Xiaomi Mi A1 Started Receiving January 2018 Security Patch Update; Brings Back Fingerprint Swipe Gestures

Xiaomi is now rolling out a new software update to its Android One smartphone, the Xiaomi Mi A1. The update brings the January 2018 security patches and weighs 89MB in size. To receive this update, you must be on the Android 8.0 Oreo update which was rolled out a couple of weeks ago. Also, with this update, the company brought back the ‘Fingerprint Swipe Gestures,’ which was removed in the Oreo update with version 7.12.29.


This new 89MB update takes the device to version number 8.1.10. The entire installation process took over just five minutes. Once the update gets downloaded on the device, it will install in the background itself, after that it will ask you to restart the smartphone, which will reflect the changes.

It’s unknown whether Xiaomi is rolling out the update to every Mi A1 user with Android 8.0 Oreo or whether its a phased rollout. However, when I checked update on my review unit, it did not show up. But on the other Mi A1 unit, the update showed immediately. So maybe the update is rolling out in batches. To check the update manually, head to the Settings app and go to System Updates section.


Yesterday, we reported that Xiaomi temporarily suspended the Oreo update to the Mi A1 as the company finished the first phase of roll out. Xiaomi may now include the January security patch fixes as well when it starts the second phase of roll out.

It was also reported by many Xiaomi Mi A1 users that the Oreo update brought in way too many issues to the smartphone. Some users even said that their device wasn’t able to make a voice call after updating the smartphone. Some issues in the official Oreo update are camera app taking a lot of time to load, contacts issue, massive battery drain when Bluetooth is turned on, and so on. At this moment it’s unknown whether Xiaomi fixes this issues in the latest update or not.

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Adithyan A
January 14, 2018 12:38 am 12:38 AM
Since it’s a batch release It’ll take time. Else, to recieve the update right now- 1. Go to Settings and open ‘Apps and Notification’ 2. Tap ‘App info’. 3. Press on the 3 dots (extreme upper right ). 4. Select ‘Show system’ and search for- ‘Google Service Framework’ 5. Select ‘Storage’ and Clear the Data. 6. Check now for updates. Tip : If this ain’t helped,try disabling and re-enableing that ‘Google Service Framework’, now check for update. If update ain’t showed, just wait and retry checking updates after sometime.
Anurag Sharma
January 14, 2018 9:24 pm 9:24 PM

Thanks,Above Solution works for me.Now I am downloading Oreo with January Security update.

vijay kumar
January 13, 2018 5:55 pm 5:55 PM

The fingerprint gesture i.e., swiping the notification bar up and down with the fingerprint sensor is working in Mi A1. My phone current s/w version is Android 8.0. But this is not mentioned in settings > Input > gestures.

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January 14, 2018 10:09 pm 10:09 PM

Thanks for the suggestions guys!

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January 13, 2018 7:46 pm 7:46 PM

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