The Xiaomi Mi 4 is a capable handset, but it’s susceptible to some of the common issues found with most modern smartphones. Luckily, we’re here to help if you’re having trouble with the Chinese answer to the iPhone.
The handset is slowly gaining popularity with a worldwide fan base, so we’ve prepared a list with 9 troubleshooting tips to help solve any problems for all of the new owners out there.
1. Sound Problems
If you’re having issues with sound on your device there’s a possibility that the handset itself could be defective, but that isn’t always the case. Resetting the device can sometimes fix any problems, and it’s also worth checking to see if something is stuck in the audio jack, or if it has become loose.
If you’re having issues with echoing calls check for a solution further down in this list.
2. Freezing & Lag
Despite being a capable device, some users have noticed that the device gets quite laggy during general use. Of course, it’s normal to expect the device to start chugging after a heavy gaming session, but if it’s really slow there are a few steps you can take.
Closing any background apps will usually help, while resetting your device should solve any issues. If your phone is overheating, we have solutions further down in this list.
If you continue to have problems there’s a possibility that your hardware is defective, or you might be overloading the RAM. Uninstalling unused apps can also help to boost speeds and reduce lag.
3. Echoing Calls
Okay, so it’s fun to pretend you’re in a cave the first couple of times, but echoing calls soon becomes an annoying issue for both people.
If you’re having problems with an echoing mic or speaker, the first thing to do is to rest your device and see if that solves the issues. Another solution is to disable the mic during a phone call. This should solve any problems with echoing, and it’s helped a few owners online.
4. Won’t Turn On
This is one of the worst possible scenarios you can imagine, but it doesn’t always mean that your device is gone forever.
If you can see a red light, (but nothing on the screen) wait for the battery to fully drain before attempting to charge and switch on the phone again. There’s also a possibility that it could be the hardware itself, and there isn’t much you can do aside from sending it for repairs.
If the device is under warranty, it’s worth getting a replacement while you’re covered.
5. Battery Drain
The battery life on the Xiaomi Mi 4 is relatively decent, offering roughly 18 hours of talk time. If you’re seeing poor performance from your battery, there are a few things you can do.
You can check the battery saving options found in the Power Saving Menu to toggle your settings. Tap Battery in the Settings menu to find these options.
If you want your device to last even longer, you could always go for a black wallpaper background.
The phone should fully charge within two hours with the official wire and plug, so if you’re waiting for longer there’s a chance that your battery has been damaged, or it could be defective.
6. Network Issues
A number of users have noted issues with network speed, and they weren’t there to begin with. If your network connection has slowed since a recent update, there isn’t much you can do if you want to keep your phone updated to the latest firmware.
This can be a dangerous issue, but it’s usually easy enough to cool your device as long as it isn’t a hardware problem. If you’ve been using the device intensively it’s a good idea to give it a break.
Leave the device to charge, and make sure to keep it out of direct sunlight for prolonged periods.
8. GPS Issues
Users have reported that the GPS doesn’t work properly when it’s being used in a car. This is a known issue, so don’t blame the vehicle if you’re affected. You’ll have to wait for an update if you want to keep your phone updated to the latest firmware.
9. Signal Issues
This is a rare problem, but if you can’t get a signal, the best thing to do is to restart your device. If your SIM is inserted properly, it’s possible that you could just have bad reception, so try making a call in an open space outside.
Toggling Airplane mode can also be helpful if you don’t want to wait for the reset to take place each time.
Despite the issues on this list, the Mi 4 is a great device that should handle most of your needs, and it’s impressive for the most part.
Another quality competitor is making waves in the smartphone market, and these issues shouldn’t prevent you from enjoying your device.
Hopefully, we’ve been able to help you solve any problems you were facing with your handset. Let us know in the comments.
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