In an attempt to make getting fastboot permissions more secure on the Mi A1, Xiaomi has announced a new security mechanism on its MIUI support forums. According to the post, titled “Announcement for the Adjustment of Fastboot Method of Mi A1”, users will now have to activate Developer Options in order to get fastboot permissions on the device.

Xiaomi Fastboot Mi A1

In the post, miuiermichael writes:

“To make users safer when using Mi A1 device, we have introduced a new security mechanism. Therefore, the fastboot method of the update for Mi A1 will be adjusted accordingly.”

In order to get fastboot permissions on the device, users will now have to:

  • Open Settings
  • Scroll down to the System tab
  • Select About phone in the System tab
  • Scroll down to the Build number and tap it multiple times until the developer notification shows up

Only after following the aforementioned steps will the user be able to activate the fastboot process on the Mi A1. The post further states that preinstalled applications like Mi Store, Mi Community, Mi Drop, and Mi File Manager might disappear after flashing due to the new security mechanism. However, users will be able to easily get them back from their backup or from the Google Play Store.