MIUI hides many more options than it seems. Xiaomi has done a great job with its customization layer, today it remains one of the most complete and advanced on the market. Especially for all the functionalities and customization options it offers us.
Beyond the typical settings that we can find in any other smartphone, MIUI hides a large number of functionalities. Although some of these are somewhat hidden among so many settings, it prevent us from having to install third-party applications. So if you want to get the most out of your Xiaomi, Redmi, or POCO, don’t miss these settings and functionalities that you probably didn’t know about.
5 Xiaomi Hidden functions
1. Your Xiaomi hides a front-fill flash
How many times have you tried to make a video call at night and the result has not been what you expected? To do this, your Xiaomi hides a “front flash“. Using MIUI software, it is able to illuminate the edges of the screen as much as possible, thus allowing your face to be seen much clearer. To activate the fill light that MIUI offers us, we only have to follow these steps:
- Go to Settings > Additional settings > Front camera assistant
- Once inside, all you have to do is activate the Front Camera Assistant option (we can also adjust the brightness level)
Once the Front Camera Assistant is activated, its shortcut will automatically be shown in the left area of the screen when making a video call. If we click on this we can activate the fill light and illuminate our face.
2. An action button in the style of the new iPhone 15 Pro
One of the great new features that the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max have brought is their new action button. Through this, we can not only silence the device but also turn on the flashlight or run the camera. We can do the same with our Xiaomi and its power button.
To customize the actions that the power button on your Xiaomi can do, just follow these steps:
- Go to Settings > Additional settings
- Once inside we will access the Gesture Shortcuts section
3. Your Xiaomi also counts steps and you can view them on your desktop itself
If you don’t have a smartwatch or bracelet and you want to know how many steps you take per day or set a goal, I have some very good news for you. Your Xiaomi, Redmi, or POCO is also capable of counting steps and you can also view it very easily on the desktop itself. To do this, just:
- Pinch the screen or touch and hold an area of the desktop without applications to open its settings
- After that, we will enter the Widgets store
- Once inside we will look for the Application Vault section and add the Steps widget to the desktop.
In this way, a practical step counter will be added to the screen. Additionally, if we click on this we can create daily objectives or view a greater amount of information.
4. Modify the sky of any photograph to your liking
The MIUI Gallery hides all kinds of functionalities. Among its settings, we find the possibility of modifying and personalizing the sky in practically any photograph, whether it is a beautiful sunset, a splendid sunny day, or even a starry night. To do this, just:
- Access the photo that we want to modify from the MIUI Gallery application
- Next, we click on the edit button, followed by the IA option
- Next, we enter the Sky tool and finally, we choose the design that we like the most
5. A different multitasking
MIUI allows us to customize a large part of its interface. An example of this is the possibility of changing the design of the multitasking interface, going from a traditional grid design to a horizontal alignment very similar to that of the iPhone.
Thanks to the horizontal design we will have more effective visual control and, in part, much more practical when it comes to closing applications or accessing some of them with one hand. To activate this view we will simply have to follow these steps:
- Go to Settings > Home screen > Organize items in Recent
- Once inside, all you have to do is select the Horizontal option or view.