Once you install Android apps from Google PlayStore, you need to manage them from time to time.
Default settings help in working of the app. But for optimum usage, you need to update them.
Notifications, Cache Memory, App permissions are some of them you need to pay attention.
Since its launch in 2017 Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 has kept updating its Android OS. The latest version is 7.0. On top of it, this brand has its own user interface called MIUI which has reached 11.0.2.
There are different kinds of apps like system apps, installed apps, dual apps which have unique purpose. In MIUI 10.2, each type of app has its own settings and permissions.
In Redmi Note 4 there are system apps which come preinstalled. You cannot uninstall them, unless you take root access.
These apps are like – Notes, Quick apps, Mail, Mi Cloud, Call settings, Contacts, Messaging, Calendar, Security, Camera, Gallery, Music, Browser, Recorder.
To manage any app, tap any of them.
For example, Mi Cloud is one of these apps. This is a cloud service provided by Xiaomi. It provides free 5GB storage. It can be used to backup your contacts, sms, photos, documents, etc.
You can tap the “Sync now” button to sync all your related files.
Then there are other options like – Find Device, Home screen backup, Deleted items, Free.
You can set the first two options to on/off when required.
There are lot of syncing items like –
4. Call History
Similarly if you tap the “Contacts” app you can manage the following settings.
1. Import/Export contacts
2. Display photos and info
3. Assign contact photos
4. Hide incomplete numbers
5. Configure contact lists
6. Sort list by
7. View contact names as
8. Merge duplicate contacts
9. Delete batch
10. View SIM card space
11. Smart groups
Manage Installed apps
In general there are 4 options for all the installed apps. These include –
3. Find apps
You can also sort these kind of apps by status. Most of the installed apps have similar kind of settings.
For example, Chrome app displays its version. Below that you can see the following options.
2. Data usage
Below that you have
1. App permissions
3. Restrict data usage
4. Clear defaults
Some apps have autostart options. You can turn off the switch on/off.
For example, Instagram has the following app permissions – Camera, Contacts, Location, Microphone, Storage, Telephone.
You can disable some of them if they are not required. The Telephone option may not be required if you want to just browse photos and videos.
Settings to Manage App Performance
1. Force stop
2. Uninstall updates
3. Clear data
These are important settings for any app. If it keeps running and taking lot of battery and resources, then you can force stop. Some apps display a warning message that the app may behave unexpectedly if this is done.
With time, new updated versions of these apps are installed. If you find that any of these updates is causing problem, then you can uninstall updates and restore to the factory version.
When you start using an app a lot, its cache, cookies and other data gets stored in the system memory and rom.
The Clear data has some options like – 1. Manage space 2. Clear cache 3. Clear data.
The second option is useful to make apps run faster. These are not generally cleaned by the Security app of Redmi Note 4.
So you have to manually clear cache from time if you are havin slow issues or crashes.
If you clear data, any settings that are personalized will be removed and original settings will be restored.
If you are using the Manage space setting, you can do things like – Free up space, manage site storage, clear all data etc.
It is one of the worthy features in Xiaomi devices. You can use multiple social accounts at once. For example, WhatsApp has the provision to use only one mobile number connected to an account.
But if you want to use two WhatsApp accounts, then it is possible by allowing it as a dual app.
The same can be said of Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts. You may want to use multiple accounts for the same social network. Both can be opened in the same screen.
Instead of opening a new screen for each account, this is more convenient. Lot of apps support this feature.
For this to work, Redmi phones and MIUI version has to support this feature.
Frequently Asked Questions
You can clear all the app cache at once using Settings. System Settings > Storage. It will take some time to calculate your cached data. Tap Cached data. Pop-up will show up – This will clear cached data for all apps. Tap on OK. You can also clear each individual app cache.
In MIUI 11 version, you can just select the chrome dual app and drag to “Uninstall”. You can also tap on “Dual Apps” under Settings. Then you can move the “blue slider” to off. This will disable the dual app. This will also remove all app data.
First enable “Developer options” under Settings. Then you need to install the “ADB” drivers to make the “adb” command work. Connect your Mi phone to a PC. Open Powershell/Command Prompt and start “adb” shell. Then type pm uninstall –k ––user 0 <system app package name>. You can also make use of “Xiaomi ADB Fastboot Tools” software to remove system apps using the interface.
The main reason is the number of apps running in the background that can slow your Redmi Note 4. Tap on Security and tap on Boost speed in MIUI 11. It will close all the apps running in memory. You can also make use of Cleaner to clear trash and free up space. Tap on Optimize. The phone performance is optimized to the best regarding system security and cache. You can also clear all app cache data at once. Uninstall any apps if not necessary and take too much memory.
There are several tips to do it. 1. You can uninstall apps which are occupying junk of your memory. 2. You can remove duplicate photos and videos on your mobile. 3. Clean your WhatsApp redundant folders. Otherwise, you can take its backup and delete the files. 4. Clear the cache data of your apps. 5. Do a Deep clean of your phone, which will automatically find the unnecessary files.
You need to access the Mi account from Settings. Tap on it. If the account is already created, you can see Xiaomi Cloud service. Tap on it. Normally, 5GB of free cloud storage is allowed for this app. Under Special features, you can see “Home screen backup”. You can manage the backups of home screen, apps and settings here.
Mi Browser is like any other system app in Redmi Note 4. You can make use of adb system command or ADB Fastboot Tools interface to remove this app from your mobile phone. You should know the package name to remove it using adb command. If you use the interface, you can restore it back again.
There are different methods to backup contacts in Redmi Note 4. You can either create a Google Account or Mi account. Both of them come with some free cloud storage. Once you create them, you can add them as a backup cloud account for different services of your mobile phone. These include contacts, sms, media etc.
You can make use of the ADB Fastboot Tools Interface to disable system apps in MIUI 11. This is more convenient, as you enable them back again if required. If you uninstall the system apps, getting them back is problematic sometimes. In the interface, you just have to select the required system apps on the “Disable” tab.
In MIUI 11, you can go to Settings. Tap on Manage Apps. You can see all your apps which includes system and third-party apps. Tap on any app. At the bottom of the screen, you can see any option – “Force stop”. Sometimes, it is disabled. Then you are not allowed to perform that function. Also for most of the system apps, this option is disabled.
Open the File Manager and click on the folder icon at the top. You should see Storage details like Internal Storage etc. Tap the drop-down beside that. You should see “Storage for dual apps”. Tap on it. In that folder you can see – Android, DCIM, WhatsApp etc kind of folders. Tap on Android > data folder. You should see different folders related to dual apps.
These are one kind of pre-installed apps that come with Xiaomi and Redmi phones. Their use lies in using little memory space and are like installation free apps. They can be run instantly without taking much of phone resources. But they ask for about 55 system level permissions like recording audio and video, capturing user data like IMEI, SIM, call data etc.
You can make use of the Security app in MIUI11 to restrict data usage of apps. Scroll down to the bottom to find the Data usage app. Tap it. Tap on Restrict data usage. You can restrict Mobile data and Wi-Fi. If you have multiple SIMs, then you can restrict for all those SIMs. A green tick indicates data is not restricted.
There are two methods. You can spread the two fingers. Then you are asked for the App lock password. Then the hidden apps folder will open. You can add the required third-party apps. System apps can’t be hidden. App lock can also be reached under System > Apps. In the Hidden Apps tab, you can toggle the switch beside each app, to hide that app icon.
If you are using a previous version of Android or MIUI, you can update to the latest version using Settings. Tap on About phone > System update. You can also see in notifications, when a new Android update is available for your Mi phone. The update release varies from region to region.