MIUI 7 Global Released: How to Download and Install It

MIUI 7 Global Released: How to Download and Install It

Xiaomi on Tuesday announced that it has made available MIUI 7 global stable builds for a range of devices. The new version of Xiaomi’s mobile OS is available for download from the company’s official forum, and is also being rolled out in the form of an OTA update.

Stable MIUI 7 builds are available for the Xiaomi Mi 3, the Xiaomi Mi 4, the Xiaomi Mi Note, the Xiaomi Redmi 1S, the Xiaomi Redmi 2, Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime, the Xiaomi Redmi Note, and the Xiaomi Mi Pad. There’s no word on when the Xiaomi Mi 4i will receive the update.

Based on Android Lollipop, MIUI 7 comes with a number of features such as four built-in themes, a daily lock screen that changes its wallpaper everyday, and a new mode that gives a user the option to lock down apps they don’t want their kids to access.

As for improvements, the company claims that MIUI 7 offers up to 30 percent better response time than MIUI 6. Users should also find it light on battery as some tweaks on how the operating system handles the background apps have been introduced.

If you’ve never flashed your device – manually installed the ROM on your handset – you should wait for the OTA update to arrive for your phone. Users can check the Updater app on their MIUI device to see if the OTA update has arrived for them. If it has, users should press Update, and then press Reboot now once the download completes to finish the installation.

Alternatively, you can follow the instructions below to install the latest flavour of Xiaomi’s take on Android for your handset.

What you need to know before updating the device is that there are two builds available for your device: Fastboot, and Recovery. Updating your handset using the recovery build is easier, and furthermore, it doesn’t wipe your existing files and settings. Fastboot requires you to download the Mi PC suite on your computer, and using this method wipes the files and settings on your device.

Users running stable MIUI 5 or MIUI 6 stable builds are recommended to wait for the OTA update, or flash the full ROMs in recovery or using Mi PC suite. If users are running the MIUI 7 China developer build, or the MIUI 7 global beta build, they are recommended to flash the full ROMs after wiping all user data, as they will not receive the update over-the-air.

If you wish to wipe all your settings – preferable only if your device has some issues – you can follow the instructions mentioned below recovery mode.

Below we’ve explained how you can update to MIUI 7 using the Recovery ROM, Mi PC Suite, and Fastboot ROM.

How to update using Recovery mode:
1) Take a backup of all your data. Save all your photos, contacts, downloaded files to your computer or save it to any of your favoured cloud storage service such as Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive.

(Also see: How to Back Up Your Android Smartphone)

2) Download the MIUI 7 build corresponding to your smartphone.

  • MIUI 7 (Recovery ROM) for Xiaomi Mi 3 (665MB)
  • MIUI 7 (Recovery ROM) for Xiaomi Mi 4 (665MB)
  • MIUI 7 (Recovery ROM) for Xiaomi Redmi 2 (652MB)
  • MIUI 7 (Recovery ROM) for Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime (652MB)
  • MIUI 7 (Recovery ROM) for Xiaomi Redmi Note (692MB)
  • MIUI 7 (Recovery ROM) for Xiaomi Redmi 1S (682MB)
  • MIUI 7 (Recovery ROM) for Xiaomi Mi Pad (543MB)
  • MIUI 7 (Recovery ROM) for Xiaomi Mi Note (711MB)

3) Rename the Recovery ROM you downloaded to update.zip on your computer.

4) Connect your smartphone to the laptop using a data cable, and copy the ROM file downloaded into the root directory of the internal storage of your device. Ensure that you haven’t placed the file in any other folder.

5) Now you have to enter the recovery mode to initiate the installation process. There are two ways to put your phone in the recovery mode:

  • Method 1: Launch Updater app on your device, click the icon at the top-right corner, and selectReboot to Recovery mode to enter.

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  • Method 2: You can also turn off your device and then hold both Volume + button and Power button at the same time to enter Recovery mode.

6) Once in Recovery mode, you can use Volume +/- to select up/down, and Power button to confirm.

7) After entering Recovery mode, choose your preferred language, and select Install update.zip to System One and confirm. Doing this will initiate MIUI 7 installation to your device. Wait until the update is completed, choose Reboot to System One, and then your device should boot to the MIUI 7 version.

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How to update using Mi PC Suite
This method is only meant for users running stable bulds of MIUI 5 or MIUI 6.

1) First, download Mi PC Suite and install it on your computer.

2) Turn off your device, press the Power button and Volume down button at the same time to enter Fastboot mode.

3) Connect your device with the computer with a USB cable.

