In this article, we’ll focus on some of the particularly interesting or potentially useful MIUI features. If you want a more comprehensive look at Xiaomi’s interface, you can check out our full MIUI 12 review. The new MIUI 13 version is also currently rolling out, so you may want to check if your

Finally, not all features are available on all Xiaomi smartphones. For this article, I used a Xiaomi 11T Pro with MIUI 12.5.19. If your smartphone doesn’t have any of the features below, it might be time to upgrade by checking out our comparison of the best Xiaomi and Redmi smartphones in 2022.

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How to watch YouTube videos with the lock screen

To force you to subscribe to its YouTube Premium subscription, Google purposely prevents you from watching videos in the background or with the lock screen enabled on your Android smartphone.

There are many guides and tutorials online to solve this form of “digital blackmail”, but MIUI offers a partial and mostly native solution. Using the Video Toolbox menu, you can start videos while your smartphone is locked and the playback will not stop!

Go to Settings. Go to Special functions. Go to Video Toolbox and activate the function. Still in Video Toolbox, go to Manage video apps and enable the slider for YouTube. Open YouTube, start your video, press the translucent bar on the left or right side of the screen (depending on your choice). In the Video Toolbox menu, swipe left once on the first line. While the screen is off, press Play video sound.

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Your screen will be locked automatically when this feature is activated. / © NextPit

How to disable ads in MIUI

You have to go through several steps to really disable all the ads in MIUI, and doing this would require a whole article to list them all in detail. It’s a good thing we have one tutorial to do, which is linked below. However, you can already start with the most important one, which is to disable the MSA or MIUI System Ads application.

Go to Settings. Go to Passwords and security. Under Authorization and Revocation, disable the msa slider. Wait 10 seconds and press Revoke to confirm.

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This step is just the tip of the iceberg of ads hiding in MIUI. / © NextPit

Doing this should remove most of the ads. But this only pertains to the “system” ads in the MIUI interface. Other ads may remain in some of Xiaomi’s native apps. Therefore, you have to disable them individually. What a joy, isn’t it?

Get MIUI updates faster

Xiaomi does not follow Google to the letter when it comes to updates and implementations of new features. Very often, the conventional wisdom among Xiaomi fans is this: it is not the Android version that matters, but the MIUI version. But like any other Chinese manufacturer, Xiaomi is initially rolling out new versions of its skin in China before doing the same for global versions to the rest of the world. But there is a trick to get MIUI updates for someone else.

Go to Settings. Go to About device. Tap the MIUI version widget at the top left. Tap the hamburger menu at the top right. Go to Update Settings. Under Other, enable the Get early updates slider.

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You can also try to change your region to India or even sign up for the MIUI Pilot program. / © NextPit

With this feature, Xiaomi places your smartphone on the list of those who will be the first to receive the stable versions of MIUI. This means that you can receive the global version of MIUI 13 a few days earlier than other European users. But it also means you’ll be on the front lines of any bugs inherent in any MIUI release.

How to Create MIUI Shortcuts with Back Tap Feature

The Back Tap feature of MIUI allows you to use the double and triple tap gestures on the back of your Xiaomi smartphone to create shortcuts (take a screenshot, etc.).

To enable the MIUI Back Tap feature on your Xiaomi smartphone:

Go to Settings. Go to Additional Settings. Go to Gesture Shortcuts. Choose Tap Back. Choose Double tap back or Triple tap back. Select which shortcut you want to associate with the associated gesture.

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It’s like having two extra buttons on your Xiaomi smartphone. / © NextPit

How To Optimize Your MIUI Shortcuts With Quick Ball

Quick Ball or Touch Assistant is a special feature that allows you to have a virtual hotkey on your home screen. By pressing this floating button (quick ball > ball > shortcut, get it?), you can access a series of 5 shortcuts. You can assign different actions to each of these five shortcuts, such as return to the home screen, switch to silent mode, etc.

Go to Settings. Go to Extra Settings followed by Quick Ball. Activate Enable Quick ball and choose your 5 shortcuts. From your home screen, press the floating bubble to open the Touch Assistant.

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It’s a bit like on Samsung’s OneUI. / © NextPit

The bubble will float, so you can move it as you like on the home screen of your Xiaomi or Redmi smartphone. You can also hide it by swiping to the edges of the screen.

How to cast your Xiaomi screen with the Universal Casting Tool

With Xiaomi, you can cast any content from your smartphone screen to a compatible TV or other type of connected monitor, including the PC.

