Xiaomi Redmi 4A Tips, Tricks, and Hidden Secrets

Xiaomi Redmi 4A is the ultimate budget android phone which offers some high-quality hardware and software features. We have recently reviewed the Xiaomi Redmi 4A and found that it is the best value for money android phone. At such a low price of 5,999 INR we were impressed by its camera performance, satisfactory gaming performance, a decent battery backup, HD screen and most of all the MIUI v8. So this android smartphone is also an ideal option for first-time buyers. The phone runs the Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 chipset which is a 1.4 GHz quad-core CPU. The CPU is powerful enough to handle multitasking and app switching smoothly. You can also find a unique feature on this phone known as the 'Dual apps' which lets your run two android apps on the same phone.

It runs the MIUI v8 UI over android 6.0 Marshmallow. MIUI comes with pre-installed themes and wallpapers and gives you many options to customize your phone's home screen. MIUI is not like stock android UI there is a lot more to learn about the MIUI. The Xiaomi's MIUI provides some good quality features that you should know in order to get the best out of your Redmi 4A phone. So in this post, we will talk about tips, tricks and hidden secrets in Xiaomi Redmi 4A. Read Xiaomi Redmi 4A review and unboxing.

Xiaomi Redmi 4A Tips, Tricks, and Hidden Secrets


1. Take Screenshots

There are three ways to take screenshots on Xiaomi Redmi 4A. The most basic method is by pressing and holding the volume down and power button at the same for a second. The second option can be found in the quick toggles section. Swipe down the notification panel and find the 'Screenshot' button. Tap this button to capture a screenshot. The third option is a swipe gesture which will let you capture a screenshot with a three finger swipe on the screen from top to bottom. To enable swipe gesture go to 'Settings>SYSTEM & DEVICE>Additional settings>Screenshot'. Here enable "Slide three fingers to take a screenshot". The screenshots are stored in 'Storage>DCIM>Screenshots' folder. Use the gallery app or built-in file manager to access these screenshots.

2. Enable Reading Mode

Xiaomi Redmi 4A comes with a pre-installed read mode app which is a system level app. By enabling the 'Read mode' you can reduce the eye strain while using the phone in the dark. To enable read mode simply swipe down the notification panel and tap 'Read mode' to enable it instantly. To customize it go to 'Settings>PERSONAL>Display>Reading mode'. Here you can find an option for scheduling the read mode for auto start and auto stop at the desired time. You can also increase or decrease the read mode screen filter's strength. In the 'SETTINGS' you can select whether to use the read mode for all apps or for certain apps only.

3. Wake screen with double tap

You may have noticed that in most android phones whenever the screen gets off then to wake it up again you need to press the power button. But in Redmi 4A you can wake the screen by just double tapping it without pressing the power button. This feature was present in Nokia's resistive touchscreen phones some years ago. To enable this feature go to 'Settings>PERSONAL>Display>SYSTEM>Double tap screen to wake'.

4. Change wallpapers

Xiaomi Redmi 4A comes with some high-quality wallpapers. There is also an option to download more wallpapers from the MI store. To change or download wallpapers go to 'Settings>PERSONAL>Wallpaper'. Here you will see two options to change the wallpapers. You can change the wallpapers for lock screen and home screen from here. Tap the 'Change' button then apply the wallpapers from offline mode. If you want to download wallpapers then tap either 'Lock screen' or 'Home screen' in Wallpaper. Then tap 'Online' to access the store.


5. Change themes

You can change themes on your Xiaomi Redmi 4A. There are five pre-installed themes. You can download new themes from the Mi store. For this, you will need an MI account. After creating the account go to 'Settings>ACCOUNT>MI Account'. Sign in with your credentials now go to 'Settings>PERSONAL>Themes'. Tap 'Get more themes for free'. You can download and apply themes now.

6. Download wallpapers, fonts, and ringtones

You can download wallpapers, fonts, and ringtones from MI store. Just go to 'Settings>PERSONAL>Themes'. Then tap 'Get more themes for free'. From here you can download many wallpapers, fonts, and ringtones of your choice.

7. Customize audio effects settings

The music quality of Xiaomi Redmi 4A is too good. The built-in equalizer is fully customizable. The music player app offers sound effects based on the type of the earphones you are using. However, the majority of earphones supported are from Xiaomi only but these sound effects work on any 3.5mm headset. To customize audio effects open the music player app then play any song. Make sure that you have connected the 3.5mm headset. Now tap the menu button (three dots) on the top right corner. From the list select 'Headphone'. Tap 'Equalizer' to customize it. Also, enable 'MI Sound Enhancer'. Now below this option choose the headphones type. For most songs, the 'Youth Edition' setting works the best. You can access the same settings by going to 'Settings>PERSONAL>Sound & Vibration>SYSTEM>Audio settings'.



