Best MIUI 11 Features in Redmi Note 5 and Other Devices

MIUI is a very well optimized Xiaomi smartphone’s custom skin among all the Android skins. Recently, Xiaomi launches its new version MIUI 11 with some minor and great changes as Xiaomi usually does with its updates. All Mi user is getting this update through OTA (Over The Air).    There are some great MIUI features are listed below  


1. Share WiFi Password Without telling them

This is one of my favorite MIUI features since it allows us to share the WiFi with our friends or related without sharing the actual WiFi password. If a WiFi is connected with your mi phone, Go to settings then Wi-Fi then click on the connected network. Now a bar code will appear, scan it in your friend’s device Boom! The WiFi-connected now without a password.

2. Share the Internet with your Laptop without Turning Hotspot On

Best MIUI 11 Features in Redmi Note 5 and Other Devices

Yes. It is possible to share the internet with your laptop without turning on the Hotspot. To do this you need to connect the laptop with your smartphone with the help of a data cable. Now, Turn the internet on in your smartphone (this is the most important to use the internet). Once data cable is connected and internet connection is on, Go to the smartphone’s settings then click More now turn the USB tethering on. Now you can use the internet on the laptop without any problem. (Note: This trick works in almost every android devices)

3. Double Tap to screen on

Best MIUI 11 Features in Redmi Note 5 and Other Devices

This is the oldest and very useful feature especially when you want to check the time without clicking the power button. To enable this feature open settings in your smartphone goto display. On the bottom, turn on Double tap screen to wake.

Note: I would suggest you don’t use this feature if you are very careful with your smartphone battery because it will consume slightly more battery than usual.  

4. Open the Smartphone’s Camera with Volume Button

Best MIUI 11 Features in Redmi Note 5 and Other Devices

This is a very cool and futuristic feature for those users who take selfies within every 15 minutes. This feature allows us to open the camera by pressing the volume button twice. To enable this feature open settings then go to the Lock Screen and Password then turn the Launch Camera on. This feature does not consume extra power that makes it more usable.

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5. Pocket Mode

Pocket Mode is a great feature under the same Lock Screen and Password settings. Sometimes we put our smartphone under the pocket without turning the screen off, here this feature makes the screen freeze meanwhile the screen will stop working at the time in your pocket that can prevent unwanted calls, messages or any other causes.  To enable this feature go to Lock screen and Password then Advanced settings. Now Turn the pocket Mode On. That’s it.  

7. Smart Cover Mode

Now rarely few people are using flip covers. This feature is especially for those users who are still using flip cover. Under Lock screen and password then Advanced settings then click smart cover then turn it on then choose which type of cover you are using. It turns the screen off automatically as you flip the cover to close. It prevents mistyping, unwanted calls, mistouch, etc. 

8. Show Connection Speed

Have you ever seen the net speed monitor? it is the same thing. It shows the exact same internet speed that you’re using on your smartphone. You can use it to check whether your internet connection is working or not or you can check is there any application running in the background?.   This shows the internet speed in KB/s or MB/s on the notification bar. To enable this feature: Go to Settings > Notification & status bar > Show Connection speed, toggle it on. This is a really useful feature in all MIUI based devices.

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9. Notification Shade

Notification shade can be accessed from Settings then Notification & status bar Under the notification shade, there are few other settings which are listed below:

–Collapse After Touch: It is the feature that you can consider to enable it. It collapses the screen after every touch on the notification bar.

–Show On Lock Screen: This is a useful feature for those people who take care of his/her smartphone security on a higher priority. After disabling the feature, you would not able to access the notification bar at the time when the screen is the lock.

–Notification Shade Shortcut: You can switch the shortcut between settings and search on the notification bar. Choose the shortcut that you use most, it makes the accessibility faster.

–Notification Style: MIUI allows us to change the notification style in between Android style and MIUI style. I like to use the Android Style Notification bar.

10. Blur App Previews

Blur App previews is useful when you’re doing some critical or private tasks like online banking, private web surfing, etc. This feature allows us to hide the previews that are visible to the recent taskbar. To enable it to go to the settings then Home screen and recent then blur App previews. Here you can choose your preferred app. See the below image for a better understanding.

11. Emergency SOS

As the name suggests, Emergency SOS 🆘 is an essential feature that is used in emergency cases. You need to add a number to send an SOS message to inform him that you’re in an emergency. It can be found under settings and Emergency SOS. To access the Emergency SOS mode, tap the power button multiple times (at least six times) without skipping. It will automatically send an emergency message to the number that you’ve added before.  

