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Back in December 2020, some Xiaomi devices were later denied the MIUI 12 update, namely Redmi Y3, Redmi 7, Redmi 6, and Redmi 6A. But then again, the company made a surprise move by releasing the update for Redmi 7. Now, the Redmi 6 and the Redmi 6A are also getting a similar treatment but with a catch.

Redmi 6

Xiaomi dropped the plans to update the above-listed smartphones to MIUI 12 citing performance issues. But anyway, the firm delivered the update for Redmi 7. In fact, this handset recently even received the MIUI 12.5 update.

Hence, there was a hope that the remaining three devices could receive the MIUI 12 update someday. That day is finally here. But unfortunately, the update is not meant for everyone.

In an official Xiaomi Mi Community post (via Xiaomi Firmware Updater), the company says that it will not roll out the MIUI 12 update for Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A users via OTA (over-the-air). Because the hardware of these two smartphones cannot handle the new software efficiently.

Therefore, the update is only available as ‘Fastboot ROM’. Interested users can unlock the bootloader of their phone using Xiaomi Mi Unlock Tool and install the firmware via Xiaomi Mi Flash Tool.

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Xiaomi warns that these two phones do not run smoothly on MIUI 12. There are stutters and app opening times are longer. Hence, proceed with caution.

MIUI 12 Logo

It is worth noting that though MIUI 12 and MIUI 12.5 are available through OTA for Redmi 7, the update is still limited to China. Similarly, the MIUI 12 Fastboot ROM for Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A are also only available for the Chinese variants.

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Presently, there’s no official word on whether these three phones will be awarded the latest MIUI update in international words. Last but not least, it is not sure if the Redmi Y3 will ever get the MIUI 12 update.

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