7 Incred­i­ble Xiao­mi Red­mi Note 5 Tips and Tricks That You Must Know

Namrata Gogoi

As we all know, it's not the hardware specs alone that define a phone. The software also plays an important role in making it a complete experience.

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Thankfully, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 isn't just all about improved camera tech or hardware specs. The MIUI 9 skin running on top of Android Nougat makes the overall experience a lot better.

So, if you're one who loves to explore every nook and cranny of your new smartphone, here are a few incredible Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 tips and tricks that you mustn't miss.

1. Easily Navigate With Quick Ball

Not many years ago, it was predicted that smartphones will adopt a bezel-less full-screen display. Now that it's a regular practice, even for the budget-series phones, it's imperative that we make the most of it.

However, a full-screen display means that the one-handed mode becomes a tad difficult.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 comes with a Quick Ball menu.

Luckily, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 comes with a Quick Ball menu, which lets you have a few of the handy shortcuts at your disposal. You can place it anywhere — on the screen’s edge or any other position.

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All you need to do is go to Settings > Additional Settings and toggle the switch on. What makes this nifty menu even better is that you can also customize some of the buttons.

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Cool Tip: Speaking of the one-handed mode, you can also resize this cool feature. The Redmi Note 5 gives you the option to choose from 4.5-inch, 4.0-inch, and 3.5-inch displays.

2. Do More With Gestures

From capturing screenshots to powering the phone off in style — the Redmi Note 5 lets you do all that with just a few swishes of your fingers.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Tips Tricks 14

To enable these options, navigate over to Additional Settings > Buttons and gesture shortcuts and choose the option of your choice.

What's More? The Android Developer option hides a plethora of fun tricks. To enable it, tap on the MIUI version seven times. Once done, you can find the option under Additional Settings.

3. Do More With the Gallery

Your new phone comes with a built-in collage maker, which means that you can kick out all the third-party collage maker apps. This feature will let you choose the layout option and it offers quite a number of cool grid options.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Tips Tricks 11

To open it, go to the gallery app, tap the three-dot menu and select Collage.

Moving on, the inclusion of MIUI 9 in the Redmi Note 5 means that you get the Erase option in the image-editing tool. So, the next time you're in need of Photoshop-level skills to remove unwanted objects from pictures, you know which buttons to press.

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All you have to do is hit the Edit option, select Erase and tap on the area where you'd like the objects to be removed.

4. Play With the Navigation Bar

Now that you have a navigation bar, thanks to the full iew display, it can be given a quick makeover. For starters, you can choose to hide the navigation bar or swap the buttons.

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These settings can be found under Settings > Additional Settings > Buttons and gesture shortcuts.

But, if you'd like to go a notch above, there are a few third-party app on the Play Store that overhaul the look of this colorless set of buttons. The first on our list is Navbar Apps.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Tips Tricks 18

This cool app lets you paint the navigation bar in beautiful colors. What's more? You can also stick some crazy images to the nav bar. Interesting, right?

For more such cool tricks, check out these 3 tricks to customize the Android navigation bar.

5. Enable the Intelligent Sleep Mode

Yes, your phone is intelligent and that's why it has been given the tag of a smartphone. However, the MIUI 9 on the Redmi Note 5 makes it a little bit smarter. For one, it comes with the new Intelligent Sleep Mode.

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This cool feature uses machine learning to predict your sleep routine and disables radios and switches such as NFC, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi accordingly. Why? To save power, of course.

This setting can be found under Battery > Manage app’s Battery usage > Scenarios.

6. Customize the Reading Mode

Speaking of sleep, you must already know that staring at the bright blue screen of your smartphone at night is a terrible idea. That's when Blue light filter apps come into the picture. The good news is that now, you can do away with such apps.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Tips Tricks Reading Mode
Staring at the bright screen of phones at night is a terrible idea

The Redmi Note 5 comes with a built-in Reading mode. This mode gives a monochromatic hue to your phone, protecting your eyes.

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To enable it, head over to Display > Reading Mode and toggle the switch on. To get the most out of this mode, schedule the timing so that you don't have to do the same thing over and over again.

7. Tweak the Notification Settings

The MIUI 9 in the Redmi Note 9 gives you a lot of options to try in the notification settings. To start, you can choose to bundle all the unimportant messages into a separate folder. Plus, you can choose to prioritize notifications depending on app importance.

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To tweaks these settings, go to the notification settings menu and you'll find all the options.

Cool Tip: If you don't want the notification shade to appear on the lock screen, toggle the Show on lock screen button off.

Get the Most Out Your Xiaomi Redmi Note 5

These were some of the awesome tricks and tips that will help you get the most out of your new Redmi Note 5. Sounds fun?

Well, what are you waiting for, make the changes already! Watch this space for some interesting camera tricks for Xiaomi Redmi Note 5.

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Namrata loves writing about products and gadgets. She has been working for Guiding Tech since 2017 and has around three years of experience writing features, how-tos, buying guides, and explainers. Previously she worked as an IT Analyst at TCS, but she found her calling elsewhere.