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. Although it does get some tough competition from the Honor Band 5, it always surpasses it due to the huge third-party app support and community of developers. So on that note, here are the best Mi Band 4 third-party apps, tips, and tricks.
Best Mi Band 4 Apps, Watch Faces and Tips and Tricks
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 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.
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2. Quick Sleep
This might not be a great hack but trust me after you see this, you will be doing it 100 times a day. When you keep your finger covering the entire display of the Mi Band 4, it goes to sleep. It’s a quick gesture to glance at the screen and then turn it off.
3. Screen-On Time
The Mi Band 4 has pretty bad screen-off time and it takes about roughly 3s to switch off the screen. Well, it is done as a measure to save battery life. However, when you are on the music control menu, it really hurts when the screen goes off quickly. But with the recent firmware update, Xiaomi has added an option in the Mi Band 4 settings to increase the screen off time. You can keep it anywhere between 6-10s.
To do that, head over to the “More” option on the Mi Band. Further, navigate to the bottom and tap on Settings. The third option in the menu will be “Auto Screen Off”.
4. 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.
Read: How to create custom watch face for Mi Band 4
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5. 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.
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6. 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 that lets you sync your workout to Strava or Runtastic.
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7. 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 are 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 that 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.
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8. Customize App Notifications
The Mi-Fit app allows you to set up notifications for every third-party app. However, it doesn’t drill down and let you filter these notifications or customize them. So, you can use this app called “Alert Bridge for the Mi Band 4”. It lets you filter out notifications based on text. In case, I don’t want to receive those spammy facebook emails about whom to follow. So, I set the filter to weed out Emails that contain the text “Facebook”. Additionally, you can also set up the app to translate the emojis in ASCII text.
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9. 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.
Read: Apps to Find Running Trails Around You
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 the Notify & Fitness app, you can even connect your Mi Band 4 to Tasker to pull off automation on Android devices. 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 use “com.mc.minband.connected” as an action event.
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11. Use with other Workout Apps
Mi Band 4 is a great activity tracker but it doesn’t have inbuilt training options. For instance, I am training for a marathon and I use the Nike Running Club app to chart my training plan. You might be using some other workout-tracking app. Now, these apps let you attach external Bluetooth trackers like a heart-rate tracker, cadence tracker, etc. So, I have linked my Mi Band 4 to the Nike Running Club app as a heart rate tracker.
You can do the same in Strava and other workout apps as well. This enables the apps to use your Amazfit Bip as a heart-rate tracking device.
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.
Also Read: Strava vs. Endomondo: Which Fitness App Should You Use