After buying a new Xiaomi smartphone, the setup wizard has to be run first. Here, the smartphone is basically set up with MIUI. This includes selecting the language, connecting to a Wi-Fi network or setting up the lock screen. While the setup is child's play for many, MIUI 11 and MIUI 12 in particular have the problem of contrast-less icons. However, the setup is 100% successful with this guide.

Android 10 (MIUI 12.0)
  1. 1.

    Start

    The startup begins with a non-contrast button. This starts the setup wizard, which is not recognized by everyone.

    Step 1:  The startup begins with a non-contrast button. This starts the setup wizard, which is not recognized by everyone.
  2. 2.

    Language

    The next step is to select the system language. Xiaomi respectively Android offers a large selection of languages. The language can be changed later at any time and as often as desired.

    Step 2:  The next step is to select the system language. Xiaomi respectively Android offers a large selection of languages. The language can be changed later at any time and as often as desired.
  3. 3.

    Region

    The region should be the country where we live. This information can later be used by apps to provide us with geo-specific information. The region can also be changed later at any time.

    Step 3:  The region should be the country where we live. This information can later be used by apps to provide us with geo-specific information. The region can also be changed later at any time.
  4. 4.

    Terms and conditions

    In this step, the User Agreement and Privacy Policy must be agreed to. Without consent, the setup cannot be continued.

    Here, the poorly visible checkbox must be activated in order to continue the wizard.

    Step 4:  In this step, the User Agreement and Privacy Policy must be agreed to. Without consent, the setup cannot be continued. 
 Here, the poorly visible checkbox must be activated in order to continue the wizard.
  5. 5.

    Connect to Wi-Fi

    An Internet connection is required for further setup. The Xiaomi smartphone can be connected to a Wi-Fi network for this purpose.

    This step can also be skipped with "Skip". The following items cannot then be set up:

    • System updates
    • Copy apps & data
    • Set up Google account
    Step 5:  An Internet connection is required for further setup. The Xiaomi smartphone can be connected to a Wi-Fi network for this purpose. 
 This step can also be skipped with
  6. 6.

    Copy apps & data

    If the old smartphone, a backup in a cloud or an Apple iPhone is available, the data can be conveniently transferred to the new Xiaomi smartphone.

    Step 6:  If the old smartphone, a backup in a cloud or an Apple iPhone is available, the data can be conveniently transferred to the new Xiaomi smartphone.
  7. 7.

    Set up Google Account

    To be able to conveniently download apps from the Play Store later on, a Google account is inevitable. This step allows you to use an existing account or create a new Google account.

    The setup can also be continued without a Google account. The account can be added later via the settings.

    Step 7:  To be able to conveniently download apps from the Play Store later on, a Google account is inevitable. This step allows you to use an existing account or create a new Google account. 
 The setup can also be continued without a Google account. The  account can be added later via the settings .
  8. 8.

    Terms and Privacy Policy

    After signing up with a Google account, the terms of use and privacy policy of Google must be accepted. If the consent is denied, the Google account will not be added.

    Step 8:  After signing up with a Google account, the terms of use and privacy policy of Google must be accepted. If the consent is denied, the Google account will not be added.
  9. 9.

    Google Services

    In this step, Google services can be enabled or disabled. This includes:

    • Back up to Google Drive
    • Use location
    • Allow scanning
    • Send usage and diagnostic data
    • Install updates & apps

    All services can also be customized later in the settings.

    Step 9:  In this step, Google services can be enabled or disabled. This includes: 
 
 Back up to Google Drive 
 Use location 
 Allow scanning 
 Send usage and diagnostic data 
 Install updates & apps 
 
 All services can also be customized later in the settings.
  10. 10.

    Search provider

    The default search engine can be selected during the setup. This is used in the search bar on the home screen as well as in Google Chrome, among other things. During setup, you can choose between info.com, Google, Microsoft Bing and PrivacyWall.

