So, the smartphones getting even smarter from day-to-day making things easier.
But not for all!!
The other group of people like Your Grand Mother and Grand Fathers, Uneducated or Visually impaired people find it still impossible to use the latest smartphones.
Even though the Android is Easy to use operating system out there, most of the people still find it complex to use.
For such people, Xiaomi’s MIUI has a perfect solution, called Lite Mode.
Lite Mode is a Simplest Interface with large Icons, Bigger Text and Features Exclusively designed for Elder and Visually impaired people.
The initial introduction of Lite mode has some of the limitations like lack of multitasking. But it was improved in consequent versions of MIUI.
In this Guide, we will learn how to enable and use lite mode in Xiaomi Redmi 2, Mi4 or any other device running on Xiaomi MIUI 6 or MIUI 7 operating system.
How to enable lite mode
It is quite simple to enable:
- Go to Settings > Lite Mode
- Tap on toggle to ON
- Click OK to Reboot the device. (If you are using MIUI 10, No reboot needed)
After rebooting, your device will be now in the.
Similarly, to Disable:
- Go to Settings > System Settings > Lite Mode
- Tap on the toggle to OFF and click OK to reboot.
How to use Lite Mode: Tips
So as you enabled Lite mode you can now observe a completely different User Interface With Bigger icons, Larger text.
To make it extremely simpler to use Xiaomi had made some major changes.
For Example, it has disabled Notification bar, Made Settings Menu simpler and designed Calling & Messaging apps exclusively for the lite mode. Even in this mode the device is fully functional and you can access every app without any performance limitations.
We will discuss each aspect in detail below.
Customise Home screen: Add Apps & Contacts
The home screen contains a Weather app, calling and few other important apps, with 6 apps in a grid on each screen. And all the other apps are hidden which you can access by going to ‘Apps’.
To Add more apps to Home screen:
- Go to Apps > Tap on Menu (3 lines icon) > Add apps to Home screen
- Select the apps you want to add and Tap on Add to Home Screen.
To Add Contacts to Home screen:
You can add important contacts so your Grandparents can Quickly make a Call or Message for that contact:
- From the Home screen, Swipe to Left side and Tap on Add.
- Select from existing contacts or create a new contact to add to Home screen.
To Rearrange icons on home screen:
- Go to Settings > Edit Home screen
- Long-press on an icon and drag it to the position you want to move.
- To Remove an app drag to the top.
To Enable Notification Bar:
Go to Settings > General Settings > Notification Shade and turn-on.
Now you can access the notification and Quick toggles as usually by dragging down from the status bar.
Calling and Contacts –Lite Mode
Xiaomi has also designed a custom Phone and Messaging apps for Lite mode.
The Dialler is Quite simple with Big sized numbers and the Phone will speak out the number as you dial.
And also the Contacts are also displayed in larger fonts and you can find the contacts Alphabetically or by searching. Creating a new contact is also quite simple, without clutter and can also set a photograph.
Another interesting feature is, whenever you receive a Phone call, the phone Speaks out the caller name. For example, if you receive a call from contact Home, the phone rings as
“Home, You have an incoming call”
This is really helpful from visually impaired people who cannot read the callers name on the screen.
Messaging – Lite Mode
Another essential thing any use in a phone and Elder people find confusing is the Messaging App.
But in this mode the messaging app is also custom designed and quite useful.
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Let your mobile read your SMS for you:
Reading a message is quite comfortable with Larger fonts. And even you can have a message read for you. Just open a message and Tap on the message once again, and you hear the message read in a Female voice (Probably in Chinese accent)
So from next time, Enable Lite Mode and Gift it to your grandmother or grandfather. They will surely find it easy to use and love it.
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