You've got your hands on a Xiaomi Mi Band 2 tracker for a budget price. That was the hard part. Now, to make sure you squeeze all the value out of your fitness wearable, we've compiled a list of tips and tricks from our time with the Mi Band 2 so far.
Apart from the unreliable smartphone app notifications, and some app crashes, we've had much fewer teething problems with this, more expensive Xiaomi device than the first two. We tested the device with an Android phone so a couple of details may vary for iPhone users.
Add questions and your own tips in the comments below.
Don't be idle
You can set the Mi Band 2 up to vibrate when you've been sedentary for an hour by selecting Idle Alert in the Play section of the Mi Fit app. Set a start and end time, as well as Do Not Disturbs if you have a meeting. There isn't the choice to get alerts more frequently, say every 30 or 40 minutes, though as with other (much more expensive) trackers from Fitbit, Garmin etc.
Get motivation from the Share screen
Even if you're not going to share your activity on Facebook, Twitter or Line, it's worth checking the second profile style page within the Mi Fit app.
On the default Status screen, click the share icon in the top right (which also appears for heart rate etc) and you get an overview of the day plus a comparison to other Mi Band wearers e.g. "XX steps, ahead of 60% people". A small nudge/boost when you need it.
Put the HR monitor to good sleep use
As with previous Mi Bands, there's a fairly hidden feature named 'sleep assistance' which you'll find when you select the Mi Band 2 in 'My devices' under Profile. When turned on, it is designed to make Xiaomi's sleep trakcing more accurate by taking your pulse every 10 minutes. Shame, then, that you can't access this data - we have to take their word for it.
Check your battery onscreen
As we said in our Mi Band 2 review, the tracker should last you between a week and half to two weeks between charges. If you prefer to keep an eye on it via the wearable, head to Profile in the companion app then under My devices, select the Mi Band 2.
Then you can add remaining battery to what is displayed on the tracker's small OLED screen. Our band was set to time, steps, calories, heart rate but you can also add distance.
If you're happy to open the app to check battery, this is where you can find your remaining percentage as well as how many days ago you last charged it.
Tweak message, goals and DND
These are all hidden under 'More' in the Play screen of Mi Fit - here you can set up alerts for SMS messages (separate to apps which includes WhatsApp), a notification for when you hit a goal and Do Not Disturb times for all alerts.
The only activity goal you can set is for steps but you can also set a weight goal and track that in app too. Both can be changed in your Mi Fit Profile plus weight gets its own graph alongside sleep, activity and your streak.
Swap in some colour
We reviewed the Mi Band 2 with the boring, default black band and after just two weeks, it's already looking a little worse for wear. We haven't seen many cheap third party bands pop up for it yet but there are a few for around $6 on eBay already.
But even though from the dimensions, at least, it's a little bigger than the original (at 15.7mm x 10.5mm x 40.3mm compared to the Mi Band's 14mm x 9mm x 36mm size), you might also be able to squeeze the new module into a stretchy rubber accessory meant for the first module. We'll update this when we begin to see more Mi Band 2 accessories.
Let us know how you're getting on with the Mi Band 2 in the comments.
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