So, you've successfully fought the online war and got yourself the new 4K Xiaomi Mi TV. Congratulations! With its slim design, the Mi TV 4 is undoubtedly one of the best looking smart TVs in the sub-Rs 40,000 price bracket.
If you've been looking for ways to get the most out of this smart TV, you're in luck.
We, at Guiding Tech, have gone through every nook and cranny of the new Mi TV and have compiled a short list of tips and tricks to enhance your smart TV experience.
The good news is that your phone doesn't necessarily need to have an IR blaster. All you need to do is make sure that the TV and the phone are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
The Mi Remote controller app is available on Google Play Store. What's more, operating it is as easy as 1-2-3. Once you have finished installing the app, the TV will detect the phone automatically. After that, it's only a matter of a few swipes to get everything at the tip of your finger.
Content over apps — that's the mantra of the Xiaomi Mi TV.
Yes, this smart TV doesn't let you download apps directly. Plus, it also doesn't have its own app store. So, if you're on the lookout for more apps and contents, worry not. We have a cool workaround.
The Mi TV lets you sideload apps into the TV so that you can have all your favorite apps under one roof. All you have to do is enable the Allow unknown sources setting and then sideload the .apk files, just like you'd do on your Android phone.
Note: Make sure to install apps only from trusted sources. Neither us nor Xiaomi will be responsible for any problems caused by malicious apps.
3. Clear Cache
The Mi TV comes with a nifty TV manager app, which lets you see the storage and memory usage. Similar to the Security app found in Xiaomi phones, this one too lets you clear the app cache and boost the memory.
The TV Manager app can be found under My apps, and we recommend that you clear the trash at least once a month.
What's more? You can enable the Auto cleanup option, which would purge the trash every time it reaches a certain limit.
4. Cast Your Phone Screen With LocalCast
Even though the Mi TV doesn't come with Chromecast built-in support, the LocalCast for Chromecast app helps you cast your phone's content to the TV.
All you have to do is get the app on your Android. Meanwhile, enable the DLNA service on the TV. Once done, start the scan on your phone and select the Mi TV as a media renderer. Having done that, just open any video of your choice and the content will be cast instantly to your TV.
The Mi Remote controller makes it super easy to take screenshots of your TV screen. All you have to do is tap on the Screenshot icon (second from the left) and the same would be captured at that very instance.
This TV lets you customize the sound quality as per your preference. Head over to the sound settings and choose one of the preset sound settings that suit your ears the most.
You are given a couple of options to choose from and, based on that, the equalizer settings will change. Unfortunately, you aren't given the option to manually set the equalizer.
Fun Fact: Did you know that you can set a 15-second or 120-second timer for the TV to turn off?
7. Enable Adaptive Brightness
Your TV is smart, which means that the backlight can very well adjust as per the content on the screen. Cool, right? Head over to the Display settings and toggle the Adaptive backlight switch on.
However, the TV doesn't come with a standard preset for brightness and contrast control, so you'd have to tweak the settings a bit to arrive at the sweet spot.
The yellow tinge of the Eye protection mode
Similar to the new-age smartphones, the Xiaomi Mi TV sports a Blue Light filter. Going by the name of Eye protection, this limits the blue rays emanating from the TV.
8. Connect Bluetooth Headsets and Controllers
ICYMI, your new Android TV can also double up as a gaming platform. Yes, you heard that right! Imagine playing a racing game on such a huge screen. To transform your TV into a cool gaming machine, hook your gaming controller via Bluetooth.
Fun Fact: The Amkette Evo Pad 2 comes with a Mouse Mode, letting you use the controller as an air-mouse.
Similarly, you can also connect your Bluetooth headsets to this TV. This is especially helpful since the TV doesn't have any 3.5mm audio jack.
All you have to do is navigate to the Device & Bluetooth settings page and tap on the Discover Bluetooth devices option. All the visible devices will appear underneath.