8. Setup privacy protection password

The privacy protection password protects your messages, photos, files, notes and child mode. To enable the privacy protection password go to 'Settings>SYSTEM & DEVICE>Lock screen & password>Privacy protection password'.

9. Set lock screen shortcuts

On the lock screen, you can set app shortcuts on left and right. Go to 'Settings>SYSTEM & DEVICE>Lock screen & password>LOCK SCREEN>Lock screen shortcuts'. Under 'Left' tap 'App' and select the app which you want to use as a left shortcut on the lock screen. Do the same thing for the right shortcut.

10. Enable pocket mode

Pocket mode locks touch gestures when placed in a pocket. To enable this feature go to 'Settings>SYSTEM & DEVICE>Lock screen & password>Advanced settings>'. Enable 'Pocket mode' from here.

11. Wake lock screen for notifications

Whenever a notification appears the lock screen will wake up if you enable this feature. To enable this feature go to 'Settings>SYSTEM & DEVICE>Lock screen & password>LOCK SCREEN'. Enable 'Wake lock screen for notifications'.

12. Show notification icons in status bar

By default, notification icons do not show up in the status bar. You have to enable notification icons in the status bar by going to 'Settings>SYSTEM & DEVICE>Notifications & status bar'. Under 'STATUS BAR' enable 'Show notification icons'.

13. Show internet connection speed

You can see the internet connection speed on your Xiaomi Redmi 4A in real time in the status bar. Just go to 'Settings>SYSTEM & DEVICE>Notifications & status bar'. Under 'STATUS BAR' enable 'Show connection speed'. This feature will show the connection speed of any network that your phone is connected to like 2G/3G/4G/Wi-Fi.

14. Show/hide network carrier name

If you want to hide the network carrier name then it will create more room for various app notification icons. To show or hide network carrier name go to 'Settings>SYSTEM & DEVICE>Notifications & status bar'. Under 'STATUS BAR' enable 'Show carrier name'. If this option is disabled then the carrier name will not be shown in the status bar.

15. Edit network carrier name

You can also edit network carrier name and change it to any name that you want. You can also show your name instead of the carrier network. To edit the carrier name go to 'Settings>SYSTEM & DEVICE>Notifications & status bar'. Under 'STATUS BAR' tap 'Edit carrier name'. Now enter names for 'SIM 1' and 'SIM 2'. Then go back and it is done.

16. Show battery percentage

By default, battery percentage is not visible in Xiaomi Redmi 4A. But you can enable it by going to 'Settings>SYSTEM & DEVICE>Notifications & status bar'. Under 'STATUS BAR' tap the 'Battery indicator' option and select 'Percentage'. The other way to show the battery indicator is the 'Top bar' and another one is 'Graphical'. In the top bar, the phone will display a green line on the top of the status bar instead of the percentage. While in 'Graphical' it will only show the battery icon.

17. Use second space

A second space is a guest mode feature on android. When you enable this mode then the phone will create a second space different from your original account. This can be found in 'Settings'.

18. Randomly change color of notification panel

The notification panel can randomly change colors. This can be done by setting up the weather widget. Swipe down the notification panel and tap 'Get weather info'. Set your location and it is done. The notification panel will now change colors according to the weather in your area. To remove the weather info just tap the 'temperature' in the notification panel. It will open up the weather info page. Now tap the menu button on top right corner and select 'Edit locations'. Tap the 'Edit' button on top right. Now tap the red button just before your current location's name to delete it.

19. Use cache cleaner

Xiaomi Redmi 4A has a built-in cache cleaner. Just go to 'Settings>SYSTEM & DEVICE>Storage'. Find 'Cleaner' and tap it to launch. With cleaner, you can remove junk files created by all other apps on your phone.

20. Use lite mode

Lite mode completely simplifies the way you use your Xiaomi Redmi 4A. In the lite mode, you will be given options to call, message, view gallery and change settings. Lite mode is very easy to use. Lite mode can be found in settings and requires a reboot.

xiaomi lite mode

21. Enable child mode

In child mode, you can restrict several apps from accessing by your children. To enable it go to 'Settings>SYSTEM & DEVICE>Additional settings'. Here enable child mode. Now it will ask you to setup the 'Privacy protection password'. Set it up then go back and under 'ACCESSIBLE APPS' only enable those apps that you want to grant access to your child. Only those apps will appear on the home screen for that you have granted access.

