How to Use 2 SIMs and A MicroSD Simultaneously On RedMi Note 3

The RedMi Note 3, manufactured by Xiamoi is one of the most popular smartphones in their RedMi series range. Released in March of this year, the RedMi Note 3 has really taken off in popularity all across India due to the combination of high-end specs at affordable prices. Already the smartphone has sold over 2.3 units.

The dual SIM feature on the RedMi Note 3 allows users to put more than one SIM in their mobile hand device at any given time.

But is there a way to have two SIMs plus a microSD at the same time?

The answer is yes!

Keep reading to find out how.

About The RedMi Note 3

Before we jump into the main bulk of this article, let us first look at the product that allowed us to put it together in the first place.

The Xiamoi RedMi Note 3 slogan is “Rise to power”, and they certainly have done that with this release.

The smartphone hand device was first released to the Chinese public in November 2015, before then being brought to the Indian public in March 2016. The RedMi Note 3 has two variants, the MediaTek and the Snapdragon.

The device runs of an Android designed MI User Interface (MIUI) 7 operating system, which is available for upgrade to MIUI 8.

Both variants of this model feature a 140mm, 1080p display touchscreen, 2 or 3 GB worth of RAM, 5 mega pixel front camera and 16 mega pixel back camera, and much more.

The RedMi Note 3 became India’s best online selling smartphone device in September 2016 after it sold 2.3 million units.

RedMi Note 3 Variants

Let us take a look through the full spec list of the two RedMi Note 3 variants, MediaTek and Snapdragon.

  • MediaTek:

Network

Technology

GSM, HSPA, LTE

Launch

Announced

November 2015

Status

Released in November 2015

Body

Dimensions

150 x 76 x 8.7 mm

Weight

164g

SIM

Dual SIM

Display

Type

IPS LDC touchscreen, 16M colors

Size

5.5 inches

Resolution

1080 x 1920 pixels

Multi-touch

Yes – Version MIUI 7

Platform

Operating System

Android OS

Chipset

MediaTek MT6795

CPU

Octa-core 2.0 GHz

GPU

PowerVR G6200

Memory

Card Slot

No

Internal

16 GB – 2 GB RAM

32 GB – 3 GB RAM

Camera

Primary

13 MP, f2.2, auto focus, flash

Features

Touch focus, face detection, panorama

Video

1080p @ 30fps

Secondary

5 MP, f2.0, 1080p

Battery

Non-removable Li-Pro 400

Stand-by

264 hours

Music Play

60 hours

Miscellaneous

Colors

Gold, Grey, Silver

SAR EU

0.33 W/kg

Price Group

4/10

Communications

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11, dual band, Wi-Fi Direct, Hotspot

Bluetooth

A2DP, LE, v 4.1

GPS

Functional with A-GPS, BDS, GLONASS

Infrared Port

Yes

Radio

Stereo FM and recording

USB

MicroUSB V 2.0, USB On The Go

Features

Messaging

SMS, MMS, E-mail, IM and Push Mail

Sensors

Fingerprint, Compass, Gyro, Accelerometer, Proximity

Browser

HTML 5

Java

No

  • Snapdragon:

Network

Technology

GSM, HSPA, LTE

Launch

Announced

January 2016

Status

Released in February 2016

Body

Dimensions

150 x 76 x 8.7 mm

Weight

164g

SIM

Dual SIM

Display

Type

IPS LDC touchscreen, 16M colors

Size

5.5 inches

Resolution

1080 x 1920 pixels

Multi-touch

Yes – Version MIUI 7

Platform

Operating System

Android OS

Chipset

Qualcomm MSM8956 Snapdragon

CPU

Hexa-core

GPU

Adreno 510

Memory

Card Slot

MicroSD, 256 GB

Internal

16 GB – 2 GB RAM

32 GB – 3 GB RAM

Camera

Primary

16 MP, f2.0, auto focus, flash

Features

Touch focus, face detection, panorama

Video

1080p @ 30fps

Secondary

5 MP, f2.0, 1080p

Battery

Non-removable Li-Pro 400

Miscellaneous

Colors

Gold, Grey, Silver

SAR US

1.26 W/kg

SAR EU

0.56 W/kg

Price Group

5/10

Communications

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11, dual band, Wi-Fi Direct, Hotspot

