How to Install Google Play on a Xiaomi Phone

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If you didn’t buy the Global version of your new Xiaomi phone, you may now be regretting your purchase. It’s a great phone, yes, but if you don’t speak Chinese you may be struggling without the software. Fortunately it’s easy to add all the usual Google services with which you’re familiar.
Note that we’ve installed Google Play on a Note 5A running MIUI 9.5. If you are running an older version of the OS you may not be able to install the necessary software, so it’s worth checking you’re running the latest version first.
How to update a Xiaomi phone
Update MIUI 8
Open the Settings app
Scroll down to and select ‘About phone’
Tap the link at the bottom of the screen for ‘System updates’
Follow the prompts to install any software that may be available
Update MIUI 9
Open the Settings app
Tap the top link for ‘My device’
Tap MIUI version
Tap Check for updates
Follow the prompts to install any software that may be available
How to install Google Play on MIUI 9
Assuming you are now running the latest version of MIUI, you’ll need to enable the installation of apps from unknown sources, then install the various Google services required to run Google apps on your phone.
Open the Settings app
Tap on ‘Additional settings’
Tap on ‘Privacy’
Toggle on the button for ‘Unknown sources’
Open the Mi App Store
Search for ‘Google’
Tap Install next to the top result – a 0.2MB file
Once installed press Open
Tap the large blue circular button on the next screen
The installer will run through the installation of the various services required: the Google Services Framework, Google Account Manager, Google Play Services, Google Calendar Sync, Google Contacts Sync, and finally the Google Play Store. Tap Install for each when prompted
Once the Play Store has been installed tap Open
Enter your Gmail address and password, and agree to the permissions
Google Play is now installed on your device, and you can install apps from here as you would on any other phone, including Gmail, YouTube and Google Drive
Read next: Best Chinese phones and Best budget Chinese phones

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