This article shows you all the steps to manually enable MIUI 11 AOD (Always On Display) on any Xiaomi phones; using either AMOLED or IPS LCD screen display. Xiaomi phones powered with AMOLED or OLED display support AOD feature by default and hence enabling the feature does not need to root the phones. On the other hand, Xiaomi phones using the IPS LCD screen need to be rooted.
For the sake of this tutorial to be easy and understandable, we’ve divided this article into several sections. You can either read through the whole article or skip a certain section and go straight to the one you desire.
Table of content:
- What is MIUI 11 AOD?
- List of Supported Devices.
- Enable MIUI 11 AOD on Supported Phones.
- Enable MIUI 11 AOD on Unsupported Phones.
- Bonus for Rooted Phones.
What is MIUI 11 AOD?
Always On Display is one of the new features coming in the MIUI 11. It’s similar to the Google Ambient mode but MIUI 11 AOD is active while your screen is off.
Traditionally, your phone screen will simply be off when you locked your phone. The lockscreen simply displays nothing, it’s dark and black. It’s nothing until you unlock it or wake it up.
The MIUI 11 AOD changes that traditional behavior. The AOD replaces the blank dark screen with cool selectable animations such as dynamic themes, ever-changing kaleidoscopes, animated watch faces, breathing notifications, and customizable texts.
Have a cool slogan, motto, or your own quotation? The AOD gets you covered. You can type your own text like your signature or favorite slogans making it the displayed AOD.
The best part, all of them are customizable and comes with several options. Come take a look at these MIUI 11 AOD screenshot pics:
Credits and more info here.
List of Supported Devices
Again, the AOD is available on MIUI 11. However, not all Xiaomi (and Redmi) phone series receiving MIUI 11 are getting this feature.
The MIUI 11 Ambient Mode with AOD is available by default on the following Xiaomi phones (as per December 2019):
- Xiaomi Mi 8 / Mi 8 EE
- Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
- Redmi K20
- Xiaomi Mi 9 / Mi 9 EE
- Xiaomi Mi 9T
- Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro
- Redmi K20 Pro
- Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro
- Xiaomi Mi Note 10
- Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro
The list of supported phones above will not stop there. As there will be more phones to release in the future, the possibilities are extensive. We can expect the upcoming Redmi K30 and K30 Pro will come with the AOD feature.
One thing for sure: All Xiaomi and Redmi phones in the list above are using AMOLED screen display. That said, any future Xiaomi phones to release with AMOLED display will also support this feature.
Meanwhile, Xiaomi phones using the IPS LCD screen are not supported by default, no matter how awesome are its specifications. That being said, other series such as Pocophone F1, Redmi Note 7, 7 Pro, Redmi Note 8, 8 Pro, Mi Mix 2, Mi Mix 2S, Redmi Note 5, Redmi 7, or Redmi 8 are not supported.
Luckily, there is a hack to force MIUI 11 Ambient Mode with AOD to work on unsupported Xiaomi phones. Despite a small tradeoff is inevitable.
Enable MIUI 11 AOD on Supported Phones
So your Xiaomi phone is on the list of supported phones? Well, you can enable it easily without rooting nor unlocking the bootloader.
Step 0. Update your phone to MIUI 11.
Step 1. Go to “Settings“. You can either tap on its icon on the homescreen or go through notification then tap on the setting icon.
Step 2. Choose the “Ambient Display & Lock screen“.
Step 3. Toggle on the Ambient Display button.
Step 4. Choose the ambient display style you like
Step 5. Determine whether to always active or to be scheduled.
Enable MIUI 11 AOD on Any Xiaomi Phones
What if your phone is not one of the officially supported phones? There is a workaround, fortunately, to enable the native MIUI 11 Ambient Mode with Always On Display. This requires root, however.
Step 0. Update your phone to MIUI 11.
Step 1. Unlock the bootloader.
Step 2. Install TWRP or any other custom recoveries such as Orange Fox, Pitch Black, or Red Wolf. Depending on the type and variant of your phone, use the search form in this blog or ask Google.
Step 3. Download Magisk for MIUI 11 and flash it through TWRP. This will root your phone systemlessly.
Step 5. Open up the root file explorer app and go to /system/etc/device_features/. You’ll find a dot XML file there. Depending on your phone series, the name will vary mido.xml (Redmi Note 4), whyred.xml (Redmi Note 5 or 5 Pro), lavender.xml (Redmi Note 7), violet.xml (Redmi Note 7 Pro), ginkgo.xml (Redmi Note 8), beryllium.xml (Poco F1), and so on.
Step 6. Open that .xml file to edit it.
Step 7. Scroll down the page to the bottom and add this code as shown in the screenshot pic:
<!-- whether support always on --> <bool name="support_aod">true</bool>
Step 8. Save it and exit the editor.
Step 9. Download the stock APK file of MIUI 11 AOD. Grab the zip file directly to your phone.
Step 10. Open the downloaded MiuiAod zip file and extract it.
Step 11. Open the root explorer app again and copy the MiuiAod folder to /system/priv-app/.
Step 12. Go to the newly copied MiuiAod folder located at /system/priv-app/MiuiAod/ and you’ll find the MiuiAod.apk file.
Step 13. Set the file permission for MiuiAod.apk to 644. Tap on the file, hold, then choose Set Permission.
Step 14. Reboot your phone.
Step 15. Now enable the Ambient Mode following the steps explained in the previous section (Enabling AOD on Supported Phones; through Settings).
Congratulation and enjoy! This video below helps you to grasp the overall steps easily.
Warning! Enabling MIUI AOD on Xiaomi/Redmi phones having an LCD screen (instead of AMOLED) has a serious tradeoff. The Always On Display consumes your battery juice constantly. It will drain the battery faster than usual.
Bonus for Rooted Phones
This is a little bonus for rooted Xiaomi phones having either AMOLED or LCD screen. As long as your phone is rooted and you have TWRP recovery installed, you can bring the MIUI 11 AOD a step further with modified AOD.
We have posted some of the modified MIUI 11 AOD in the Gaming and Movie genre. Download the modified AOD you like, flash it on TWRP, and activate it from Settings.
MIUI 11 ships with a new feature namely Ambient Mode that brings the Always On Display (AOD) technology to the supported phones. Enabling it is easy on supported devices which are mostly powered with AMOLED display.
There is a hack to activate MIUI 11 AOD on other Xiaomi phones. However, the process requires root. Furthermore, a faster battery drain is an inevitable tradeoff.