Xiaomi to Slow down Charging on Phones with Third-Party Batteries in China: Report

Xiaomi to Slow down Charging on Phones with Third-Party Batteries in China: Report

Following in the footsteps of Apple, Xiaomi is reportedly planning to show a warning message for third-party phone battery replacements in China. As first reported by XDA Developers, the Chinese smartphone giant is planning to even slow down the charging speed of phones with third-party batteries.

Xiaomi May Slow down Charging in Phones with Unauthorized Battery

The change was spotted in version 5.6 of the Mi Security app. If the phone detects an unauthorized battery, it will show a warning that informs users that the battery should only be replaced by an authorized service provider. It also adds that an unauthorized battery may damage the device.

“This device was equipped with a built-in battery that should only be replaced by an authorized service provider. Replacing the battery elsewhere may damage this device. Using unauthorized batteries may result in battery swelling, overheating, and leakage, It may also cause fire or other hazards. Do note use unauthorized batteries,” reads the warning.

A pop-up message also confirms Xiaomi’s plans to reduce charging power to ‘protect your device’ if you make an unauthorized battery repair. Since the warning doesn’t explicitly mention charging speed, it could also mean capping the overall battery capacity. Check out the warning below, courtesy of XDA Developers:

xiaomi unauthorized battery warning
Image: XDA Developers

According to the report, the warning will currently show up only on select Xiaomi devices such as Mi 9, Mi 10, or Mi 10 Pro in China. It’s unclear if Xiaomi has already rolled out this change in its home country. Other Xiaomi phones outside China are not affected by this change at the moment, but the company could expand the warning globally in the future.

Do you think Xiaomi should slow down charging in phones with unauthorized batteries to avoid potential damage? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

1 Comment

  1. I think it’s a good move, they are playing smart to avoid false law suites from stupid people who get their phones exploded because of third-party batteries.

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