7 HID­DEN TRICKS FOR XIAOMI MIUI V5

Hid­den fea­tures of MIUI V5

HWM (Singapore) - - Front Page - by Sid­neyWong

The Xiaomi’s MIUI V5 OS in your Redmi or Mi 3 is brim­ming with new fea­tures that you may not have re­al­ized. Here are 7 tricks we’ve dis­cov­ered which you may find use­ful.

SWITCH BE­TWEEN LOCK SCREEN AND MU­SIC PLAYER

The stan­dard MIUI home screen lets you ac­cess the call log (swipe left), cam­era (swipe up), mes­sages (swipe right) and un­lock (swipe down). If you want to lis­ten to mu­sic with­out un­lock­ing the phone, dou­ble tap on the cen­tre of the cir­cle (or­ange glow) and it will switch from the home screen to one with mu­sic con­trols.

LONG PRESS BACK BUT­TON AS SHORT­CUT TO CAM­ERA

While some smart­phones al­low you to un­lock straight into the Cam­era app via a ded­i­cated shut­ter but­ton or put a short­cut on the lock screen to activate the cam­era, MIUI al­lows you to un­lock di­tectly by long press­ing the back but­ton on the lock screen.

LONG PRESS BACK TO CLOSE CUR­RENT APP

Press­ing the Back but­ton in most An­droid de­vices does not close the cur­rent app. In MIUI, there is an op­tion for you to close the cur­rent app by long press­ing the Back but­ton. This will help pre­vent apps from run­ning in the back­ground and con­sum­ing un­nec­es­sary re­sources (bat­tery and data).

MASS DELE­TION OF APPS

Ex­e­cute a pinch ges­ture on the home screen to go to “Edit Mode”. Tap, not drag on the apps that you want to unin­stall and they will be di­rected to the bot­tom of the screen. Once the apps have tran­si­tioned to the bot­tom of the screen, use a pinch ges­ture to group them to­gether. Drag the en­tire stack to the top to unin­stall them.

KEEP CER­TAIN APP(S) RUN­NING WHILE CLOS­ING THE REST

An­droid smart­phones with built-in task man­agers re­quire you to man­u­ally se­lect which apps to close or close all of them at one go. MIUI gives you the free­dom to de­cide which apps to con­tinue run­ning while you close the oth­ers at one go.

NET­WORK SPEED

Ever won­dered how fast your data con­nec­tion is? MIUI has the op­tion for you to see the con­nec­tion speed on the sta­tus bar at the top. This op­tion can be en­abled or dis­abled via Set­tings > No­ti­fi­ca­tions > Show con­nec­tion speed.

LONG PRESS ANY ICON IN TOG­GLES TO AC­CESS ITS SET­TINGS

While most, if not all, An­droid de­vices come with Quick Set­tings, not all of them sup­port quick ac­cess to the in­di­vid­ual set­ting page for the tog­gle. In MIUI, you can long press on any icon in Tog­gles to ac­cess its set­ting page.

Lock screens may vary depend­ing on the themes used.

This fea­ture can be en­abled or dis­abled via Set­tings > But­tons > Back > Close cur­rent app.

En­able this fea­ture via Set­tings > But­tons > Long Press Back for Cam­era.

The mu­sic short­cuts on the lock screen.

You can check the speed of your cel­lu­lar con­nec­tion… and Wi-Fi con­nec­tion.

You can long press on the Wi-Fi tog­gle to en­ter its set­ting page and search for other Wi-Fi net­works.

Hit the brush icon to clear all apps. The “locked” app will still con­tinue run­ning in the back­ground.

The apps will be unin­stalled at one go.

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