12. Quick Ball

It is a tool through which we can access several things quickly with a quick ball. It can take a screenshot, Lock the screen, Access the recent taskbar, and Homescreen. This quick ball is similar to the iPhone quick ball. To enable it, Open settings then Explore new features above the Mi account, click Quick Ball. Now you can turn on/off quick ball from here. It is very similar to the iPhone quick ball feature.

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13. Hide Apps

This is the best MIUI feature I found in Mi phones. This feature provides us the facility to hide apps from the home screen. I personally use this feature to hide banking apps, etc.
Follow these steps to hide the apps in MIUI 11

  • Go to “Settings”
  • Click “App Lock” from the bottom and enter the password 
  • Slide to the “Hidden Apps”
  • Choose the apps to hide.

To access the hidden apps “Pinch Out the fingers” on the home screen. Note: You need to enter the password to access the hidden apps this makes us more secure.  

14. Quick Replies

Now you don’t have to re-open the WhatsApp or any other messaging app to reply to someone. Quick Reply feature allows us to reply to someone directly from the notification bar. It saves our time a lot. This was an in-built feature but now you’ve to turn it on manually.
To turn on Quick replies:

  • Go to “Settings
  • Then “Explore New features”
  • Click “Quick replies”
  • Choose the preferred apps.

That’s it.

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15. Button and Gestures

There’re lots of ultimate customization you can do with your buttons. You can directly split the screen, force close the app, turn on/off the torch, taking screenshots, launching the camera, etc through just a single button click. You can switch the navigation buttons between the back button and menu button and automatically disable the navigation buttons. You got several options to perform a task and you can choose among them that you like the most. Now the main question is “how to use it?” Follow the given steps:

  • Go to“Settings”
  • then Additional Settings
  • Click “Button and Gestures shortcut”
  • Here you can customize the buttons shortcuts according to you.

16. Notification light

Almost every Xiaomi smartphones have a notification light. Most people only know about notification light that it turns on when plugged in and blinks when they got a notification. But actually, you can change the colors of light for the different scenarios like it will blink blue for notifications and red for the messages. From here, you can disable the buttons lights too.
To access Notification light:

  • Go to “Settings
  • Tap “Additional Settings”
  • Then “Notifications Lights”

That’s it. Now customize it yourself.

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17. Dual Apps

You’ll probably familiar with this MIUI feature. As the name shows, dual apps allow us to use the two apps of the same name as the parallel space app does. It’s like installing one app two times. if you’ve two Facebook accounts you can make the twice of a Facebook app. Now you can easily switch between both accounts without logging in/out. You can access Dual apps directly from Settings.   

18 AppLock

AppLock is a great feature in order to protect yourself from others. Mi AppLock is way secure than any other apps available on the play store. In case you forget the app locks password, you will never able to unlock this until you’ve added mi account or format your device.
Access the Applock directly from the smartphone’s settings. Click the app lock and enter the new password, now choose the preferred apps to lock it.

19. Mi Mover

Mi Mover is very useful to transfer one smartphone’s data to another smartphone. It is more useful when you buy a new Mi smartphone. It transfers the data very quickly to other Mi devices. To use this feature: Go to “Setting” then “Additional Settings” then “Mi Mover“.  

20. Second Space

Unlike the dual apps, Second Space is a different approach. It creates a new space in the same device for the second purpose. The second space looks as new as you on your smartphone for the first time. Here you can separately install apps & games, store files, etc. It is more usable at the time of switching your phone with another person. To use it: You need to open smartphone’s settings and then Explore New Features then Second Space then Turn On the second space then continue. You can easily back to your main space from the setting again.

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21. Mi Pay

Mi pay is the latest feature inbuilt with MIUI. It is similar to the other payment applications like Google Pay or PhonePe, used for transactions. You can easily send money and receive money. Still, there’s no cashback that Google Pay and PhonePe provide.  There’re two ways to access Mi pay, one from settings another from home screen directly. Here we can create an account and log in.  

22. Cast your smartphone screen

Casting the smartphone’s screen to the monitors or projectors is a cool feature in every smartphone. Like MIUI, every android has the option to cast the screen. Most people use it for the presentation. You can use it to watch movies, videos, photos into the projector directly. Cast Screen is available under settings the more the cast screen.     Thanks for scrolling down. I’ve explained every main feature of MIUI 11 that is supported by Redmi note 5 and other devices. There are some other MIUI 11 features I’ve explained in another article that you can read it from here.

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