May 29, 2020 11:03 AM
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Xiaomi MIUI 12 Update: Everything You Need to Know

MIUI 12 is the next major upgrade from Xiaomi

Last year, Xiaomi had launched the MIUI 11 global version for their devices worldwide running on top of Android 9 and 10. We saw some visual and battery optimization changes as major changes. Now, Xiaomi has announced its next-generation MIUI 12 custom ROM. It has been just a few months since MIUI 11 was launched globally, and now the company has started offering MIUI 12 with some significant changes. This is a welcome change as Xiaomi is always held accountable for slow updates on their wide variety of devices. The company has also given out the list of devices that will be receiving the new update, along with the dates for each one of them.

What is MIUI 12?

MIUI 12 is a custom skin based on the Android operating system for Mi and Redmi phones. In other words, MIUI 12 is a modified version of Android OS with infinite customizations options. It brings several exciting features including Dark Mode 2.0, Dynamic Always-on Display with over 1000+ custom animated styles, AI Calling, Navigation gestures and more.

miui 12 customizations

MIUI 12 Update Tracker

May 19: Xiaomi Mi 9/ 9T/ 9T Pro and Redmi K20/ K20 Pro devices will receive stable MIUI 12 Global ROM update from June 2020.

May 6: Xiaomi has announced the Pilot Testing Program where they have started recruiting people to test the MIUI 12 Global ROM (pre-release build). In the Pilot Testing Program, for India, only Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro users can apply via Google form. The program has also announced globally where Mi 9, Mi 9T and Mi 9T Pro users can apply for the Global pre-release build.

May 3: team has released MIUI 12 EU Custom ROM based on the Chinese MIUI 12 beta build for 20+ Xiaomi devices. This modified version of Chinese build is applicable in the EU region for Xiaomi fans.

When will MIUI 12 be released?

Xiaomi has announced its next User Interface MIUI 12 globally on May 19, 2020, via an online launch event. Initially, it was released for the Chinese market, but now Xiaomi has shared Global roll out details via Twitter.

As of now, Xiaomi has released MIUI 12 closed beta program for its Chinese users to receive early feedback on the ongoing development. The stable MIUI 12 build will be released in June 2020 for both Global and Chinese market. Initially, the newer/flagship phones will receive an MIUI 12 build based on Android 10. Once Google’s stable Android 11 started rolling out to Pixel devices, Xiaomi will also work to roll out MIUI 12 based on Android 11 for a couple of devices.

miui 12 global rollout Roadmap
Global Rollout Roadmap | Image Credit: MIUI ROM/ Twitter

Talking about global release timeline for the MIUI 12 update, Round 1 devices which includes Mi 9 series and Redmi K20 series will get the update from June 2020. Round 2 devices will receive the update gradually probably from July 2020.

List of phones confirmed to receive MIUI 12 update

The list shows MIUI 12 ROM eligible devices for both Global and Chinese users. The best thing is Xiaomi phones that were released over the last two years are also included in the list. If you want to check whether your Xiaomi device will receive Android 11 or not, then find here. Once Xiaomi started rolling out stable build you will be able to download MIUI 12 Global ROM from the Community page.

Note: Despite being included in the beta program in China, Xiaomi has not confirmed whether Mi 6 will receive stable MIUI 12 update or not. Also, MIUI 12 for Mi MIX 3 5G seems distant as the device is still running on MIUI 10 and missing from the global roadmap.

These Xiaomi devices may not get the next MIUI Custom ROM

  • Redmi Note 5A
  • Redmi Note 5A Prime
  • Redmi Y1
  • Mi Max 2
  • Redmi Note 5 Plus
  • Xiaomi MI A3
  • Xiaomi Mi A2
  • Xiaomi Mi A1
  • Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite
  • Mi 5X
  • Mi Play
  • Redmi 5
  • Redmi 5 Plus
  • Redmi 5A
  • Redmi Note 4
  • Redmi Note 4X
  • Redmi 4A
  • Redmi 4 Prime
  • Redmi 4 (4X)

As you might have noticed, popular devices like Mi A3, A2, A1 etc are missing from the eligible list. The reason behind it they run on stock Android. It is not possible to install official MIUI on an android one device. Also, three years old entry-level and mid-range xiaomi devices are not included in the eligible list. That means, they will not receive the next generation MIUI 12 update.

Here is the list of features of MIUI 12

  • Super wallpapers & animated AOD
  • New system animations
  • Perfect dark mode 2.0
  • Improved privacy controls
  • Better multitasking
  • AI phone assistant
  • Classic themes in super quality
  • Health tracker

Now, let’s speak at length about how amazing the MIUI 12 is and its unique features

Super wallpapers & animated AOD

Wallpaper is not a thing to mention but MIUI 12 brings a new ‘Super wallpaper’ option where users can set certain planets as their wallpaper. They even can examine and keep any part of a planet as their live wallpaper as well as animated AOD (Always on Display). Currently, Mars and Earth are only available at the moment but we can expect further planets with future updates. The feature is somewhat similar to Google Earth.

MIUI 12 Super wallpapers & animated AOD

New system animations

Users always get attracted to design and animations in a smartphone. Xiaomi came up with its Framework called ‘MIUI Light Cone Motion Effect Architecture’. This framework has two engines viz. Rendering Engine and Physical Engine.

The ‘Rendering Engine’ allows real-world light and shadow, smooth rounded corners, G2 curvature, advanced interface colour mixing, real-time blur, and dynamic rounded corners all over the UI.

