How to Show Notification Badges as Numbers Instead of Circles on Xiaomi Phone

notification badges as numbers on Xiaomi POCO Launcher

In this guide we will explain how to display notification badges as numbers instead of non-informative circles (dots) on Xiaomi MI and Redmi devices.

By default you will see notification circles (dots) when the app has updates. In this case you won’t be able to know exactly how many unread notifications you have. But you can allow MIUI display the counters with numbers to see a little bit more details.

Thus, you will be able to know how many unread messages you have in WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger by just looking at the corresponding app icon on your Android home screen. My personal point of view is that this feature is informative and very cool. And here is how to switch from circles to numbers on Xiaomi’s MIUI 9 and 10.

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How to Make Xiaomi Redmi Note 5, 6 Record Video in 4K Resolution

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5, 6 shoots 4K video

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (Note 5 Pro, Note 5 AI Dual Camera) as well as its follower model Redmi Note 6 record video in FullHD 1080p at maximum using its native Camera app. But since the phone has a rather powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 CPU it can shoot video at higher resolutions without problems.

In this guide I will explain how you can force your Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 phone record 4K 30 FPS. Besides that, you will learn how to fix app crashes during the video recording and how to improve your video quality.

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

no wi-fi networks available xiaomi

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

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