Android Pie update for Xiaomi Mi A1 was released a while back and our users have asked us if they can enable Camera2 API on their Mi A1 after upgrading. To answer the question, today, we will show you how to easily enable Camera2 API on Xiaomi Mi A1 running Android Pie without root. Furthermore, you can also download Google Camera Port for your Xiaomi Mi A1 from below.
Updated on 20 October 2019: Stock and patched boot images for Mi A1 V10.0.14.0 October 2019 update are now available for download.
The Xiaomi Mi A1 is the company’s first smartphone featuring the Android One program. Being a part of the program means that the device offers guaranteed updates. Be it a major Android version release or monthly security patches. Talking about the software, the phone incorporates the stock AOSP firmware which is free from the majority of OEM bloatware. If you try installing the Google Camera Port on your Mi A1, you will probably fail due to the lack of Camera2 API support. Despite being based on stock Android, the Mi A1 still doesn’t offer direct support for Camera2API on Android Pie or Oreo.
If you have rooted your Mi A1, you can easily enable the API by making a few build.prop edits. But if you want to do it without root, then it’s still quite easy to enable Camera2 API on Xiaomi Mi A1 running Android Pie.
The process we have listed below will first require you to boot a Magisk Patched Boot Image to gain temporary root. Once booted into the OS, you can simply use a Terminal Emulator and change the required device properties to enable Camera2 API. Since we are only rooting the phone temporarily, you will still be able to take OTA updates after following this method, so stay out of worries.
Below are the download links for Android Pie patched boot images for Xiaomi Mi A1. We have also provided the stock boot image for the corresponding firmware. It shall help you unroot your phone in case you mistakenly flash the patched boot permanently.
- Xiaomi Mi A1 V10.0.14.0 (October 2019)
- Xiaomi Mi A1 V10.0.13.0 (September 2019)
- Xiaomi Mi A1 V10.0.12.0 (August 2019) – Thanks paolocorpo!
- Xiaomi Mi A1 V10.0.11.0 (July 2019)
- Xiaomi Mi A1 V10.0.10.0 (June 2019)
- Xiaomi Mi A1 V10.0.9.0 (May 2019)
- Xiaomi Mi A1 V10.0.8.0 (April 2019)
- Xiaomi Mi A1 V10.0.7.0 (March 2019)
- Xiaomi Mi A1 V10.0.5.0 (February 2019)
- Xiaomi Mi A1 V10.0.4.0 (January 2019)
- Xiaomi Mi A1 V10.0.3.0 (December 2018)
How to Enable Camera2API on Xiaomi Mi A1?
In order to temporarily boot the patched boot image on your Mi A1, you must first install Android platform-tools on your PC and unlock the bootloader of your Xiaomi Mi A1 (Note: Unlocking the bootloader will wipe all the data on your phone, so make sure that you take a complete backup first). If you already have the bootloader unlocked, nothing will be wiped using this method.
I have personally tested this method on a Xiaomi Mi A1 running Android Pie v10.0.13.0 firmware. Although, it should work on any of the previous software version too.
- Download the Magisk patched boot image for your Mi A1, corresponding to the software build number installed.
- Copy the downloaded image file to the folder where the ADB/Fastboot binaries are present (e.g. C:/username/platform-tools).
- Hold the SHIFT key and right-click on an empty space inside the folder.
- Select the ‘Open PowerShell window here’ option.
- Power off your Xiaomi Mi A1 completely.
- Now hold the Volume Down and Power buttons together to enter Fastboot Mode.
- Connect your phone to the PC using the USB cable.
- Enter the following command to temporarily boot the Magisk patched boot image on your Mi A1:
fastboot boot boot-image-filename.img
- Make sure to replace ‘boot-image-filename.img‘ with the actual filename. For example, if you’re on V10.0.13.0, the command should be:
- Just as the command is entered, your Mi A1 should boot into the OS with temporary root with Magisk.
- Right now, only the Magisk Manager stub is installed on your phone. In order for Magisk to work and to grant superuser permissions, you must first install full Magisk Manager.
- Simply go to the phone’s app drawer and launch Magisk Manager app (In case the app doesn’t show up, download the latest APK from here and install it on your phone).
- Select “Yes” when prompted to upgrade to full Magisk Magisk Manager and follow the on-screen instructions.
- Once Magisk Manager is fully installed, download and install Termux (Terminal Emulator for Android) on your Mi A1.
- Once installed, launch Termux and enter the following command:
- Grant superuser permissions to the Termux app when prompted.
- Finally, enable Camera2 API on Xiaomi Mi A1 running Android Pie by entering the following commands:
setprop persist.camera.HAL3.enabled 1 setprop persist.vendor.camera.HAL3.enabled 1 setprop persist.camera.stats.test 5 setprop persist.vendor.camera.stats.test 5
- Further, enter the following command to enable EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization) on Mi A1:
setprop persist.camera.eis.enable 1
- Once the command executes without any errors, close Termux and reboot your phone. When your phone reboots, Magisk Manager should vanish and your Mi A1 should be unrooted.
For further confirmation, you can also check Camera2 API support using an app. So, go ahead and install Google Camera Port on your Mi A1 without root.
Download Google Camera Port for Xiaomi Mi A1
XDA RD joeyhuab created a dedicated thread on the forums to share the latest working Google Camera Ports for Xiaomi Mi A1. Below are some of the GCam ports shared by different users on that thread. Note that each version may have bugs of there own. Rest assured, these are the most stable ports available for the device as confirmed by the XDA users who shared them.
- Google Camera v22.214.171.124 Port (Beta): PMGC_7.0.009_CRASHVersion_V3.apk
- Google Camera v6.2.030 Port:
- Google Camera v6.2.024 Port: GCam_6.2.024_N7P_test1.2.apk (Source)
- Google Camera v6.1.021 Port: MGC_6.1.021_RN4X_A8.1+_V3_mido.apk (By Exmor97): Although it is for the Redmi Note 4X, the Google Camera Port works flawlessly on the Mi A1. This also doesn’t have the green tint on the front camera.
If you’re not satisfied with the provided ports, you can try and find the perfect one for you from here. Finding the perfect GCam Port for any device is hard. If you have found a better port, then please let us know in the comments. It would help other users who are looking for it.
You have just succeeded to enable Camera2 API on Xiaomi Mi A1 after upgrading to Android Pie without root. If you have any questions regarding the method listed above, please feel free to leave a comment.