The Xiaomi Mi band 2 is the latest iteration of Xiaomi’s health Band series lineup. Unlike its predecessor, the Mi band, the Mi Band 2 comes with an OLED touch panel display. The Mi Band 2 comes loaded with features. Its low cost makes it one of the most attractive health bands on the market. Our unit was purchased for 1999 rupees only (About $30) from Amazon India. Xiaomi was generous enough to provide a Pedometer to measure your steps. It is an IP67 waterproof, dust-proof and sweat resistant device. That being said, it only took a couple of minutes to setup the device, and we were ready to roll in no time. If you are here to setup your device, do read along. In this post, we will focus on how to configure Xiaomi Mi band 2 step by step.
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Do note that, to install and configure the Mi Fit app, you need to have a Mi account. You would either need to “Sign Up” or Sign In to the App before configuring the Mi Band 2 device. See the following screenshots for your reference.
During the initial setup, you would need to provide the following details in the Mi Fit app
It helps the app to calculate BMI and give you lifestyle recommendations accordingly.
As soon as the device was successfully paired with my Android phone, it started to download and flash the Mi Band 2 with the latest firmware. See the screenshot below:
Automatic Firmware Update
Ensure that you keep the Mi Band 2 close to your phone so that there are no interruptions in the firmware upgrade process. There are chances of bricking the device in case of connection issues. Users will not see this coming since the app will not ask for any permissions. The upgrade will trigger automatically, and users would just have to wait till the process is complete. Another advantage of this device is that you can install the Mi Fit app on multiple devices without going through the initial setup. You can access the data through your online profile saved on the Mi Cloud, which is good.
Other noted features include sleeping pattern tracking and other lifestyle recommendations. By default, the Band disables the continuous heart rate tracking, and you would need to turn it on from the app. Even though this reduces the battery life a bit, but that should not be a huge problem. The App integrates with Google Fit on Android devices as well as Apple health kit on iPhones with ease.
You can configure Xiaomi Mi Band 2 with the following 3rd party services:
Messaging and Call notifications can also be enabled from the app. It also adds negatively to the battery life and is disabled by default.
Android 4.4 and above is required at a minimum to run the companion App. The good news is that all Mi phones have built-in compatibility with the device. iPhones with iOS 7 and above with BlueTooth 4.0 support is required.
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