Xiaomi's Mi Robot vacuum finally has an English language pack

One of the main drawbacks of Xiaomi's Mi Robot vacuum cleaner was that the user interface was limited to Mandarin. The robot vacuum is sold exclusively in China, and those looking to import it had to rely on Google Translate to decipher the menu options. Thankfully, an update rolling out to the Mi Robot includes an English language pack, making it easier for you to see the vacuum's options and set cleaning schedules.

You'll be able to install the English language pack by navigating to the Mi Robot's settings within the Mi Home app (opens in new tab). Once in settings, head to Voice pack, and select the one that says English female voice at the bottom of the list.

Xiaomi Mi Robot

Once you have the language pack installed, you'll be able to see the options for cleaning and docking the robot vacuum, and you'll be able to monitor the cleaning time and area covered while the vacuum is active. It's certainly a nifty addition, and one that makes the Mi Robot much more useful outside of China.

Xiaomi Mi Robot review

For now, the Mi Robot is limited to China, but Xiaomi is likely to bring the vacuum cleaner to India at some point this year considering it demoed the product at various launch events over the last six months. If you're looking to pick one up outside of Asia, you'll have to resort to resellers like GearBest.

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Harish Jonnalagadda
Senior Editor - Asia

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.

  • We've had one of these at home as part of a research project my wife is involved with (home automation and the like). With this model you truly do get what you pay for. It doesn't get right to the edge of the rooms, can't cope with anything larger than a Rice Krispie and gets confused by carpet runners. Although they are more pricey, Roomba's and Samsung's offerings are a much better proposition. Best of the bunch though is the Dyson 360 Eye. It's nearly three times the price of the Xiaomi one but it covers all household terrain, gets right up to the edges and picks up large debris. It was so good we bought one ourselves.
  • Are you glueing the rice crispy to the floor? I have one of these xiaomi vacuums and it picked up afew loose mosaic tiles from the laundry floor that we didn't even realise were loose even though we walk over them. I put flour in the corner against the walls and it picks it up no problems at all. It picks up pet hair no worries. I fail to believe yours can be so bad, this xiaomi vacuum is so much better than other robots friends and family have. My in laws bought a roomba and stopped using it after 3 months as it wasn't cleaning the floor. My wife and i are so happy with the xiaomi if we move to a 2 storey house we plan on buying a 2nd one.
  • that's the exact opposite of what everybody is saying in singapore. this xiaomi vacuum works better than the roomba, neato, and the LG or samsung equivalents in many scenarios. the neato or roomba would spoil or have very weak battery life after just a few months or a year.
  • The one we had was adequate at best. Obviously YMMV, but in every respect the Dyson was the better machine.
  • How much does Roomba and Samsung pay you to slander their rivals? Does it matter how successful you are or is this fine with so many people refuting your claim?
  • wao this is the great devie ever
  • Whole house clean special combination
  • This vacuum outperforms all competitors and has so much suction for something so small. When I used to own an iRobot I used to use it like a toy or a go between so I'd still have to vacuum myself sooner or later. This thing does exactly what the iRobot was supposed to do! I already threw out my old vacuum!
  • Anyone knows the cost of importing it to the US, if you buy it from gearbest, how much can I be expecting to pay to customs?
  • Here is a price comparison in Chinese stores: chinaprices-pl/product/xiaomi-mi-robot/