You might recently got yourself a Xiaomi phone, only to discover that the handset does not have Google Mobile services. In this article, you are going to learn how to avoid repeating such mistake as well as know how to install Google apps and services on any Xiaomi phones.
Normally, most people don’t know the difference between Chinese ROM with Global version. Chinese Phones with the home country ROM made for the China market and are more affordable compared to the phone made for the Global market.
Chinese Xiaomi phones don’t have Google apps and services, but the Global version has. If you are in such situation, here are the three options you have to fix the unwanted situation.
How To Fix This
>>Option 1: Return the phone and re-order for a Global version
>>Option 2: Unlock the Bootloader and install Global version
>>Option 3: Install Google Play Store, services and customize it the ROM to look like global version.
In case the first option is out of it, then let move on with the two other ones.
How To Install Google Play Store on Xiaomi Chinese Phones
For this purpose of this tutorial, we are making use of Redmi Note 8T running on MIUI 11. Same procedures are applied to all Xiaomi phones.
>>Launch the Mi App Store
>>Search for Google
>>Scroll down to the bottom of the list and select this option;
Though the result will be in Chinese but you should be able to identify Google installer app via the logo
>>Select Install, then when it has downloaded tap Open
>>Select the big blue circular button to begin installing the various components
You will be prompted to allow the phone to install apps from unknown sources – select Settings, toggle on the slider, then proceed with the installation
>>Allow any prompts for permissions that pop up
>>You will first be prompted to install the Google Services Framework. Click Install, then Done
>>Second is the Google Account Manager app. Click Install, then Done
>>Third is Google Play Services. Click Install, then Done
Though, at this point, installation begins to hang but don’t tamper with it, just proceed with the next installation of Google Calendar by hitting the “Big Blue Button”.
Do the same for “Google Contact Sync”, and “Google Play” itself
Setting Up Your Google Account
Enter your gmail ID and password and hit the login button
Upon success login in, navigate to your newly installed Google Play Store and search for “Gboard”, hit the install button once and for all for the new keyboard to install
Setting Gboard as Default Keyboard
Click Enable in Settings, then toggle on Gboard (and off everything else). Click Ok to the security prompt, then click Done.
Grant Permission and Synchronize Your Contacts
To display all of your contacts, you need to grant MIUI permission by doing the below
Go to Settings > Apps > Manage Apps
Scroll down to and select Google Contacts Sync
>>Turn on the slider next to Autostart
>>Allow the following permissions: Modify and delete contacts; Read your contacts; Access accounts on device; Start in background
Exit the Permissions menu and open Battery Saver. Choose No Restrictions
Syncing Your Google Calendar
Go to Settings > Apps > Manage Apps > Google Calendar Sync
Again, allow it to Autostart and turn off the Battery Saver, then allow the following permissions: Read Calendar Events; Start in background
Finally, open Settings > Apps > Manage Apps > Google Account Manager
Toggle on Autostart and remove any Battery Saver options, then allow all permissions under the Privacy section
Remove All Chinese Apps on Your Home Screen
This is the final step, uninstall all Chinese apps on your home screen. Press down and drag it up to an uninstall option. If you notice any of the app refusing to uninstall, just create a folder on your home screen and hide them all there.
You should also remove “Chinese search bar” from your home screen by using the Search option to find Home screen search bar, then toggle it off from your settings.
And that is all. You can now enjoy your new device.