Bluetooth

A2DP, LE, v 4.1

GPS

Functional with A-GPS, BDS, GLONASS

Infrared Port

Yes

Radio

Stereo FM and recording

USB

MicroUSB V 2.0, USB On The Go

Features

Messaging

SMS, MMS, E-mail, IM and Push Mail

Sensors

Fingerprint, Compass, Gyro, Accelerometer, Proximity

Browser

HTML 5

Java

No

Hybrid Dual SIM Support

The RedMi Note 3 is not the only smartphone in the Xiamoi RedMi series to feature the hybrid dual SIM support. All other previous mobile devices in the range have this integrated into the system.

This feature allows users to work with 2 SIMs, 1 SIM, or 1 SIM and a microSD simultaneously. Meaning users are forced to choose between one of the three options.

Smartphone manufacturing companies have adopted to using the hybrid dual SIM support as it is highly implausible to develop a slim device that is capable of functioning 2 SIM ports and a microSD slot. Xiamoi are no exception.

So let us take a look at how to take advantage of the hybrid dual SIM support feature in the RedMi Note 3.

How To Use 2 SIMs With a MicroSDtwo-sims-microsd-card-together-on-redmi-3

Recently a video has emerged on the Internet that shows how smartphone users that have a hybrid dual SIM slot can use 2 SIMs and a MicroSD at the same time.

However, we must throw caution to the wind and warn you that this hack can be a little tricky and dangerous.

Please watch the below video for a visual guide:

Disclaimer – Before watching, please note that this could possible damage your SIM and microSD cards. If you proceed to copy these guides, you do so at your own risk. We should not be held accountable for any unfortunate damage that may occur.

We hope the video information was informative, but if there was anything you missed whilst watching don’t worry!

Take a look at our step by step guide below on how to do this.

Step by Step Process

Before starting this procedure to allow your RedMi Note 3 smartphone to be fully operational with 2 SIMs and a microSD, you will need the following items:

  • A SIM
  • A SD Card
  • A Gas Lighter
  • Super Glue
  • Forceps
  • Scissors
  • Felt-tip Pen
  1. Firstly, you will need to cut the SIM card with the scissors. Bear in mind, those who have a micro or Nano SIM will not need to cut the card.

  1. Make a mark on the SIM for when you will need to glue the SIM. This is an important mark and if you do it wrong it will not work.

  1. Using the gas lighter, heat the SIM card for about 1 to 2 seconds. Make sure you do not burn the card as this will fry the data.

  1. With the forceps remove the plastic around the actual SIM. This should come away from the SIM easily and effortlessly.

  1. Now that the SIM is removed, glue the SIM to the SD card. Remember to make note of where you have placed a marker to ensure you glue it correctly.

  1. Once this is try and sturdy, it is time to test the combined SIM and SD card to see if they work together. Open the back of your phone and place it in the SIM slot.

  1. If you have glued the SIM, the wrong way the phone will not register the SIM. Also, the mobile will not register if you have fried the SIM whilst using the gas lighter.

  1. Now you have tested to make sure it works, put it in your RedMi Note 3 smartphone! You are ready to go and experience 2 SIMs and a microSD simultaneously.

If you have done this correctly, followed each step; then this will work for you!

Although the phone system is not designed to work with two SIMs alongside a microSD, the mobile hands device is more than capable to function and service normally.

We hope you have enjoyed this article and found all the information relevant and useful.

If there is anything that has gone wrong or something you’re having issues with, please feel free to leave a comment below.

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