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How to install the Google Play Store on the Xiaomi Mi Box Mini



This TV media player is primarily intended for the Asian market and because of that it does not have Google play Store. Still many online shops like Gearbest are selling the Xiaomi Mi Box Mini, and there are already instructions online for installing Google play Store.

But this instructions are not working anymore because they are delivering this box with newest software. Also it has to be rooted to install the Play Store. And I also recommend to use Bluetooth mouse or keyboard with touchpad because it is much easier to complete all steps for installing Google Play Store.

First, you need to setup the Xposed Framework

  1. Download the Xposed Framework APK
  2. Install the Xposed Framework onto your Mi Box Mini
  3. Launch Xposed Installer on the Mi Box Mini
  4. Select Framework

MiBoxMiniscreenshot_2015353435. Select Install/Update to install the framework

MiBoxMiniscreenshot_20150621-13434336. Select Grant if the SupreSU popup

MiBoxMiniscreenshot_2015345345437. Select Ok to reboot

MiBoxMiniscreenshot_201545345435Second step, setup the HDXPosed Module

  1. Download the HDXPosed module
  2. Install the HDXPosed module onto your Mi Box Mini
  3. After rebooting, launch Xposed Installer
  4. Select Modules

XiaomiMiBoxMiniscreenshot_201534234325. With a Bluetooth mouse or touchpad connected to the Mi Box Mini, check the HDXPosed box in the upper right corner.

XiaomiMiBoxMiniscreenshot_20152432436. Exit to the Mi Box Mini screen and reboot the box

Third, setup the Google Play Store

  1. Download all Google APKs from here and here
  2. Install all APKs onto your Xiaomi Mi Box Mini
  3. Launch apk with Chinese letters

2015_11_28_13.10.574. After you launch this apk click on white button in the middle

Screenshot_15. Be patient and wait to correct problems

6. After that it will be shown a red screen, just click the orange button at the bottom

Screenshot_27. Be patient again and confirm to install Google play Store

8. Now you will need to reboot the box

9. Launch apk with Chinese letters again and after loading click blue button

10. After that you just need to configure Google play Store

screenshot_234343434311. Select Existing account and enter your email and password

screenshot_2015543533412. Select Accept Google’s terms of service

screenshot_254345435413. Now you can use the Google Play Store 🙂

2015_11_28_16.55.59It is also known that the Google Play Store does not know Xiaomi Mi Box Mini capabilities, so most applications are not compatible. But I have written a guide how to get work working on the Google Play Store. This guide you can find here.

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  1. Kamil

    Jan 4, 2016 at 10:06

    Hi, i am not able to install ask witch chines letters “Error posing the package” any ides ?

    • johnny

      Jan 4, 2016 at 13:39

      did you try again ? or can you give me screenshot ?

    • johnny

      Jan 4, 2016 at 13:40

      did you try again or can you give me screenshot ?

  2. Sakat

    Jan 9, 2016 at 20:27


    Thanks for your tutorial but I’m having some problem. I’m using a Xiaomi Box Enhanced edition (小米盒子增强版, MDZ-09-AA, Android 4.4.2) with freshly reinstalled last update (v1.3.111). I’m in China but using a working VPN (I can open Youtube in Chrome).

    Everything went well until Google asked me to sign-up. I tried to reboot, change the VPN server, force quit and clear the data of all Google apps, enable the localisation, change the local time to the one of the VPN I’m connecting through… nothing helped.
    Then I installed Youtube separately and it told me that I first need to update Google Play Service which brings me back to the “Add a Google Account” page. The version of Google Play services installed was 4.4.52 (1178655-036). So I downloaded the new version from apkmirror. Then Youtube (version 10.47.54) runs but tell me “there was a problem while playing” when I open a video and I still can’t sign in.

    I have the following version installed:
    – Google Account Manager: 4.4-927798 (code:19)
    – Google Play services: 8.4.89 (2428711-036)
    – Google Play Store: 6.0.5 (code:80430500)
    – Google Services Framework: 4.4-927798 (code:19)
    – Youtube: 10.49.59 (code:108959634)

    Do you have an idea how I can fixed the video that can’t be played on Youtube (the app, not in Chrome) and that loggin that takes ages?

    Thanks in advance!

  3. Jack

    Jan 10, 2016 at 02:17

    Instead of getting the orange on from the chinese app, I get blue. What should I do?