4) Open Mi PC Suite and let it find your device. Then select Update. If the update is available, clickUpdate now.

How to update using Fastboot mode:
Installing a Fastboot ROM is a little bit more complicated, and you can follow the instructions below.

1) Download the MIUI ROM Flashing Tool from the Xiaomi website.

2) Download the Fastboot ROM for your device from the links below.

  • MIUI 7 for Xiaomi Mi 3 – Fastboot ROM
  • MIUI 7 for Xiaomi Mi 4 – Fastboot ROM
  • MIUI 7 for Xiaomi Redmi 1S – Fastboot ROM
  • MIUI 7 for Xiaomi Redmi 2 – Fastboot ROM
  • MIUI 7 for Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime – Fastboot ROM
  • MIUI 7 for Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G – Fastboot ROM
  • MIUI 7 for Xiaomi Mi Note – Fastboot ROM
  • MIUI 7 for Xiaomi Mi Pad – Fastboot ROM

3) Switch off your Xiaomi smartphone. Hit the Volume- key and the power button at the same time to enter Fastboot mode. Now plug in your device to a Windows PC or laptop via the Micro-USB cable.

4) Double-click on the Fastboot ROM file you downloaded to your PC in step 2 to decompress it. Open the folder where this decompressed ROM is saved and copy the folder path.

5) Now decompress the flashing tool you downloaded in step 1. Then double-click on it to install it. After this, open MiFlash.exe and in its address bar, paste the folder path copied in the previous step. Now click the Refresh button and MiFlash will recognise your device.

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6) There are three options you can choose from at the bottom: Flash all will flash all the files, and wipe all userdata and all files in internal storage. Flash all except storage will flash updated files, wipe user data, but will not delete files in internal storage. Flash all except data and storage will only flash the updated files, and will not wipe user data and files in internal storage. To preserve your user data make sure you select Flash all except data and storage.

7) After this, click Flash button towards top right to flash the ROM to your Xiaomi smartphone.

8) Wait till the progress bar fills up. You will then see a message next to it that reads: “The operation completed successfully”. Your device will automatically reboot and have MIUI 7 installed.

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How to Download and Manually Install Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow on Nexus Devices

How to Download and Manually Install Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow on Nexus DevicesThe first major update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow has begun rolling out to Nexus and Android One devices. If you are the impatient kind who wants to download the update immediately, then you can do it manually. Google has released Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow factory images for various devices in its Nexus range.

We’ve listed the new features in Android 6.0.1 and if you have one of the eligible devices, you will get an OTA update soon. The following devices will get Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.

There are several risks involved with manually downloading and installing Android factory images. You could lose all of your data and the process is pretty complex that’s best avoided if you are new to this kind of a thing.

(Also see: Best Android 6.0 Marshmallow Features)

Android 6.0 Marshmallow is currently available for the following devices – Google Nexus 5, Google Nexus 6, Google Nexus 7 2013, Google Nexus 9, Google Nexus Player, Google Nexus 6P, and Google Nexus 5X. Here’s how to manually install Android 6.0 Marshmallow on these devices.

1) Download and install the latest Android Studio Preview on your Windows computer. This installs the ADB and Fastboot programmes, which can be accessed through the command terminal on your PC.

2) Add the SDK folder to the PATH by following these steps:

3) Right click My Computer and click on Properties.

4) Click on Advanced System Settings.

5) Click on System Properties > Advanced > Environment Variables.

6) In the Window, select Path, then click on Edit, and then type in the name of the directory where you installed the SDK, and remember that each entry is separated by a semi-colon.

7) Enable USB debugging on your device. First, go to Settings > About Phone > Software information.

8) Tap Build number seven times.

9) Go to Settings > Developer options. Tick USB debugging.

10) Download the correct factory image for your device.

Android 6.0.1 for Nexus 5

Android 6.0.1 for Nexus 6

Android 6.0.1 for Nexus 7 2013 Wi-Fi

Android 6.0.1 for Nexus 7 2013 Mobile

Android 6.0.1 for Nexus 9 Wi-Fi

Android 6.0.1 for Nexus 9 LTE

Android 6.0.1 for Nexus Player

Android 6.0.1 for Nexus 6P

Android 6.0.1 for Nexus 5X

11) Extract the image on your computer. This should give you a tar file. Extract it again.

12) Connect your device to your computer over USB.

13) Start the device in fastboot mode.

The easiest way to do this is to hold a key combination while powering up the device. For Nexus 5, hold the volume up, volume down and power buttons while powering on the device. The full list of key combinations for different devices is here.

