We already had a review of the Xiaomi Redmi 5A ultra-budget device on our site. A smartphone for its money turned out to be very, very worthy. It has good specifications and a good camera for such a small price. Today we want to talk about tips and tricks for using Xiaomi Redmi 5A. Let’s get started.
- Display: 5 inch IPS LCD, 1280 × 720p, 294 ppi
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 425
- RAM: 2 GB, LPDDR4
- Flash memory: 16 GB microSD up to 128 GB
- Main camera: 13 megapixels with f / 2.2
- Front camera: 5 megapixel with f / 2.0
- Battery: 3000 mAh
- Navigation: GPS, GLONASS
- Wireless interfaces: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
- Operating System: MIUI V8 (Android 7.1.1 Nougat)
- Dimensions: 140.4 × 70.1 × 8.35 mm
- Weight: 137 grams
The phone has a 5-inch screen with a resolution of 1280 × 720p. Xiaomi Redmi 5A has 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal memory. There is also a microSD card slot up to 128 GB. The device comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 chipset and a 3000 mAh battery. The main camera in the phone is 13 megapixels, and the front camera is 5 megapixels. The novelty is sold at a very low price – 75.
How to insert a SIM card
You can install two SIM cards in this device, as well as a microSD card at the same time. To install the SIM, turn off the device. Find a clip in the box under the phone to open the tray, which is located on the left side of the device. You can install Micro and Nano format SIM cards in it. Carefully check that you have placed them correctly in the tray.
How to enable "Modem Mode"
If you want to share an Internet connection with someone or distribute it for your laptop, you can enable “Modem mode” for this. To do this, go to the device settings. Find “Wi-Fi hotspot”. There you can turn it on and configure the network name, set a password, set the limit of connected devices or block them.
How to install various themes on a smartphone
The MIUI shell has always been famous for its huge customization. Thanks to it, on Redmi 5A, you can install various themes for the interface. There are two ways to change the default theme. The first way is to find the Themes app. The second is to go into the device settings and find the “Themes” item there. In both cases, you will have the opportunity to choose one of the standard themes or go to the “Online” section and download any one you like there.
How to calibrate the screen
As mentioned above, the smartphone has a 5-inch display with a resolution of 1280 × 720p and a density of 294 ppi. The screen in the phone has saturated bright colors, but at the same time there is a slight “yellowness” in the “Standard” mode. But thanks to the MIUI flexible shell, you can change the color of the screen by going to the phone’s settings and then to the “Screen” section.
How to set up notifications
The combination of Android Nougat and MIUI 9 allows you to flexibly customize your Redmi 5A. Starting from adjusting the sound of the phone in the headphones to setting up multitasking, for example, when dividing the screen into two parts. But one of the most important and useful features is setting up notifications.
You can select several applications in priority so that their notifications are always the first. You can also set the display of the icon in the status bar, turn on vibration, sound, LED-indicator and much more. To configure all this, go to your phone’s settings and find the “Notifications” item there.
How to set up a lock screen
There is a very convenient function on Redmi 5A, thanks to which, after turning on the screen, the password will immediately appear and, if entered correctly, without confirmation, the smartphone will immediately unlock. To enable this feature, you need to go to the "Lock screen" section in the device settings. There you can also configure the password for the lock screen, enable the wake-up function for incoming notifications, and much more.
How to enable "Reading Mode"
You probably spend a lot of time with your device, and this greatly affects your vision and sleep. You may not have known, but Xiaomi Redmi 5A has a special reading mode that reduces the blue tint of the smartphone’s display and adds a little “yellowness” to it that is better perceived by human eyes. To enable it, go to the settings of your device and find the “Screen” item. There you can enable this feature, as well as configure it.
How to use infrared
All Xiaomi phones have an infrared port on the top of the case. With it, you can control various household appliances. To connect to it, find the “Mi Remote” application on your device. Open it and there you will need to select the category of equipment that can be controlled. Then, from the proposed list of manufacturers, find exactly the one you need. After that, go through the connection step.
How to block applications
Redmi 5A has the ability to install a graphic key on all standard and third-party applications. For example, you do not want someone to go to the gallery and look at your photos. To set a password, go to the "Security" application. Find the “Applications” section there and click on “Protection”. After that, a list of all applications will appear. Find the one you need and install the security key.
How to set your melody on a call
If, all of a sudden, for some reason you don’t like the list of standard ringtones in the device’s settings and you haven’t found an interesting ringtone in the Xiaomi online library, then you can set your own ringtone. To do this, download the desired audio file. Find the “ringtons” folder, which, in turn, is in the “MIUI” folder and move it there.
Or go to the settings of your device. Find the “Sound and Vibration” section and click on the “Incoming Call” item. There you will see the "" icon. Click on it and set the downloaded ringtone to the call.
How to check IMEI phone
If you want to find the IMEI address of your smartphone, then this can be done in several ways. The first one is on the back of the box, in the lower left corner there are two barcodes under which you will find IMEI 1 and IMEI 2. The second way is to open the call application and dial the combination of buttons # 06 #.
How to open the engineering menu
To open the engineering menu on the phone, go to the settings of your device. Find the “Device” section and go to the “All Specifications” item. There you can find information about the kernel. Press it 3 times and then the engineering menu will open, where you can check the software version, status and information about the SIM card, vibration, main microphone, proximity and lighting sensor, LED indication, sensor, screen and much more.
How to reset your smartphone to factory settings
If you don’t like how your device works, then the easiest way is to reset the phone to factory settings. It should be remembered that all personal files and applications will be deleted, so it is better to make a full backup. To delete data, go to the settings of Redmi 5A, find the "Advanced" section and select "Restore and reset." There you can make a backup, and then completely clean your device.