MIUI 11 Tips: Activate App Drawer

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This tiny sized article shows you the necessary steps on how to enable app drawer on MIUI 11 phones. Not until MIUI 11, the default Launcher in the home screen does not ship with an app drawer. All installed apps are visible directly on the home screen pages.

The coming of MIUI 11 is a game-changer. Xiaomi’s skinned version of Android operating system now comes with an enhanced Launcher. It now ships with an app drawer which is not activated by default.

In a nutshell, an Android app drawer is a section on your phone that houses all the installed apps. Think of it as the Menu section on a Windows computer. Homescreen, on the other hand, is like the Desktop section of a Windows computer.

Previously, all icons of installed apps are placed on the homescreen which bloats the looks and feels of your homescreen. Once the app drawer is activated on MIUI 11, you can tidy up the homescreen area containing only icons of frequently used apps while saving all other icons (read: shortcuts) in the app drawer.

How to enable app drawer on MIUI 11?

Simply follow the steps below. These steps do not need to root your phone. Simply update your Mi, Redmi, or Redmi Note phone to the latest version of MIUI 11 and you are good to go.

Steps to Enable App Drawer on MIUI 11

Step 1. Open up Settings then choose Home screen.

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Step 2. In the next section, simply choose the Home Screen menu again.

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Step 3. From there, you’ll notice two options: Regular and With App Drawer. Obviously, you have to choose the second option to enable app drawer.

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Step 4. Tap OK when asked in the popup message.

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Step 5. That’s it. Now go back to the Home screen by pressing the Home button or the Back button several times.

Give It A Try!

You’ll notice a small swipe-up arrow on the Home screen. That is the shortcut to reveal the app drawer.

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Doing a swipe up gesture on the home screen will also launch up the app drawer. A piece of cake isn’t it? Why don’t you try it now?

Frequently Asked Questions

Does it need root and bootloader unlocking? No!

Do I need to install an additional app to enable it? No!

What Xiaomi phones are compatible with this feature? We think almost all Xiaomi, Redmi, and Redmi Note series are compatible with this feature. Just make sure you installed MIUI 11.

Can I enable App Drawer on Redmi Note 8 / 8 Pro? Obviously!

How to disable App Drawer again? Follow steps above but this time choose Regular.

I couldn’t find the Home screen settings on my phone? Wait for it, it means the feature is currently available within the Beta ROM for your phone. It will soon come to the Stable ROM.

I couldn’t wait for it to arrive in the Stable ROM, what can I do? You can install MIUI Launcher Alpha and experience App Drawer immediately. It also requires no root.

Do I need to enable App Drawer? That’s entirely up to you.


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