Mi PC Suite is the Xiaomi and Redmi phone assistant we can use to connect our Mi phones to Windows PC for internet sharing, file management, phone backup and recovery, Mi device flashing and more. In a related article, we used it to mirror Xiaomi and Redmi phone to PC. Lately, I get a new Mi phone and hope it would work as well. Unfortunately it can’t connect to PC via the Mi PC Suite.
Run PC suite on computer, connect Mi device to computer via USB data cord. Once the Xiaomi phone is connected. Go to My Device tab in Mi PC Suite, it says, “The version of MIUI you’re using is too old“. On my Xiaomi phone, I double checked it is the latest MIUI on the device, no update available. On the Mi user forum, I found many other Mi users have the same problem and here are some workarounds may work.
- Enabling USB debugging on Xiaomi phone can fix the connection problem. Note that the new MIUI update has added an item named ‘USB debugging (Security Settings)‘ which need also to be activated on your Xiaomi or Redmi phone. Refer to previous linked guide for more details. And this solution allows me to successfully connect Xiaomi Redmi phones to Mi Phone Manager on PC.
- Go to Settings -> Additional Settings -> Privacy and enable Unknown Sources to allow app installation from unknown source on Xiaomi.
- Some claimed the issue was resolved after disconnecting and reconnecting the device to PC via USB.
- Rebooting Mi phone or restart the Mi PC Suite seems to work sometimes.
There could be many different reasons why the connection failure error shows up. However we still can’t find a solution from the development team yet. As we mentioned above, the new USB debugging setting caused the issue according to our experience. If you ran into the same problem, you can try the fixes mentioned above. If the issue can’t be resolved and the Mi PC Suite shows the same error, you may consider third party software solutions.
Mi PC Suite (Mi Phone Manager) alternatives
You can follow these steps to share PC internet with Xiaomi phone; to backup your content, do not miss out this tutorial to backup data from Xiaomi to PC; and we have just many choices to mirror Xiaomi phone screen to computer. Do not hesitate to leave us your feedback if any in the comment section below.