Xiaomi Mi Band 2 tips and tricks

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Xiaomi Mi Band 2 tips and tricks

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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  • pmyd says:

    Is there an english manual yet? Even the Xiaomi global website doesn't list one.

  • MADUBUS says:

    Ive had a brilliant first 3 weeks with the mi band 2 but it's is now bricked and useless. Won't connect to Bluetooth after the update error message (band paired to another person please upair and try again ) I've tried everything deleting the app resting my phone if anyone has any tips to alive has any tips to thi

    • SirAlex says:

      Unpair the band in your phone bluetooth menu (forget device) and pair it again. After that it will work again.

  • mibanduser says:

    Today I received my mi band 2 and had also pairing problems. My solution was to activate gps and location service. After that it connected successfully and updated the firmware.

    • Wind says:

      It worked for me. Thanks! 

  • anvanv says:

    Can you provide more details on the Sleep Assistant?

  • Howtodoit says:

    Anyone help on how to unpair (delete) my band as I try to pair it and it Says this band is paired by another person.  I need to wipe out all pairings and start afresh. Any help - I'mgoinf nuts !!!

    • TallTom says:

      Yes, attach it to the usb charging cable and then plug it into a PC. Once the Mi Band starts blinking, try to pair it to your phone.

      • osmdm92 says:

        It does not work for mi-band 2 :(

        Any other solution?

    • Kroken says:

      I have also that problem. Is there any solution? John

    • Yoan says:

      Connect your Mi Band 2 to your pc, as soon as you see the blink (charging) quickly pair your band from the Mi Fit app.

  • PeteScoff says:

    What do you think of the mi band + Mijobs TPU Strap + Mijobs PET Protective Screen Films for $39 at geekbuying?

  • osmdm92 says:

    It does not work for mi-band  2 :(

    Any other solution?

    • mervgan says:

      im having the same problem too. Any solution? Regret a hundred times buying mi band 2


      • lucaseva says:

        Same behavior after a wipe ... have you manage to pair it again ?

  • Rickster says:

    every once in a while, when I request my pulse on the watch by button, it seems to show up on phone.

    How do I do that always?

    I'd love to have watch record pulse on regular basis and download to phone.

    I'd settle for record when I request and download.

    I'd love to have phone request/record at interval.

    Haven't figured out how to do anything to record except manually request from iPhone app.

    • tonyinhanoi says:

      I have same problem. How to save a series of pulse rates over a period ?

      • tonyinhanoi says:

        I have it : Press latest BPM and dated / timed list appears. Graphic would be better .....

  • Ruud says:

    Press the button for 10 secs.

  • Honghong says:

    hello i have a one plus two and can't connecter to the application mi fit. I try on samsum, nexus4 is same

    • Rich32 says:

      Try the app 'Notify &  Fitness for Mi Band'  for connecting.

  • tevfikalkan says:

    I don't want to see time in display. Is there any tool to tweak this gadget?

    • Avident says:

      You can set up displayed info in Mi Fit

  • miga says:

    hy! I want to reed sms on the oled display of mi2  can i?or not? It s annoing to only see the notification but not to reed the sms or caler id.

    Please help!

  • Zdenek says:

    Hello, any posibility to measure your HR without app? To start with the button on the MI Band? 

  • mkcnadar says:

    can it give whatsapp message notifications?

  • vinay says:

    It automatically show me the time and the other thing whenever a water drop on to the button... is this a problem ???

  • Nashi316 says:

    but if I move my hand sitting then band course it as I have taken steps. How to make data accurate?

  • Nashi316 says:

    while I sit idle but if I move my hand it counts as steps taken. So data is not that accurate. If I walk without moving hand it doesn't count. How to get accurate data?

  • jamesZaa says:

    How can you set the time on the mi band? Mine is 2 hours off...

    • costi1960 says:

      You can't set the time only through band.  Mi Fit app is need it.

  • Sasha_t83 says:

    which app in Android can I use for Mi Band 2 to see the option for example: sleep assistance ?

  • nellon says:

    had no problem setting the Mi band 2 up, or syncing it with my iPhone 6 or iPad. However it will not update the firmware. I closed all the devices, unpaired them and deleted the app. I then rebooted and downloaded everything again. Now the app will not accept my account login details. it won't allow me open a new account as it says my details are linked to an existing account .

    Any ideas


  • manül says:

    Hi everyone,

    I habe a miband 2 and the miscale paired to my phone.

    Unfortunately mifit does not show the steps I made on the status screen, only my last weight. On the miband display it shows the steps. What am I doing wrong?

  • Bobbykhaba says:

    hi by mistake I have deleted my Mi app account from phn which I have pair with my mobile to change it to new mobile no. 

    Now again downloaded the same app to sync with the new mob no...it says to unpair from the other device first...I have forget my password how do I reset it again to unpair the old device  

  • syedammaan says:

    I had this mi band fr the last 9 months i still have this band but for the last 5months  i have not charged it now it is not taking any charge suggest me some way to charge the idle kept mi band

  • facoriolano says:

    I'm having problems to sync data (distance and sleep) after updated to IOS 10. before in IOS 9 it was working fine. I have an iphone 6 plus and have no data anymore in the app and Apple Health like before.

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