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

xiaomi recovery mode

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

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Won’t Detect MIUI Update

My Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera kept telling me that the latest firmware is installed and no updates available while my friend told me that he downloaded global MIUI 10 OTA. Here is how to force your Xiaomi phone to detect a firmware update. Simple steps will help you avoid a glitch and get a new firmware right now if it is available.

There can also be glitches like the following. You notice a notification on the Settings, get into firmware upgrade and find out that you are proposed to update Xiaomi’s MIUI to the next version. You may even have the new version downloaded… But suddenly the prompt to update disappears and checking for an upgrade does not help. Read how to deal with the issue on Xiaomi phones like Redmi Note 5, Redmi Note 5 Pro and, perhaps, all other models.

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How to Stop Push-Notifications in Chrome on Android 9, 8, 7, etc

chrome notification Android 9

Chrome plagued me by showing popping-up news! The thing is the following… All you know how websites use to ask “Would you like to receive notifications?” If you don’t tap “Block” but “Allow” you will start receiving push notifications from this site. In this article we will explain how to disable notifications in Google Chrome completely and how you can stop a particular website from sending you news and updates without toggling them off permanently on your Android device. Screenshots taken on Google Pixel running Android 9 Pie and Samsung Galaxy S9 running Android 8. Learn how to manage your subscriptions and stop your browser disturbing you and making your device constantly waking up, alerting and draining your battery. Continue reading