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Known situation: How to force reset the Band? when using Pebble smartwatch too
Complications: Phone MI app cannot connect to the band, I do not get any notifications about my emails, ...

Phone: Samsung Galaxy S4
Phone OS: Cyanogenmod 13 (Temasek's unofficial Rom)
Activity band: Xiaomi MI Band 2 (unstable here)
Smart watch: Pebble Classic 1 (stable notifications here)
Pebble firmware: 3.12.2 (newest 9.8.2016)
Pebble hardware: V3R3

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    The Mi:2 is quite new, so it might not yet be mature. But you could try an alternative Android app for that: Gadgetbridge has Initial support for Mi Band 2 and always welcomes testers. I'm using it with my Pebble Time Steel and am really satisfied. If you're willing to give it a try, you can install the app from F-Droid.
    – Izzy
    Aug 9, 2016 at 14:49
  • Check the Wiki first, Masi :) Tapping a Gadget's entry usually opens the list of apps installed on it. Try tap-and-hold (long-Tap) the entry, that gives you a context menu. As for uninstalling the original apps: nobody forces you to do that. I'd leave them installed for the moment; once you find you no longer need them, you can still uninstall them. I've never used (or even installed) the original Pebble app, I found it too intrusive ;)
    – Izzy
    Aug 9, 2016 at 15:23
  • Have you checked with the wiki, as I recommended? Sorry, but I can't guide you through the entire project step-by-step here ;) There's e.g. a Getting started with Pebble (as mentioned, for the Mi the wiki still has huge gaps – and I cannot help with that either as I have none).
    – Izzy
    Aug 9, 2016 at 17:06

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The Mi:2 is quite new, so it might not yet be mature. But you could try an alternative Android app for that: Gadgetbridge has Initial support for Mi Band 2 and always welcomes testers. I'm using it with my Pebble Time Steel and am really satisfied. If you're willing to give it a try, you can install the app from F-Droid.

A few things to note on Gadgetbridge:

  • GB is privacy focused. Thus it e.g. doesn't request the Internet permission (and probably never will), which means that watch apps/faces requiring that won't be able to do the corresponding jobs unless they come with a companion app. However, there are plans for an internet enabled addon which might add that feature for those who want it.
  • at the moment, multiple Gadgets cannot be connected to GB at the same time. Again, this is something being worked on.

Gadgetbridge is a quite active project, so don't give up if you miss something. Also, it has a pretty good Wiki you should make sure to check (and you're welcome to contribute to that: I've meanwhile covered most of the Pebble part – but not having a Mi I had to leave the gaps open in that section ;)

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  • How do you manage the installation of Pebble Apps in your Pebble? Aug 9, 2016 at 17:32
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    See: Pebble Watchfaces (apps on your Pebble (aka Watchfaces), where to find, how to use/manage, known issues/limitations) ;) There is no market integrated, if you mean that. I usually download apps manually (link in the wiki – important: the dev_settings=true in the URL, or the download link won't be shown).
    – Izzy
    Aug 9, 2016 at 20:19
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Do steps as described in Izzy's answer and particularly in Gadgetbridge's wiki where the main point is (1). I found out the stability increases significantly in using both systems at the same time by

  1. Have the latest firmware in Pebble, disconnect Pebble official application, use Gadgetbridge of F-Droid to connect to Pebble
  2. Use Mi Band's official application to use it.

Result: both systems can be controlled once again; Pebble's official application is complicating for some reason with Mi Band's software.

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    Thanks, Masi – I didn't know about the side effects the official Pebble app has on MiBand. Hope you like Gadgetbridge – and maybe you can help feeding the Wiki on MiBand topics (feeding the Wiki was my way to say thanks for the great work the GB people do ;)
    – Izzy
    Aug 9, 2016 at 19:03
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    @Izzy I updated the wiki here github.com/Freeyourgadget/Gadgetbridge/wiki/… in the section Pebble. Aug 9, 2016 at 19:51
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    Cool, thanks a lot! Feel encouraged to continue – and enjoy Gadgetbridge :)
    – Izzy
    Aug 9, 2016 at 20:22

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