Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro with 4K UHD video recording capability was a blast in the smartphone world.
But for some reason, the budget phone maker took down this feature even though the handset deserves to have it.
In this guide, I will walk you through the steps to enable 4K UHD video recording on Redmi Note 5 Pro. Learn more about Redmi Note 5 Pro features.
Like always, there are two ways to get this job done- with & without root.
For those with a rooted Redmi Note 5 Pro, the first method would be useful.
Curious to root your Redmi Note 5 Pro? Learn ‘how’ in this guide – How To Root Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro and Install TWRP Recovery.
The second method involves using a free app that does not require rooting.
Is the workaround legit?
Since rooting exposes an Android device to a lot of risks, it is common to have security-related concerns.
To enable 4K UHD on Redmi Note 5 Pro, you needed a rooted handset and an XDA member, Vidhanth, has found a workaround.
This is achieved with a bit of tinkering in the system files. Therefore, you will require an efficient file manager.
Enable 4K UHD video recording on Redmi Note 5 Pro
Prerequisites for the first method
- A Redmi Note 5 Pro with TWRP custom recovery & rooted using either Magisk or SuperSu. Also read: How to unlock bootloader of any Xiaomi device.
- Complete Nandroid backup of your device.
- A root enabled file manager with file editing capability like ASUS file manager or ES file explorer.
- Open the file manager that you have downloaded.
- Grant appropriate root access permissions if & when prompted.
- Navigate to /system/etc/device_features/ on your handset.
- Locate ‘whyred.xml’ file. Click to open it in an editor.
- Search this xml file for the below-listed boolean function-
- Here, you need to change the boolean value from its default configuration “false” to “true.”
- Be careful while making edits. You should not alter any other piece of code.
- Save the file with this minor update & exit the file manager.
- Reboot the device for changes to take effect.
- Open the preloaded camera app and switch to video recording mode to find the 4K UHD option enabled.
Alternative to the first method, if Magisk is used to root Redmi Note 5 Pro.
Before I mention the easy-peasy second method, there’s one more thing you can do.
If you have been smart about using Magisk to root your device instead of SuperSU, then the below-noted steps are for you.
Want to replace SuperSU with Magisk? We’ve got you covered. Here’s How to Switch From SuperSu to Magisk?
- Download the Magisk module: whyredfeatures_module_1_0.zip
- Save this file in root/sdcard.
- Open Magisk Manager and hit the menu ‘three horizontally stacked bars’ on the top-left.
- Then tap on ‘Modules.’
- Tap the big yellow ‘+’ icon at the bottom.
- Add the ZIP file and install it.
- Once the process finishes, hit Reboot.
- Open your default camera app and change the video quality to 4K UHD.
This is an easy one. You don’t even need to root your device.
Just install Open Camera app from the Play Store.
Thereafter, run the app.
- Head over to its settings by clicking on the ‘gear’ icon.
- Change the video resolution from the default Full HD to Highest: 4K UHD 3840*2160 pixels.
- Tap anywhere on the screen to confirm your recent selection.
- Use the default frame rate, unless you have a specific need.
- Enjoy using the free app.
Best features of Open Camera
- Multiple modes: focus & scene modes, color effects, ISO, face detection.
- Capture photos while video recording
- Voice command & noise (whistle, etc.) operated.
- Multi-touch gesture control.
- Orientation lock for photo and video.
- ‘Save to’ folder customization.
- Date & time stamp photos in SRT format.
- Additional support for external mics.
- Small file size.
- Free & open-source without ads.
So, that’s how you enable 4K UHD video recording on Redmi Note 5 Pro. Let me know in the comments if that worked for you.
Also, suggest alternate free or paid apps that you regularly make use of.