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[Tools, Tips & Tutorials] [Device Team Member]Troubleshoot Your Xiaomi Mi 3 Issues if Needed

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20:05, Aug-23-2014 | From PC
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This post was edited by zardMi3 at 16:21, Oct-06-2014

It's been almost 3 month's since I had my Xiaomi Mi 3.  Many things had happened for me, like I got my Xiaomi Mi Pad, I joined the Device Team, graduated from Intern Mod to Mod for the Xiaomi Mi Pad sub-forum, and the many threads that I had contributed.  

On the Xiaomi front, the major happenings were the release of the Xiaomi Mi 4, Mi Band, 4th Anniversary and MIUI 6.  I'm in the Xiaomi first 100 beta tester as well.

Many of us are attracted to Xiaomi products by the quality products plus reasonable pricing.  On the other hand, some maybe new to Android, and some are new to MIUI 5 (MIUI 6 is coming and it will blow your mind away - read my review here).  So I decided that it will be good if I could put together a thread to share about Xiaomi Mi 3, focusing mainly on how to troubleshoot yourself if you get into any issues with it.  Honestly speaking, some of this will apply to other Xiaomi device too.


How to edit your Home Screen:

The word is pinch.  Use two fingers, and pinch.  It's that easy.

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How to sort my app icons alphabetically:

You may be wondering, how can I sort all my app icons so that they are done alphabetically?  I've written a guide for this.  Sadly, you will still need to do this even with MIUI 6.


Familiarious yourself with all the apps and their features:

Spend time to explore all the included apps and features.  Try each of them so that if anything is not right, you will know.  A friend of mine bought a Redmi 1s, and brought it along to Malaysia.  When he came back, he told me that the Update app and Phone app wasn't working.  Whenever he clicked on them, he ended up in the home page.  I flashed the latest official rom for him, and everything was working perfectly.  


Sound or Volume Related issues:

A friend of mine told me that when he made a call, the other side could hear him, but he needed to turn on Speaker Mode to hear his friend.  I starting thinking that his phone may be corrupted and started telling him to consider a Factory Reset or flash a new rom.  Luckily, I realised that he should check his volume settings first.  Bingo!  The issue was because volume was set to zero.


Check for malfunction (tip from matheaw and new2city2)
Try this command to test your phone in detail to see if there is any malfunction.  (I've tried this on my Xiaomi Mi 3 with MIUI 6, nothing happens.  It may work with MIUI 5 though.  I'll update if someone let's me know).

*#*#6484#*#* or *#*#MIUI#*#*


If you suspect your ROM is corrupted like some features not working:  
1. This is a thread that I wrote on how Mi Recovery WIPE & RESET works.
2. Learn what each wipe feature means and how to go about wiping your device.


Flashing Latest ROM doesn't solve my issues:
(Updated)
For whatever reasons, you had issues, or you want to change from Stable ROM to Developer ROM, or vice versa.  You tried using the Updater app, Mi Recovery and even MiFlash.  You still have problems.  If you ever encounter this issue, I recommend you to use the ADT method of flashing.  

In my case today (25-Aug), my MIUI 6 (yes, beta tester at work) on 4.8.22, received an OTA 4.8.25. After updating, I had a number of com.xxx.xxx.xxx errors.  I decided to boot into Mi Recovery, change to boot to the other system.  Unfortunately, no luck.  Same error occurred.  In this instance, I wanted to use the ADT method, but unfortunately, I don't have the full fastboot beta ROM, only the zip version of 4.8.22.  That leaves me with two options, use updater app or Mi Recovery.  

I renamed the 4.8.25 OTA zip to update.zip and copied to the root of internal storage.  Next, I used updater and selected the full 4.8.22 zip version, and flashed it.  After reboot, I'm back to 4.8.22. Next I rebooted to Mi Recovery, and used it to flash the 4.8.25 OTA zip (update.zip) to System One.  After that, I rebooted to System One without the earlier errors.  Note that all my apps and data were intact.  Using the same concept, I was able to get System Two updated to 4.8.25.


How does the OTA (Over-The-Air) work:

Most new users will get confused by how the OTA update works.  How come when they go into Mi Recovery, they see System One and System Two.  Relax!  Read my guide on how Mi Recovery, System One and System Two works.


Stable ROM on System One and Developer ROM on System Two:

Is that possible?  Yes, it is possible. Read the first thread that I wrote here.  It includes tips on how to install Google Play.


Root:

If you know what is root, read it.  If you don't, you are advised not to do it.  There are a number of ways to root the Xiaomi Mi 3 stable ROM.  In my case, I prefer to flash the Developer ROM, which comes with root disabled.  If you want root, just enable it.  If you don't need it, you can disable it at anytime.  One main purpose I use root is because I want to use Titanium Backup to backup my installed apps and their data.  Titanium Backup needs root to run.  So after I do my backup, I can disable root.


Xposed Framework and mods:
(hellrokr has indicated this doesn't work on Mi 3 - I've tested on Mi Pad and it works)
This is something that will interest the geeks.  The thread is over at XDA.  Firstly, you need to Root your device.  Next, install the Xposed Framework.  After rebooting and enabling it, you will have many kinds of mods at your disposal.  There are many gems to be had.


Closing:

If you find this useful, kindly click on the Rate button.  If you think there's some other information that is useful to be added here, drop me a reply.  

Feel free to ask me or PM me if you need any advice.  I have the Xiaomi Mi 4 and Mi Pad, so I might not be able to help you for other devices, but I'll try.









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This post was edited by matheaw at 11:35, Aug-25-2014

*#*#6464#*#*
Try this command also to test your phone in detail if there is any malfunction.

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11:23, Aug-25-2014 | Via mobile
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thanks for sharing the info...

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12:15, Aug-25-2014 | From PC
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Nice sharing info ....
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thanks

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13:04, Aug-25-2014 | From PC
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Thanks for the Info.

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14:08, Aug-25-2014 | From PC
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Good Info. Appreciate if you can capture all such info and create & Publish a Troubleshooting guide.
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15:25, Aug-25-2014 | From PC
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*#*#6464#*#* i tried it on my Mi3 V5, nothing happened supposed no malfaunction on my Mi3. Thanks

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Nice info

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