ROM you want to update.
  • Select “Flash ZIP” and flash ROM’s ZIP file.

Source code[INDENT]MultiROM – https://github.com/vasishath/multiro…ts/android-8.1 (branch master)
Modified TWRP – https://github.com/vasishath/android…droid-8.1-mrom (branch master)


It _is_ dangerous. This whole thing is basically one giant hack – none of these systems are made with multibooting in mind. It is no longer messing with data partition or boot sector, but it is possible that something goes wrong and you will have to flash factory images again. Make backups. Always.

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