So, you bought a brand-new Xiaomi phone, and I bet you are all thrilled and excited about it. And I am sure you can’t wait to take it out for a spin. However, before you do so, there are a couple of things that you should make right away.
Not only will it improve your overall phone experience, but it’ll also help you to be more productive in the longer run.
1. DISABLE THE ANNOYING ADS
Ads are perhaps one of the most annoying things about any Xiaomi phone, other than the Redmi K20 series. While the company claims that it’s easy to disable ads, the reality is that it’s not that simple at all. The main issue is that Xiaomi not only pushes system-wide ads, but it also pushes ads through its stock apps.
2. CHANGE THE STOCK MIUI LAUNCHER
Do you like the stock launcher? I am not a big fan of placing all my apps on the home screen. Plus, it’s cumbersome to search for a particular app. Hence, whenever I switch to a Xiaomi phone, the first thing I do after the setup is to install a third-party launcher.
The Android fan in you must already know that there’s no dearth of amazing third-party launchers out there. And needless to say, each of them has something different to offer.
3. REMOVE ALL THE BLOATWARE
Bloatware and phones go hand in hand. And I doubt this will change anytime soon. Xiaomi devices are known to feature plenty of pre-installed apps. And the odds are that you’ll probably never use them. Hence, the only practical solution is to get rid of them right away.
4. ENABLE NAVIGATION GESTURES
Navigation gestures are cool. They are super cool. And the best part is that you can go about your navigation without losing out on precious screen space.
To enable navigation gestures, go to Settings and scroll down until you see System & Device. Now, tap on Full Screen Display and select Full Screen Gestures. You can also go through the mini-guide on how to use these navigation gestures.
5. TWEAK THE QUICK SETTINGS PANEL
The best part of Xiaomi phones is that most of the things are customizable as per your preferences, and the Quick Settings menu is no different.
You can completely customize it to show the buttons that you use frequently. Yep, you read that right. Open the Quick Settings menu and tap on the Edit button, as shown in the screenshot below.
6. FIND YOUR PHONE
Find Your Phone should be one of the first settings that you should check. As suggestive of its name, the Mi Phone Finder helps you find your phone if you lose it. To do so, jump over to Settings > Mi Account.
Once you have located it, log in with your Xiaomi account. Once done, tap on Mi Cloud and then turn the switch next to Find Device, and that’s about it.
7. APP RECOMMENDATIONS
Last but not least, let’s talk about some Android apps that will boost your Android experience.
First and foremost, we have the SMS Organizer app on our list. If you want to have finer control over your SMS inbox (and not the other way around), this is the app you should go for.
LET YOUR EXPERIENCE SOAR!
So, these were some of the first things that you should change on your new Xiaomi phone. As we mentioned above, these minor changes enhance your phone experience by several folds.