The Amazfit beep It is an amazing smartwatch, but it has its own restrictions, such as that you cannot take calls, answer messages or download applications. Well, you can’t do anything with calls and messages. But what you can do is change the watch face, enable emoticons, remap the single button to activate the camera, control the music, etc.
Also, the more you investigate it, the more you discover. So after a couple of weeks of use, I discovered some great tips and tricks that bypass these restrictions and take usability to another level as well. Along those lines, here are some amazing tips and tricks for Amazfit Bip.
Amazfit Bip tips and tricks
1. Activate emoticons
Amazfit Bip has great readability in sunlight. Whether you’re outdoors, playing on the field, or inside your office, the display is perfect. In addition, you also receive notifications on the watch. The only downside is that it cannot display faces or emoticons. Now you can do it by installing custom firmware, which is the hard way.
Or better use a paid third party app like Notify and be fit for Amazfit which will update the custom firmware for you. But I took a slightly different approach. I used GadgetBridge which is a free open source alternative to the Mi-Fit app. I downloaded these great sources by XDA. Now just open the Files app and navigate to the font file (.ft) using Gadgetbridge. Gadgetbridge will offer to install the font on the device and this will keep your firmware intact and continue to work.
However, this font will not display emoticons, but converts them to human-readable characters or text format. This is a good solution and below is what the smileys look like.
2. Customize app notifications
The Mi-Fit application allows you to configure notifications for each third-party application. However, it doesn’t go deep and allows you to filter these notifications or customize them. Therefore, you can use this application called “Alert Bridge for Amazfit”. It allows you to filter text-based notifications. Just in case, I don’t want to get those spam emails from Facebook about who to follow. So, I configured the filter to remove emails containing the text “Facebook”. Furthermore, you can also configure the application to translate the emojis into ASCII text.
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3. Custom watch faces
The Amazfit Bip has a lot of built-in watch faces that look pretty good. But, in case you want a change, you can always turn to third-party apps. Xiaomi has given the option to load third-party watch faces in the Mi-Fit application. There are a number of watch face apps for Bip. You can try the Amazfit Bip watch or My WatchFace for the Amazfit Bip application.
In case you have created your own watch face or downloaded one from the internet, you need to apply it manually on the watch. Here is a detailed guide on how to install watch faces downloaded from the internet.
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4. Control chamber
Courtesy of the single crown button on the Amazfit Bip, you can use it to click images. However, this option is not provided within the Mi-Fit app. You would have to use a third party app called Mi Band 2/3 and Amazfit Selfie. This allows you to assign a single button to use as a remote camera shutter. The only bargain is that it works with certain camera apps like Circular chamber, Night Selfie Camera, Bacon chamber, Y Free camera. For a detailed how-to guide, read our detailed article on how to set up your Amazfit as a remote camera button.
5. Control the music player
Another amazing use of the crown button is a music player controller. You can even do that using the Amazfit BIP assistant application. Allows you to remap single click, double click and triple click to pause / play, next and previous action respectively. It works for all music player apps as well as YouTube app. The only caveat is that the single click will now not work as a back button.
6. Modify shortcuts and gestures
Just to style it, if you swipe left on the Beep screen, it shows you Alipay and weather. If you swipe down, you will get the DND mode toggle. If you swipe up, you have the notifications without erasing. The single click on the crown works as the back button or alternatively you can slide your finger to the right to return to the menu. Now most of these actions can be customized in the Mi-Fit app. You can modify the right swipe action to show Weather or AliPay.
By default, when you hold down the button, your outdoor running activity begins, which should be good for most of us. However, you can customize it to start a different activity or turn off the device according to your preferences. This can be done through the clock settings menu.
7. Maximize battery life
If you’re someone who rarely exercises, this trick could work wonders. The battery life mainly depends on the watch face you are using. If you stick to the original watch face, it will give you a significant boost in battery life. If you use watch faces that have too much information, the band should update that information periodically. Suppose you are using a watch face that shows battery percentage, step count, calories burned, heart rate, and temperature on the screen. Now this watch face would require all of this data simultaneously from the sensors to keep the watch face up to date.
Comparatively, a watch face that shows only the step count doesn’t need a lot of data and would keep background activities to a minimum. In addition to all this, the Amazfit Bip also has an always-on LCD screen. Therefore, the minimal watch face would save you a great deal of battery life.
8. Third-party applications
Mi-Fit has a great card-based interface design and is the most intuitive smartwatch app. But the only problem is that it comes from China and there is a high risk of data leaking. So if you have privacy concerns, you can completely exit the Mi-Fit app and keep using Bip. You have the open source Gadgetbridge application that allows you to use the Beep without Chinese intervention. You can also install custom fonts and firmware on the Bip via the app.
Another great app is Tools and Amazfit which gives you a detailed view of the data of the Band. It is a paid app and it will cost you around $ 4. The only downside to this app is that it needs Mi-Fit to be installed and paired with the Bip. But it provides many additional features like remapping the crown button, controlling the music player via the Beep, custom watch faces, etc. Alternatively, you can also try the Notify and be fit for the Amazfit application. It is free to download with certain advanced features that are paid.
9. Use it with other training apps
Amazfit Bip is a great activity tracker, but it doesn’t have any built-in training options. For example, I am training for a marathon and I use the Nike Running Club app to map out my training plan. You may be using some other training tracking app. Now these apps allow you to connect external Bluetooth trackers like heart rate tracker, cadence tracker, etc. Therefore, I have linked my Amazfit Bip to the Nike Running Club app as a heart rate tracker.
You can do the same on Strava and other training apps. This allows applications to use your Amazfit Bip as a heart rate tracking device.
These were some of the good tips and tricks made possible by third-party apps or the Mi-Fit app. Amazfit Bip is a great fitness band considering the $ 70 price. You get a band designed with sensors like barometer, GPS, GLONASS, compass, etc. Additionally, the amount of third-party application support and custom firmware takes the usability quotient to the next level.
Let me know in the comments below some of the nifty tricks you use with the Amazfit Bip.
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