Through this guide, you will be able to setup and install Xiaomi Mi 8 USB Drivers on your computer, be it Windows or Mac OS. The Chinese giant recently revised its Mi series with a new smartphone, the Mi 8. With 2018 Mi flagship, the brand also has introduced a built-in fingerprint scanner from Synaptics. The hardware is quite great, no doubt but to use it properly, you need to install correct drivers on your computer system. These drivers are recommended to be installed before you actually connect your Xiaomi Mi 8. Further, once setup, they would help in proper recognition of the device along with allowing utilities such as Fastboot and ADB to work correctly. Ahead, listed are complete steps for setting up drivers for Xiaomi Mi 8.
Users generally head straight to their computers once they get a new phone to transfer files such as music, photos and other data. However, they often skip the step of installing USB drivers which leads to slow transfer speeds and sometimes, even, no connection. It is essential that you first follow the guide ahead, configure the drivers and then proceed towards connecting your smartphone with your computer. Xiaomi Mi 8 official USB drivers are linked right ahead.
Download Xiaomi Mi 8 Drivers and Transfer Files
With the steps ahead, we will show you how to configure Xiaomi Mi 8 drivers on your computer. These drivers would help your computer in properly recognizing the device and would also help in setting up a stable connection between the two. For users who have just bought the Xiaomi Mi 8, this is the first thing you should do before you proceed to transfer all your data. Further, it also applies when you are trying to backup your files from the Xiaomi Mi 8.
How to Enable Transfer Files Mode on Xiaomi Mi 8
If you are new to Android, you may find it slightly difficult to transfer files between the Xiaomi Mi 8 and the computer. It is not as easy as plug-and-play after you connect your phone with a cable to a PC. There is one small option in your phone that you need to change to enable transferring of files. This is done as a security feature in Android to protect files on a locked phone.
Step 1 – Connect your Xiaomi Mi 8 to the computer with a USB-C cable.
Step 2 – Once connected, by default you will be on “Charge only” mode.
Step 3 – To enable transfer files, scroll down the notifications panel on your phone and tap on “Charging via USB”.
Step 4 – Now select “Transfer files” from the options on your screen.
That’s it. You should now be able to access the Xiaomi Mi 8’s phone storage from your computer and easily transfer files between them.
Xiaomi Mi 8 Drivers for Windows
Unlike other smartphone manufacturers, OnePlus doesn’t have its own suite for managing data and configuring USB drivers. Rather, you need to download them manually and install them on your computer.
Once installed, your Xiaomi Mi 8 will be properly recognized by your computer hence allowing other utilities such as ADB / Fastboot to work correctly as well. Further, these drivers would ensure that all data is properly transferred to your smartphone without any corruption.
We have listed down these simple steps to connect the Xiaomi Mi 8 with Windows PC:
- Step 1 – Download USB Drivers for Xiaomi Mi 8 and install it on your computer too. As these are just drivers and not a program, you wont be required to run anything after you have these installed.
- Step 2 – Connect your Xiaomi Mi 8 with the computer using a USB-C cable.
- Step 3 – Now wait for the computer to recognize the device and install / setup necessary files and drivers.
- Step 4 – You will notice several files being installed. Once completed, open My Computer or This PC to find your phone.
- Step 5 – Double-click on your phone and now you are ready to browse through your Xiaomi Mi 8 on the Windows PC.
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Xiaomi Mi 8 USB Drivers for Mac
Connecting Xiaomi Mi 8’s internal storage is relatively easier on macOS / Mac OS X. If you have been a Google Pixel, Samsung Galaxy or Nexus user on a Mac previously, then setting up the Xiaomi Mi 8 should be no different for you. Android File Transfer is a free utility by Google to connect your Android phones (and tablets) to transfer data between the phone and the computer. Android File Transfer misses out on a number of important features and feels very outdated, but it gets the job done and is compatible with almost every Android device out there.
There are known problems with Android File Transfer and the newly launched phones with Android Oreo. Google has yet to announce a major new update to Android File Transfer, but hasn’t done anything to improve this app in the last 5-6 years. To get around this, we discovered a fantastic new free alternative called as HandShaker. It works with macOS and Windows PC. We will talk about that in a bit below.
Make sure you have a Xiaomi Mi 8 and a microUSB cable (preferably, the one that came with the phone). Then follow these quick steps:
- Step 1 – Download Android File Transfer and install it on your Mac computer.
- Step 2 – Connect your Xiaomi Mi 8 with the computer using a USB-C cable.
- Step 3 – Now wait for the computer to recognize the device. It may take a few seconds more if this is your first time connecting a new Android device.
- Step 4 – Tap ‘Allow‘ on your phone screen to allow the phone to communicate with the computer.
- Step 5 – Android File Transfer window will automatically open up with your internal phone memory directories.
This is it! You will have a working Xiaomi Mi 8 connected to your MacBook so you can transfer media content or other files to and from your phone.
Transfer Xiaomi Mi 8 Files to Mac / Windows with HandShaker
HandShaker is the beautiful alternative we mentioned earlier that you can use on Mac (and even Windows) to transfer files from the Xiaomi Mi 8. This app lets you work with your Xiaomi Mi 8 phone files on your Mac computer just like how you would do on a Windows PC. It has a beautiful UI with large icons that makes it very easy to browse through your photos, videos, downloads and all the other files in your Android phone. HandShaker also allows you to connect your phone wirelessly and transfer files.
Transfer Xiaomi Mi 8 Files Wirelessly on Windows & Mac
Even though every other gadget and chargers are moving to USB Type-C, there may be times when you do not have a cable around you. Most probably when you are out of office, home or are traveling. You should also set up your computer to work with wireless transfers. Transferring files wirelessly may be slow, but at times when you really need to connect your phone to a Mac or Windows PC for media content, it should be sufficient enough and get the job done.
We have a couple of tips and guides on how to transfer files between Xiaomi Mi 8 and your computer wirelessly. For starters, you can look into the following apps and install them on your computer or phone:
That’s it! Pretty easy solutions, eh? Let us know if you run into any problems and we’ll try our best to sort it out.
Xiaomi Mi 8 ADB / Fastboot Drivers for Windows & Mac
Now for those of you who plan on developing Android apps, testing, debugging or install any custom ROMs on the Xiaomi Mi 8, you will need to have ADB and Fastboot drivers installed and working in your computer. We have done tutorials on how to set up ADB and Fastboot using Android SDK / Android Studio on Windows and Mac for any Android device
The above mentioned tutorials are very detailed and require you to set up Android Studio / Android SDK on your computer. If you want to skip the long tutorial and just want the SDK Platform Tools package with ADB and Fastboot in it, download that from here:
Again, for any help you need or if you get stuck with an issue, you can always contact us below in the comments and the team of Team Android will be happy to help you out.
You may also like to check out our Xiaomi Mi 8 section for official firmware updates, custom ROMs, tips and other tutorials.