You can also boot into fastboot mode using the ADB tool: With the device powered on, go to the command terminal and execute the following: adb reboot bootloader

If needed, unlock the device’s bootloader through your computer using the command terminal and executing: fastboot oem unlock

1) Open a command terminal and navigate to the unzipped system image directory.

2) Execute flash-all.bat, which was a part of the unzipped image file. This script installs the necessary bootloader, baseband firmware(s), and operating system. For this to work, you need to have added the folder where ADB and Fastboot are installed to the system’s path as described in step 2.

3) When this is done, Google recommends that you lock the bootloader for security. You can do that by booting the device in fastboot mode while still connected via USB, and using the command terminal to execute: fastboot oem lock.

That will install Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow on your Nexus device. For more tutorials, visit our How To section.

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How to Download Your Instagram Photos and Videos

How to Download Your Instagram Photos and Videos

Instagram, the photo-sharing service, has become one of the most popular platforms for users sharing moments captured with friends, family, and others. In September, the service passed the 400 million user mark with over 80 million pictures shared daily. Last month, Instagram claimed that the numbers of monthly active Indian users had more than doubled over the past year.

But have you ever tried downloading a copy of the photos shared on Instagram? As you may have discovered, the social network only lets users post photos and videos – it doesn’t allow anyone (even you) to save or download the photos from within the app. This way the service tries to protect the rights of the Instagram users who share photos on the app. But there are few workarounds that can help users to save the photos they have uploaded to Instagram.

Via third-party apps on the phone
One of the most widely used third-party Android apps to download Instagram photos is InstaSave, which allows you to save Instagram photos to your device storage, so you can see the pictures anytime, anywhere. The InstaSave app can be downloaded via Google Play.

Note that this and the other apps and services mentioned in this article are third-party software not affiliated to Instagram. These apps use Instagram Oauth for login, which means that although your password remains secure, the entire feed is accessible to the apps. And it’s important to note that you can’t always be sure about the password security either – see instances of rogue apps later in the article. If you understand this, it’s safe to proceed with use of these services.

instasave_screenshots_ndtv.jpgTo save your Instagram pictures, download the InstaSave app on your Android device, and sign in with your Instagram credentials. Once signed-in, the InstaSave app will show the photo stream and will allow images to be selected for download. Users can then choose the photos to download and tap the save button, which appears below the photo with a download icon. On tapping the icon, users will be offered with the location where the photos will be saved on the mobile device. You can then find the photos using the Gallery app on your device. InstaSave also allows you to search for users and tags to find images to save.

Android users can also use other apps, such as Photo Saver For Instagram, for downloading Instagram photos. On the other hand, iOS users can download InstaGrab – a new way to view all your Instagram pics from the App Store, to download Instagram photos to the camera roll on the device. The iOS app functions similarly to the Android apps mentioned above.

While the apps mentioned above worked at the time of filing this report, it’s possible that Instagram policy changes may break them in the future. Instagram recently limited third-party apps after an app named InstaAgent was found to ‘harvest’ user names and passwords and send them to an unknown server. The app called “Who Viewed Your Profile – InstaAgent” was available for download via Google Play and App Store was able to send user credentials to a remote server in clear text.

instagram_generic_iphone_nexus_official.jpgDownload Instagram Photos on PC
Users can also download Instagram photos on their PCs to keep a copy of the shared photos on the desktop. Note that like the apps mentioned above, this is a third-party website, and not affiliated with Instagram. To download the photos from Instagram, users will need to go to the Instaport website on their browsers of the computer.

1) Log-in to Instagram using sign-in details.

2) On signing-in, users can either choose to download entire photos or just some of the select ones.

3) On selecting the photos to download, Instaport will ask for a location to keep the photos.

It’s worth noting that users will download the Instagram photos using the Instaport website in .zip files.

Save your own Instagram photos while posting
One of the easiest ways to keep a copy of your Instagram photos on your mobile is by opting to save both photos as well as videos on the device while posting available. The feature is available to all users in the app settings.

1) Go to your profile.

2) Tap on Options icon (Settings icon on iOS, hamburger menu on Android).

3) Slide the Save Original Photos setting to on.

instagram_setting_photo_backup_ndtv.jpgOnce Save Original Photos option is set to on, photos will automatically saved to your phone’s photo roll every time you post something on Instagram.

Note that people using Instagram on Android may see a delay in photos appearing in their phone’s Instagram photo album.

Did these steps help in downloading your videos and pictures from Instagram? Do you know any other apps or services to achieve the same? Let us know via the comments. For more tutorials, visit our How To section.

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