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6 Hidden MIUI Features You Should Use!

MIUI, the indispensable user interface of Xiaomi smartphone and tablet models, has many undiscovered features. 6 hidden MIUI features that some users have only just learned can make your device even more useful. You will like these hidden features that you can use without root.

6 Hidden MIUI Features – Floating Windows

This feature is one of the best that comes with MIUI and it is not something you can find anywhere else implemented as good as this. It doesn’t even need enabling, it comes enabled as default. You just have to go into recents menu, long press on an app and click on floating window icon. Or you could use the fullscreen navigation gestures if your device supports it and go into your app, swipe up from the bottom of the screen all the way up to the corner and simply drop. If you’re still confused about it, MIUI offers a great animated tutorial in Settings > Special features > Floating windows.

Virtual Identity

Virtual identity is the most unique of the 6 Hidden MIUI features. Virtual Identity feature allows the user to protect their personal information on any website or app by generating a virtual identifier rather than using user’s unique one. If you’re very careful about your safety, it might put your mind a little bit more at ease. Even if you do not care about it, it still wouldn’t hurt to use this feature.


Did you know you could scan photos, documents etc and translate or do some other actions on them using only the in-built apps? Well, here’s good news. MIUI has a stock app that allows you to do these actions without needing an external app and bloating your data. It can scan QR codes as well!

Hide Full Screen Indicator

Are you also bothered by the relatively small, but also huge and unnecessary full-screen display bar? Then you will like to full screen indicator hide feature, which is one of the 6 hidden MIUI features. You can go directly to Settings > Home Screen > System Navigation and check Hide Full Screen Display to finally get rid of it. If you do not know how to access your home settings, just long-press on your launcher and it will show up.

Video Toolbox – Play YouTube Videos in Background for Free!

Video Toolbox added with MIUI 12 is the most useful of the hidden MIUI features. With this feature, you can easily perform many functions while watching videos, but the biggest ability is that you can listen to YouTube in the background for free. YouTube playback in the background is exclusive to Premium users only and it’s paid. However, with the Video Toolbox in MIUI, you can easily run YouTube in the background. You can access the feature from Special Features > Floating Windows > Sidebar to enable the feature in MIUI China, and from Special Features > Sidebar in MIUI Global.

Second Space

If you care about your privacy, you should take a look at this one of the hidden MIUI features, the Second Space. This MIUI feature, which is useful if you do not want your important documents or photos to be seen by third parties from your phone, stores your data in a separate area on your phone.


Maybe the hidden MIUI features you have never heard of are very useful and can be of use to you. Among the 5 features on the list, the most notable one is Video Toolbox, which allows background playback without YouTube Premium. You should definitely use this feature.

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