The MIUI 12 was in beta testing when I published top 12 features of MIUI 12 article. But, now MIUI 12 global stable version has been released officially and also some more features has added to its UI. Today, we’ll be decoding the top 17 features of MIUI 12 along with hidden settings.
Features of MIUI 12
We have listed all the major update changes to MIUI 12 including features and hidden option. To update your Xiaomi smartphone to MIUI 12, open updater app from settings and check for update. Read this article to the end to see if your device eligible for MIUI.
1. New Control Center
New control center is truly amazing feature in MIUI 12. The notification icon (Internet data, Bluetooth, WIFI, etc) gets more bigger and attractive. Also, you can access all the quick settings from notification bar by swiping down the screen from right side and access all the recent notification from left side of the screen. Along with that, you can customize notification panel by clicking on edit icon. By default, the new notification panel is turned off in some Xiaomi device. Open MIUI 12 Settings > Go to Display > Control Centre and Notification shade > Enable New Control Centre.
2. Separate App Drawer
The most awaited feature in MIUI has finally arrived. In the new update, you can decide whether you want a separate app drawer or just home screen. To enable this feature, open settings in your Xiaomi smartphone and choose app drawer option from under home screen option. You’ll option to customize the app layout and change the size of app icons as well. Along with that, you can divide apps into categories and hide apps as well.
Some latest Xiaomi smartphones (such as poco M2 Pro, poco X2) running on POCO launcher and only have separate app drawer option.
3. Navigation Gestures Support
Those Xiaomi smartphones which are running on Android 10 operating and received the latest MIUI 12 update, now they will have an option to switch over navigation gestures. It follows the same iPhone style gestures to access home screen, recent menu, and go back. To enable full screen gestures, open Settings > Additional Settings > Full Screen Display > Full Screen Gestures option. Also, toggle “Go back to previous app” option to turn it on, which allows you to access previous app within same app.
4. Ultra Battery Saver
Ultra battery saver is another new MIUI 12 feature has been added along with battery saver option. By turning on this mode, you can increase smartphone battery lifetime more than a twice. Since, Ultra battery saver restrict most power consuming features & apps and decreases the smartphone performance by leaving some functionalities (e.g. calls, SMS, Data connections, etc), which leads the battery to survive longer. You can enable enable ultra battery saver from settings under Battery & performance option.
5. Video ToolBox
As per its name, Video toolbox is a set of tools that can be used while playing videos to perform some operations. The toolbox lets you take screenshot, record the video, cast screen, and turn off the screen while playing the video. Along with that, you can run another app in PiP (Picture in Picture) mode at the same time. Video toolbox is disabled in MIUI 12 by default. To enable this feature, go to device Settings > Special Features > Video toolbox > toggle to turn on “Video Toolbox” and “Video toolbox shortcut” options. Also, choose the video apps from “Manage video apps” option.
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6. Floating Window
Floating Window is similar feature to Picture in Picture mode. Basically, it allows you to minimize and run the app into a floating window even when an app is running already. You can use this tool to send WhatsApp messages while browsing internet on Chrome browser, etc. This feature is enabled by default and there are two ways to archive floating window.
- Press & Hold, and then pull down a notification to open it in a floating window.
- From recent menu, press & hold an app and tap “Floating window” icon.
7. Game Turbo
Game Turbo is a game speed booster which can improve your gaming experience. If you play games quite a lot you should enable this mode from MIUI Settings > Special Features > Game Turbo. You can add your games in here. It gives you optimized gaming performance. Also, you gets an In-game shortcuts which includes some tools and can be used while playing games.
8. Focus Mode and More
Xiaomi officially added Digital wellbeing & parental controls inside the settings. There you can access bunch of features such focus mode, bedtime mode, etc. You can set a schedule for the selected apps and it will notify you to pause the app and focus on other tasks. Yeah! this is similar feature to OnePlus Zen Mode. To get this feature on your device, open Settings then select Digital Wellbeing & Parental Controls and enable focus mode.
9. Change App Icon
Now you can officially change app icons if you’re using a Xiaomi POCO smartphone or POCO launcher. To do that, Tap & hold on the homescreen and goto settings then tap more then choose icon pack. Here you can download different icon packs (e.g. Pixel, iPhone icons pack, etc.) from the play store by clicking on plus icon and apply.
10. Game Driver Preferences
This option is found under developer settings. Go to Settings > About phone and tap 7 times on MIUI version to get developer options on your Xiaomi phone.
Basically, Game driver preferences let you choose the graphics for the apps. There are four types of game driver preferences you can choose: Defaults, Game Driver, Pre-release, System Graphics Driver. This feature is still not revealed officially, however, it might be a new feature of Android 10.
11. Disable Ads in System Apps
As you may know that MIUI recently started showing ads in its UI. Many users & youtubers find it very inconvenient and reported to Xiaomi. And finally, MIUI 12 gives you an option to disable all system ads within a single click. Read here How to Disable Ads in MIUI 12 From Xiaomi Phones
12. Sunlight Mode
Sunlight mode is newly introduced feature with Android 10, now you get in MIUI 12. It uses smartphone light sensor to measure the incoming lights on the screen and switches to the highest brightness level when light gets strong. This feature is useful if you travel outside a lot. If somehow you forget to adjust the brightness while going outside, it will do that automatically for you.
13. Change Feed to Google News
Earlier, there was no option in MIUI 11 to change Mi feed to Google feed. However, now it is possible with MIUI 12 and Poco launcher. Here’s how
- Open Settings on your Xiaomi phone
- Tap on home screen under Home Screen option
- Choose Google Discover from -1 screen menu
Conclusion on MIUI 12 Features
You can enjoy all these features & hidden settings on your Xiaomi smartphone with the latest MIUI 12 update. I hope you enjoyed the article. If you’ve any questions or queries regarding MIUI, comment down.