How to install the Xiaomi App store (Google Play Alternative) on your phone!


Learn how you can get the Xiaomi App store, Google Play Alternative on your Android phone or tablet in less than 5 minutes!

For whatever reason it might be, the country you live in, the device you have etc, there are sometimes situations where you need an alternative to the Google Play Android app store. In my case, living in China, I find many of the apps I wish to download aren’t available here even popular Chinese chat app says it’s not available to download through Google Play! Not to mention other country specific apps and apps which say they aren’t compatible with my phone when they clearly are.

There are plenty of ways to circumvent these problems, tricking your phone to believe it’s another device, using a VPN etc, but I find the easiest, fastest and most simple way is to just install an alternate app market and my fave is the Xiaomi App market.

How to install the Xiaomi App Store on your Android device

The Xiaomi App store comes pre-bundled on each Xiaomi phone, but it is also available via web browser and can be easily installed on your Android smartphone or tablet. Follow these simple steps to install the Xiaomi App store on your phone:

  1. Before you do anything head in to the Settings on your Android device and go to General > Security then scroll down to ‘unknown source’ and check the box.unknown sources xiaomi
  2. Now that has been done open the browser on your Android device and head to: app.xiaomi.com. This is the browser based version of the Xiaomi app store and you can download apps from here if you like, but it is more convenient to install the store on your phone.xiaomi install button
  3. At the very top of the Xiaomi App store pagte you will see Xiaomi store icon (like an orange bag) with a green button next to it. That’s the download option. Hit that and let the application download.
  4. Once download is complete your phone should begin installation and you will have to choose install you can check through the permissions.xiaomi market installed
  5. You should now have the Xiaomi App Store installed on your phone.
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Tips for using the Xiaomi App Store

Although the app itself should be in English (if you have your phones language in English) many of the apps use Chinese names. Still it is easy to find many though the ‘Ranking’ and ‘Category’ menus.

xiaomi app market

You might also find some apps on here which would normally be paid apps in the Google Play Market. I’m unsure if Xiaomi have a deal with the developers or not.

Finally always be careful when downlaoding apps from third party stores. I have only written this how to up as I have been using the store for the past 12 months on various phones with no issues.

We’ll be posting more how to articles soon.

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15 Comments

  1. Hoàng Vững
    December 27, 2013

    Infact, with international user, they need google playstore. The Xiaomi Market is in chinese, so hard to use. Also, copyright is something that not clear in Xiaomi Market.

    P/S: Xiaomi Mi3 will be out this 31 Dec 2013, what do you think, Andy? 😀

    • Simon
      December 28, 2013

      Is that the WCDMA version ?

      • Hoàng Vững
        December 28, 2013

        Yes!

        • Simon
          December 28, 2013

          Wow amazing. But I’ve made up my mind, i’m going with the Nexus 5. Xiaomi will have to wait at least 12 -15 months before I now consider one of their handsets (whatever that will be).

  2. Guest
    December 28, 2013

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    • Guest
      December 28, 2013

      Is that the WCDMA version ?

    • Guest
      December 28, 2013

      Yes!

    • Guest
      December 28, 2013

      Wow amazing. But I’ve made up my mind, i’m going with the Nexus 5. Xiaomi will have to wait at least 12 -15 months before I now consider one of their handsets (whatever that will be).

  3. Kiswum
    December 28, 2013

    I tested it on my Tablet and Mi2, but it doesn’t work (anymore). That’s too bad, there are a few cool apps in the Xiaomi Market, like EA games for free 🙂

  4. Guest
    December 28, 2013

    I tested it on my Tablet and Mi2, but it doesn’t work (anymore). That’s too bad, there are a few cool apps in the Xiaomi Market, like EA games for free 🙂

  5. Paul Griffith
    October 22, 2014

    Hi! Thanks for your article. Am writing this on 22/10/14. I’ve just bought a Mi3. For some reason it has no Mi market app and when I try via app. Xiaomi. Com the green button option doesn’t appear. Any suggestions are very welcome. Thanks

  6. Guest
    October 22, 2014

    Hi! Thanks for your article. Am writing this on 22/10/14. I’ve just bought a Mi3. For some reason it has no Mi market app and when I try via app. Xiaomi. Com the green button option doesn’t appear. Any suggestions are very welcome. Thanks

  7. March 12, 2017

    Thanks, nice article. I need for my Redmi 3x.

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  8. Ady Kenzie
    March 12, 2017

    Thanks, nice article. I need for my Redmi 3x.

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  9. Upulika Meegoda
    October 22, 2018

    I want to app store install