Xiaomi Mi Band tips and tricks: Get more from your budget fitness tracker

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Find your country and click to change. But my friend says that there's now an updated features for message alerts on ios. I need that, lol. Place your Fitbit tracker within 20 feet of the wireless dongle. Open the Fitbit app on your Windows phone. I am so disappointed, I have purchased a MI band and have spent 2 whole days trying to set it up with my android galaxy phone. Its showa the hand moments not a steps by foot so please give me some suggestion on this problem.

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Likewise, its second wearable, the Xiaomi Mi Band Pulse is ludicrously affordable considering what that its offers basic activity and heart rate tracking but it's not perfect.

How to use your fitness tracker to actually get fit. The biggest tip we can give you for using either of the two older Mi Bands for long term fitness or weight loss goals is that, in our experience, it overestimates steps and distance. One way to counteract this is to take the band off when you'll be moving your arm a lot. Like when you're typing at work for instance. This also means the handy estimates of calories burned are also probably too high.

This doesn't make it useless - it's still possible to see progress in walking more steps one week than you did the week before. But if you use an Android phone, hooking it up to Google Fit via Accounts in Settings means you will have all your activity in one place - from your phone when you're not wearing a wearable and from third party apps and services like Strava and RunKeeper.

This is particularly helpful for the heart rate data as Xiaomi's own Mi Fit app simply gives you a list of individual readings with 'slow', 'normal' or 'fast' labels and a hint or two on bpm training. It's not particularly easy to export Mi Fit data into CSV files but if you want to, some enterprising internet types have done the leg work for you. If you don't need call alerts - the Mi Band doesn't do messages or WhatsApps - and you're worried about your smartphone's battery, use the Xiaomi tracker as an anchor to keep you moving during the day and sync it at intervals.

The best budget fitness trackers you can buy. If the Mi Band had more alerts features and its three LEDs were more reliable, we'd say make full use of this addition but as they are still limited to three apps so this is a viable option.

As the Mi Band is light and comfortable enough to wear in bed, its smart alarm feature actually makes sense. It will vibrate 30 minutes before the alarm time to give you a gentle nudge that it's time to wake up. Sleep tracking is automatic on the Mi Band but we're not sure the system registers the alarm or not to help it get a better estimate of your night's kip.

Xiaomi's Mi Fit app doesn't have the community or competitive elements that you'll find in other fitness services but it is heading that way. Right now you can share that you hit your step goal, for instance, with friends via Facebook, Twitter or Line.

This is a Chinese device which has already sold millions in China so it's no surprise that users of WeChat - which has million users - can compare progress and compete on activity goals.

It's a little lonelier in the US and Europe for now. We had quite a bit of trouble pairing our Mi Band to our Android phone - Xiaomi's Mi Fit app kept either asking us to try again or picking up other devices. Eventually on something like the fifth time, it paired so be patient. Xiaomi Mi Band 2 tips and tricks. It's an annoying niggle that pairing seems to be much smoother on iPhone than some Android phones but the Mi Band was especially irritating to set up.

If you are on Android, clear the area first. In the Mi Fit app, you can set up a daily progress alert for a certain time each day - in this case, locked to 9. If you're trying to tweak your lifestyle in a meaningful way, this is probably more useful than constantly checking - and possibly feeling guilty - throughout the day. Another neat feature that we're missing in the US and Europe is the ability to link up Xiaomi's budget Mi smart scales to Mi Fit too - that's possible via the iPhone and Android apps in China and hopefully we'll see it around the world soon.

Xiaomi has only made the Mi Band officially available in black in Europe and the US which is a bit of a shame. More stylish leather-style straps are also available online if you hunt around - the default band gets scuffed up really easily. If you're willing to go in for more regular charging of your Mi Band Pulse, then head to settings and turn on the sleep assistant feature. This measures your heart rate periodically every 10 minutes while you sleep to make the sleep tracking more accurate - and trust us, it's measuring, you might wake up and see the green light of the optical HR monitor lighting up the room.

The Mi Band Pulse takes its sweet time to get a reading so allow 20 to 30 seconds per measurement. Not so helpful when you're in the middle of a sweaty workout and want to make sure you're probably in the right zone. If you're having trouble setting up and logging in to your Mi Fit account as we did , try signing in on your desktop, or mobile browser then go back to the iPhone or Android app.

Hey, it worked for us. Xiaomi doesn't officially support Windows Phone but if the Band 2 is a little too expensive for you, download the Bind Mi Band app. It's free but it supports both Xiaomi bands, including the heart rate monitoring on the Pulse. Sleep tracking is unlocked when you upgrade to the Pro version of the app. Tap the top right on screen and go to Profile, In there it will say Step Goal.

You can change it there. It also syncs better and with Android can be used as notification device. I have the same problem and found that it's because the Mi band works on Bluetooth 4. I installed the app on my iPad Mini2 and use that to sync. It seems to be the iPhone app but it works ok.

