The Xiaomi Mi Band 2 fitness tracker has become very popular in the world since it received an OLED display with data display and has not lost its autonomy compared to the previous Mi Band 1S Pulse. This article offers 12 tuning tips and everything you need to know about Mi Band 2.
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How to turn on or turn off Mi Band 2
The first question that arises immediately after unpacking the tracker: how to enable it? The answer is very simple: Mi Band 2 is quite simple to charge from the complete charge via the USB port and it activates itself. On its body there are no on / off switches, as well as Bluetooth power keys. If the bracelet is charged, it means it is turned on and Bluetooth is working automatically.
The exact same story with turning off the Mi Band 2 fitness bracelet: as long as it has a charge, turning it off will not work. I hope we figured it out: while the tracker is charged, it is on and ready to use. As soon as its charge runs out, it automatically turns off. The full charge time is approximately 1.5 hours.
Mi Band 2 app for Android and iOS
This tip will be useful for those who first purchased Mi Band 2. Experienced users who with the Mi Band from the very first generation already know that there is a proprietary MiFit application for smartphones based on Android and iOS, which allows you to accumulate statistics and watch more detailed dynamics your progress on the phone screen.
Now in the AppStore and Google Play there are several programs for Mi Band 2, which application is better is everyone’s personal business. Personally, I liked everything more than the standard native MiFi from Xiaomi developers
Download the app for Mi Band 2:
To connect the bracelet to the application, just activate Bluetooth on your smartphone and go to MiFit. In the application, among the list of available gadgets, select Mi Band and wait while the tracker is synchronized with MiFit. The pairing process is the same on both Android and iPhone.
What to do if the phone does not see Mi Band 2? First and most important: make sure that your smartphone has Blutooth version 4.0 and higher, the tracker will not work with Bluetooth 3.0. Second: download the official software MiFit and AppStore or Google Play and repeat the process. Third: reset the Bluetooth settings on your smartphone and try connecting to the bracelet again.
Mi Band 2 has a small OLED screen that can display a lot of useful information so as not to constantly synchronize the tracker with a smartphone. To configure what exactly will be displayed on the screen, you need to go to the MiFit application > Profile > Mi Band 2 > Display settings (Mi Band Display Settings) and in this menu choose what you want your bracelet to show on your wrist. Among the available display functions of the Mi Band 2 are the following:
- exact time (and date)
- perfect steps
- distance traveled
- calories burned
- current heart rate
- battery charge
Many users ask us how to set the time on Mi Band 2. The answer to this question is simple: the bracelet synchronizes with the MiFit application on your smartphone and sets the exact same time as on the phone. Thus, you just need to have the correct time on your smartphone, and the bracelet will pick it up by itself.
Xiaomi has several revisions of Mi Band 2 with different display calibrations: in the first installments, the display shines in green, and in the rest, blue (turquoise). So do not be alarmed if you and your friend have bracelets that have different colors for displaying what is happening on the screen. Also, some Mi Band 2 may have brighter displays, while others may be dimmer.
Alas, it is impossible to increase the brightness of the screen of Mi Band 2. There is nothing to be done with it, it all depends on the party. P.S. if possible, buy old versions with a green bright display in beige cardboard boxes, rather than new models in white boxes.
We increase the operating time
The second generation of bracelets works for a long time, compared with competitors – about 20 days. But you can further increase the autonomy of the tracker by disabling some features. Firstly, turn off the constant synchronization via Bluetooth, the bracelet can be synchronized once every few days, and not constantly.
Secondly, turn off the Heart Rate Sleep Assistant function in the settings, it is designed to more accurately measure the quality of sleep by activating the heart rate sensor, but this leads to a fast discharge of the bracelet’s battery. Disconnect it and get plus 3-5 days to autonomy.
Configuring continuous sitting notifications
Another cool feature of the bracelet is the ability to activate a reminder that you have to get up and walk. This is especially true for people with a sedentary lifestyle. The function in the central tab is turned on – a red icon with a sofa (Idle alert). Here you can select the exact time when the function will be active and when it will not bother you, for example, during sleep. The notification comes in the form of a vibration and an icon on the screen.
How to change the quality of sleep
In addition to steps, Mi Band 2 also analyzes the quality of your sleep. You do not need to configure sleep; the function works automatically out of the box. Statistics are displayed in the very first tab (Status) and show what time you fell asleep yesterday, how many were in deep sleep and light sleep, as well as the exact time of waking up.
Gesture display activation and switching
Usually, to turn on the Mi Band 2 screen, just press the touch key, but there is another way. Activated in profile settings > Mi band > Raise your hand to display data. Now, with the “watch the time” gesture, the Mi Band 2 display will light up and show the time.
You can also flip through the desktops on the screen of the bracelet by rotating the wrist, this is configured in the same place as the first function. This is useful, for example, when you are in prints and cannot turn on the screen with the touch button.
Date and Time Display
Initially, the tracker showed only time. But the developers heard their users and also added a date display on Mi Band 2. To activate this function, go to MiFit > Profile > Time format and in the menu select the right item time + date. Now on the main screen of the bracelet will be shown not only time, but also today’s date. Really needed feature.
If you have completed today’s plan for the distance traveled (steps), reward yourself with a congratulation to Mi Band 2 on the achieved goal. To do this, go to the central tab of MiFit > (more) and activate Goal Notifications. Now, when you go through your steps, the tracker will notify you of this with vibration and a congratulatory icon on the screen.
How to set up smart unlock Mi Band 2
This Bluetooth verification feature has been working since the very first generation of fitness bracelets. To enable smart phone unlock, go to the central tab and select Screen Unlock. Now when you approach your hand with the bracelet to the phone, it will detect you and unlock the display without a pin code / pattern / scanner.
Another secret of Mi Band 2 is the ability to determine the distance to the phone at which the smart unlock function will work. To do this, go to the settings of the fitness bracelet, then go to the “Unlock with the bracelet” tab and tap on the smartphone’s images in the center of the screen 10 times. A hidden menu will open in which you can select the response distance to the phone: less than a meter, about 1 meter and 3 meters. Cool, right? Did you know about this opportunity?
Motivation for sports
If you have a good workout today, you can cheer yourself up at the end of the day. To do this, go to the first MiFit menu and click on the shortcut in the upper right corner. In the window that opens, it will be shown how many percent of the people in the world you overtook today in activity, this really motivates.
Running in the desired heart rate zone
If you want to lose weight, then of course there is no better way (except diet) to do this than by running. Activity in the needed heart rate zone helps burn calories and Mi Band 2 can help you with this.
To do this, go to the "Running" tab and select a run in an open area or on a treadmill. Here you can also set an acceptable heart rate in the settings, after which the bracelet will notify you with vibration. You can also set your running rhythm, the tracker will notify you if you slow down.
Change the Mi Band 2 strap to a color
The Mi Band 2 out of the box comes with a black graphite strap. In addition to its Xiaomi also produces green, blue and orange straps, you can choose your own according to your style or mood. The cost of such an accessory in China is 3-5 dollars.
We hope you found our selection of tips for using Mi Band 2 useful, if you have any of your life hacks, how you use the tracker – tell us in the comments!