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MIUI has some annoying issues, but here’s how to fix them

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Xiaomi’s MIUI has always been one of the most feature-packed forms of Android around, introducing a variety of cool tricks and tweaks before Android and other skins embraced them. But you can definitely get a lot of good stuff.

Android skin is still a successful experiment in terms of aesthetics. It is very far from pure Android and derives cues from Apple’s stylesheet. However, recent versions of MIUI also have more than their fair share of annoyances and weird design options, especially when compared to other variants on Android. Fortunately, most of these issues can be fixed. Here is a list of common MIUI capabilities and how to address them.

Split shade notification and quick settings

It’s an infuriating change from the long-standing agreement for the built-in notification shade and quick settings menu. This definitely feels like a change for the sake of change rather than a beneficial one.

Fortunately, you can go back to that old layout by visiting Settings > Notifications and Control Center > Control Center Style. From here, just select “Old Version” to go back to the unified notification center and the quick settings menu.

Scan screen for new apps

Xiaomi’s default behavior of installing apps is a bit strange. Once you download the app from the Play Store, an interstitial screen pops up. This screen is related to Xiaomi’s malware scan feature, but we’ve also seen it used as an opportunity to display ads on some older Xiaomi phones. It’s definitely one of MIUI’s biggest annoyances out of the box and seems redundant anyway, given that Google Play Protect is already there.

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You can go ahead and disable this scanning feature and the resulting screen if you are satisfied with Google’s malware scanning capabilities. To do this, simply visit Security > Settings > Security Check. From here, you’ll want to search for “Scan before installation” and turn this toggle off.

Heavy battery improvements

Xiaomi is one of the many OEMs that engage in aggressive battery management to get more power. This behavior can, unfortunately, have the side effect of killing background apps or delaying notifications. In fact, the developer resource Don’t Kill My Xiaomi app gave four thumbs up out of five (just behind Samsung and OnePlus) for aggressive battery management.

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This is a common problem on a few Android devices, and fortunately it can be addressed in MIUI. Visit Settings > Battery Then click “Battery” at the top (next to “Battery saver”). From here, you will need to tap on “Battery saver app” and visit your desired app. You will then be presented with a number of background settings – go ahead and select “No Restrictions”.

There are some apps that work fine when the default Battery Saver behavior is enabled. But we recommend removing any restrictions on messaging apps, music players and any other apps that rely on notifications or persistent background functionality – or monitor them to make sure they work properly with the restrictions.

System ads

Xiaomi was one of the first major manufacturers to implement ads on its phones, which allowed it to make more money by displaying ads in various pre-installed apps and system menus. This is definitely one of the main annoyances of MIUI, especially if you are spending a lot of money on a high-end phone. However, there are several ways to turn it off.

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One way to turn off most system ads in MIUI is to effectively disable the MSA (MIUI System Ads) app. This can be achieved by visiting Settings > Passwords and Security > Authorization and Cancellation. From here, you need to search for and turn off the “MSA” app.

You will also need to disable ads in pre-installed Xiaomi apps, such as the security app, music player, video player, file manager, and more. This can usually be done by visiting the settings menu in the relevant application and then turning off the “Show ads” toggle.

There is no app drawer by default

Recent Xiaomi phones offer an app drawer option upon setup, but it defaults to any drawer if you somehow missed this option during the setup process. Fortunately, this can be changed by visiting Settings > Home Screen > Home Screenthen tap Using the app drawer.

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What if you have an older version of MIUI that lacks the app drawer, though? This is where Poco Launcher comes in, Xiaomi’s brand has released its launcher on the Play Store, and it’s already offering the app drawer by default.


Are there any other MIUI annoyances that you fix right away when setting up your Xiaomi phone? Let us know through the comments below.

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