Sync Google contacts with MIUI on Xiaomi smartphones

Although Xiaomi devices with international firmware have Google services and the Play Store, unlike their Chinese counterparts, there are sometimes problems with contact synchronization. The problems are caused by the MIUI Android variant, but there is a solution. Here we explain how to synchronize your Google contacts.

The problem with MIUI and the Google contacts

Although international firmware is installed, problems with Google services can sometimes arise with smartphones imported from China. On Xiaomi smartphones, it happens that Google contacts do not synchronize, even if the remaining Google apps work without problems.

The problem is found more often on Xiaomi smartphones than expected. Behind it is the heavily customized Android interface MIUI. Sometimes the system is a little overzealous when it comes to conserving battery life or saving memory, and tends to block processes that it thinks are useless.

Sync Google contacts on Xiaomi MIUI

Syncing Google Contacts is easier than expected. It is important that the necessary app is installed:

  • Opens  Settings
  • Selects  installed apps
  • Searches for Google Contacts Sync .

If it does not exist, you can download the APK file manually . 

xiaomi contacts sync

To solve the problem, MIUI has to be told to allow synchronization.

  • Follow the steps above to select the app.
  • Then activates the autostart
  • The following changes are then necessary in the Permissions submenu:
    • Change and delete contacts
    • Access to contacts
    • Access to accounts
    • Start in the background
  • You set no restrictions in battery saving mode

Now you have to restart the smartphone. Then you can check whether it syncs correctly. It takes a few minutes to download all contacts. But that’s about it!

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Did this guide help you fix the problems? Do you have any other problems with Xiaomi smartphones?

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