3 mistakes everyone makes with Xiaomi phones

Finding these Xiaomi MIUI software features a bother? Here's how to adjust for a better experience

Xiaomi 12 series
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Xiaomi has been going from strength to strength in recent years, its Xiaomi 12 Pro flagship for early 2022 being a particular eye-catcher - as we address in our 'Should I buy?' series about that very device. 

Good as the Chinese brand's flagship handsets can be, however, there are a few pitfalls that might catch you out if you're less familiar with the company's MIUI software and settings. 

Here are some tips to avoid making these common mistakes with Xiaomi phones...

Not adjusting Battery Saver

Xiaomi has some pretty heavyweight battery management functions within its MIUI software. If you're having issues with notification delays then you can alleviate this within specific apps' settings. 

Press-and-hold the app in question to raise a pop-up menu. Select 'App info' from this to go into settings. Here you'll find a variety of settings, from autostart to permission, data usage to battery saver. 

It's the last of these that we find particularly pertinent. Choosing 'No restrictions' will cause more battery drain, of course, but won't limit the app's function at any given time. It's worth tweaking this for your go-to set of major applications. 

Not disabling adverts

Ads appearing in your full paid-for handset's software? Tut tut. It's not only a Xiaomi thing, a bunch of other manufacturers do the same. 

However, it need not be a thorn in your side. To disable it swipe down from the top right, hit the settings cog symbol, then search out "Authorisation & revocation" within the search bar. Click this to open a variety of authorised apps. 

But don't go toggling off every one of them, as many are helpful. The one you're looking for is called MSA. Turn this toggle off, after which Xiaomi's system will ask you to wait for 10 seconds before you can hit the 'Revoke' button. Do this and, bish bash bosh, that should see the end of unwanted adverts.

Not using the correct charger

This might be obvious for some people, but not all. Xiaomi's devices come with some of the fastest-charging technology in the business. The Xiaomi 12 Pro, for example, features 120W - which can fill the handset from zero to full in just 18 minutes. 

Don't use the 120W capable plug that comes in the box? Well, you won't get that kind of super-fast recharging speed. For those of us with lots of plugs around the house it can be all too easy to forget which one you're reaching for, so we'd always suggest ensuring you're going to the right one for the fastest possible top-up speeds. 

Mike Lowe
Tech Editor

Mike is the Tech Editor and AV Editor at T3.com. He's been writing about consumer technology for 15 and, as a phones expert, has seen hundreds of handsets over the years – swathes of Android devices, a smattering of iPhones, and a batch of Windows Phone products (remember those?). But that's not all, as a tech aficionado his beat for T3 also covers tablets, laptops, gaming, home cinema, TVs, speakers and more – there's barely a stone unturned that he's not had a hand on. Previously the Reviews Editor at Pocket-lint for a 10 years, he's also provided work for publications such as Wired, The Guardian, Metro, and more. In addition to his tech knowledge, Mike is also a flights and travel expert, having travelled the globe extensively. You'll likely find him setting up a new mobile phone, critiquing the next MacBook, all while planning his next getaway... or cycling somewhere.