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Get started with the MIUI custom ROM

MIUI is one of the best and most popular Android custom ROMs. In this tutorial we show you how to get started with its highly polished UI and new features.

As soon as screenshots of MIUI started floating around on the internet in the middle of 2010, everyone knew it was going to be a big deal. Here was a ROM that was feature full, but was built from the original Android Open Source Project (AOSP), rather than being a modified version of another vendors ROMS such as HTC’s Sense.

Up until then the only major player in the AOSP scene was CyanogenMod. MIUI took a lot of inspiration from the look and feel of iOS, removing the app drawer, and instead placing all links to Apps on the home screen along with widgets. The whole ROM has a very unified feel and is built around speed and ease of use, rather than trying to cram tons of features in that many people don’t use.

That said, MIUI has a great deal of elements that no other ROMS contain. Although initially only available in Chinese, it didn’t take long for other language versions to start appearing. The ROM is updated weekly, and is available for a large range of phones, with more being added all the time, and in general, its very stable and ideal for everyday use. We’ve already shown you how to install the MIUI ROM.

This guide will take you through some of its great features, many of which are unique to MIUI.

  1. Setting a new theme

    MUIU has a large community of developers and designers making themes for the ROM, although the standard ROM is very attractive, there are lots avaible to download which really personalize the phone and give it a unique feel. To change the theme, first open ‘Themes’ app.

  2. Choose a Cloud Theme

    In the app, you will see the themes currently downloaded to your phone, click on the ‘Cloud Theme’ to see ones which are available online. You can filter these by ‘Top Rated’ or ‘Latest’ . Clicking on the theme will bring up preview for it.

  3. Apply the theme

    Click on ‘Apply’ to start off the download and install of the theme. Once done press the home button to see what it looks like. There are tons of themes available, and it isn’t too difficult to create your own.

  4. In-app texting

    One of the great benefits of MIUI is the ‘In-app reply’ feature. This means that if you are playing a game or watching a video you can reply to any messages without having to exit the app and reopen it. Other ROM makers need to implement this!

  5. Exploring the Toggles

    Although HTCs Sense and some others have implemented a list of quick links to common tasks such as turning on and off wifi from the shutter, MIUI arguably does it best. The Toggles are found in the right tab of the shutter with attractive, easy to understand icons.

  6. The Launcher Screen

    The launcher in MIUI is a little bit different from other Android ones , in that it doesn’t contain an app drawer. All apps are stored on the desktop in the style of iOS. Pinch out to see all your desktops lined up and add more and reorder them.

  7. Change Launcher Settings

    The launcher has a few different graphic effects that can be applied to it. Press the ‘Menu’ button and then ‘Launcher’ You can change the transition effects when swiping between screens on the desktop. The 3D one looks especially impressive, although it might slow down on a lower end phone.

  8. MIUI’s Camera

    MIUI’s camera has also had a pretty hefty makeover from the standard AOSP one. New features such as ‘anti shake’ and ‘burst’ mode have been added , and the whole user interface has been given a polish. There are also a list of special effects to add to your photos.

  9. Music in the ROM

    The Music app in MIUI has been broken down into a clean ’tile’ system, allowing for quick navigation while on the move. The song and artist  listing is heavily influenced by Apples version. You can even display lyrics to songs on your device as you play them.

  10. The Firewall settings

    Not strictly a networking firewall in the traditional sense, MIUIs firewall allows for blocking of unknown phone numbers and text messages. You can setup keywords to ignore any texts that contain them. You can set to be notified when any calls or texts are blocked.