If you have a Xiaomi phone, you have MIUI, the Chinese manufacturer’s personalization layer. It is one of the most complete customizations in Android territory, with a large number of hidden and little-known functions. With MIUI 13, the latest version, the possibilities are further expanded, as it comes with important new features.
We are going to tell you what are the best tips, tricks and functions to master MIUI. The goal is that after reading this guide, you know everything that can be done with the personalization layer to get the most out of its functions.
1. Change desktop appearance
The first thing is to configure the desktop of our Xiaomi. To access its settings menu, we must do a long press on any empty space on the screen, to click on ‘settings’. From here we can choose transition effects, remove application labels, configure the search bar provider and even configure the double tap to block, a very useful option.
2. Check out the new widgets
With this long press on the desktop, before opening the settings menu, we will also see the widget option. MIUI 13 comes with new widgets, very visual and in the style of iPhone. Just select the one you want and bring it to the home screen. The ROM is specially optimized to deal with these widgets, so they hardly consume any battery.
3. Change the appearance of multitasking
By default, Xiaomi comes with multitasking arranged vertically. It’s a sleek way to see more apps in less space, although we could go with the classic look. In the launcher settings menu we mentioned, there is a somewhat hidden option called “organize items recently”. If you click here, you can change multitasking to a horizontal interface, Pixel or iPhone style.
4. Take advantage of multitasking options
And, speaking of multitasking, Xiaomi comes with options that should be familiar. From multitasking we can activate the cleaner, perform a security scan, deep clean or manage system applications. In the same way we have a button to create floating windows, very useful to use any application in a small window.
5. Control app behavior of multitasking
To finish with the multitasking section, which is full of options in MIUI, we have the functions that emerge when you press and hold an application. Here we can block the app so that it is never removed from multitasking until we want to do it manually. We can also open the split screen, to use two applications at the same time, as well as quickly access the information menu of the application.
6. Customize the Control Center
MIUI 13 comes with the new Control Center by default, a system similar to that of iOS with quick accesses. There is a small button to customize it in the upper right corner. From here we can add the shortcuts we want, in order to leave this control center to our liking. If we swipe left we will access the notification panel, a useful trick to avoid us having to lower the notification bar twice.
7. Control your notifications
Continuing with the notification bar, if we long press on a notification we will have several options. We can allow or disallow notifications from the application, postpone them or directly open the notification settings menu. This is a quick way to configure this section without going to the full path in phone settings.
8. Configure Notification Effects
Some Xiaomi mobiles, especially those with an AMOLED screen, have effects when receiving notifications. For example, when you receive a message and the screen is locked, the sides of the device light up. If you don’t like this design, you can remove it or, like in my case, set it to light up the screen whenever a notification arrives, like in iOS. The route is quite simple.
Settings. Always-on screen and lock screen. Notification effect.
9. Enable or Schedule Dark Mode
Dark mode is one of the best features of Android, and that is that it can protect our eyes when the light starts falling. In the screen settings, if you click on “schedule dark mode”, you can select the time when it will turn on and off. The most comfortable is to leave it in automatic mode so that it turns on at dusk and turns off at dawn.
10. Set the refresh rate to maximum
Most of the latest generation Xiaomi mobiles have a high refresh rate. In the display settings you will find this setting, and we recommend setting it to maximum. It is true that we spend a little more battery, but what we gain in fluidity is remarkable. Granted, this rate moves between 60, 90, and 120Hz, you’ll notice a big difference when you turn it up.
11. Disable System Sounds
If, like me, you are desperate for the mobile to make sounds for everything (when locking the device, charging, taking screenshots, pressing keys), there is an option somewhat hidden to remove it. This is the route.
Settings. Sound and touch. Additional parameters. Disable anything you want.
12. Adjust app sound separately
A spectacular function of MIUI is to adjust the multimedia sound in various applications, separately. That is, you can set PUBG Mobile to play at full volume and Spotify to play at low volume, to have the music running in the background. This is configured from the sound and touch menu, in the “sound assistant” section.
13. Customize your notifications
In settings, notifications and control center, you have one of the most complete menus to customize notifications. You can choose how they look on the lock screen, floating notifications, icons, and even customize how they look in the notification bar. Likewise, you can go back to the old notification bar if you don’t like the new look of the Apple-style control center.
14. Configure Status Bar
In this same menu, at the bottom, there is an option called “status bar”. The status bar is the bar where phone icons appear, such as time, battery, coverage, etc. In MIUI it can be customized, to put the colored icons, show the connection speed, modify the name of the operator and change the battery indicator. If our mobile has a notch or a hole, we can also hide it, by means of a black bar.
15. Revive the notifications drawer
By default, MIUI does not have an application drawer, a very useful function that we may miss. If we do a long press to access the launcher settings, we will find the “home screen” option. By default it is classic, but we can change it to “app drawer”.
Also, in MIUI 13 we can customize the categories of this app drawer, so that all the apps are ordered to our liking. The interface remains the same, except for a small arrow that indicates the presence of the application drawer.
16. Enable High Performance Mode
By default, your Xiaomi is in balanced mode, to use the low consumption cores of its processor in the usual tasks and only switch to the more powerful ones when games or heavy tasks require it. However, if we want the mobile to fly, from the battery settings there is an option to switch to high performance mode.
We will know that we are in high performance mode because the battery icon turns blue. In this mode we will spend more battery, but your mobile will fly, because the processor will work at its maximum.
17. Enable Optimized Charging
Optimized Charging is one of the best features of MIUI 13. It allows the device to charge slowly from 80%. This is especially important considering that almost all Xiaomi phones have at least 33W fast charging. By activating this option, your battery will last much longer and you will protect it from its inevitable degradation over the years. You will find this option as soon as you open the “battery” settings, by clicking on “battery”, and not on the default mode, “battery saving”.
18. Clean your Xiaomi’s speaker
MIUI is one of the few ROMs that allows you to clean the speaker from System Settings. Thanks to a 30 second audio, we can expel particles and water from the speaker to leave it like new, an important maintenance that must be carried out on any phone. This option is very easy to find, as it is in the additional settings.
19. Find out what Extreme Battery Saver does
Extreme Battery Saver is MIUI’s most beastly battery saving feature. If we activate it, almost all functions of the phone are restricted, we can only use calls, receive messages and another application that we select manually. It’s a great solution when we’re at 10% and only need basic phone functions.
20. Change the sky in your photos
The Xiaomi gallery app has a more than interesting function: that of being able to change the sky of any photo. All you have to do is go to the gallery, click on ‘edit’ the photo and click on the sky option. You’ll find downloadable effects on your phone, so you can select the sky and modify it to your liking.
21. Improve your Wi-Fi
If our Xiaomi is of medium or high range, we will find additional parameters to improve WiFi. Just go to this address.
WiFi Settings WiFi Assistant Smart Network Acceleration Dual Band WiFi Speed Boost
With this function we increase the speed of WiFi by combining the 2.4 GHz network with the 5 GHz network. It is a rather curious feature that allows us to improve performance.
22. Virtually increase RAM
New Xiaomi devices with MIUI 13 allow you to virtually increase RAM. We will find this parameter in “additional parameters”, in the “Memory extension” section. Simply activate the option to increase the RAM memory by a few gigabytes by virtualizing the physical memory.
23. Prevent music from being declined when other notifications arrive
A classic function of Android is to lower the multimedia volume when we listen to music or play videos. The purpose of this is for one to listen to the notification, but it can be quite annoying. In MIUI, fortunately, we can ignore this limitation.
Settings Sound & Touch Sound Wizard Multiple audio sources