How to use MIUI’s sidebar feature

The MIUI software is an operating system for the modern smartphones. It is developed by Xiaomi and released in 2010. The software is included with most of the smartphones released by Xiaomi. The software has many useful features such as a customizable interface, multiple app management, and cloud storage capabilities. The software has many customization options such as a customized launcher, theme designs, and fast performance.

The MIUI software includes a sidebar that contains frequently used apps and settings. You can access this sidebar by swiping to the right on your home screen. It contains apps such as calendar, clock, flashlight, settings, and such more. You can quickly access any app installed on your smartphone by sliding your finger to the right in the MIUI sidebar.

This opens a menu from which you can launch apps. This is a very useful feature that makes your smartphone much more user-friendly. After using it once, it’s easy to navigate through all of the different apps in this menu without even thinking about it! This article shows you a detailed guide on how to enable and use the MIUI sidebar feature.

How to turn on the sidebar

Turning it on is quite easy. Just follow the steps below.

Open the settings app. Then scroll down to “Special features”. And then, find “Floating windows”(might be different for some else MIUI versions). And from there, turn on the feature.

There is also the official video from Xiaomi on how to turn the feature on, you can watch it below.

And that’s it!


As you can see, it has quite a few features. It allows the user to quickly launch an app from the sidebar in the floating window state, and infact if you’re using MIUI 13 based on Android 12 or higher, you can also launch more than just one floating app along with the ability to minimize them.

But if you’re on MIUI 12.5 or below based on Android 11 or less, you unfortunately can launch only one app and not multiple. This is a limitation on MIUI itself below than MIUI 13.

How to update the feature

The sidebar feature is linked to the Security app in MIUI. We already have an article about the Security app, and so you can check there to get information about it.

And that’s all about it for the sidebar feature on MIUI!

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