How to Switch to Unlock Pattern Instead of Password / PIN on Huawei EMUI 9, 8

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Huawei phones running EMUI 9 and 8 have unlock password option selected by default. But many of you don’t like to enter 6 digits every time you want to access your phone. The majority of users prefer to use a pattern instead because it is much faster to draw a pattern then target digits on the keyboard. Password, PIN or pattern are used when you don’t use the fingerprint reader to unlock – for example, when it is not convenient for you. Besides that, you must type password or draw your security pattern after you turn on or reboot your device. Here is how to switch the security mode from password to pattern on Huawei running EMUI 9 and 8. This guide will be updating as new EMUI versions are released. Continue reading

Wi-Fi Not Working on Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 – No Wi-Fi Networks Available

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I faced a rare glitch on my Xiaomi Redmi Note 5. Everything was fine that day. I took the phone to check the email, dropped a few lines in WhatsApp and put it aside. In about two hours I found out that some videos recorded on Xiaomi are still not in Google Photos, so I took the phone and wanted to upload the videos. I turned on Wi-Fi and saw that phone was not connecting to Wi-Fi. Surprised, I toggled Wi-Fi off and on again but nothing happened. Then I put my phone into Offline (Flight) mode for 10 seconds the problem persisted – any Wi-Fi hotspot despite I have plenty in my surrounding. After that I entered the Wi-Fi settings and tapped “Refresh” manually to see if Redmi Note 5 saw the network of my home wireless router Archer C7, but it did not show me any network:  Continue reading

Portable Hotspot Works in 2.4 Ghz Instead of 5 GHz on Xiaomi Redmi Note 5, 6

Wi-Fi hotspot 2.4 GHz

802.11n Instead of 802.11ac

Our reader asks: the problem is the following. I have set up a mobile hotspot on my Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and selected the 5 GHz band in its advanced options. I just want it to be visible to as little people as possible. As you might know, not everyone has a device supporting 802.11ac standard and another reason is that 5 GHz Wi-Fi signal covers a way smaller spot. But when I activated the hotspot I found out that my phone is nevertheless distributing 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi. Why does it ignore the settings?  Continue reading

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Stops Charging After a Few Seconds. Incompatible Charger?

Samsung Charger with adaptive fast charging

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Won’t Charge

A have a lot of chargers at home because I have a ton of devices. I don’t even remember which is which. Since I bought Samsung Galaxy S9 I plugged in its charger to the outlet near my PC and started using it for charging all my phones and tablets – from old to new. And everything seemed to be okay until today. Yesterday my Redmi Note 5 started alerting of low battery charge and I connected it to the charger using USB A to micro USB cable. Then, I just put on my headphones and went on listening some video on YouTube.  Continue reading

Video Freezes or Plays without Sound on Android. How to Fix?

HW+MX Player to fix video freezings

What to do if video freezes but audio plays, the clip plays without sound or audio is not synced to video? The answer is – install the right Video Player app!

Our reader asks for a help: I’ve got an action camera Sony X3000 that records in 4K @ 30 fps. When I came back home after a vacation I decided to download videos recorded by my action cam to my Galaxy S9 and you know what? I was unpleasantly surprised. The clip played but there was no sound. Just the silence! I tried to play videos on Google Pixel, Redmi Note 5, Samsung Galaxy Tab A6 but the result was still the same – no sound. How can I fix the issue? Actually, I’m totally okay that my old phones may not support the codec. But I can’t understand how can my brand new Galaxy S9 be unable to cope with the playback of a 4K 30 FPS video while it shoots 4K 60 FPS itself!?  Continue reading

2 Methods to Boot Xiaomi Phone into Recovery Mode

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Recovery Mode is often the last hope to recover your phone when it’s impossible to perform a factory reset from Android. For example, when your phone or tablet caught a boot loop or shows a white screen when you power it on. In this case you need to reboot to Mi-Recovery and select Factory Reset. And only if this doesn’t help either you may want to try flashing the firmware. Here is two methods to reboot your Xiaomi Mi or Redmi phone into Recovery mode – one common and one extremely simple for inexperienced users who are afraid of pressing mysterious key combinations. Hopefully, this guide will help you fix problems with your phone. Continue reading