The expectations before starting a new update on your Xiaomi can be excessive. System updates are usually somewhat intimidating. Its considerable weight and the time it usually takes to install are frightening factors. However, none compare to the feeling that something might go wrong in the process.
When we talk about stable versions of MIUI, massive failures that leave the mobile completely unusable are not common. However, the company always remembers that it is of the utmost importance to do these three things before starting an update on your Xiaomi.
What to do with your Xiaomi before a new update
Xiaomi recently started recruiting MIUI 13 beta testers. In these cases involving test versions, bugs are usually more present. In fact, the company asks those who want to sign up for the program to be fault-tolerant and accept the risks that come with it.
For their part, the stable versions of MIUI can bring minor bugs that, in one way or another, affect the performance you are used to. In any case, users must take measures to safeguard their information and allow the update to be carried out correctly.
In this sense, there are three essential things that you must do before updating your Xiaomi, Redmi, or POCO with a new version of MIUI. These are:
1. Search for information on the internet about possible failures
A good idea is to stay informed about the MIUI update phases. Users usually share their experiences with updates on the web. A good place to look is the Xiaomi Community platform, where participants post their feedback on a specific version of MIUI.
2. Create a backup before starting an update on your Xiaomi
A fundamental step before starting a system update on your Xiaomi, Redmi, or POCO is to make a backup. The importance lies in the need to protect all your personal data from being lost forever.
There are many ways to protect your information. You can use Google Drive or Google Photos, although Xiaomi mobiles have their own method to make backup copies before starting an update. This is what you should do:
Go to Settings > Additional settings > Backup and restore.
Next, select the place where you want to store the backup.
You can choose between local storage (on the mobile or computer) or in the cloud, with the Xiaomi Cloud service being the recommended option.
Next, choose all the data, apps, and settings you want to back up. Remember that if you choose local storage on the mobile, the resulting backup file will be automatically saved in the MIUI/Backups folder. You can access this folder from the file manager.
From there, you can extract the backup and save it on your computer, on a portable hard drive, or wherever you think it will be safe. However, keep in mind that the method Xiaomi offers does not save your photos and videos. These files must be extracted manually, with the ‘Data transfer’ option after connecting the mobile to the PC.
3. Charge it and connect it to the power
Something else you should keep in mind before starting an update on your Xiaomi is that the battery has a good level of charge. In fact, the company’s mobiles do not allow system updates to be carried out if they have less than a 20% charge.
Therefore, it is best to have the battery of your Xiaomi, Redmi, or POCO above 80%. However, it may happen that the update takes longer than it should. So it is also recommended to keep the mobile connected to the power while the update is carried out. In this way, you prevent the mobile from running out of charge while updating.
4. make sure you can recover your mobile
If you plan to join the MIUI beta tester program, you must be willing to accept the risks involved in upgrading to a trial version. In fact, Xiaomi is emphatic that applicants should treat bugs with tolerance. Likewise, they invite you to report bugs to the developer team in the greatest detail.
Xiaomi indicates that applicants to the MIUI beta program should be able to recover the mobile in case the flashing fails. So before you start an update, before you even sign up for the beta program, make sure you meet this prerequisite.