The decalogue of the good Xiaomi: the ten changes I make when starting MIUI for the first time

2022-10-31 10:57:17

With the number and variety of mobiles that fall into my hands to analyze there is only one way to maintain a more or less standardized process among all: configure them in a similar way. To do this, I follow a few steps with which I configure each new phone from scratch. In the case of Xiaomi with MIUI the process is something particular.

It is not the layer that I like the most, even though it is one of those that offers the greatest possibilities. If chosen, MIUI would be behind One UI, ColorOS or RealmeOS, but I can not always choose the software: since it comes with the phone, you often have to deal with MIUI because the features and price of the smartphone that includes it deserves it. Luckily, there are many ways to get a much lighter MIUI, it's just what I do when I analyze a Xiaomi, POCO, Redmi or Black Shark.

Application drawer. Always

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MIUI comes by default without app drawer

I'm quite an enemy of the layers that force me to have all the applications on the desktop, to the iOS (it's what I like least about the iPhone). So one of my first settings in MIUI is to change the default launcher from classic to the application drawer: I configure my phones always in the same way, with a single desktop.

Start screen settings

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The desktop should be unique, as I said, and all applications should be hidden in the drawer. Then, I have to walk through the MIUI startup settings to adjust another couple of things:

  • Don't add the new apps icon to the desktop. I can not with this, I have to deactivate it so as not to have all the icons progressively added. I try to disable it before all apps are downloaded from Google Play (from backup).
  • Grid as wide as possible. I always adjust the spaces of the grid as much as possible. In the case of MIUI, 5x6.
  • Icon sizes pulling small. Since MIUI allows customization of the size of the icons without using launchers (very well Xiaomi here), I usually drag the selector to a fairly small size. The pixel density of the phone influences this point.

Old Control Center


don't like MIUI's default control center at all: I prefer to display the quick settings by pulling twice on the top curtain than having the upper area of the screen divided into two sections (notifications and quick settings). Interestingly, I never remember where this setting is and I always spend several minutes looking for it (for the Ivan of the future, it's in "Notifications & Control Center/Control Center Style")

Gesture navigation

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I am from the gestures team, not from those who use the virtual navigation buttons. This adjustment is always in my first steps after the initial start of any Xiaomi.

Horizontal organization for the latest used applications

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MIUI places by default the recently used apps as small cards grouped on the screen four by four. Personally I like nothing, so I always set the original look of Android: the horizontal format from application to application. The setting is called "Arrange recent items", it's in the home screen settings.

I uninstall everything superfluous from MIUI

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Trash out

Which is a lot, especially in the cheapest Redmi mobiles. Of course, Xiaomi offers one of the best uninstall tools:

    I go to
  • the MIUI settings and go to Applications.
  • Click on "Manage applications".
  • I click on the "Uninstall" icon and mark everything that is left: pre-installed games, Google and Xiaomi trash, Facebook apps and services...
  • I squeeze on the uninstall icon and MIUI takes care of deleting it. The block uninstaller is wonderful.

Turn to disable what I can't uninstall

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Since most system apps can't be removed, I try to disable all other software I don't use, both from MIUI and Google. The cleaner the better.

  • I go back to app management and select "Show all apps".
  • I scroll through the entire list from top to bottom by entering the apps I want to disable.
  • Click on the bottom button of "Disable".
  • I force quit the application.

Goodbye to the lock screen carousel

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MIUI strives to place the recommendations on the screen of Blocking, the so-called carousel. It is very insistent, so I always remove all traces of this function as much as possible (and do not select it during the initial setup). As I explain in the next point, I try to avoid all ads in the layer.

Out advertising and recommendations

MIUI is characterized by including advertising in some sections of its layer, usually in the form of app recommendations. At the start of MIUI I uncheck the option of "Personalized ads", in principle to avoid the output of usage data. Then I go into the settings of MIUI and apps to eliminate the insertion of ads as much as possible, whatever type they are.

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I do not configure Xiaomi services

It is usually one of the obvious steps despite the fact that the phone usually remembers it: I do not use the services that the Xiaomi account implicitly brings. And I do not do it mainly because of the notices that I have a full account: the cloud I configure is Google's, I don't need more. Nor do I adjust Xiaomi's search: with the native Android is enough.

Extra: extreme cleaning

The previous steps are performed on any mobile with MIUI that I analyze. But, if I bought the mobile, I usually go a step further by deleting a good number of applications that normally cannot be deleted. For this I use Universal Debloater: it is a computer software that automatically detects the phone allowing you to eliminate everything superfluous with sufficient security. You have to use the tool with great caution.

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