Any Xiaomi phone user will know how cool the Mi Cloud feature is. It is a cloud service that is present in all Xiaomi devices. Consider it to be an alternative to cloud services like Google Drive, Dropbox and more. What makes Mi Cloud special is the millions of Xiaomi device owners like me. Read on to find out How to Use Xiaomi Cloud!
Since I am always connected to the internet, I thought accessing all my files from one place would be great. Cloud services are a great way to have this dream of mine come true.
Xiaomi’s Mi Cloud is one of the best Cloud services I have used till now. It is because of the integration of Mi Cloud in its mobile devices. If you are someone who is wondering how to use Mi Cloud, this article will cover it all.
After having reviewed the official documents from Xiaomi and having reviewed information from various credible sources; my team and I found that:
It’s fairly easy to set up and use Xiaomi Cloud. The Xiaomi Cloud App is pre-installed on all Xiaomi phones. The user should simply open a Xiaomi Account using their email and phone number to access the Xiaomi cloud. The first 5Gb of storage is free after which the user is expected to pay for the service.
How to Use Xiaomi Cloud
Mi Cloud is a feature that is present in all Xiaomi phones and tablets, so existing users probably know how to use it on your phone. But if you are someone new to the Xiaomi ecosystem, then you will need to know how to use Mi Cloud.
To use the Mi Cloud service from Xiaomi you will need a functioning Xiaomi phone/tablet. Mi Cloud requires you to set up a Xiaomi account before you can use it. This setup process requires your phone number or email. To set up a Xiaomi account, follow these steps:
Open the Settings app on your Xiaomi device. Navigate down till you see the Mi Account option and tap on it.
Now, you will need to log in to your Xiaomi account or sign up for a new account.
For users who have a Xiaomi phone/account, you just have to log in. Login requires your phone number or e-mail ID that is registered with your Xiaomi account. Alternatively, you can also scan a QR code from your Xiaomi device that holds your Xiaomi account to login seamlessly.
If you don’t have a Xiaomi account you can create a new account using your phone number, or email ID.
Once you have done created an account on your Xiaomi phone, you will the “Mi Cloud” option under Services. Tap on Mi Cloud and you will be redirected to the Mi Cloud interface, where all the magic happens.
This screen is where you can access all the features of Mi Cloud from your Xiaomi device. As you can see there are options like Find Device, Home screen backup and more.
Scroll down to the Syncing items section and choose the items you want to sync and backup to your Mi Cloud storage. Remember the free storage limit is only 5 GB so choose wisely if you don’t want to pay for more storage access.
Once you are done choosing, for example, let’s say you have chosen Contacts, SMS and Gallery, then scroll up and tap on the “Sync Now” button. This will back up all the items you have chosen that is, Contacts, SMS and Gallery.
And that’s it, you can now backup files and data right from your Xiaomi phone to your Mi Cloud account. But there are many functions of Mi Cloud, and if you are lost as to how to use them, don’t worry I have got you covered. I will go through some of the most popular functions of Mi Cloud and how to use them.
How to set up Automatic back up?
Automatic back up is very useful as we can often forget to back up important data. To use automatic back up on Mi Cloud:
Access the Mi Cloud interface from the Settings app on your Xiaomi device. Once you are in, tap on the Mi Cloud button which will open up another page.
In here, you will find 3 options, Automatic backups, Backup Schedule and Restore items from Mi Cloud. Toggle on the Automatic backups option, this will automatically backup the items you have chosen every once in a while.
You can set a schedule for how frequently the backup should take place, for example, you can set it to sync every 7 days.
How to use Mi Cloud on PC?
Mi Cloud can be accessed from your PC too. This makes it easy for you to access your files on Mi Cloud regardless of the platform. To do this, follow these steps:
Step 1 Sign up or log in to your Xiaomi account on Xiaomi’s webpage and download the Mi Cloud App for your PC.
Step 2 Now install the Mi Cloud App on your PC and log in to it using your credentials.
Step 3 Once you are logged in, you will be presented with options like Contacts, Messages, Gallery etc., click on any to access your synced files. If you have a Xiaomi device with Mi Cloud, all your synced file on that device will appear here too.