  4. Mr.q

    Jan 10, 2016 at 10:56

    Hi, i signing done but not connect on mibox pro. Please help

  5. Mr.q

    Jan 10, 2016 at 11:02

    Hi, I’m signing done. But play not connect. Please help on mibox pro

  6. Ralf Berghoff

    Feb 3, 2016 at 08:39

    Hi, Box is rooted sucsessfully, i missing the chinese Letter Icon ? I think i have delete it.
    Can everyone post it ?



  7. ahmadi

    Feb 19, 2016 at 19:12

    I cant found the google apk with chinesse letters… Kindly share the link?

  8. Nishant

    Feb 23, 2016 at 05:25

    Thank you very much for this guide. I could finally install playstore on my Xiaomi tv2 55″ and it works! To thos of you can’t find the google apk with chinese characters, it’s actually in the second HERE in the links provided to download.

    • johnny

      Feb 23, 2016 at 16:19

      Great 🙂

      Thank you Nishant

      • balaji gopalan

        Jun 28, 2018 at 17:51

        hi johnny
        can i try it in xiaomi projector

    • Rexhep

      May 13, 2016 at 19:57

      Chinese letter icon not installed on my box mini can you upload it apk file to install it?

      • johnny

        May 15, 2016 at 15:22

        sure, just check my article, there you can find download links.

  9. francisco

    Mar 12, 2016 at 22:30

    it says that the service is not connected :S what should i do i have a mi box 2

    • johnny

      Mar 14, 2016 at 16:47

      can you try again ?

  10. hasan

    Mar 17, 2016 at 02:09

    hi bss ı try your thıng but someting goıng wrong can u take a video for us.

    thank you so much

  11. Ong

    Mar 24, 2016 at 06:20

    I follow your steps. But when i open my playstore, it always displayed “error retrieving information from server-RH-1”.

    Any fix?


  12. Ong

    Mar 24, 2016 at 12:16

    I followed your steps but I get Error retrieving information from server [RH-01]. DO you have any solutions?


    • J2dw

      May 12, 2016 at 07:20

      Having the exact same issue too. Please help. 🙂 thank you

      • johnny

        May 12, 2016 at 11:55

        did you try this method above ? 🙂

  13. Sky

    May 2, 2016 at 14:16

    Quick question, I think my mibox came rooted so I was wondering, how do you ‘install’ Xposed Framework? Do you load it on an SD card or what? Thank you!

  14. Robson

    May 18, 2016 at 15:25

    Thank you! Excellent!

  15. Robson

    May 18, 2016 at 16:52

    I did everything I had . Only it does not appear the HDXpoused module to install ?

  16. hanggoroz

    Jun 22, 2016 at 00:41

    Can I use this on Xiaomi Mi Tv3?

  17. Sean

    Aug 27, 2016 at 16:51

    When I press install it tells me failed to get root access
    MAke sure that your device is rooted properly and you have not blocked shell comands

    What do I do ?

  18. ahpo

    Sep 21, 2016 at 11:44

    ya, im having same problem as Sean.. failed to get root acess 🙁 how?

    • ahpo

      Sep 21, 2016 at 13:19

      oh yeah, successfully rooted. But Google play is not working.. unable to open. 🙁

  19. Eimie

    Nov 3, 2016 at 11:26

    Hello, is it the same for xiaomi tv box 3?

  20. Shane

    Dec 3, 2016 at 04:54

    Can’t get passed the framework install. Nothing happens

    • Shane

      Dec 3, 2016 at 05:56

      Actually it says it is not compatible, so now what??

  21. rolf

    Jan 20, 2017 at 23:18

    hi, there appears no red screen after clicking the white button on the chinese apk. everything is checked and ok but no red screen with orange button. only a blue button and some green chinese letters to choose.

    please help

  22. Laxmikant

    Feb 28, 2017 at 01:39

    Hi can i use on mi TV 3 s

  23. hl

    Mar 10, 2017 at 01:39

    after restarted, everything goes back to square one. I have to open the chinese apk and do step 6 (After that it will be shown a red screen, just click the orange button at the bottom) again. After restarted still not installed

  24. Elmar

    Apr 24, 2017 at 21:16

    Can I delete framework and app with chinese letters? To many apps I have to install)

  25. Ashok

    Jun 22, 2017 at 07:42

    After rebooting there is no loading happening to click blue button. it only shows the white button

  26. Tran Khai Kiet

    Aug 20, 2017 at 06:05

    Does this method support all MiBoxes?