22. Use quick ball

The quick ball offers on-screen navigation buttons so you don't need to use the physical keys. However, the physical keys work along with the quick ball. The quick ball has four buttons home, recent apps, back, screenshot and lock. To enable quick ball go to 'Settings>SYSTEM & DEVICE>Additional settings'. Tap 'Quick ball'. You can also assign shortcuts to quick ball buttons. Tap 'Select shortcuts' and select the button which you want to assign a shortcut. You can assign shortcuts like 'Wi-Fi', 'Bluetooth', 'Enter one-handed mode' or simply launch a selected app with one tap on the button.

23. Customize notification light

The Xiaomi Redmi 4A comes with a notification light under the home buttons. You can customize its colors for notifications like calls, SMS and app notifications. Go to 'Settings>SYSTEM & DEVICE>Additional settings>Notification light' and customize the settings here.

24. Backup system settings and app data

Having a data backup is the most crucial thing for and android user. Xiaomi's MIUI provides a built-in app, settings, and data backup solution which will locally take backups of your data. This will not backup files or photos. This will only backup app data. Go to  'Settings>SYSTEM & DEVICE>Additional settings>Backup & reset'. Tap 'Local backups' and then tap 'Backup'. Select the apps that you want to backup. By default data of all apps is backed app.

25. Use MI mover

You can use MI mover app to transfer data from your old phone to your new Xiaomi Redmi 4A. This app will transfer files, photos, and videos.

26. Unlock developer options

To unlock 'Developer options' on Xiaomi Redmi 4A first go to the 'About phone'. Here find 'MIUI version' and tap it several times to unlock developer options. Developer options can be found in 'Additional settings'.

27. Access system apps settings in one place

To access system apps settings at one place go to 'Settings>APP SETTINGS>System apps'. Here you can access the settings of all the system apps like camera, phone app, messaging, gallery etc.

28. Configure dual apps

You can use two same android apps on Xiaomi Redmi 4A with the dual apps feature. With this dual apps feature you can install two WhatsApp messenger apps with dual SIM or two Facebook accounts, Instagram accounts. Read the Xiaomi Redmi 4A Dual Apps tutorial.

29. Use built-in app lock

Xiaomi Redmi devices come with pre-installed system level app lock. With this, you can lock your apps without needing to download any third party app. To use the app lock go to 'Settings>APP SETTINGS>App lock'. You will first need to set a password before locking the apps.

30. Enter engineering mode

Engineering mode lets you test the hardware of your Xiaomi Redmi 4A phone. It is used to detect problems in the hardware. To enter engineering mode on your Redmi 4A first to the 'About phone' and here tap the 'Kernel version' several times. Now tap 'SINGLE ITEM TEST'. It will show the list of all hardware components at one place. Tap any hardware component to test it.

31. Change screen transition effect

You can apply different home screen transition effects. To change screen transitions long tap the recent apps button. Select 'Effects'. Select any screen transition effect to apply. Swipe left or right to access more effects.

32. Create a new home screen

Xiaomi's MIUI doesn't have an app drawer. So all the apps are placed on different home screens. To create a new home screen first long tap the recent apps button. Now keep swiping right to left unless you see a 'plus' icon in the middle of the screen. Tap this 'plus' button to create a new home screen. You can add or move apps to this newly created home screen.

33. Boost RAM/memory

You can free up memory/RAM on your Xiaomi Redmi 4A by pressing the recent apps key. On pressing this key a list of running apps will open. Tap the cross mark button to release RAM and stop unnecessary apps.

34. Hide photos in the gallery

To hide photos in the gallery app first sign in with your MI account. Then open the gallery app and select the photos then tap the 'Hide' button. These photos may be uploaded to MI cloud so do check it if you do not want to save them to MI cloud.

35. Use scanner app

The pre-installed scanner app lets you scan a QR code, a business card or scan a document. This is a very useful app because anytime we may need to scan someone's business card. After scanning the business card the details can be saved as a contact your phone. Do note that while scanning, some information may be misinterpreted like email IDs or names. But, you can correct them manually.

36. Connect USB OTG drive

Xiaomi Redmi 4A fully supports USB OTG drives. The stock file manager is very good and gives an option to manage the files on a USB OTG drive. Connect the USB OTG drive to your phone and open the file manager app. Look for the USB icon in the file manager to manage files on the OTG drive.

37. Uninstall apps quickly

To uninstall apps quickly long tap any app and drag it to the bin icon on the top of all apps. After dragging the app to the bin it will ask you to uninstall it.

38. Use one handed mode

You can use your Xiaomi Redmi 4A in one handed mode if you find the screen large to work with. The one handed mode can bring down the screen size from 5 inches to 4 or 3.5 inches. To enable one handed mode go to 'Settings>SYSTEM & DEVICE>Additional settings'. Find and tap 'One-handed mode'. Enable it and select the screen size either 4 inches or 3.5 inches. Now to enter the one handed mode just swipe over the navigation buttons from left to right. A popup will open asking you to enter the one handed mode.

