17 Hidden Tips And Tricks For MIUI Android ROM That You Probably Didn’t Know

Ever since I started using MIUI custom ROM on my Android phone, I fell in love with it and it has replaced CM7 as my handset’s default ROM. If you are in love with MIUI as much as me, here are some hidden tips and tricks that are useful to you and you probably don’t know about their existence.

1. Long press on the icon in Toggles to launch the settings for that icon.

When you pull down the notification bar, you will see the Toggle settings for plenty of options (such as WIFI, volume, backlight etc). Long press on any icon in the Toggle mode will launch the setting for that icon.

2. Built-in Screen Capture function

One of the lacking feature in Android is the lack of a built-in screen capture feature (like in iPhone). Not anymore. With MIUI, you can press the “Menu” key and “Volume Down” key at the same time to capture a screenshot. The printed image is saved in the “MIUI: directory in the sd card.

3. Press Home key to preview screens

Pressing the Home button once will bring you back to the Home screen. Pressing the Home button button will show you all the screen thumbnails. You can also ad/remove screens from here.


4. Slide from left to right to quickly delete a message or a call log.

In the SMS or Dialer app, swipe left or right any entry will bring up the Delete mode.

5. Move home screen icon easily

Hold down an icon by one hand to enter Edit Mode, and then use the other hand to slide the screen to move the icon to the target screen.

6. Launch Music Player in lockscreen

In the lockscreen, double tap the time zone to launch the Music Player. (The Music Player is hidden by default, unless a song is playing)


7. Quickly access the Dialer or SMS from the lockscreen

In the lockscreen, hold down the icon of Call or SMS, and you can enter the responding program.

8. Activate the torch from the lockscreen

In the lockscreen, hold down the Home button to enable the torch.

9. Access shortcut menu from contact image

In the Calls, SMS or Contacts app, tap the contact image and a shortcut menus will appear.

10. Search via voice recognition

Long press on the Search button will launch search via voice recognition.

11. Switch the Battery UI to show percentage

The default battery UI can be switched to display percentage of left battery capacity. To do so, go to “Settings -> System -> Battery Settings -> Battery Indicator Style -> Percentage“.


12. Long press on the Home button to show History

Like any other Android ROM, long press on the Home button will show the recently used apps. However, in MIUI, there is also an App Killer and App Manager button. Swiping the popup left will show the search form.

13. Setting up IP dialing

If you need to add an IP prefix for a particular number in a strange land, you can set it in Settings -> Common -> Calls Settings. Turn the “Auto IP dialing” ON and set the IP prefix and current area code.

14. Send SMS for rejected calls

When you are not available to answer the phone, you may slide up the panel to reject the call and to send a message to the caller at the same time.

15. Enable 720P to record a video

If your phone comes with a camera that support HD recording, you can enable 720P in the Video mode. Run the Camera app and switch to Video. Select “High” -> “720P” in the pop-up menu of video quality.

16. Quickly uninstall an app

To uninstall an app, simply press and hold the icon until the trash bin show up at the top of the screen. Move the icon to the trash bin to uninstall the app.

17. Quickly read SMS and mark it read

In the lockscreen, press down the SMS button (without dragging it down) to reveal the new incoming message on the lockscreen. Once you have finished reading it, double tap on the SMS button to mark it read.


The above is all the hidden tips and tricks I know about MIUI. What else have I left out?


Damien Oh started writing tech articles since 2007 and has over 10 years of experience in the tech industry. He is proficient in Windows, Linux, Mac, Android and iOS, and worked as a part time WordPress Developer. He is currently the owner and Editor-in-Chief of Make Tech Easier.

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