Recently Xiaomi has released the feature packed MIUI 12 Beta for many devices along with the new Mi 10 Youth Edition phone. This article lists some of the important MIUI features and provides MIUI 12 download for available devices.
As of now, Mi A2, Mi A3, Poco F1, Redmi 5, Redmi 6 Pro, Redmi Note 4 have not got this update officially but it is provided through developer ported builds. This list will be updated with latest available MIUI 12 update for available phones once new builds will come.
The MIUI 12 update is based on Android 10 for recent phones and is based on Android 9 for few legacy devices on which it is supported.
MIUI 12 Features
The latest MIUI 12 is based on Android 10 for many and Android 9 for few devices. Many features are enhanced on top of Android 10 features and many are entirely new on this update.
Below are some of the features that I found on this latest MIUI update:
MIUI 12 is full of animations through out the phone.
App opening, closing, options toggling, animations across the many settings such as the presentation of battery stats, storage stats etc. are way more pleasing than ever.
Of course this cannot be represented on a screenshot like image but still I have tried capture few. Probably I will make a video and bring everything together.
Space inspired Live wallpapers on MIUI 12, called as Super Wallpapers are awesomely designed. By default there are two such Super Wallpapers available namely: Home and The red planet.
The screen display, the lock screen or on a screen cast these Super wallpapers turns onto an imaginary space of earth, Mars and the whole space.
Even in this MIUI 12 beta build these Live Super wallpapers give a very smooth animation when you unlock the phone.
Built-in App Sharing (APK sharing on Installed Apps)
Have you ever wondered how can you send the APK file of an installed application from your phone to other? It is not so straight forward, even if you have already done.
But on MIUI 12, there is this feature that allows to share APK files of an installed application (only third party apps are allowed to be sent) over bluetooth or by any means to other device. No need to use any APK clonig apps such as App cloner, etc.
Also, this is not a feature of Mi Share, which is a cross platform file sharing protocol. I have personally verified this by disabling Mi Share and tried sending the Google Photos APK file successfully.
Full Screen Gestures
The built in feature known as Navigation Gestures on Android 10 now comes to MIUI 12.
No home and back button in the bottom, rather you can now enjoy the whole screen and navigate the phone by swiping from left to right or top to bottom which is otherwise known as gestures or in MIUI 12 it is known as Full Screen Gestures.
TO enable or disable, go to Settings > Additional settings > Full screen display > Select the Full screen gestures.
If you don’t know how to use the gestures, you can tap on Learn when prompted after enabling the feature.
Not sure if the same is available on MIUI 12 based on Android Pie!
The Control Center
– Unlike the traditional toggle options which were available by pulling down the notification bar, this time it has ot its own space.
– Pull the notification bar from the right side and the control center is ready. Pulling the notification bar from the left side brings the notifications.
– This is of course customizatable just like the earlier one and of course you can turn it off and go back to earlier design at any point of time.
To enable or disable, you can go to Settings > Display > Notch & Status bar and there you get the Control center toggle button.
Always on Display
Always on Display (AOD) was only available on a handful of devices running MIUI 11. But it seems that the MIUI 12 has this feature available on every phone.
There are a verity of built in clock style and screens to choose from the list. You can also choose the animation style when a notification arrives.
To enable Always on Display on MIUI 12, got to Settings > Always-on display & Lock screen > toggle the Always-on display.
This is different than the split screen where you can see and operate two applications on the display. You can run another app on a small window just like picture-in-picture functionality.
Either you can press and hold the recent app and select the floating window mode or leave a running app on the top right corner to run on floating window mode.
At this moment there is only one app that you can use on Floating window.
Advanced Privacy Protection
Say, an app is running in the background and is using the location service or the mic without your knowledge.
Of course, it is possible. But not anymore in Android 10 or later, which has added a new permission called “Allow only when the app is open”.
Meaning, no app can use a certain permission when the app is in background. This feature from Android 10 has been utilized very smartly on the MIUI 12.
When you take a picture, now-a-days almost all camera app store location information and some other information (called as metadata) of that image file. When you share such an image you share the aforementioned data as well.
Under the secure share feature, all private information can be removed while sharing such media files to any recipient.
App Behavior (under Privacy Protection)
Records every behavior from different apps in a chronological timeline. Shows which permission was accessed by which application. In addition it keeps a record of different applications requested for permissions in a chronological order.
You can also select from many available options to filter different kinds of behaviors to observe what sort of permission was accessed by which app.
When you turn on the Permission notifications it shows which particular service is being accessed in the notification area.
