This Is How To Change MiBox Language To English Without Root or Jailbreak

8/21/2015 Joshua Wong 36 Comments

As mentioned on my previous post about how to change your MiBox default Chinese language to English without root or jailbreak that might damage your mibox.

Here's a quick tutorial. It will only take you less than 5 minutes.



First thing first, MiBox is actually an Android box that only sold in China thus it only has Chinese language. Aside of that, the MiBox limited to certain user-access settings thus you could't really tell it's an Android based OS.

The trick to changing the default language to English is very easy by installing a launcher app that can allows you to access to more settings of the MiBox.

You may use any launcher for Android and for this tutorial I'll be using XHLauncher. You can download it HERE and copy it into any flash drive. You will be using it next.

This is the default home screen that display only Chinese characters.



First, navigate to the settings icon



It will bring you to this page. Tab on the security and permission logo as per below



This is bring you to setting to allows you to install third party apps.

Tap on the second selection to enable "Install Unknown Apps"



Change it to allow



Next, go back to Homescreen. Plug in the flash drive that you have saved the XHLauncher.apk file into the MiBox's USB.

Press up on the remote control and it will bring you to the menu as below



Press on the USB logo and you will see the USB storage. Allocate the XHLaunch file that you saved and install it.



Once done, go to homescreen you will see this this icon and run it.



It will bring you to a new home screen like below. Navigate to settings



Look for language selection that has an "A" icon



Go in and you will see language selection.



Now change it to English.



The settings menu now become English



Same goes with the home screen



Now you can have English language menu and settings for your MiBox without the hassle of rooting or jailbreak that may damage your MiBox.

This method should apply the same for MiTV

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36 comments:

  1. works perfectly! thanks! few questions:
    1. Do you happen to know how to clear app's cache? I can't seem to find the option under settings-apps and Kodi is now stuck.
    2. how can I delete MIUI interface or make a different app as default? again, don't have the option under settings.

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    1. This you would required to install Clean Master to do the cache clearing.

      As for the UI you can only flash to different ROM and that is very risky

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    2. Thanks for the quick reply!
      one more thing,Kodi seems to fill up my internal memory to its limit, causing the app to stuck and cache clearing just wont cut it for the long term.

      I installed a 16GB SD card but can't seem to install or move Kodi there, I understand that I need to have root access for that.
      I'm currently using 1.3.102 firmware and every ROOT tool I used fail to do the job (360root, kingroot, iroot etc...) Do you happen to have a solution? either a different rooting method or downgrading the firmware version in some way to enable root?
      Please save me :)

      Thank you very much!

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  2. Thank you for this tutorial, it is extremely useful

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  3. thx for your tutorial. but do we need vpn to watch the channels? do we need to pay more for new movies?

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    1. No VPN required for most of the movie apps unless some US/China based apps like Netflix

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  4. Nice post.

    Can you select the movies languages/subtitles (like english, spanish, portuguese)? Are the audio movies and subtitles only in chinese?

    Thanks.

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    1. That is subject to the movie apps that you use

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    2. Hum...Sorry, I wasn't clear.

      It is said that the mi boxes has some sort of free content/huge catalog (movies, series, documents etc). Is this content only in chinese?

      I'm Thinking about getting one (mi box) and use a VPN server to access this content.

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  5. I've tried but unfortunately it not happen like the tutorial :(

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  6. Problem when install XHLaunch. The launcher can not installed... Can you help me to fix it

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  7. not work for me. i think this has limitation to latest version

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  8. Does anyone know if this works with the latest Mi Box (Cortex-A9 dual core 1.5 G processor running Google CTS certified MIUI TV based on Android 4.2)? Thanks.

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  9. Hi, I made some other selection in the security folder, then I have been not able to restore the right settings and when I tried to run the launcher it didn't install. How can I reset the mibox?

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  10. Hello,
    I tried this method with the Xiao Mi TV3 (without the box) and it didn't work. Do you have a solution for the XiaoMi TV3 without the box ?
    thanks,

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  11. Does anyone know how to unjailbreak this device?

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  13. Hello,
    It works for MiBox 2.
    English even for Homescreen.
    Now I need to figure it out how to do root or install Google apps :-)

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    1. Use kingroot... Work flawlessly to root mi box

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  14. do you know if roms from different models work? I have a USA firmwareware for md-16-ab for mitv3s
    my box has model md-19-aa, but it also a 3s.
    do you think both roms will work with each other

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  15. I have MI3 box without USB which is in Chinese. How can i convert this box to english, Please need your help

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  16. What Will it work for a mi TV ?

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  17. Looks like Joshua is not monitoring his post but relying on his last statement to follow him on facebook for the latest. So, it also appears that with product upgrades the solution provided is not compatible or useful with newer versions of the MI box. There was one stray post that announced it worked. However, that was not clear as to what worked so that leaves us back at square one and a look at facebook to see if Joshua is still even on there. For those of you whom have tried this procedure it works all the way up to the install. When you return to the homescreen the icon is not there. Since some of us do not read Chinese it is hard to follow installation process when you arrive at the screens that are missing from Joshua's presentation. It would be nice if he, Joshua, would periodically check on his post and redirect everyone to his facebook page thus letting us know that he follows up and that the facebook follow is still alive and kicking and at the ready with updated solutions. For now it is a hit and miss. Good luck ya'll.

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  18. I have a mi box 1s and the steps above still apply. I got the play store in it, 95% of the Chinese text in English and rooted

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  19. Guys! Got a mibox from China while I was There! Didn't realise there was a Chinese and an international version. Is there a way to replace it with the international version software? Please help me! I'm a noob when it comes to things like this.

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  20. went through the process, however I probably have a later version. The launcher opened in english. Everything else stayed in chinese.

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  21. Maybe the software has been updated since this piece, Languagee still under Padlock is now a globe icon click on top one one & English is down the bottom. I Tried MI-TV Manager App already loaded U& is as good as Cleanmaster only use clean & boost though its very powerful! I had to do a reset but you don`t lose your downloads which is great Bill

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  22. is this device has captions option in other languages?

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  23. It appears that launcher has been updated ! Vital language bit doesn`t view in Firefox but does in Opera! the Icon "A" is still under Padlock but is NOW CHANGED to world Globe Icon Click on it select top one click on it & see ENGLISH down the very bottom click on it & select English Language click on it and its done . Mi TV Assistant app ( Now viewing in English ) is as good as Cleanmaster ! APK`s can be downloaded for everything including Play Store install them from a from Flash Drive "Reset" is a type of System Restore Go easy with the cleaner booster it`s a VERY strong Program & will take everything just the mild first entry ! I`m talking from Experience!

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  24. Could you change it to Spanish language too?

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  25. this updates my settings but not my home page any idea on how to do this

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