    Step 10:  The default search engine can be selected during the setup. This is used in the search bar on the home screen as well as in Google Chrome, among other things. During setup, you can choose between info.com, Google, Microsoft Bing and PrivacyWall.
  11. 11.

    Continue setup?

    The Google setup is almost complete. If "Continue" is selected, the Google Assistant can still be set up. You can also add more accounts, change the font size and background.

    We recommend performing the steps as they will have to be done later either way (can all be rejected).

    If we select "Leave & get reminder", the Xiaomi/MIUI setup will continue.

    Step 11:  The Google setup is almost complete. If
  12. 12.

    Share information

    With "Web & App Activity" and "App info from your devices" we can share data with Google Assistant to get better results.

    Both options record all activities when using apps and the internet (which app, time, date, location, ...).

    Step 12:  With
  13. 13.

    Google Assistant

    If you want to use Google Assistant, select "I Agree". The voice recognition is then performed.

    If you do not want to use the Assistant, you can deactivate the service with "Skip".

    Step 13:  If you want to use Google Assistant, select
  14. 14.

    Anything else?

    The last step of Google's setup wizard allows a few adjustments that can also be made later in the settings.

    • Add another email account
    • Change font size
    • Change wallpaper
    • Review additional apps

    With "No thanks" the step can be skipped.

    Step 14:  The last step of Google's setup wizard allows a few adjustments that can also be made later in the settings. 
 
 Add another email account 
 Change font size 
 Change wallpaper 
 Review additional apps 
 
 With
  15. 15.

    Xiaomi Setup wizard

    The Xiaomi setup wizard follows from this step. This window is about registering a Mi account, which is needed for various services and an online backup. The login/registration is done via a Google account or Mi account.

    Those who do not need the services can skip the step by clicking "Skip". The registration can also be done later.

    Step 15:  The Xiaomi setup wizard follows from this step. This window is about registering a Mi account, which is needed for various services and an online backup. The login/registration is done via a Google account or Mi account. 
 Those who do not need the services can skip the step by clicking
  16. 16.

    Set up Lock Screen

    Setting up a lock screen is indispensable for the security of the data on the Xiaomi smartphone. Depending on the model, different security functions are available. Like fingerprint, face recognition or the classic lock screen patterns, PIN and password.

    If you do not want a lock screen, you can skip the setup with "Skip this step".

    Step 16:  Setting up a lock screen is indispensable for the security of the data on the Xiaomi smartphone. Depending on the model, different security functions are available. Like fingerprint, face recognition or the classic lock screen patterns, PIN and password. 
 If you do not want a lock screen, you can skip the setup with
  17. 17.

    Additional settings

    Xiaomi's setup assistant also offers the option to adjust privacy settings once again.

    Step 17:  Xiaomi's setup assistant also offers the option to adjust privacy settings once again.
  18. 18.

    Default Launcher

    Classic: All apps are placed on the home screen. Newly installed apps are added automatically.

    App drawer: All installed apps are stored in a second screen. This allows the home screen to be personalized.

    Step 18:   Classic : All apps are placed on the home screen. Newly installed apps are added automatically. 
  App drawer : All installed apps are stored in a second screen. This allows the home screen to be personalized.
  19. 19.

    Theme

    After setup, the Xiaomi smartphone offers two default themes. More themes can be downloaded and used later via the "Themes" app.

    Step 19:  After setup, the Xiaomi smartphone offers two default themes. More themes can be downloaded and used later via the
  20. 20.

    Setup complete

    The setup of the Xiaomi smartphone is complete.

    Step 20:  The setup of the Xiaomi smartphone is complete.
  21. 21.

    Your Xiaomi-Phone

    You've done it. The Xiaomi smartphone is set up and can be used to its full extent. Thousands of additional settings give you many options to personalize the device. A good basis for this is our manual:

    Xiaomi Simulator

    Have fun!

    Step 21:  You've done it. The Xiaomi smartphone is set up and can be used to its full extent. Thousands of additional settings give you many options to personalize the device. A good basis for this is our manual: 
  Xiaomi Simulator  
 Have fun!
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