Go to Settings and choose Connection and sharing. Go to Cast and activate the Cast slider. Scan for devices connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your smartphone. Connect to your TV or PC.

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Xiaomi uses Miracast technology, which is standard on many connected TVs. / © NextPit

This universal casting tool also offers some additional functions such as hiding items on the screen with a tap or casting in the background and even when the screen of your Xiaomi smartphone is locked.

How to remove the Control Center

MIUI’s Control Center is yet another “homage” from Xiaomi to Apple. It’s a shortcut menu separate from the notification panel you love or hate. For those of you who hate it, you can remove the Control Center and go back to the classic screen to have everything on the same screen.

Go to Settings. Go to Notifications & Control Center. Under Control Center, select Control Center Style. Choose ‘Old version’.

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Do you prefer the old drop-down menu (left) or Control Center (right)? / © NextPit

How to activate the FPS counter

Real gamers know that FPS speed is sacred and remains an integral part of the gaming experience. Personally, if Call of Duty Mobile drops even one frame below 60 FPS, I’ll throw my phone in the trash and buy another one before suing the manufacturer. ok i’m kidding!!!

Activate the developer options (press the MIUI version 7 times in the About screen on the phone). Go to Settings and then Additional Settings. Go to Developer Options. Scroll down to the Monitoring section. Under Monitoring, select Energy Monitor. Under Frame Rate Monitor Tools, select Start.

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Play at 60 FPS, make sure your device is worth it! / © NextPit

The information that appears in real time at the top left of the screen overlaps the application screen. To prevent this from happening to you, you can minimize, move, or just close the window. Be careful. This counter is different from the one Google offers and which is also in the developer options (it seems to me that the Google version struggles with OLED screens).

How to activate Super Wallpapers

This is a feature that caused a lot of fuss with the release of MIUI 12, but it won’t be so new in 2022. Super Wallpapers are animated wallpapers from Xiaomi. They include themes related to nature and astronomy, such as spectacular views of Mars. And when you unlock your Xiaomi smartphone, the background impresses with a huge zoom effect.

Go to Settings. Go to Background. Select Super Wallpapers.

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Xiaomi knows how to customize the interface, we have to admit this. / © NextPit

This feature is not available by default on all Xiaomi smartphones. The manufacturer seems to reserve it for Xiaomi, Redmi and Poco smartphones equipped with sufficiently powerful SoCs. In other words, premium mid-range handsets are at the bare minimum. But rest assured, it’s pretty easy to tinker with your own Super Wallpaper on any Android smartphone that uses APKs.

Turn on sunlight mode to increase brightness

Each Android skin offers an adaptive brightness whose level adapts to the ambient light. But not everyone uses it, especially if you are used to playing games on your Xiaomi smartphone. For those who don’t use adaptive brightness, but still want their screen to remain readable outdoors, MIUI offers a “sunlight” mode.

The idea is to automatically increase the brightness as soon as you leave your house. Basically, the brightness only changes when you go outside in the sun. The rest of the time it stays at the level you set.

Go to Settings. Go to Display and select Brightness level. Activate the Sunlight Mode slider (automatic brightness must be deactivated beforehand).

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Handy if you hardly ever leave your cave, like me. / © NextPit

How do you “clean” your speakers?

Perhaps this hidden feature should be kept hidden. Xiaomi claims to be able to “clean” the speakers of its smartphones. The idea is to play sound at levels loud enough to remove the dust that ‘clogs’ the speakers.

Go to Settings. Go to Additional Settings. Enable the Clean Speaker slider.

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Can you believe this miracle solution from Xiaomi? / © NextPit

The cleaning process takes 30 seconds and the sound played is like a siren. Xiaomi recommends that users repeat the operation 2 to 5 times, depending on how dirty the speaker is. Personally, I have absolutely no confidence in the effectiveness of this option, but who knows? Maybe the placebo effect is worth it (and maybe I’m wrong too). This is somewhat comparable to a 2MP macro or depth camera they cram into smartphones…

That’s it for this guide to MIUI’s best secret features and tricks for now. Did you find this article helpful? Have you discovered a feature you didn’t know about? Or maybe you have a tip that is not in this manual? Tell us all about it in the comments.

This guide was updated on March 9, 2022 with tips for MIUI 12. Older comments have been preserved and may seem out of context.

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