This is a native Android 10 feature but implemented very beautifully on MIUI 12.
Mi AI Voice Assistant
This is definitely not the same Google assistant that comes pre-installed on almost all Android phones. The Mi AI seems to be some sort of in-house produced AI based voice assistant or so.
The Mi AI voice assistant that is bundled in this MIUI currently only understands chinese and speaks in chinese as well. Because of this I was unable to try this one but I am really excited to see it in action in later updates.
A cross platform file sharing feature that is available on Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo and Realme phones. This was launched in February 2020 and may be available on upcoming phones or through an update on released phones.
To enable or disable this feature go to Settings > Connection & sharing > Mi Share then toggle the Mi Share.
System wide Dark Mode
Introduced in Android 10 as a battery saver option is also used as a dark theme. MIUI 12 natively supports a similar system wide dark mode when enabled it is also supported by many third party apps.
If you are excited to try MIUI 12 on your Android phone, checkout the below list of available downloads for supported devices.
At this moment this list has a very few number of devices but eventually it will grow bigger. So, keep visiting this page to know when it is updated.
MIUI 12 Download for Available Devices
Visit the below links to get MIUI 12 update for available device(s) with a step-by-step guide that explains how to install the same.
MIUI 12 Download for Asus phones
|Zenfone Max Pro M1 (X00TD)||Download Link|
MIUI 12 Download for Motorola phones
|Moto G5 Plus (potter)||Download Link – Android 9|
MIUI 12 Download for OnePlus phones
|OnePlus 8 Pro (instantnoodlep)||Download Link – Android 10|
MIUI 12 Download for Xiaomi Phones
|Mi 6 (sagit)||Download Link|
|Mi 6X (wayne)||Download Link|
|Mi 8 (dipper)||Download Link|
|Mi 8 Explorer (ursa)||Download Link|
|Mi 8 Lite (platina)||Download Link|
|Mi 8 Pro (equuleus)||Download Link|
|Mi 9 (cepheus)||Download Link|
|Mi 9 Lite (pyxis)||Download Link|
|Mi 9 Pro (crux)||Download Link|
|Mi 9 SE (grus)||Download Link|
|Mi 9T (davinci)||Download Link|
|Mi 9T Pro (raphael)||Download Link|
|Mi 10 (umi)||Download Link|
|Mi 10 Pro (cmi)||Download Link|
|Mi CC9 (pyxis)||Download Link|
|Mi CC9 Meitu Edition (vela)||Download Link|
|Mi CC9 Pro (tucana)||Download Link|
|Mi A2 (jasmine_sprout)||Download Link|
|Mi A3 (laurel_sprout)||Download Link|
|Mi Max 3 (nitrogen)||Download Link|
|Mi Mix 2 (chiron)||Download Link|
|Mi Mix 2S (polaris)||Download Link|
|Mi Mix 3 (perseus)||Download Link|
|Mi Note 10 (tucana)||Download Link|
|Mi Note 3 (jason)||Download Link|
|Poco F1 (beryllium)||Download Link|
|Poco X2 (phoenix)||Download Link|
|Poco F2 Pro (lmi)||Download Link|
|Redmi 3s / Prime (land)||Download Link|
|Redmi 5 (rosy)||Download Link|
|Redmi 6 Pro (sakura)||Download Link|
|Redmi K20 (davinci)||Download Link|
|Redmi K20 Pro (raphael)||Download Link|
|Redmi K20 Pro Premium (raphael)||Download Link|
|Redmi K30 (phoenix)||Download Link|
|Redmi K30 5G (picasso)||Download Link|
|Redmi K30 Pro (lmi)||Download Link|
|Redmi Note 4 (mido)||Download Link|
|Redmi Note 7 (lavender)||Download Link|
|Redmi Note 7 Pro (violet)||Download Link|
|Redmi Note 8 Pro (begonia)||Download Link|
|Redmi Note 9||Download Link|
|Redmi Note 9 Pro / 9s (curtana)||Download Link|
So, What Next?
You can install few more things if required. I am adding few of them as add-on installation.
After Installing MIUI 12
After installing MIUI 12 on your phone you may want to root or install GCam etc.
If you are looking for such a thing then you can visit the link that guides how to Root MIUI 12.
Google Camera or GCam is already available for Android 10 or Android 9 versions for many Xiaomi phones. If you are looking for a MIUI 12 compatible one then you can visit this GCam download page.
If you are looking to download MIUI 12 for your phone but it is not available then you can just leave a comment in the box. I will try to get it if it is already available or if someone has ported it.