Adriel here with another MIUI Tip (well, it's along and rather complicated one and qualifies more as a how-to, but hopefullyit's useful nevertheless) :D
Look, things happen. Phones get stolen, accidently left it on the coffee shop tables, nobody likes losing their phone,but sometimes it happens. The best thing we can do is to actively try to prevent you from losing your data, allowing the thief to use the phone, and tracking the phone.
Locating Your Phone and Revoking Commands Remotely
Both Google and XiaoMi provide remote tracking solutions to Xiaomi phones. XiaoMi has Mi Cloud, while Google has Find My device.
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XiaoMi's solution, MiCloud's Find Device, does require a Mi Account because (as the name suggests) it is tied to your Mi Account. Enabling it is simple, find the Mi Account appon your phone and open it, tap Mi Cloud, and enable "Find Device".Once you have done so, you can easily track the device on your computer bygoing to i.mi.com and selecting Find Device and use features such as...
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1. Locating the phone(what a surprise.)
2. Ringing the device at its loudest volume with a rather high-pitched sound
3. Locking the devicewith your Mi Account Password (you can also leave a note that would display onscreen)
4. Wiping all thecontents of your phone including the memory card
5. Figuring out the number of the current SIM in the phone
6. Preventing the thief from factory resetting the phone and using it without logging in first into your Mi Account (if you are familiar with iCloud Lock, this is very similar).
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Google's solution, Find My Device, is not as fully featured, but as it's enabled by default it canbe an absolute life savior when you forgot to setup Mi Cloud's solution. Find My Device also has a mobile app, but Mi Cloud's online website also scales very well to mobile devices.
You can locate your phone with Google's option by going to google.com/android/find , and once you are in there you can use features such as
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1. Locating the phone
2. Ringing the device at its loudest volume with your ringtone
3. Locking the device andleaving a message
4. Wiping the contents of your phone
5. Seeing what network the phone is connected to and the phone's current battery life.
Both solutions are great and I would personally recommend enabling both. However, if I had to choose one, I would choose Mi Cloud due to it having more features (thatare useful!) and its ability to work great in countries where Google is blocked (like China). I do find it to be somewhat inaccurate at times though so again activate both.
Of course, do remember that the above two services require the phone to be connected to the internet through wifi or celluar data. If the thief disables network connectivity or resets the phone, none of these tracking solutions will work.
Securing Your Data
As we move further into a generation where our lives are stored in our phone, personal data falling in the wrong hands can be worse than losing a phone. It is very important to secure the data in our phones to ensurethat even if it does get stolen or lost, the chances of thieves getting into the phone is slim.
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The first (and most obvious) thing you can do is to set a password. Be it a pin, pattern, or long alphanumeric password, this is a good, first barrier into preventing a thief from getting into a phone. Additionally, withdevices like the Redmi Note 4 having such a fast fingerprint sensor that makes unlocking the phone easy, the excuse for not having one is a lot lower. Enabling it is easy as well, just head over to the Settings app, tap Lock Screen & Password, tap Set screen lock, and proceed to set anauthentication method.
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Secondly, you can encrypt your phone. This is honestly oneof the best things you can do to secure your data. Encrypting your phone will basically jumble up all the data on your phone with a certain algorithm that istied to a password. Thus, when you restart or cold boot your phone, it willprompt you for a password before it can boot. With encryption, it is extremely hard to get to your data without this password.
Encryption is not like your typical lock screen. A lockscreen password just is a simple software layer that asks for a password. It does not touch your data, it still leaves it as it is. If someone is savvy enough, they can easily bypass it and get into your data. Analogy time: think of a room with a table and documents on top of it being your phone and your data. If you don’t encrypt your phone, but enable a lock screen password, you just have a simple door lock installed which a thief can easily break down witha simple kick and swipe away your data. With encryption however, you basically put your documents in a safe that only unlocks with a certain key (and no you cannot pick it). Thus, a thief can come in, but he can’t get into your documents.
Enabling encryption also typically won’t decrease performance. In fact, for phones running android marshmallow, the phone is already encrypted out of the box. It just has a password called “default_password” that will be changed when you set it up.
To enable encryption, go into settings, additional settings, privacy, encrypt device using lock screen password, and tick it on. Simple as that. Do note that your memory card will not be encrypted so people can still access files located there.
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Lastly, you can bootloader lock your phone. Bootloaderlocking your phone will basically make it a lot harder for people to tamper with your phone’s operating system and view your data (you are safe data wise with encryption though) I don’t have a written guide on what bootloader locking is, but if you are interested to learn more about it, I do have a video linked(here)
Securing Your Phone (A.K.A. How to prevent the thief from using the phone)
Rendering a device useless to a thief is great for decreasing the incentive of doing it. Xiaomi’s find device service is again a great tool for doing so.
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When one enables find device on a Mi Phone, it basicallyties the phone’s identity to a server. When one resets the phone, he or shewill not be able to complete setup and subsequently use the phone without firstconnecting to a network and logging into your account. With this, you now have a phone that really is only useful for parts. That is, if you lock the bootloader.
As this Find Device software is a feature exclusive to XiaoMi’s MIUI Software, if one’s bootloader is unlocked, one can flash(basically install) a custom ROM (Operating System) to bypass it or even a hackto get pass this in MIUI. Locking the bootloader makes this process a lotharder (again link here to learn more about locking bootloaders.)
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Lastly, you can contact your mobile carrier and ask them to blocklist the IMEI of your phone. The IMEI is how your mobile networkidentifies your phone, contacting your carrier to blacklist it will make itunable to connect to the mobile network anymore. To do so, call up or go toyour carrier store while bringing your phone box (it should have stickers onthe back with your IMEI on it).
Do note that doing so will still make the device usable on Wi-Fi,and additionally if you do find it, unblacklisting it might be hard. As such, I only recommend doing so if you truly know that your phone is stolen.
With phones being a heavy investment and data being priceless, its important to secure our phones. Hopefully these tips will help you stay safe, if you have any more, feel free to leave them down below.
Till next time!