Can I change the time I receive the daily activity alert? I can't seem to find a setting for this. On my old phone it didn't have a time. Now it seems to think I'm finished excercising by 9: Last night it told me I hadn't archived my target which in fact I'd exceeded by steps before 9: Can I set to this say, 1 PM? It gives an error code of , but no way to look up what this error means Hi I totally agree I have tried numerous times and had the same response both on the iPad and when trying on a Motorola moto G phone which the device is apparently compatible with.

When I did eventually get in as far as setting up an account it stated I had exceeded th maximum number of attempts in 24 Hours even though I had only tried 1 attempt. Previous attempts using an email an address were not recognised as no verification codes were sent through via email in the short timespan given.

I attempted to set up account after 28 hours and it is still stating I have exceeded the maximum number of attempts in 24 hours. Overall I am totally fed up with wasting time on attempting to set up the mi fit, it may be cheaper but it's a load of rubbish if it is not user friendly, the App is useless and I am going to return mine to Amazon and give full feedback as to how rubbish a product this is.

If I were you I would do the same. I also had some intial difficulty setting up. Click on the box and a dropdown box will appear. Find your country and click to change. Once I did that the issue of exceeding the maximum number of attempts disappeared and setting up was pretty straightfoward. You need to have your cell phone number entered in correctly to get a verification text to finish setup. Just try to signup from a desktop.

Once this is done, re-launch you app and it should log you in. No "OK" button appears. I can't even find the site I ordered this crummy thing from now so I guess I'm out of luck. Can also get a short notification and vibration when i get a text message. Really happy about it. After 3 weeks of trying to get anything to work with it, I'm throwing in the towel. Couldn't get heart rate, or get it to vibrate, so updated the app.

Was able to get it to vibrate, but it still would not pair for heart rate, AND would no longer sync with Google Fit. Went back to an earlier app version, having given up on heart rate, and now, for the past 2 days, it won't pair with my bluetooth. Updated the app to the Jan 13 release - no go. It is fully charged, my device shows it's paired, but the app can't find it.

Sometimes you get what you pay for. I only used it for two nights now and it records only the first sleep. So if you wake up in the night, that's it, if you go back to sleep, it doesn't register. Any suggestions to overcome this? Its useless to me if it can't record my total sleep, as the steps is very inaccurate. Hi, Did you get anywhere. What is the point of the band if I can not see my full deep sleep in 7 or 8 hours of sleep I get? The band does not solve the purpose.

My mi band 1s was worn on my wrist during a workout, I manually added activities to Google fit when the mi fit app synced to Google fit it deleted all my activities and replaced it with rubbish.

Decided not to wear the band for my next work out and stored everything in Google fit. When the mi fit app synced later in the day it changed the Google fit data and step count to zero. I'm trying to sync with my iPad mini. Thought if I put in my mobile and it's not sync'd to that it may not work. When I'm moving my hands only mi band steps are increasing. I'm not getting accurate steps so please assist me any settings for this?

For instance, today I gave MI band to my mom for study and then my mom start kitchen work with wear strap after a hour she's reached around steps its shocking for me. Its showa the hand moments not a steps by foot so please give me some suggestion on this problem.

Since the band detects "steps" based on movement, any time you move your arm up and down it will register a "step". Since I wanted a more accurate reading I tucked my band into my sock at my ankle.

I made sure that the sensor is facing to the side, just like on a wrist. I have ordered another band to extend the original so I can actually wrap it to the ankle when I'm not wearing socks. Since I have done this, my "step" count is now extremely accurate. This also works great when I'm riding my exercise bike or using the treadmill. What the company needs to do now is to develop an official "Ankle Strap". With folks wearing ankle bangles anyway, this shouldn't look too odd. Give it a try.

I think you'll be surprised how accurate your step count will become. I love my MiFit but there is a serious design flaw - I've lost two of them because after a few months wear the band gets softer and the tracker pops out. I'm trackerless at the moment. Is this available on IOS? I have never seen it in the past 8 months. I have never seen this feature on the iOS app in the past 7 months. Overall, the UI looks surprisingly well done, but the cool factor doesn't stop there. The app also integrates with Fitbit or Jawbone bracelets.

Likewise, it can connect to Fitbit or Withings scales. We like it when companies open up their walled gardens so that we all can play along. Nutrisystem's NuMi program isn't free, so neither is the app. You need a paid membership to get any use out of the software.

But if you have already committed to the program, then why not add the app to your collection? Yes, the UI is great, I agree with that. Latest news Android 8. Hottest Hottest Latest Comments. Tags fitbit google play integration jawbone new app numi nutrisystem play store program weight loss withings subscribe. Google Pixel 3 leaks with notchless 5. I looked at it more of a S5 type of UI a bit. Far better hardware and apps. Does this app works only for losing weight? How about getting some weight?

1. Be realistic about steps and distance