Step 4 You have all the features that you find on Mi Cloud on your Xiaomi phone/tablet too. You can download, see details and manage your synced files, photos and contacts right from your PC.
This makes it easy for you to access files from multiple devices at the same time. You can manage your files and data from anywhere too making it very convenient.
How to Manage Photos and Videos on Mi Cloud
Organization on the Mi Cloud software makes it easy for you to find, upload and share photos from your phone or PC. It is very intuitive and makes it a great way to backup and later retrieves your photos/videos.
Create a new album/folder
Step 1 Open the Gallery app.
Step 2 Tap on the ‘Cloud’ option.
Step 3 Tap on ‘New’.
Step 4 Provide a name to the folder and tap ‘OK’.
Rename or Delete a folder
Step 1 Open the Gallery app.
Step 2 Tap on ‘Cloud’.
Step 3 Long press to select the folder you want to delete or rename.
Step 4 Select either ‘Rename’ or ‘Delete’ to change the name or delete a folder.
Add photos/video to a Mi Cloud photo album
Step 1 Open the Gallery app.
Step 2 Find and select the photos/videos you want to add to the Mi Cloud photo album.
Step 3 Tap on the ‘Add to album’ option.
Step 4 On the Add to album prompt, select an album or create a new one.
To share a folder/file with a Xiaomi User
Step 1 On your Xiaomi device, open the Gallery app.
Step 2 Tap on the Cloud option
Step 3 Long press to select the folder/file you want to share, and then tap Share.
Step 4 Now, select the method using which you want to share the file/folder. Share the URL to the other Xiaomi user, with this URL they can access the file/folder you shared.
Step 5 Now, the Xiaomi user on the receiving device can view and manage files/folder on their device.
Step 6 You can also remove a user from accessing your shared folders by long pressing on the file/folder and tapping on share. Here, you can remove users the file/folder is shared.
Sharing is a cool feature of Mi Cloud that allows others to access your files, folders, photos and more easily from anywhere. They can add, view and manage files from the URL you share.
Mi Cloud Features
Mi Cloud is like an alternative to the service offered by Google Drive. Mi Cloud comes with lots of features and some of the best ones are:
Backup, Access and Manage Files – This is a basic feature for any cloud device, but what makes Mi Cloud’s service great is that you can access your files from anywhere and from multiple devices like your Xiaomi phone, tablet or your PC. You can also manage these files, with the option to rename, delete or organize them easily.
Easy Sharing – Mi Cloud allows for easy and quick sharing of files and folders that are synced, you can get the URL of the file and share it with anyone. The receiver could then, view, add, or manage these files.
Safe and Secure – Xiaomi’s Mi Cloud encrypts all data making it safe and secure. Only you and the people you have shared can access your data.
Remote Control – Mi Cloud allows you to send SMS messages, take down notes, and locate Xiaomi devices straight from the App or web client. This means that you can even use your PC or other Xiaomi devices to control devices linked to your Xiaomi account.
5 GB Free Storage – Mi Cloud offers 5 GBs of free storage for you to store files, photos, messages and more. If you ever hit this limit, you can pay for more storage space. So technically, this is the only Cloud service you will ever need.
How to Use Xiaomi Cloud – Final Thoughts
Xiaomi Mi Cloud gets a lot of things right. It is an easy, intuitive and convenient cloud service. And it works even better if you are a Xiaomi device owner making it easier to access, and manage files right from your phone or tablet. The easy sharing feature, and remote-control feature work like a charm making it one of the best cloud services if you are someone that uses a Xiaomi device.
One drawback may be the limited free storage space since services like Google offer more. But for your important documents, messages, and pictures, it will be more than enough, besides you can pay to get more. If you are a Xiaomi device owner, I highly recommend checking it out.
How does Xiaomi cloud work?
Xiaomi cloud is similar to any other cloud service. After you create your Xiaomi account and log in. you can store your images, videos, and other files in the cloud. This service essentially ensures that you have access to these files without having to store them in your phone. The Xiaomi cloud service offers 5Gb of space for free. If you want more storage space then you would have to pay accordingly.
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