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[Tips & Tutorials] Mi TV 3 Change to English, Root & Gapps

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This post was edited by Oomjjhe at 15:05, Feb-16-2016

Hello Guys. I want to share my experience with mi tv 3.
I have my mi tv 3 (only the bar and subwoofer actually) since its first initial sale on November. With the risk that it will in chinese and doesnt have any google apps.

For months, I keep searching how to make these thing work in english and at least will support youtube. And here is what I do to make it work, I just google all these things, so Im not guarantee that it will work for you. Dont consider this as tutorial even the title said tutorial (I can't post thread without select type of thread)

Do this on your own risk.


1. How to change the language to English.

The very simple method is install the startsettings apk via usb stick. startSettings.apk (76.45 KB, Downloads: 7669)
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Install Google Apps on Mi TV 3

This post was edited by Saalmaan at 04:32, Jan-27-2018

Install Google Apps
I have successfully installed google play store and apps, no crashes now. here is how it did it
1) download attached Google Installer_2.0.apk and upload it to tv and let it install all Google apps. once the apps are installed you might see lots of Google services crash popups, just bear with them and continue app installs.
2) download and install system app mover. you need to be rooted (use Kingroot to root Mi tv3)
3) after installation open system app mover and start moving each google app
  • Google Services Framework (5.0.1-1602158)
  • Google Account Manager (5.0.1-1602158)
  • Google Play Services (8.1.15 build #2250156-230)
  • Google Calendar Sync (5.0.1-1602158)
  • Google Contacts Sync (5.0.1-1602158)
  • Google Play Store (5.9.12)
or any other google apps to system app. with each move restart the tv, don't do convert the apps all at once. while you are converting the apps you might see app crashes, just ignore them and continue.
you should, in the end, get a proper Google play store.
Bonus Apps
  • Download Youtube for TV

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Rooted Kingroot
Software Version 1.2.0


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Model : MDZ-18-DA
System1 version 1.1.97 (able to use but cant update, stoppped at 95%)
System2 version 1.2.11 (blank screen)

Initially I'm using System2 and rooted but for some reason the WIFI and LAN is not able to get connected to my network. After a few try to reset factory setting it prompt for apps error and finally bootup to black screen.

Currently using System1 but I'm not able to update, it fail at 95%.



Finally found a way to install update.
First install king root, on system1. Run root and it will fail.
Install Super su and install Super Sume
Next uninstall king root, uninstall Super Sume followby Super Su.
Try run the update again. I got it install 1.2.11 after this.
It should reboot to System2 after successful updating. (My system1 remain at 1.1.94)

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This post was edited by gabehcoud at 08:47, Feb-23-2016
tezuila replied at 2016-2-21 05:53
This didn't help, unfortunately. I also tried to update the system version to 1.2.0 - but every time ...

This might possibly be a reason for the OTA update failure. Just a guess really.
https://www.androidpit.com/android-5-0-lollipop-ota-update-fail

I think it's extra important that you confirm that one of your boot environments is NOT rooted, using the test I described above. And then trying into boot that environment using the recovery mode, and run the update again, which would overwrite your other, rooted, boot environment.

Sorry to hijack this thread here but I think it needs to be emphasised:
**Honestly, any of you guys who are not sure about what you are doing should really be careful.** You already can see  from reading the instructions that there were some force close issues. The procedure is not fail proof. I spent a week trying to figure out ways of backing out and recovering from any changes before proceeding, because there is a very real risk of getting stuck in a bootloop, or worse, bricking the device.

I guess if you do end up bricking the device, the panel should still be fine and you could probably get back in business by buying a new sound bar (RMB999), assuming the aftermarket sound bar is compatible with the panel (the aftermarket sound bar is slightly different in that it has it's own independent power input and comes with a miport to hdmi cable, rather than miport to miport cable that comes with the MiTV3)

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thanks for sharing.

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Theoretically speaking now you are able to install this : "Android TV Launcher"
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.leanbacklauncher

Can you please let me know?

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11:46, Feb-17-2016 | From PC
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I'm disappointed . Doesn't work on my Xiaomi MiBox 3 (MDZ- 16 -AA, firmware version 1.3.114).

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UnlockME replied at 2016-2-17 10:38
Theoretically speaking now you are able to install this : "Android TV Launcher"
https://play.google. ...

Yes you can. I have it installed and sort of working on mine. You don't even need to root or have play services installed. It doesn't show recommendations or give access to the settings menu though, so its functionally pretty basic at this point.

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I tried tackling this in a different way. I looked inside the opengapps zip (5.1-arm-pico). There are at 11 core apks and a some framework files so I'm guessing there are some important pieces missing from just installing the few google play services and play store apks as system apps. Also, the core apps need to go in /system/priv-app, not /system/app in order to have the correct runtime privileges. I manually copied in every thing in opengapps using the update_binary script in the zip as a reference. It was very tedious but It worked very well. It booted up cleanly and I was able to add my google account and access the play store and install apps with no force closes or other odd behaviour from either the xiaomi apps or the google stuff.
The only downside is that the opengapps are meant for mobiles and tables and I think the core play services and play store use different apks for Android TV that are not included in opengapps yet. So you get a hybrid of mobile play store and services running on what looks like an Android TV platform (check ro.build.charactersistics in the /system/build.prop - it's a TV build). So you need a mouse to effectively use the play store, and a keyboard. Youtube and google play music, Kodi and Plex all work fine though (you can configure Plex to use a TV type UI). Netflix won't even open, and for some reason the Leanback launcher that previously worked won't even start now. Not sure why since it worked before installing the google play stuff.

I also got adb over tcpip working. If anyone is struggling with that that I can post the steps I took.

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Perfect. Thanks!

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mi tv 3 is great

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