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How to download and enable MIUI 11 app drawer in Xiaomi phones [Easy Tricks]

BySophia Windsor 2019-11-12 38548

Recently, we got good news that MIUI 11 adds the much-anticipated app drawer feature. However, it’s only available in the Chinese ROM of MIUI 11 stable version at present, and there is no specific launch date for the MIUI 11 global version or EU version. For those who want to enjoy the app drawer feature before the official rollout, we have an easy way for you to get it. This way is through downloading the MIUI launcher APK to enable the app drawer feature on your Xiaomi phones. Now, let’s show you the detailed steps.

MIUI 11 app drawer 

What is app drawer in smartphones?

The app drawer is a popular feature in Android phones. It provides another special section to house all apps that have been installed on your phone, so your home screen will not be fully occupied by all kinds of app icons. Its existence makes the phone’s home screen neater and cleaner.

app drawer in smartphones 

However, the MIUI software has been criticized for the lack of app drawer feature. To appease users who want this feature, Xiaomi even released POCO Launcher with a dedicated app drawer. Now, Xiaomi company has just officially announced that the latest MIUI 11 will add dedicated app drawer, but it’s presently only available for Chinese ROM.

For the global Xiaomi users, please don’t feel disappointed. As the MIUI 11 with dedicated app drawer will surely arrive globally. If you don’t want to wait, the MIUI Launcher may offer you the same functions.

app drawer in smartphones 

Like the POCO Launcher, the MIUI Launcher is also an APK developed by Xiaomi company and it also offers a dedicated app drawer feature. However, this APK is still in the test stage, so it still needs to get refined. If you are interested in it and want to give it a try, you can refer to the second part below to download the MIUI Launcher APK and enable the app drawer feature on your phone.  

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How to activate the dedicated app drawer in MIUI 11?

For those who have received the latest MIUI 11 with the dedicated app drawer, you just need to head to Settings - Home screen - enable the “With app drawer”. Then you can swipe up on the home screen to access the app drawer.  


How to activate the dedicated app drawer in MIUI 11 

How to enable the app drawer via MIUI Launcher APK?

Step 1. Before launching the MIUI launcher APK, please make sure you have allowed the app installation from unknown sources. To do this, just head to Settings - Additional settings - Privacy - Touch the “Unknown sources” toggle to turn it on.

Step 2. Download the MIUI Launcher APK file and install it on your Xiaomi phone.

Step 3. Once the installation is finished, you can go to settings to activate the app drawer via: Settings - Home screen (桌面模式) - Activate the "With app drawer" mode (抽屉模式). While the contents of this page are in Chinese, so you can refer to the screenshots below.

How to enable the app drawer via MIUI Launcher APK ​ 

Step 4. After successfully enabling the app drawer feature, you can swipe up on the home screen to open the app drawer, in which you will find all apps that have already been installed on your phone.

How to uninstall the MIUI Launcher on your Xiaomi phone?

If you want to remove the MIUI Launcher from your Xiaomi phone, you can go to Settings -  Installed Application - System Launcher - Uninstall MIUI launcher.

We don’t recommend you to use the MIUI Launcher as your default launcher, as it’s still in test stage. However, it will also bring you much convenience with the app drawer. We hope that Xiaomi company will push the MIUI 11 with dedicated app drawer to the global users as soon as possible. Just stay tuned for the good news.

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