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Add Access Point Names (APN) Delete access point names (APN) Preferred Network Type Select network manually Select network automatically Virtual Private Network (VPN) DNS Server VoLTE

Add Access Point Names (APN)

For mobile Internet on the Xiaomi device, a correct access point, also known as an APN, is required. This is usually installed automatically when you connect to your network provider for the first time. However, the correct APN data is not always created, which means that you have to adjust or create it manually. Some network
providers also offer the APN data as a configuration file, which is sent to the Xiaomi smartphone as an SMS and installs itself automatically. The APN
data and/or configuration file can be found on the network provider's website.

Android 10 (MIUI 12.0)
Step 1:  Open the  Settings
Step 2:  Tap on  SIM cards & mobile networks
Step 3:  Choose a  SIM card   (Dual SIM)
Step 4:  Tap on  Access Point Names
Step 5:  Tap on  New APN
Step 6:  Enter the appropriate  data
Step 7:  Tap on  More
Step 8:  Tap on  Save
  1. Open the Settings
  2. Tap on SIM cards & mobile networks
  3. Choose a SIM card (Dual SIM)
  4. Tap on Access Point Names
  5. Tap on New APN
  6. Enter the appropriate data
  7. Tap on More
  8. Tap on Save

Delete access point names (APN)

If we have entered the wrong access point or no longer need it, we can simply delete it from the Xiaomi smartphone.

Android 10 (MIUI 12.0)
Step 1:  Open the  Settings
Step 2:  Tap on  SIM cards & mobile networks
Step 3:  Choose a  SIM card   (Dual SIM)
Step 4:  Tap on  Access Point Names
Step 5:  Open the  APNs   menu
Step 6:  Tap on  More
Step 7:  Tap on  Delete APN
  1. Open the Settings
  2. Tap on SIM cards & mobile networks
  3. Choose a SIM card (Dual SIM)
  4. Tap on Access Point Names
  5. Open the APNs menu
  6. Tap on More
  7. Tap on Delete APN

Preferred Network Type

We can choose the preferred network type of the SIM card, for example, if there is no or very poor reception under 4G/LTE, we can switch to 3G in order to remain reachable.

Android 10 (MIUI 12.0)
Step 1:  Open the  Settings
Step 2:  Tap on  SIM cards & mobile networks
Step 3:  Choose a  SIM card   (Dual SIM)
Step 4:  Tap on  Preferred network type
Step 5:  Choose  Prefer LTE / 3G  or  2G only
  1. Open the Settings
  2. Tap on SIM cards & mobile networks
  3. Choose a SIM card (Dual SIM)
  4. Tap on Preferred network type
  5. Choose Prefer LTE / 3G or 2G only

Select network manually

By default, automatic network selection is activated, but if we are abroad and have poor reception on the network we have selected, we can search the network manually.

Note: The network selection may cause additional costs.

Android 10 (MIUI 12.0)
Step 1:  Open the  Settings
Step 2:  Tap on  SIM cards & mobile networks
Step 3:  Choose a  SIM card   (Dual SIM)
Step 4:  Tap on  Mobile networks
Step 5:  Disable  Automatically select network
Step 6:  Tap on  Next
Step 7:  Confirm with  OK
Step 8:  Select a  network
  1. Open the Settings
  2. Tap on SIM cards & mobile networks
  3. Choose a SIM card (Dual SIM)
  4. Tap on Mobile networks
  5. Disable Automatically select network
  6. Tap on Next
  7. Confirm with OK
  8. Select a network

Select network automatically

If we've disabled automatic network selection on the Xiaomi smartphone, we can easily enable it again by selecting the SIM card individually if dual SIM is used.

Android 10 (MIUI 12.0)
Step 1:  Open the  Settings
Step 2:  Tap on  SIM cards & mobile networks
Step 3:  Choose a  SIM card   (Dual SIM)
Step 4:  Tap on  Mobile networks
Step 5:  Enable  Automatically select network
  1. Open the Settings
  2. Tap on SIM cards & mobile networks
  3. Choose a SIM card (Dual SIM)
  4. Tap on Mobile networks
  5. Enable Automatically select network

Virtual Private Network (VPN)

There are many reasons to set up a VPN (Virtual Private Network), including encrypting data, bypassing location blocking and concealing traces on the network, so if a valid VPN server is available, it can be easily connected to or set up on the Xiaomi smartphone.

Note: In order to save the VPN settings, we need to create a lock-screen password if it is not available.

Android 10 (MIUI 12.0)
Step 1:  Open the  Settings
Step 2:  Tap on  Connection & sharing
Step 3:  Tap on  VPN
Step 4:  Tap on  Add VPN
Step 5:  Enter the appropriate  data
Step 6:  Tap on  Save
Step 7:  Enable  VPN
  1. Open the Settings
  2. Tap on Connection & sharing
  3. Tap on VPN
  4. Tap on Add VPN
  5. Enter the appropriate data
  6. Tap on Save
  7. Enable VPN

DNS Server

Depending on the model, DNS may or may not be available on the Xiaomi smartphone. By default, the function is already set to "Automatic", but it can also be turned off. You can also use your own DNS server.

Android 10 (MIUI 12.0)
Step 1:  Open the  Settings
Step 2:  Tap on  Connection & sharing
Step 3:  Tap on  Private DNS
Step 4:  Choose  Off ,  Automatic  or  Private DNS provider hostname
Step 5:  Tap on  Save
  1. Open the Settings
  2. Tap on Connection & sharing
  3. Tap on Private DNS
  4. Choose Off, Automatic or Private DNS provider hostname
  5. Tap on Save

VoLTE

By default, calls are made over the 2G or 3G network, depending on reception; if we enable VoLTE (Voice over LTE) on the Xiaomi smartphone, calls are made over the 4G data network, which improves voice quality, speeds up call setup and conserves battery life.

Note: If the menu item is not visible on the Xiaomi device, we can unlock it by entering *#*#86583#*#* on the phone app's dial pad.

Android 10 (MIUI 12.0)
Step 1:  Open the  Settings
Step 2:  Tap on  SIM cards & mobile networks
Step 3:  Choose a  SIM card   (Dual SIM)
Step 4:  Enable or disable  Use VoLTE
  1. Open the Settings
  2. Tap on SIM cards & mobile networks
  3. Choose a SIM card (Dual SIM)
  4. Enable or disable Use VoLTE

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