  27. Giovanni

    Jan 2, 2018 at 15:29

    With Mi box mini, after all when I try to log in to my Google account I see:
    There was a problem communicating with Google servers.
    And now?
    PS: I tried today. To find the orange bottom I’ve searched on the right menu!!
    Thanks a lot

    • Giovanni Sebastiani

      Jan 4, 2018 at 16:42

      finally i install play store. I’ve repeated the procedure and now it work. unfortunately when i meke a research play store is close. but i can download with my accont the apps that i can see in the home of google play.

  28. Selva

    Aug 17, 2018 at 13:15

    When I press install it tells me failed to get root access
    MAke sure that your device is rooted properly and you have not blocked shell comands
    What do I do ?
    Same issue as others.
    Pls help.

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World’s First 4K Broadcast Encoder with 5G Modules a Milestone for Cogent and Huawei



Cogent and Huawei jointly concluded phase one tests of the industry’s first 4K broadcast encoders integrated with 5G modules at Huawei’s Shanghai Wireless X Labs (X Labs). The successfully piloted end-to-end (E2E) broadcast service marks an important step toward the commercial adoption of 5G media industry applications.

The encoder is the world’s first industrial pre-commercial product that supports both 5G non-standalone and standalone (NSA/SA) technologies and this is the first time integration tests have been carried out for media applications in conjunction with Huawei’s MH5000 modules. In the future, 5G 4K broadcast backpacks will become more compact and lightweight, featuring only encoders and batteries and with no need for customer-premises equipment (CPE) and mobile phones, while also offering stronger capabilities and improved battery life.

5G 4K broadcast backpacks were first introduced to the media industry in 2019, delivering 4K video broadcasts by tapping into such powerful 5G capabilities as wide coverage, high bandwidth, and low latency. Utilizing these features, 5G networks offer an ideal alternative to optical fiber links, microwave links, and outside broadcasting (OB) van systems required for 4K video transfer to studios in real time, while also enabling reliable real-time multi-camera, cross-region coordination and remote dispatching. As a result, traditional video transmission systems have now been resized to fit small backpacks and video collection and editing tasks can be completed on site, transforming conventional broadcast techniques.

The 4K broadcast encoder has two integrated MH5000 modules developed by Huawei, providing transmission support in dynamic traffic sharing mode for 40 Mbps 4K videos. This product supports both 5G NSA and SA networks in video transfer to cloud-based servers, where videos are then distributed to post processing devices. At the same time, the cloud-based servers support service level agreement (SLA) monitoring, which allows key performance indicators (KPIs) to be dynamically collected for networks and services in order to better determine if the link quality meets video upload requirements.

“5G commercial industry applications are integrated with 5G modules and native SLA monitoring functionality and require tailored optimizations for wide-area wireless service mechanisms,” said Zhao Qiyong, Director of Wireless X Labs. “5G 4K backpacks integrated with 5G modules are a typical example of the efforts being made in this area. 5G networks and associated terminals are already seeing large-scale commercial adoption and Huawei will continue to work with industry partners to enable vertical industries with 5G technology and evolve these showcases to real-world commercial applications.”

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Huawei’s Horizon Digital Platform for Cities to Build Fully Connected Intelligent City



Huawei Announces Latest Cooperation Efforts at SCEWC 2019

The ninth Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) is held in Barcelona from November 19 to 21, 2019. Huawei, together with more than 20 industry partners and customers, jointly attended the event under the theme of “Building a Fully Connected, Intelligent City.” Based on the Horizon Digital Platform and Intelligent Operation Center (IOC) for cities, Huawei showcased a wide-range of urban applications, such as intelligent education, intelligent healthcare, intelligent government, as well as the latest strategic cooperation with Barcelona. Meanwhile, at the EU-China City Forum, Huawei demonstrated its strategy in intelligent city construction and substantial practices in cities worldwide. Additionally, Huawei released the Smart City Development and Governance Standpoints Paper during the expo to encourage governments to adopt a systematic approach to digitalization and be economical in developing smart cities, while sharing Huawei’s point-of-view on smart city governance.

Building a Future Intelligent City in a “More Intelligent Way”

The EU-China City Forum was held on November 19. Shan Zhiguang, Director of the Informatization and Industry Research Department at the State Information Center, Rudolf Niessler, Principal Advisor for International Relations at the European Commission, and Sun Fuyou, Vice President of Huawei Enterprise Business Group shared their views. How to integrate various new technologies, connect information silos, efficiently govern data, and promote organizational and process transformation are common concerns between China and Europe, which are also challenges Huawei is dedicated to helping customers address.

