How to flash global MIUI ROM on the Xiaomi 13 Ultra

Bought a brand new Xiaomi 13 Ultra, but you’re stuck on the China ROM? You could have several reasons to consider installing the global ROM instead. The global ROM is much more English language-friendly, and it comes with many quirks considering there’s no way to directly run the Google Play Store on it.

Unless you are an advanced user, it’s difficult to use it as your main phone. That’s where the global ROM comes in, and it’s much more user-friendly. You get direct Play Store access, proper language throughout the UI, and more. This article will show you how to flash the global version of MIUI on your Xiaomi 13 Ultra.

Before we begin, you have to download the global Xiaomi 13 Ultra firmware. Click here to download it.

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Xiaomi 13 Ultra: How to flash global ROM

  1. If you’re currently on the Chinese ROM on your Xiaomi 13 Ultra, first unlock the bootloader. It’s a fairly straightforward process, and you can do it right from your Settings app.
  2. If you see a padlock at the top, this means your Bootloader is now open.
  3. Now, you have to download the official Global ROM for the Xiaomi 13 Ultra. You can grab the firmware from a reliable website, like or It’s convenient if you directly have the TWRP files to perform this process. You can also explore the site to see if there are global ROMs or EU ROMs available for installation and pick the one you want to install.
  4. If you live in Europe, then you can try the EU ROM, and the global ROM is for the rest of the world. The EU ROM is specific to European countries.
  5. Locate the file on your system and unzip it using a tool such as WINRAR. Extract it to a location of your convenience. You should see a folder after it exports.
  6. Inside the main folder, it needs to have three sub-folders. If there are only two or if you find a different number of folders to the aforementioned number, then you probably used the wrong unzipping tool or the ROM you downloaded wasn’t downloaded in the proper location. You must repeat this step once again and get three sub-folders.
  7.  Sign out of all your Google Accounts, especially your Mi account. This will cause serious problems later on if you leave it logged in. If you don’t remember your password, make sure you reset it and log out before proceeding with the guide. Not doing this will cause many complications later on.
  8. Open the Settings app on your phone, tap on the build number 7 times, and enable developer options. You don’t have to do this step if you’re already a developer and you have developer options turned on.
  9. Turn on OEM Unlocking and unlock the bootloader. You also need to enable USB Debugging from the developer options menu. Make sure that your Mi Unlock status displays unlocked.
  10. Open the Mi Flash Tool application on your system, and download it if you don’t already have it.
  11. Click on the clean all option at the right; you’ll see this at the bottom bar. Warning: Do not click on clean all and lock. This option will lock the bootloader, and this may soft-brick your device. Never lock the bootloader on a Custom ROM; only lock it with the Stock Device ROM if you want to. For example, you can lock it on the Chinese MIUI ROM if your phone is from China. If it’s the global version, don’t lock the bootloader on the Chinese ROM.
  12. Now click on the select button at the top left. Find the folder that you previously downloaded. Double-check whether it’s the right folder.
  13. Remember we said the main folder has three sub-folders? You have to now choose the middle folder. Selecting any of the other two will result in a failure. Click on Ok to confirm.
  14. Now, put your phone on Fastboot mode. Power it down, press the power button with the volume down button, and hold them down together for a couple of seconds. The Fastboot menu will now appear on your screen. We recommend using the original cable.
  15. Connect the cable to your phone and then to your PC or laptop. It should now recognize your device, and it will display the name in the menu. You’re now ready to flash.
  16. Before you begin flashing, make sure the ROM you’re flashing is correct, and also make sure you have the right firmware and that OEM unlocking and debugging are on.
  17. ‘Now click on the flash button at the top right.
  18. We’re not sure how many Super Folders there are for the Xiaomi 13 Ultra. We estimate 8 Super Folders for the Xiaomi 13 Ultra, but we’re not sure how many there are this year. The progress and speed of flashing changes based on this, so it could take longer than usual. The Xiaomi 13 Ultra has USB Type C 3.2, so it should not take too long. We estimate around 700 seconds.
  19. Do not unplug your device, restart the device, press any random buttons, or terminate the process. This could lead to temporary or permanent damage.
  20. Your phone should now normally boot into the setup page, and you can set up your phone with the desired settings. You should see the Google Play Store preinstalled.

Closing Notes

  • You can root your phone to hide the bootloader unlock status.
  • To use apps like Google Pay and McDonald’s, Google needs to certify your device. This doesn’t work on a ROM, so you have to root your phone as a workaround. On the official Xiaomi EU ROM, you can use all these apps.
  • Open the Play Store app and go to the Settings menu. At the bottom of it, you’ll see a message that tells you that the device isn’t certified. This is because of a failure in the matching of the CTS Profile. If you install the global MIUI ROM on Chinese handsets, it’ll fail the SafetyNet Status check. This means some apps won’t work, and some won’t show up in the Play Store. You have to sideload them. Note that banking apps won’t work if you root your phone, so even if you bypass the bootloader unlock, there’s no good solution to this.
  • If you get a Flash Timeout Error after the process, you have to reinstall the drivers again on the Mi Flash Tool.
  • Since this is the official MIUI ROM, you can still get OTA updates, and continuous flashing of kernels is not necessary.
  • There’s currently no TWRP direct method to flash the global or EU ROM on the Xiaomi 13 Ultra, and you can’t do it with just your phone. A PC is necessary.
  • The process remains the same for flashing either the global ROM or the EU ROM, you just have to download the one you want from the link.

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