5 Best Custom ROMs for Redmi K20/Xiaomi Mi 9T

Best Custom ROMs for Redmi K20 and Mi 9T

This is the list of 5 best Custom ROMs for Redmi K20 and Xiaomi Mi 9T. All the ROMs are picked on the basis of their performance, stability and updates. You can use any of them as your daily driver.

Mi 9T also known as Redmi K20 is one of the best Android device in the budget segment. It is also receiving a lot of development from the community and we have already many custom ROMs available. Knowing the fact that Xiaomi is slow to release updates for their devices, Custom ROMs are the best way to get the latest Android and security patches on Redmi K20/Mi 9T.

Make sure to check the XDA thread of Custom ROM to check the requirement like latest firmware version etc. Check the flashing procedure at the end of the post.

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List of Best Custom ROMs for Redmi K20/Xiaomi Mi 9T [Android 10]

  1. Pixel Experience
  2. HavocOS V3.2
  3. ExtendedUI
  4. Paranoid Android Quartz Alpha
  5. LineageOS 17.1
  6. Evolution X 3.5

Pixel Experience

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Pixel Experience

Pixel Experience is based on Google Pixel Smartphones OS. It contains all the goodies of Pixel OS like Wallpaper, Ringtones, boot animations, animations and all other things.

Furthermore, PE is one of the most used custom ROM among the Android community because of its timely updates of Android security patches and customizations features.

GApps comes flashed with this ROM so you can flash the ROM and use it right away. According to us, Pixel Experience is the best custom ROM for Redmi K20/Mi 9T

ROM OS Version: Android 10

ROM Kernel: Linux 4.14.158

Status: Stable

HavocOS V3.2

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Havoc OS is an AOSP based ROM with modified UI and many features. If you want something different than the Stock Android and also want a lot of features then Havoc OS is for you.

This ROM is inspired by Google Pixel and it has a refined Material Design 2. There are many features in this ROM for customizations, have a look in the image:

Havoc OS features

ROM OS Version: Android 10

ROM Kernel: Linux 4.x

Status: Stable

ExtendedUI

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ExtendedUI

It is based on Pixel Experience with a different UI. The UI is still focused on simplicity and cleanliness but offers something new and refreshing compared to other custom ROMs on this list.

ROM OS Version: Android 10

ROM Kernel: Linux 4.x

Status: Stable

Paranoid Android Quartz Alpha

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Paranoid Android Mi 9T and K20

Paranoid Android is based on AOSP and CAF.

ROM OS Version: Android 10

ROM Kernel: Linux 4.14

Status: Beta

LineageOS 17.1

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LineageOS 17

LineageOS is an AOSP based custom ROM which gives the Stock Android Looks with few extra features. It was started as CyanogenMod and later rebranded to LineageOS.

LineageOS comes with Trebuchet launcher which is a light but customizable launcher. There are some extra apps which are essential for everyday use like Music app, Launcher, AudioFX, File manager and Via launcher.

Here are some features of LineageOS:

  • Burnt-in protection
  • Livedisplay support
  • Privacy guard with native superuser
  • Increasing ringtone feature
  • Unlinked notification sound
  • Per-app data/wifi toggle

This ROM is my pick for the daily driver. It is fast and gives good battery life.

ROM OS Version: Android 10

Status: Stable

Evolution X 3.5

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EvolutionX

Evolution X is an AOSP based custom ROM with all pixel stuff like Wallpaper, Sound, boot animations, fonts and icons. The GApps are preinstalled in the ROM.

The ROM is based on the Pixel OS but comes with a lot of customizable options. The ROM also receives timely security updates.

ROM OS Version: Android 10

ROM Kernel: Linux 4.x

Status: Stable

How to flash Custom ROM in Xiaomi K20 or Mi 9T

To flash a Custom ROM, you need a Custom Recovery. Installing TWRP (Custom Recovery) is quite simple and include 3 Steps:

First Download these:

ADB and Fastboot / Older version

OrangeFox Recovery

OpenGApps

Step 1: Unlock the Bootloader, Enable OEM Unlock, and USB Debugging

Go to this page and apply for Unlocking permissions. After receiving permissions download the Mi unlock, Install it and unlock the Bootloader

Enable USB Debugging and OEM Unlock in developers options ( Tap a few times on Build no. to unlock Developers options)

Step 2: Flash the TWRP by Fastboot

  • Install ADB and Fastboot Drivers and Go to C:\adb
  • Download the Recovery and place it in C:\adb folder and Rename it to recovery.img
  • Connect your Device to PC via USB Cable and Open command Window in adb folder and type this

fastboot devices

  • This will list your Device and if the Device not listed then Install Drivers

Now, Assuming that you have moved recovery.img to C:\adb folder, type this in Command Window

fastboot flash recovery recovery.img

  • That’s it! Recovery is flashed.

Step 3: Flash the Custom ROM in Redmi K20/Mi 9T

Note Check out the XDA thread before flashing a Custom ROMs. Sometimes, A ROM needs a specific version of Firmware on the device.
  • Download the ROM and GApps (GApps are already included in Pixel experience ROMs)
  • Boot into Recovery and Go to Wipe section. Wipe Data, System, Cache and ART cache.
  • Go to Install Section and Install ROM zip file
  • Flash GApps if ROM doesn’t include them
  • Flash Magisk if you need root
  • Reboot

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