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in-depth MIUI guide to get the most out of it

26 mayo, 2021

Not all heroes wear capes, but many Android phones do and Xiaomi are among them. If you have a new Xiaomi it is very possible that you want to extract its full potential and know its secrets. So here we bring you our cheat guide for Xiaomi mobiles, with tricks that include from the oldest versions of the layer, such as the MIUI 9 that assaulted us a few years ago, to the MIUI 12 which, with the permission of the future MIUI 12.5, is the most current at the moment.

While some bet on a cleaner system with fewer options, others like Xiaomi prefer to give their users all kinds of little tools, already pre-installed on the mobile to avoid having to download extra applications. Here we leave you our recommendations and shortcuts to take full advantage of MIUI and enjoy a layer of customization that over the years has improved a lot in performance and continues to have as many ins and outs as the first day.

1. Modifying the appearance of the desktop to our liking

Xiaomi desk

The first step to configure MIUI to your liking is to adapt the desktop. Xiaomi offers us square icons with rounded edges and without an application drawer. Swiping to the right we will see all the apps we have. What options do we have to modify the main screen? Holding a press on any screen appears the option to wallpapers, widgets and additional settings.

Changing the wallpaper is very simple, the list of predefined backgrounds is large and we can access more from here. If we zoom in on them, we can set only the part that interests us. The list of widgets has improved in MIUI 9 and we have some for quick actions.

Transition Effects

From the third settings option we can configure transition effects on the screen; turns, waterfall, cube and various other animations. It also allows us to select which screen will be associated with the home button and fill in the empty boxes.

2. Moving more than one application at a time

Move Apps

Another little trick related to the previous one is the possibility of moving the site for applications at the same time. We press and hold any screen and for several versions you can select multiple apps at the same time, and when we move them we will see that from a gesture we will change their position to all of them.

3. Adding shortcuts from the lock screen

Xiaomi Lock Screen

The lock screen is another of the sections of the mobile that we can customize in MIUI. One of the most useful tricks is to establish a shortcut to the left and right and associate it with the application that we want. Since Settings> Lock screen and fingerprint> Advanced settings we can also add personal information to lock screen or set up smart unlock by bluetooth device.

From MIUI 9 in some ROMs in addition to sliding to the right we have a direct access to Mi Home, Mi Remote and the flashlight. It is good to know it since it is one of the fastest ways to light up in the dark.

4. Customizing the quick settings

Xiaomi Quick Settings

Quick settings are another of the easily configurable sections in MIUI. From Settings> notifications and status bar we can choose which quick settings will appear. Another faster option is even to press on the sort icon. We will see the list of which ones we want to appear and in what order.

The operation of notifications also has its curiosities. If, for example, we slide down with two fingers, we can read it without showing it as read.

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5. Eliminating problems with notifications

Whatsapp Xiaomi Notifications

One of the classic problems with customization layers such as MIUI from Xiaomi or EMUI from Huawei is that we suddenly notice that notifications do not reach us, usually those from WhatsApp. It may be because we have a silent mode configured but it may also be because the power manager puts them in the background and prevents them from receiving information. The best idea is make WhatsApp not enter the battery saver.

To do this we must go to Settings> Battery and performance> Energy> Battery saving, select the application and choose the option “No restrictions”.

6. Changing the font size and activating the reading mode

Xiaomi Read Mode

From Settings> Screen we can activate various options that facilitate reading and allow modifying the way the information is displayed. The first of them is him reading mode It reduces the emission of blue light. It will allow us to schedule it so it may be a good idea to set it every day at a certain time of the night.

Another very common option is change the size of the system font or choose the contrast and colors that suit our tastes; from warm to cooler tones.

7. Blocking apps from multitasking


MIUI’s multitasking doesn’t differ much from stock Android’s beyond the layout of the apps. To close all open apps we can click on the icon below. If we slide up we close them and if we slide down we can block them. We will see a padlock that will mark us that this is done.

From Settings> Home screen and Recent we can activate the display of the memory status, to know how much RAM is being used.