“Smart city development needs to consider both technical and human factors, and needs to be done more intelligently,” said Mr. Sun. “It is a government-led initiative that requires a long-term, continuous process of development. Innovation, trial, and constant iteration will be key. An integrated digital platform can help powerful ecosystem partners conduct agile development and iterative operation based on the individual needs of the city.”

Based on the Horizon Digital Platform, Huawei launched the “HiCity” Intelligent City Solution, which optimizes the integration of a variety of new ICT technologies and data to streamline service processes, share service data, and transfer information flows, reducing the threshold for the use of new technologies and makes integration easier. Together with ecosystem partners, Huawei aims to better support the governance and innovation of smart cities.

Economic Vitality and Systematic Planning Are the Keys to Intelligent City Development

During the expo, Huawei officially released the Smart City Development and Governance Standpoints Paper. Through urban case analysis, the paper comprehensively details two typical models and six paths of how intelligent cities empower urban development. It is proposed that “economic” and “systematic” will be the keys to urban development.

The paper offered four initiatives on intelligent city construction. First, adaptation to new trends and shifting of the role of governments can accelerate intelligent city deployment. Second, adopting an economy-driven model can boost economic vitality. Third, systematic planning is needed to build a comprehensive and layered intelligent city capability system. Fourth, multi-faceted efforts help secure the sustainable development of intelligent cities.

During the expo, Smart City Industrial Ecosphere (SCIE), with Huawei as a member, reached strategic cooperation with the SCEWC to develop all-round cooperation in new technologies, industry incubation, industry standards, and industry ecosystems. Huawei hopes to contribute to the intelligent city standards, help cities build and enhance global competitiveness in the process of digitalization and intelligent transformation to jointly realize the vision and dream of a great city.

At the SCEWC, Huawei showcased its latest intelligent city solutions:

  • IOC: A visualized, efficient, and intelligent city “brain” that enables visual management of city assets.
  • Horizon Digital Platform for cities: This helps customers achieve the overall planning of urban infrastructure, enhance the business experience, and accelerate the launch of services. It also provides partners with integrated ICT infrastructure capabilities, accumulates industry assets, and unifies open interfaces to enable more efficient development and innovation.
  • Intelligent applications: Including intelligent pole, intelligent road analysis, and intelligent indoor navigation solutions, which integrates with Huawei AR, Wi-Fi, and IPC products.
  • Intelligent education: The Campus OptiX solution ensures superior service experience of classrooms in high-density scenarios. The Wi-Fi 6 solution offers high-bandwidth and low-latency classroom scenarios and the electronic whiteboards that enable remote teaching.
  • Digital hospital: Huawei Wi-Fi 6 medical third-party asset management solution based on Wi-Fi 6, intelligent pharmacy based on Huawei edge computing, as well as Hospital Information System (HIS) and Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS) solutions using Huawei’s dual-active high-reliability all-flash storage.
  • Intelligent customs: e-Government cloud, desktop cloud, national broadband, and government private network solutions.
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How to turn off blue tick on Whatsapp and read messages without the sender knowing




One of the best and in the same time the worst features of Whatsapp is its habit to tell the sent message has been read or not. It is great to know when the message has ben read or is it received at all, but sometimes you just want to read the message, but you don’t want to answer right now. Or you don’t want to answer at all, but you also don’t want to be rude to sender, but those two blue ticks are screaming in his face. So is there a way to hide yourself somehow, to read Whatsapp message without the sender knowing you have seen it? Follow instructions below, or just watch our how-to video on Youtube.

Step 1: Open the Whatsapp and tap on the three little dots on top right corner. There’s an “Settings” option, enter it. After that, choose “Account” and right after that tap on “Privacy”.

Step 2: In order to disable those two blue ticks, find “Read receipts” down below and slide the toggle next to it. Once you do that, none of your Whatsapp contacts will notice wether you read the messages or not. But there is a catch: it works both ways. If your contacts don’t know when you’ve read their messages, you won’t be able to see when they have read yours.

Slide the Toggle next to “Read Receipts”

Step 3: There is one more thing: you need to hide that you have been on Whatsapp too. There is no use of hiding blue ticks, when your contact can see and check your activity on Whatsapp any time. So last step will be to disable “Last Seen” option on top of “Privacy” window. Tap it and select “Nobody”. There, you are safe now!

Tap on “Last seen” and choose “Nobody”.

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