By default, the classic MIUI interface on Xiaomi devices takes care of adding all newly installed apps to the home screen. Therefore, it is frequent that space and order can easily collapse.

A bunch of apps cluttered up on your home screen can be a big problem. For that reason, Xiaomi integrated the app drawer, a new system that will help you organize and categorize all your apps.

To better explain its operation, today we will show you how to use and customize the application drawer of your Xiaomi like a professional.

What is the app drawer and how is it activated?

The app drawer is a MIUI feature that lets you allows you to organize the different applications installed on your device by categories. As you add new apps, other categories will be created automatically. Activating the app drawer does not involve anything complicated. In fact, all you have to do is follow these steps:

  1. Take your Xiaomi device and go to “Settings”.
  2. Scroll down and tap on the “Starting screen”.
  3. In the next menu, again click on the option “Starting screen”.
  4. Two options are then presented to you: classic MIUI interface and the app drawer. Tap the option on the right to activate the app drawer.

Once the app drawer is activated, the home screen will change the organization of the apps. Now, to see your apps, you will need to swipe up from below to access your app gallery.

The newly activated function will take care of automatically organizing your apps by categories, which you can identify at the top of the screen.

App drawer customization settings

Of course, the MIUI application drawer not only provides better organization. It also has some practical and complementary functions. In the same section where you activated the drawer, you can scroll down and view the various existing configurations to further customize the interface. These are:

  • Application Tips: As the same option indicates, when activating this setting, it will show the applications that you use the most in the application drawer.
  • Manage application categories: It is an option that allows you to manage the order in which the different categories of applications appear. You can also manually choose which apps should go into a certain category. In addition, you also have the option to create a new category if you need to.
  • Money: It is a section that gives you the option to customize the appearance of the application drawer. You can switch to a light, dark, or grayish hue called a system theme. You can also vary the transparency of the drawer background to one that suits your preferences.
  • Scrollbar: The setting allows you to choose between two sidebar models. By default, “Original Layout” is enabled, which is just a blue scroll bar. However, you can change it to an “AZ” bar, that is, in alphabetical order.
  • Put apps on the home screen: Just like its name says, this setting allows you to automatically place new apps on the home screen. However, you can disable it so that apps are stored in the app drawer.