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Install Apps from unknown sources User experience program Privacy protection password Show/Hide passwords Google Play Protect Find My Device Personalized ad recommendations Diagnostic data Google Location History Emergency Location Service

Install Apps from unknown sources

If we want to install unknown apps on the Xiaomi smartphone, a general activation is no longer sufficient. from now on, every single app from which third-party applications are to be installed must be allowed. for example, if you download an .apk file via the Mi browser, it must have the necessary permission to install it.

Android 10 (MIUI 12.0)
Step 1:  Open the  Settings
Step 2:  Tap on  Privacy protection
Step 3:  Tap on  Special permissions
Step 4:  Tap on  Install unknown apps
Step 5:  Choose an  app
Step 6:  Enable or disable  Allow from this source
  1. Open the Settings
  2. Tap on Privacy protection
  3. Tap on Special permissions
  4. Tap on Install unknown apps
  5. Choose an app
  6. Enable or disable Allow from this source

User experience program

If this feature is enabled on the Xiaomi smartphone, anonymous usage data is sent from the device to improve products and services.

Note: We recommend that you disable all user experience optimization services, as it is not possible to track exactly what data is sent where.

Android 10 (MIUI 12.0)
Step 1:  Open the  Settings
Step 2:  Tap on  Passwords & security
Step 3:  Tap on  Privacy
Step 4:  Enable or disable  User Experience Program
  1. Open the Settings
  2. Tap on Passwords & security
  3. Tap on Privacy
  4. Enable or disable User Experience Program

Privacy protection password

We can set a separate password on the Xiaomi smartphone to protect personal information by creating a pattern that will be linked to the Mi account, if any, in case we need to reset the privacy password at some point. We can also set
whether or not to use fingerprint as the unlock method. The privacy password can be set for the following areas:

  • News
  • Photos
  • Files
  • Notes
Android 10 (MIUI 12.0)
Step 1:  Open the  Settings
Step 2:  Tap on  Passwords & security
Step 3:  Tap on  Privacy protection password
Step 4:  Enable  Use p  rivacy protection password
Step 5:  Enter the current  pattern,   PIN  or  password  and follow the instructions on screen
  1. Open the Settings
  2. Tap on Passwords & security
  3. Tap on Privacy protection password
  4. Enable Use privacy protection password
  5. Enter the current pattern, PIN or password and follow the instructions on screen

Show/Hide passwords

When entering passwords on the Xiaomi smartphone, the characters entered are displayed briefly as they are typed; this feature is similar to a small pop-up of the number you type and can be (de)activated at any time if desired.

Android 10 (MIUI 12.0)
Step 1:  Open the  Settings
Step 2:  Tap on  Passwords & security
Step 3:  Tap on  Privacy
Step 4:  Enable or disable  Show passwords
  1. Open the Settings
  2. Tap on Passwords & security
  3. Tap on Privacy
  4. Enable or disable Show passwords

Google Play Protect

The Google Play Protect feature protects the Xiaomi smartphone from malicious apps by scanning for malware before downloading and during installation, as well as periodically scanning apps from unknown sources.

In the event of a detection, a notification is displayed on the Xiaomi device, and depending on the severity of the malware, the app can also be automatically disabled by Play Protect until it is uninstalled.

Note: Google Play Protect is a feature of the Google Play App Store, so there is no direct option in the settings, only a link to the feature where it can be enabled or disabled.

Android 10 (MIUI 12.0)
Step 1:  Open the  Settings
Step 2:  Tap on  Passwords & security
Step 3:  Tap on  Privacy
Step 4:  Tap on  Google Play Protect
Step 5:  Open the  Settings
Step 6:  Enable or disable  Scan apps with   Play Protect
Step 7:  Confirm with  Turn off
  1. Open the Settings
  2. Tap on Passwords & security
  3. Tap on Privacy
  4. Tap on Google Play Protect
  5. Open the Settings
  6. Enable or disable Scan apps with Play Protect
  7. Confirm with Turn off

Find My Device

By enabling Find My Device, we can locate your Xiaomi smartphone in the event of loss or theft by typing Find My Device in the Google search bar from another device, such as a laptop or PC, signing in with your active Google Account, and then locating your lost phone.

Android 10 (MIUI 12.0)
Step 1:  Open the  Settings
Step 2:  Tap on  Passwords & security
Step 3:  Tap on  Privacy
Step 4:  Tap on  F  ind My Device
Step 5:  Enable or disable  F  ind My Device
  1. Open the Settings
  2. Tap on Passwords & security
  3. Tap on Privacy
  4. Tap on Find My Device
  5. Enable or disable Find My Device

Personalized ad recommendations

We can choose to display personalized advertising on the Xiaomi device, but if we choose to disable it, the number of banners will remain the same, but promotional offers will be less relevant and not tailored to our personal preferences and information.

Android 10 (MIUI 12.0)
Step 1:  Open the  Settings
Step 2:  Tap on  Passwords & security
Step 3:  Tap on  Privacy
Step 4:  Tap on  Ad services
Step 5:  Enable or disable  Personalized ad recommendations
  1. Open the Settings
  2. Tap on Passwords & security
  3. Tap on Privacy
  4. Tap on Ad services
  5. Enable or disable Personalized ad recommendations

Diagnostic data

If this feature is enabled, usage statistics of the Xiaomi smartphone, which may contain personal information, will be sent.

Note: We recommend that you deactivate all services related to "user experience optimization", as it is not possible to trace which data is sent exactly where.

Android 10 (MIUI 12.0)
Step 1:  Open the  Settings
Step 2:  Tap on  Passwords & security
Step 3:  Tap on  Privacy
Step 4:  Enable or disable  Send diagnostic data automatically
  1. Open the Settings
  2. Tap on Passwords & security
  3. Tap on Privacy
  4. Enable or disable Send diagnostic data automatically

Google Location History

Location History stores location data from the Xiaomi smartphone and sends it to Google for analysis and to provide us with personal suggestions for personalized maps and recommendations. The
feature also works in the background when no Google service is active. (De
)activation of this service is done directly in your Google Account.

Android 10 (MIUI 12.0)
Step 1:  Open the  Settings
Step 2:  Tap on  Location
Step 3:  Tap on  Google Location History
Step 4:  Choose an  account
Step 5:  Enable or disable  Location History
  1. Open the Settings
  2. Tap on Location
  3. Tap on Google Location History
  4. Choose an account
  5. Enable or disable Location History

Emergency Location Service

When we make an emergency call or send an emergency text message from our Xiaomi smartphone, our current location is sent along with it to inform first responders and rescue workers so that help can arrive more quickly.

Note: If Emergency Location Service is disabled, your wireless carrier may share your location.

Android 10 (MIUI 12.0)
Step 1:  Open the  Settings
Step 2:  Tap on  Location
Step 3:  Tap on  Emergency Location Service
Step 4:  Enable or disable  Send ELS Location
  1. Open the Settings
  2. Tap on Location
  3. Tap on Emergency Location Service
  4. Enable or disable Send ELS Location

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