- The error occurs when the Mi Unlock Tool does not recognize that your device has been activated for more than 7 days and prevents you from unlocking the bootloader.
- You can fix the error by either re-activating your device using a SIM card and some settings tweaks or using a third-party app that can unlock the bootloader without the Mi Unlock Tool or a PC.
- Both methods have some risks and limitations, so you should backup your data, be aware of the warranty issues, and proceed with caution and at your own risk.
If you own a Xiaomi device and want to unlock its bootloader, you might have encountered a frustrating error message in the Mi Unlock Tool. It says “This device has been activated for less than 7 days. Please activate it for 7 days before trying to unlock it again”. This error prevents you from proceeding with the unlocking process, even if you have already used your device for more than a week.
Why does this error occur and how can you fix it? In this guide, we will answer these questions and provide you with various methods to solve this problem. But first, let’s understand what is the Mi Unlock Tool and why do you need it.
The Mi Unlock Tool is a software application that allows you to unlock the bootloader of your Xiaomi device. Unlocking the bootloader is necessary if you want to install custom ROMs, root your device, or perform other modifications. However, unlike most other Android devices, Xiaomi devices require a special procedure to unlock their bootloaders.
You need to sign in with your Mi account on your device and on the Mi Unlock Tool, request permission from Xiaomi to unlock your device, verify your phone number with an OTP code, and wait for 168 hours (7 days) before you can actually unlock your device. This is done by Xiaomi to prevent unauthorized access and protect user data.
However, even after following these steps, some users still face the “This device has been activated for less than 7 days” error in the Mi Unlock Tool. This error means that the Mi Unlock Tool does not recognize that your device has been activated for more than 7 days and asks you to wait longer. This can be very annoying and frustrating, especially if you have already waited for a week.
Fortunately, there are some ways to fix this error and unlock your device successfully. In this guide, we will show you how to do that using different methods. Follow along.
Solution 1: Try to re-activate using SIM card
One possible way to solve the error is to re-activate your device using a SIM card and some settings tweaks. This method might require some trial and error, but it has worked for some users. Here are the steps to follow:
- Insert a SIM card into your device and make sure it has been in use for at least 7 days. This is to ensure that your device is registered with Xiaomi’s servers.
- Turn on your mobile data and turn off your WiFi. This is to avoid any interference from other networks or devices.
- Go to Settings > Xiaomi Account > Xiaomi Cloud and enable Call History and Messages. This is to sync your device data with Xiaomi’s cloud services.
- If your device does not get activated after this step, restart your device and try again. You might need to repeat this step 4 or 5 times until it works.
- To check if your device is activated, go to Settings > Xiaomi Account > Current Device and see if your SIM card number is displayed. If it is, then your device is ready to be unlocked.
- Run the Mi Unlock Tool on your PC and connect your device with a USB cable. Follow the instructions on the screen to unlock your bootloader. You should not see the error message anymore.
Note: Before you proceed with this method, make sure you have backed up all your data on your device, as unlocking the bootloader will erase everything. Also, be aware that unlocking the bootloader might void your warranty, so do it at your own risk. We are not responsible for any damage or loss caused by this method.
Solution 2: Unlock the Bootloader of Your Xiaomi Device Without Using the Mi Unlock Tool or a PC
Another way to unlock the bootloader of your Xiaomi device is to use a third-party app that does not require the Mi Unlock Tool or a PC. This method is simpler and faster than the first one, but it also has some risks and limitations. Here are the steps to follow:
- Download and install a third-party app that can unlock the bootloader of your Xiaomi device. There are many apps available on the internet, but some of them might be unsafe or incompatible with your device.
- One of the most popular and reliable apps is [Mi Flash Unlock Tool], which works for most Xiaomi devices.
- Open the app and sign in with your Mi account. Make sure you have requested permission from Xiaomi to unlock your device and verified your phone number with an OTP code.
- Connect your device to the app using a USB cable or WiFi. The app will detect your device and show you its status.
- Tap on the Unlock button and wait for the app to unlock your bootloader. The app will show you a progress bar and a message when the process is completed.
- Restart your device and enjoy your unlocked bootloader.
Note: Before you proceed with this method, make sure you have backed up all your data on your device, as unlocking the bootloader will erase everything. Also, be aware that using a third-party app might void your warranty, brick your device, or expose it to malware. We are not responsible for any damage or loss caused by this method.
These are the two methods that you can use to fix the “This device has been activated for less than 7 days” error in the Mi Unlock Tool and unlock the bootloader of your Xiaomi device. We hope this guide was helpful and informative for you. If you have any questions or feedback about these methods, please leave a comment below. We will try to answer you as soon as possible. Thank you for reading.
Disclaimer: The information and instructions provided in this guide are for educational and informational purposes only. We do not endorse or promote any illegal or unethical activities related to unlocking the bootloader of your Xiaomi device. You should only unlock the bootloader of your device if you are fully aware of the risks and consequences involved. We are not liable for any damage or loss that may occur to your device, data, or warranty as a result of following this guide. You are solely responsible for your actions and decisions. Please proceed with caution and at your own risk.