8. Accessing the multiscreen


From MIUI 9, Xiaomi mobile users can access the multiscreen, an option that most mobile phones with Nougat already have. From multitasking you can click on the “Split Screen” option. Then you just have to drag one application up and choose the other. Some applications are not supported, but generally it works without problems.

9. Setting the audio with the equalizer

Music Equalizer

Sound is a very important aspect in a mobile and to configure it to our liking we can use an equalizer. MIUI adds one by default, accessible from Settings> Additional settings> Headphones and sound effects. We can also configure the volume buttons of the headset to our liking, in case it has physical keys.

10. Choosing default startup apps

Apps Home

From Settings> Permissions we can access a series of very curious options. In addition to establishing the individual permissions of each application we can choose which applications will start in the background when turning on the mobile.

11. Hiding files


Xiaomi’s pre-installed file explorer is very comprehensive. It allows us to differentiate by type of files and easily navigate through mobile folders, but also allows hide a file and set a password to check it out. For this we must click on the file and click on hide.

12. Recording calls automatically

Record Xiaomi Calls

Xiaomi’s native call application is very complete. One of the most important options is to record calls automatically, be it of all the numbers or only of those that we choose. We will simply choose where we want the calls to be stored and each and every call we make will remain there until the option is deactivated.

13. Controlling the Xiaomi mobile through gestures

Xiaomi gestures

If we go to Settings> Advanced settings> Key and gesture shortcut we will find a series of gestures that we can activate from making a screenshot by sliding three fingers down; launch Google Assistant by pressing and holding the Home button or activate flashlight from lock screen if we hold down the menu button.

Another very useful gesture that is not such is to be able to use the fingerprint reader as a trigger in the photos.

Double touch

We do not forget the popular gesture of double tap to wake up screen, very useful on mobiles with a large screen. We will activate it from Settings> Screen and Double tap on the screen to activate.

14. Capturing the screen in an enlarged way

Long Catch

When we take a screenshot, MIUI also allows us click on Scroll to make this capture longer. It can only be done in compatible applications such as the browser, Google Play or most applications that take up more space than is shown at first glance. Very useful for web pages.

15. The second space of MIUI

Second Xiaomi Space

MIUI allows the creation of a second space. We will find it in the list of settings and when activated it will create a second desktop with your own password and security. Notifications may be shared at our choice and to move from one to another is through a single button. A trick that will be very useful when we want to configure as two users, for example to put personal mode and work mode.

16. Using dual apps

Dual Miui Apps

In Settings> Dual applications we can create a exact copy of an application so that you can use two accounts independently. Very useful if we have dual SIM, we want to have two WhatsApp, Instagram or any other application accounts.

17. Power management and schedule off / on

Xiaomi Energy

MIUI incorporates various very simple tools to control mobile power. We can monitor applications, prevent them from opening, optimize the mobile by closing those that are consuming more battery or schedule a mobile shutdown at a certain time.

18. Locking apps with password

Xiaomi security

From the pre-installed Security app we can access options to clear the cache, increase the speed, perform a security analysis and also set a password to protect the applications we want. Very useful if we do not want the person to whom we leave the mobile to access sensitive information.

19. Scanning QR codes and recognizing texts

Ocr Xiaomi

With the scanner application now We will not need to download any additional application to read QR codes. Just focus and go. It also has an interesting way to read documents, scan them and automatically translate what you put into text. It works that way, but it can get us out of a bind at some point.

20. MIUI one-handed mode

One Hand Mode

The one-hand mode that we will activate from the additional settings allows to reduce the size of the entire system and equate to that of a mobile with fewer inches. If we want to write or move with one hand, be it left or right, this mode works well and can be practical at specific times.

21. Setting up the floating ball

Floating ball

From Settings> Additional Settings we can activate a floating ball that we can move around the screen to our liking. We are allowed select 5 shortcuts such as accessing an application, pressing the home button, back or capturing the screen. Very useful to have at hand at all times the …