Here’s a list of suggestions for those still wondering what he/she should do after unboxing the Redmi.
- Protect your Redmi. Protect your phone physically with a screen protector and case cover.
- Install SIM card. Remove the back cover, insert the SIM card into the SIM card slot with the metal tab facing downwards. And for your info, Redmi is using the standard (not micro, or nano) SIM card.
- Install memory card. Redmi supports Micro SD memory card with maximum capacities of 32GB. If you’ve bought the memory card together with the phone, it’s time to insert it into the memory slot before closing the back cover.
- Read the Quick Start Guide. Read the 1-page Quick Start Guide that comes in the box, and quickly learn about the device layout and the locations of the SIM card and SD card slots.
- Charge your phone. Usually, the battery is not fully charged when you first turn on your Redmi. So, go ahead and use the USB cable to connect to your computer for charging. For your info, Redmi only comes with a USB, but not the USB power adapter.
- Power On and setup the Phone. When you switch on your phone for the first time, you’ll be prompted to set it up. Just follow the onscreen instructions, and it’ll be up and running in no time. If you do need help, check out this post.
- Go through the Readme app. Looking for the Redmi user guide ? There’s one on the phone itself. On your phone, launch the Readme app to read the user guide and FAQ.
- Update firmware. On your Redmi, launch the Settings app , and go to General settings > About phone. Next, tap the System updates button to check for an update. It’s a good practice to make sure you’ve the latest firmware before you start using it. If you do need help on this topic, check out this post.
- Update apps. Surely, not all built-in apps are up to date when you first power on your Redmi. And by default, the pre-installed apps from the Play Store will update automatically as soon as you’ve the Wi-Fi connected. If not, you can launch Play Store, tap the Menu icon on the top left corner, select My apps and tap Update All.
- Enable password on the lock screen. By default, the screen lock security is set to None. On your Redmi, find and launch Settings , and then go to Security > Screen security > Screen lock to configure the method of protection you want. (PIN, Password or Pattern)
Note: The steps here were written for Android 4.2.2 on a Redmi (HM1W). If you’re having a different model of Redmi or other version of Android, there’s a possibility that the steps and screenshots will be different.
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The navigation keys (Menu, Home & Back navigation) on my Xiaomi Redmi 1s are not emitting light. Is there something wrong or Xiaomi just do it on purpose? 🙁
Mine isn’t light up either. Unlike my Mi 3, you’ve an option to turn on/off.
What happens if you put in microSD card only later? Do the apps realize that and therefore save newer files into the MicroSD automatically?
For example, after 2mos use, you realize you need a memory card for your Redmi. But by then, some photos are already stores in the internal memory storage. By inserting a new 16Gb MicroSD, do the apps know to find and save files across internal and external memory? Did I screw up because I did not put in a MicroSD card from the day I used the phone for the first time? I do not see how easy it can be to move internal memory files to MicroSD folders.
Actually, I inserted my SD card after 1 month of playing with my Redmi. These are what I noticed:
1. Redmi automatically created the necessary folders such as DCIM, Pictures, Music, Videos and etc. as soon as I inserted the SD card. So, I have same set of folders for both my phone storage and SD card.
2. Pictures from screen capture and camera app will automatically save to SD card.
3. Backup app will also automatically save to SD card.
I hope this helps.