Accidentally deleted data from your Mi account or bought a new Xiaomi phone and need to restore data? Lucky for you, there’s a solution in both cases, and a pretty successful one at that. Don’t update anything before you go through with the process, and act as quickly as possible. It’s possible that the data was overwritten if a lot of time passed, especially if you enabled auto-sync. For method 3 to work, don’t copy new files over, especially if they’re large, such as music or movies. With that said, this is how to recover Mi account data.
Can you sign in to your Mi account?
For anything to happen at all, you need to be signed to the same Mi account that has the data. So, make sure that’s possible.
- Go to Settings in your app drawer.
- Tap on Mi Account (it’s usually under the Apps or Accounts sections)
- Sign in with your credentials.
- If you cannot, here are two guides that can help you. Read how to recover Mi account password and how to Recover Mi Account ID.
Steps required to recover Mi account data
We’ll assume you’ve logged in. Proceed by using one of the three methods.
Method 1. Restore from Xiaomi Cloud backup
This method hinges on the fact that you enabled Xiaomi Cloud in the past. Furthermore, you had to have enabled auto-sync or periodically manually synced files. Also, items you deleted within the last 30 days are saved in the Trash Bin. Here’s how to check.
- Connect to Wi-Fi, hotspot, or use your mobile data.
- Open Settings.
- You should see Mi Account and Mi account ID next to it.
If you don’t, you need to sign in.
- Tap on Sync below.
- Toggle the switch next to Auto-sync data.
- Tap on Xiaomi Cloud. Now, you have 3 main options.
If you deleted your files by accident, do this.
- Tap on Deleted items.
- A Trash window will open.
- Tap on View items in Xiaomi Cloud.
If you’re looking for specific data, tap on Gallery, Contacts, Notes, or Messaging, and it will be filtered.
- Tap (or long-press) on the file, then tap on Recover.
To automatically download different types of data, follow these steps.
- Scroll down and find the Sync app data headline.
- Scroll down a bit, and make sure it says On next to the type of data you want to recover.
- If it says Off, tap on that data type to open a new window.
- Toggle Sync automatically and Download datatype from Xiaomi Cloud automatically.
To clarify, datatype will be replaced by contacts/photos/messages/notes, depending on what you chose.
- Give it a little time, depending on the speed of your Internet connection, how many files are there, and what their file size is.
This option is very useful after a factory reset. If the type of data are installed apps, your home screen layout, or certain system settings that you removed, follow these instructions.
- Tap on Home screen backup at the top of the screen.
It doesn’t matter if it says Off or On next to it. The only prerequisite is that you enabled it in the past.
- Toggle the option on, and give it time to download.
Method 2. Open Xiaomi Cloud in your browser
- Log in to Xiaomi Cloud with your Mi account.
- You will see a simple list of options: Contacts, Messages, Gallery, Recordings, and Notes.
- Click on each data type to preview items inside.
- Click on Send to device in the bottom right corner.
- Select your Xiaomi phone from the list if you have multiple connections to the same Mi account.
- The data will be sent to that device, provided the Internet was enabled.
Method 3. Use a third party software on your computer
This is a desperate attempt. You should only use it if you never backed up your data before the disaster struck. You also need to know that deleted data is overwritten with time. For that reason, your chances of recovery are greater if you act quickly. It will require you to connect your Xiaomi phone via USB. Depending on the data, you might or might not have to root your phone too.
Furthermore, you have to choose software to entrust this task too, free or paid. Our favorites are FonePaw Android Data Recovery and Gihosoft Android Data Recovery. We have good news – we’ve made a step-by-step guide on how to recover Android phone after factory reset for both. Lucky for you, the steps are identical.