The Mi Band 4 is a significant upgrade over its predecessor Mi Band 3 with colorful AMOLED display, better sensors and improved exercise tracking baked into the band. While it does get some tough competition from the Honor Band 5 but the only aspect of the Mi Band’s which makes them superior is the third-party apps and huge community of developers. So on that note, here are the best Mi Band 4 third-party apps.
Best Mi Band 4 Apps
Gadgetbridge is an open-source alternative to the Mi-Fit app. The problem with the Mi-Fit app is that it doesn’t let you opt-out of data sharing to its server or delete it. And that’s where Gadgetbridge comes in. It lets you use pretty much all the functions of your Mi Band (like sleep tracking, alarm, activity tracker etc) without installing the Mi Fit app on your phone.
However, due to some recent changes in the Mi Band 4 firmware, you would now need a rooted Android phone to pair it with Gadgetbridge. The detailed method is explained in this article.
Check out Gagdetbridge
2. AmazFaces Watchface
Mi Band 4 finally brought a color AMOLED display. Now, the Mi-Fit app does provide you with some odd 49 watch faces but they are just meh. Thankfully, you can sideload watch faces from the Internet through the Mi-Fit app. Or if you are not in the mood of doing all the hard work, you can use third-party watch faces app like AmazFaces and the Mi Band 4 Watchface.
AmazFaces has one of the biggest libraries of watch faces for all the Mi and Amazfit watches. Apart from these watch faces, you can also build your own watch faces, read more about it in the following article.
Check out AmazFaces Watchface
3. Band Selfie
You can use the Mi Band 4 & Amazfit Selfie app to use your Mi Band as a remote camera shutter. The setup is slightly tricky but you will be good with this step-by-step guide. The only caveat is that the Mi Band & Amazfit Selfie apps work with a set of camera apps like Open Camera, Bacon Camera, Night Selfie Camera, etc.
Nonetheless, it’s a good way to remote trigger a picture when you are in a group. Also, you can use this trick to shoot your own solo travel videos.
Check out Band Selfie
4. Notify & Fitness with Mi Band 4
I have been using Notify & Fitness for a while now alongside the Gadgetbridge app. The sole reason being the detailed insights on the Mi Band 4’s data. You get your day’s heart rate graph, heart rate zones, detailed sleep analysis, and even a calorie counter. You can also connect your Mi scale and view its data alongside the Mi Band 4.
Notify & Fitness with Mi Band 4 requires the band to be paired with either Mi Fit or Gadgetbridge app
The Mi Fit app provides some nifty options to customize the Mi Band 4 display. However, it doesn’t let you tinker with the Mi Band’s button. Notify & Fitness lets you customize the Mi Band 4’s single button tap or double-tap or even triple tap to actions like find my phone, toggle the silent mode on your Android device, etc.
Notify & Fitness has a paid variant which lets you sync your workout to Strava or Runkeeper. In case you use Strava, it is a great app to help you sync your Mi Band 4 data over Strava.
Check out Notify & Fitness with Mi Band 4
5. Tools & Mi Band
Tools & Mi Band (previously known as Mi Tools) is a paid app ($4) but worth every penny. Unlike Gadgetbridge, which is a Mi Fit replacement app, Mi tools is more like a companion app for MiFit. It offers useful features that you don’t find in Mi Fit app. For instance, you cannot set up notifications for individual contacts in WhatsApp or your Phone calls. Mi Tools lets you do that and it works seamlessly.
Mi Tools requires the band to be paired with either Mi Fit or Gadgetbridge app
Another interesting feature in the Mi Tools is the ability to set up custom reminders or alarms. For instance, I use Slack bot to remind me to drink water every 2 hours. But, there are times when I am away from my laptop. So, now I have the same setup with Mi Tools and now the Mi Band band buzzes every couple of hours to remind me to drink water.
Moreover, the Mi Band 4 has an Auto-DND feature which switches off notification while you are asleep. However, Mi Tools takes it a step further and switches your band to DND while you are working out. Mi Tools also allows sync with other third-party apps like Sleep as Android which we will talk about later in this article.
Check out Tools & Mi Band
6. Sleep as Android
When it comes to sleep tracking, Mi Band 4 lags behind the Honor Band 5. Well, you can’t really fix that but use Sleep as Android to further enhance the sleep tracking data of Mi Band 4. You would require Mi Tools in order to make Mi Band 4 work with Sleep as Android. By far, my most favorite feature is the auto-wakeup feature. It will automatically calculate your sleep time and wake you up after 7 hours.
The only problem with Sleep as Android is seamlessness. At times, it fails to work with the Mi Band 4 and at those times you would have to rely on your phone.
Check out Sleep As Android
Tasker is the most popular automation app for Android. Now, with the help of Notify & Fitness app, you can even connect your Mi Band 4 to Tasker to pull off automation on Android device. The availability of Tasker actions and intents is limited and you would require to purchase the pro variant of the Notify & Fitness app.
In order to receive intent or an event from the Mi Band 4, you will have to add “com.mc.miband.*” in your Action list in Tasker. For instance, if you want to trigger an action when your alarm buzzes on the Mi Band, you can use an action event as “com.mc.miband.smartAlarmRun”. Similarly, you want to trigger an event when the Mi Band gets connected to your phone, you can “com.mc.minband.connected” as an action event.
Check out Tasker
These were some of the nifty tips and tricks you can do with the Mi Band 4. My favorite ones are the integration with Sleep as Android and Tasker. Let me know in the comments about some of the tricks or Tasker automation you use.
For more queries or issues regarding Mi Band 4, let me know in the comments below.