Xiaomi MIUI 12: all the features, devices and tips for the big update


Xiaomi has revealed more details about its new MIUI 12 user interface. The new personalized Android user interface for Xiaomi and Redmi smartphones brings with it many new features, improvements and visual changes. Here are our tips and tricks for MIUI 12.

Xiaomi’s custom Android interface is one of the most popular UIs along with Huawei’s EMUI and Samsung’s One UI. The system is characterized by innovative ideas and attractive displays; It’s no wonder that Google has already adopted and deployed some MIUI features for its Android Stock software.

Six months after MIUI 11 launch, MIUI 12 continues. Xiaomi is more committed than ever and the new interface seems to be ready. Xiaomi gave us the first idea of ​​the new user interface with the introduction of the Mi 10 Youth Edition. MIUI 12’s focus is clearly on aesthetics, but also on privacy.

MIUI 12 with new animations and icons

Looking at the first videos and the Xiaomi MIUI 12 website, it is clear that the new interface will look really beautiful. Especially the details are important. For example, MIUI 12 icons on the home screen will show subtle animation when exiting an application:

Also, all animation was modified when opening an application. Instead of opening and closing from the media, each app in MIUI 12 visually opens directly from the app icon and disappears there when closed. Due to a much thicker font, the entire surface also appears to be much clearer and tidier. It reminds me a bit of Apple’s iOS. Also worth mentioning are the new icons for the battery screen, where users can now choose from four possible screens for the top icon bar.

Animations in settings

It will have a lot to do with MIUI 12, because Xiaomi hides many small and lovingly designed details in the depths of the configuration. Numerous new animations will be added, such as a “bubbling” battery or animated diagrams on the battery screen:

The new animations also extend to other areas in the depths of MIUI 12, p. The overview of internal memory under the new user interface reminds me more of a fancy animation of a PowerPoint presentation than an information display. Here’s what this looks like:

Dynamic windows

A handy feature for smartphones with large screens: MIUI 12 brings floating app windows to the surface. This means that an application window can be resized with a gesture and placed anywhere on the screen:

MIUI with a new control center

Did we just talk about Apple’s iOS? The new Control Center at MIUI 12 also closely resembles its American counterpart. Xiaomi and Redmi users get blue-green tiles in the new Control Center, which opens by sliding down on the right side. In addition to the typical Android quick setting, MIUI offers 12 large tiles that show more setting options when held down. For example, available Wi-Fi networks or Bluetooth devices. In the video you can see how smooth everything looks:

New navigation gestures.

Let’s be honest, virtual buttons on Android are quite old-fashioned. Not surprisingly, then, Google is now telling its partners to implement the full-screen gestures introduced under Android 10 in the custom UIs. Xiaomi has implemented the navigation gestures in MIUI 12 with good effects and mosaic appearance. In the future, swiping will replace pressing screen buttons to switch directly between apps and show background apps in the overview. However, it is still unclear what full-screen gestures Xiaomi will adopt from Google’s Android. We will have to wait for the beta version.

Interactive backgrounds

Xiaomi announces this new feature in great detail on its MIUI 12 website. There will be several new wallpapers and themes. Xiaomi offers the calls Super WallpapersThey approach a planet with each interaction that leads to a deeper user in the system. In the video below you can see this working and it looks awesome. While the lock screen shows the earth in space, the wallpaper gets closer and closer to the planet by tapping the screen, unlocking, and changing in the app drawer. In addition to Earth, the planet Mars is also available as a Super Wallpaper. A respectable trick:

A new dark mode for unsupported apps

MIUI 12 can force apps to appear darker if they don’t offer a native dark mode. This is a very interesting feature that is already available in Oppo’s ColorOS. For example, by inverting colors in applications, users will soon be able to select a dark surface even if the application does not support dark mode.

MIUI 12 Registration change at a glance

The list of new features and changes in the new version of MIUI is not long, but massive. We have summarized the most important points in this summary:

  • New system animations with dynamic windows, new content structure, animated information and super wallpapers
  • New weather animations with real-time visualizations on the screen.
  • Xiaomi Cloud offers a family storage plan with MIUI 12

Improvements in data protection.

  • MIUI 12 is the first Android-based mobile operating system that has passed several strict privacy tests
  • Reset your device ID and control how it is used based on virtual ID technology
  • Grant permissions only while using an app
  • You can also grant permissions only once and decide again the next time you open the app
  • Restricted access to your smartphone for third-party applications
  • Receive notifications when apps record audio, use the camera, or access your location
  • Use secure sharing to control what additional data is sent along with the shared items
  • Get complete statistics on how apps use permissions
  • Optimization: apps may not start other apps in the background in MIUI 12

Xiaomi Health: new to MIUI 12

  • The new Xiaomi Health app offers more options and makes health statistics more accurate
  • A new sleep tracker comes with a recording of snoring and sleep sounds
  • You can sync data with compatible portable devices and smart home devices
  • Xiaomi Health may remind you to get up and move if it is determined that you have been sitting too long
  • Analysis of health statistics with tips on how to optimize health.


  • A new layout is now available for the calendar view in landscape format
  • New animations
  • Calendar cards remind of important events and anniversaries.
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MIUI 12 brings a whole new design to your Xiaomi smartphone. / © Weibo

How to download and install MIUI 12 Beta

Those who are familiar with the matter can already install an unpublished beta version of the new interface on their Xiaomi or Redmi smartphone. Many devices are MIUI 12 compliant, which is commendable as the update brings many features and improvements. XDA-Developers professionals advise against installing it if you are not familiar with it, because the first beta version needs to be updated manually. Links to download versions can be found here:

List of smartphones to get MIUI 12

Several Xiaomi and Redmi smartphones will receive MIUI 12 this summer. In June, the new user interface will be implemented in three phases for different models. Initially, Xiaomi’s premium devices will be supported, and mifreak.com released a first list of devices with the update schedule for MIUI 12:

First wave of updates:

Second wave of updates:

Third wave of updates:

  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 2
  • Redmi 8
  • Redmi 8A
  • Redmi 7
  • Redmi 7A
  • My CC9
  • My CC9 Pro
  • My CC9e

This list of updates for MIUI 12 is not a final list of compatible devices. So if your smartphone is not on the list, it does not mean that MIUI 12 will not come for the device. We await the official Xiaomi update calendar in the coming weeks.

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