39. Block unwanted calls and messages

You can block calls and SMS messages from specific numbers. These numbers also include promotional calls or messages. To block a number open the phone app. The tap the menu button just left to the dialer button and select 'Blocklist'. Then tap the 'Settings' icon on top right. Under 'BLOCKLIST' tap 'Blocked numbers'. Now tap 'Add' and add the number to block it. You can also directly block any number from the call history by just long tapping and selecting 'Block'.

40. Use built-in call recording

Xiaomi Redmi 4A comes with built-in call recording function. The call recording app is very good and records calls clearly. You don't need to download any other call recording app for your Xiaomi Redmi 4A. To enable call recording go to 'Settings>System apps>Phone>Call recording'. Enable 'Record calls automatically'. Recorded calls are saved to 'Storage>MIUI/sound_recorder/call_rec' on your phone's internal storage. You can also stop call recording during an active call by tapping the record button.


41. Customize incoming call settings

Xiaomi Redmi 4A gives you several options just like the Moto Actions app. If you go to 'Settings>System apps>Phone>Incoming call settings' then you will find some options here. These options include 'Flip to silence ringer', 'Quiet ringer when lifted', 'Flash when ringing', 'Proximity sensor', and 'Mute first ring'. So you can use these actions to silence the ringer, quiet the ringer or enable/disable the proximity sensor.

42. Enable voice call auto answer

If you want your phone to auto pickup your calls then go to 'Settings>System apps>Phone>Auto answer'. Tap it and enable the 'Auto-answer' option. Now, whenever you receive a call it will be auto answered.

43. Change dial pad touch tones to piano keys

You can set the dial pad touch tones to piano keys by going to 'Settings>System apps>Phone>Advanced settings>Dial pad touch tones'. In 'Tones' select 'Piano keys'.

44. Change missed call reminder duration

If you missed a call on your phone then your phone can notify you many times instead of just 2-3 times. Go to the 'Settings>System apps>Phone>Advanced settings>Missed call reminders'. Here select the number of times you want to get notified of missed calls.

45. Use SIP calling

A SIP call requires an active internet connection to send the voice data to the receiver. To setup SIP call on Xiaomi 4A first, open the phone app and then tap the options button left to the dialer button. Tap 'Settings'. Scroll down and select 'Advanced settings'. Then scroll down and tap 'SIP settings'. Here you will need to enter details of your SIP account. Read how to setup SIP call on android.

46. Use built-in virus scanner

The Xiaomi Redmi 4A comes with pre-installed antivirus app. This is a system level app and cannot be uninstalled. This app uses software SDKs from the clean master, AVL, Tencent, and Avast software. You can receive antivirus definition updates from any of the antivirus makers listed. This antivirus app also has options to clean junk files, manage battery life, restrict data usage and blocklist. This security app automatically fixes security issues.

47. Use MI remote app

The MI remote app can be used to convert your Xiaomi Redmi 4A into a universal remote control for all your electronic devices like TV, AC, DVD player or AV receiver. You can use your Xiaomi Redmi 4A to control these devices by using the built-in IR blaster. Read our detailed IR Blaster tutorial.

48. Set alarm to ring even when the phone is powered off

In android phones alarm doesn't ring when the phone is switched off. This happens because the alarm app also gets stopped when the phone switches off. But in Xiaomi Redmi 4A you can set alarm to ring even when the phone is powered off. To enable this feature open the clock app. Now tap the menu button (three dots) on the top right corner. Enable 'Alarm will ring after powered off'.

49. Use front camera to predict your age

The selfie camera of Xiaomi Redmi 4A predicts your age by analyzing the facial expressions. The face detection setting should be enabled. The enable this feature go to 'Settings>APP SETTINGS>System apps'. Tap 'Camera' and make sure that face detection is enabled. Now, whenever you take a selfie shot then the front camera will show your age.

50. Use hidden unit converter in the calculator app

There's a hidden unit converter in the Xiaomi Redmi 4A's calculator. To access the hidden unit converter open the calculator app and tap the apps button on top left corner.

51. Share Wi-Fi password with a QR code

You can share the password of the Wi-Fi network to which your phone is connected. To share Wi-Fi password with any other android user go to 'Settings>NETWORK>Wi-Fi'. Make sure you have connected the phone to Wi-Fi network. Now tap the connected Wi-Fi network and it will open up a QR code. Scan this QR code with a scanner app on any other android phone to configure the Wi-Fi.

So these were 51 tips, tricks, and hidden secrets for Xiaomi Redmi 4A. If you liked this post then please share it.


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