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App Lock Hide apps Notification badges Auto arrange icons

App Lock

We can add an additional lock to apps on the Xiaomi smartphone to make access even more secure, and we can decide which lock method is selected for apps, either pattern, PIN, or password. If the unlock method is selected, we can add face recognition or fingerprint later. If we synchronize the app lock with the Mi account, the password can be recovered in case it is forgotten.

Android 10 (MIUI 12.0)
Step 1:  Open the  Settings
Step 2:  Tap on  Apps
Step 3:  Tap on  App lock
Step 4:  Tap on  Turn on
Step 5:  Choose  Not now  or  Add  to add the Mi Account
Step 6:  Select suggested  apps
Step 7:  Tap on  Use App lock
Step 8:  Swipe  upwards  to browse all apps
Step 9:  Enable or disable other  apps
  1. Open the Settings
  2. Tap on Apps
  3. Tap on App lock
  4. Tap on Turn on
  5. Choose Not now or Add to add the Mi Account
  6. Select suggested apps
  7. Tap on Use App lock
  8. Swipe upwards to browse all apps
  9. Enable or disable other apps

Hide apps

If app locking is enabled on the Xiaomi smartphone, we can hide apps on the home screen.

Note: To make the apps visible again, we tap with two fingers on the start screen and pull them apart, in the following window we are asked to enter the password/unlock pattern of the app lock.

Android 10 (MIUI 12.0)
Step 1:  Open the  Settings
Step 2:  Tap on  Apps
Step 3:  Tap on  App lock
Step 4:  Tap on  Hidden apps
Step 5:  Hide or unhide an  app
  1. Open the Settings
  2. Tap on Apps
  3. Tap on App lock
  4. Tap on Hidden apps
  5. Hide or unhide an app

Notification badges

If we receive a notification on the Xiaomi smartphone, we will also receive a notification badge. A small red dot will appear above the app icon to alert us to a new notification. We can (de)activate these badge individually for each app.

Android 10 (MIUI 12.0)
Step 1:  Open the  Settings
Step 2:  Tap on  Notifications
Step 3:  Tap on  Notification badges
Step 4:  Enable or disable  notification badges  for an app
  1. Open the Settings
  2. Tap on Notifications
  3. Tap on Notification badges
  4. Enable or disable notification badges for an app

Auto arrange icons

If the Xiaomi device is in edit mode on the home screen, we can fill empty cells by shaking the phone, then arrange app icons on the grid and fill empty fields. This feature can be turned on/off.

Note: To open the edit mode in the home screen, tap and hold a free space or empty space.

Android 10 (MIUI 12.0)
Step 1:  Open the  Settings
Step 2:  Tap on  Home screen
Step 3:  Enable or disable  Shake to fill empty cells
  1. Open the Settings
  2. Tap on Home screen
  3. Enable or disable Shake to fill empty cells

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  14. Features

  15. Functions

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  17. Messages (SMS)

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  19. Contacts

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