The popularity of Xiaomi smartphones is on the rise. Users can find the budget-friendly Redmi series as well as the high-end Mi Pro editions and everything in between. The one thing that distinguishes these phones is the Android-based MIUI operating system that comes with its own set of pros and cons.
One of the best features is the customization options. The MIUI themes are one of the reasons people flock to it. You can also change icons in MIUI in a number of ways. We’ll explore each one in this article.
Icon Packs from Google Play Store
The Xiaomi smartphones were primarily built for the Chinese market. Users in China can download apps from the MI App Store. But Xiaomi users can now be found all over the world, and the Google Play Store is the leading outlet for MIUI phones.
If you’re looking to change the set of icons your Xiaomi phone has now, you can go directly to the Play Store and download an icon pack and install it. For all the MIUI 11 users that aren’t satisfied with the re-designed UI, you can download the MIUI 11 – icon pack.
These icons were designed to look sleek and beautiful and are inspired by Flat Icon design. You can find more than 10,000 icons in this pack with all kinds of colors and a linear design. All you have to do when you’re done installing it is to long-press the icon on the home screen you want to replace and then select the pack you want.
If you’re a fan of Google Pixel UI design and the round style icons, you can download the MIUI 10 Pixel icon pack. You also get cloud wallpapers and dynamic calendars with this app as well. It’s important to note that these icons will work best with an Android launcher like Nova Launcher or Atom Launcher, but they’re not compatible with Google Now Launcher and Pixel Launcher.
MIUI Designer Account
Downloading the icon packs from the Play Store is easy and simple, but a lot of people still aren’t satisfied with that. Often these icons aren’t what people with a distinctive sense of style are looking for. Or those icons won’t apply to certain apps. There’s another way you can change icons for your MIUI smartphone, but it requires a little bit of effort.
What you need to do is create an MIUI Designer account. The easiest way to do so is to use the Mi account on your phone. This will enable you to import files from your SD card. The MIUI designer account is where you can get as creative as you want. You can design your own themes from scratch, including icon packs. But you can also browse for icon packs and download them.
They’re usually in a .zip file and you need to extract them to your SD card. After that, all you need to do is go to MIUI themes to customize your icons. This is a long way to get the icons, but it’s much more likely that you’ll find some really beautifully designed options.
Dive Into MIUI Themes
Before it was a standard feature on other smartphones, Xiaomi embraced the concept of themes and a theme store. The MIUI theme store isn’t limited to just a few standard selections. It’s the entire user experience. Themes often come with their own set of icons. Therefore, if you want to change the entire look of your smartphone, you can check out the themes and find the right one for you.
The only thing you need first is to create a Mi account. There are a few ways you can do that. Go directly to the website, log into Facebook and do it there, or you can just look for the Mi account settings on your phone.
The next thing you do is tap the “Themes” app so you can browse the theme store. You’ll notice that everything is organized well and categorized so you don’t lose track of what you’re doing. Once you find a theme and the icons that you like, just press download. The same button will become the apply button after that. Press and go look at your new theme and icons and try them out.
Make Your Icons What You Want Them to Be
How many times per day do you tap on an icon on your phone? How many times do you do it in an hour? A lot, right? With your eyes set on those icons, they start to look pretty boring after a while. Sure, some people will never pay attention, but many will. That’s why it’s great that you can download and install icons that will change your MIUI’s appearance.
Have you tried changing the fonts on your MIUI phone? What kind of icons do you like? Let us know in the comments section below.