Xiaomi Redmi Note 3: Common Problems and their Fixes

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is the latest mid-range smartphone from Xiaomi that was recently launched in India at a starting price of Rs. 9,999. While the smartphone is new in the Indian market, it has been present in its home country - China - for the past few months now.

 Xiaomi Redmi Note 3: Common Problems and their Fixes

Having sold hundreds of thousands of units already, it is but natural that a small proportion of users might have faced issues regarding their usage of the Redmi Note 3.

Following is a list of the common problems faced by Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 users, and their probable fixes.

1. Stuck on Child Mode

Child Mode is a unique software model in MIUI that allows to highly restrict the usage of their Note 3, when it is in the hands of small children or infants. The toggle for Child Mode on the Redmi Note 3 is present in the Settings app. The problem here is that once you go into Child Mode, accessing Settings app seems impossible.

 Xiaomi Redmi Note 3: Common Problems and their Fixes

The fix for this problem is that first you need to long press the Lock button, click on Airplane Mode and then open the Browser to access any random website. Doing this shows an error but also pops up the Network settings option. From there, you can easily jump into the Settings tab and toggle off the Child Mode.

Another fix for this, although complicated, is that you can connect your Redmi Note 3 to your PC using MiPCSuite and install a third-party launcher. Installing that helps you access the Settings app.

2. GPS Access for Google Maps

A lot of users are experiencing problems in using GPS settings in the Google Maps. According to them, the Google Maps app does not respond even if GPS is on, while it works just fine on other apps like GPS Test App or GPS Fix. This means that the real problem is with the Redmi Note 3 not connecting properly to Google Maps.

 Xiaomi Redmi Note 3: Common Problems and their Fixes

The fix for this problem is rather simple, that is, if it works. This could be an issue with the Permissions app in Settings. For this, you need to go to Settings>Security>Permissions and check whether Google Maps has the permission to use GPS during its operation time. If this doesn't solve the problem, it is a compatibility issue with Xiaomi.

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Also, if you are on an Indian variant, there is a lesser need to worry as these problems have only been reported on Chinese variants. This is because of their non-compatibility with Google Play apps.

3. Wi-Fi compatibility issues

A recent OTA software update for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 arrived on many users' devices but with it came a huge connectivity problem. Some people are reporting issues with Wi-Fi compatibility and that Wi-Fi automatically disconnects, requiring users to connect to it numerous times.

 Xiaomi Redmi Note 3: Common Problems and their Fixes

The fix here is currently very vague and you can only expect things to get better when Xiaomi sends across another OTA update that fixes the issue. Till then, you can try flashing older ROMs or experimenting with third-party launcher apps to try to fix the compatibility problem.

4. Multiple scratches on the screen

Even as the Chinese launch of the Redmi Note 3 took place months back, we don't yet have official confirmation from Xiaomi as to which kind and brand of screen protection are they using on the smartphone. Apart from this, many users are already facing issues of scratches on their screen despite careful usage.

 Xiaomi Redmi Note 3: Common Problems and their Fixes

The fix for this problem can only be to either use a good and touch screen protector or apply great caution while using the Note 3.


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