How to Sync Google contacts with Xiaomi and MIUI

Even though Xiaomi is a Chinese Mobile Phone with international firmware having Google services and the Play Store unlike their Chinese counterparts, there will always be some issues with syncing their contacts like always. The problem is caused due to an interference between MIUI and the phone system, but there is always a solution to the problem.

The Problem

As we have mentioned earlier with this smartphone there is a problem with the Google Apps and services like any phone from China. Even if you have installed the app and have a global/ international firmware version for your Xiaomi smartphone, the contacts may not want to synchronize properly. The Google Play Store may be functional but not all the apps, and the contacts.

The problem with Xiaomi smartphone is more common than normal and it is caused due to the custom version of Android which is being used on the phone. MIUI is a skin that personalizes Android in depth, and if you love pastel colors and curated animations, you can’t not fall in love with it. Sometimes, the phone becomes little overzealous with saving the battery life and hence block processes that it considers useless. Here’s how to unlock contact sync on Xiaomi’s MIUI.

How to Synchronize Google Contacts on Xiaomi MIUI

The procedure is simpler than you think. First thing you need to make sure is that you have the right app for syncing contacts installed on your device. Here’s how to check:

  • Go to settings
  • Scroll to the bottom of the list and select Installed apps
  • In the list, look for Google Contacts Sync

If you don’t find the Google app on your phone, you can download it using the Google App Store, or using an APK file.

Now, here’s where we fix the problem. We have to tell MIUI to let this app sync in peace:

  • Follow the steps above to find the Google Contacts Sync app in the app settings and select it.
  • In the screen that appears, enable Autostart
  • In the submenu called Permissions, enable these entries
    • Modify and delete contacts
    • Read your contacts
    • Access accounts on device
    • Start in background
  • Under Battery Saver, Select No Restrictions

Now you just have to restart the phone and check to see if everything is synchronizing properly. After you give it a couple of minutes to download your address book from Google’s servers, you’re done!