Coming to the ‘Physical Engine’, it is responsible for enhanced system animations. The animations are realistic and smooth which offers a satisfying experience. Users can close an app even half-way through opening it. Hence, this brand new animation experience helps in opening or closing apps according to the userspace. Sometimes, while rotating the screen, flashing or ghosting occurs and this is solved by ‘Dynamic Form’ with smoother animations. Almost everything in the system is remastered with exciting animations like the screen rotation, control centre, battery app, and much more.

New system animations of miui

Perfect dark mode 2.0

Xiaomi’s Dark Mode 2.0 offers standard dark mode features including high colour saturation, automatic brightness, reducing contrast and font adjustments to reduce eye strain during the night. MIUI 11 already has a dark mode but it has left its users wanted for as it feels somewhat unpolished. But with the new MIUI 12, we see a big change as system applications will have a better optimized dark mode.

Perfect dark mode 2.0

Improved privacy controls

The privacy in any smartphone is the most important part. Xiaomi kept in mind the security and privacy of users. Whenever an app wants to access location or camera, a message will pop up whether you want to access or deny it. Earlier, Android 10 developer mode had his feature but Xiaomi tweaked it a little and made it a bit more secure. On top of it, the permissions needed by an app will be shown to you and also the phone usage history by the system.

Also an out of the box idea for Android phones, Xiaomi added a feature where the system will provide blank data to any apps that request to access data in MIUI 12. This is a similar idea like that of Apple’s ‘Sign-in with Apple’ feature. The system provides a fake identity to those apps which can be customized by users at any time. This prevents users to share their original info to vicious apps.

Improved privacy controls of new MIUI

Better multitasking

MIUI 12 now brings better multitasking support. Various apps or games still don’t support split-screen features. To solve this, Xiaomi enabled floating apps (picture-in-picture / PiP). This feature will allow users to use apps in float mode. It also comes with gesture features also it can adapt to different usage scenarios.

MIUI 12 brings Better multitasking

AI phone assistant

AI phone assistant is another feature that is added to MIUI 12 which is similar to Google screen calls. This feature is specially designed with hearing abilities. Various numbers of AI-generated responses are there to keep the conversation going for hearing or vocal disabilities. According to Xiaomi, the AI has responded to over 4 million calls and helped them in the last 6 months.

AI phone assistant

Classic themes in super quality

To celebrate the 10th anniversary, Xiaomi is re-releasing old generation classic themes in super quality along with new themes and a separate section for AOD (Always on Display) for over 1000+ third-party animated AOD styles.

Classic themes in super quality

Health tracker

Xiaomi is also introducing the health app where it will records how much walking, climbing stairs, cycling, running is done. For this, you have to keep the phone in your pocket at all times. It will only consume 1% of the device battery. The app will also monitor your sleep, record your snore as well as the words spoken during dreaming. The app will store the data in the device and not in the cloud for privacy purposes.

Health Tracker on MIUI 12


Nowadays, most of the smartphone users always want a phone with elegant OS and many features. Even some of the users compromise hardware for a better-looking UI. As we all know software is the soul in a smartphone. A bugless beautiful UI is all a user crave for. After the successful global spread of MIUI 11, Xiaomi has introduced its brand new MIUI 12 Android skin. Currently, Chinese users are getting the taste of the new UI. In India, we will have to wait for a few weeks to receive the update on our Xiaomi devices.

About Sagar Choudhury

He is a journalist at DealNTech. He writes on general Android related tech news. He contributes in other categories too. He was working for many other publications. Now a proud member of DealNTech team. He is also a good programmer and web designer. Email:


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    Y2 device may aayaga kya miui 12

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    Sorry, But Redmi Note 4 Pro will not get MIUI 12 OTA update

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    When redmi note 4 will get miui 12 update

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    There is no redmi note 6 pro mobile in all the list, what about that mobile

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    When did Redmi 6pro get miui12 update in india

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    5a mai kab aayega miui 12 ?

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    when update miui 12 given in Black shark 2 phone

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    Will redmi note 6 pro get miui 12 update

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    Is redmi note 4 will get MIUI 12 update

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    redmi note 7s get the MIUI 12?

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    Will 8A dual get miui 12 update directly???

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    Miui 12 for note 7s in india release date

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    Will Redmi note 5 pro get miui12

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    Redmi note 8

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    Will redmi note 9 pro max get miui 12 update because note 9 pro max device name is not added in the list

    • Binay Konwar

      Redmi Note 9 Pro Max will receive MIUI 12. The above-confirmed list is only for MIUI 12 China ROM. As Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is not available in China, so, the company has not included in the list.

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    Poco f1 mi 12 update

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    Redmi 5A Mai miui 12 update kab ayega ?????????????

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    Gurminder Singh Talwar

    Is redmi 6a get MIUI 12 update

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    I want update miui12 for redmi note 8

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    Is redmi note 7s get the MIUI 12 and when did it get

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    This is why i love Xiaomi, i had an almost 2 year old redmi 6a and it still updating the MIUI Versions

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    When K30 4G will get miui 12 although K30 Pro has it

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    I want updated vin resmi note 4

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    I want miui 12 in redmi 4x santon
    Iam bored with miui 11

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    Using update on redmi 8

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    Can u update the data system interms like the 4g symbol instead of H+

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    How about Redmi Note 6 pro?

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    Updated me miui 12 redmi note 8

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    I want miui 12 in MI Note 5

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    I want update in redmi y2 miui

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    ”Redmi note 7 pro ” will come miui 12 updated
    Now it on miui 11update.

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    I want upgrade on my redmi 6A

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