These screenshots show the floating windows being used in combination with different apps.
Accessing Floating Windows from Recents Menu
An easy way of turning your open app into a floating window is by opening your recent apps menu. Once you see the list of all of your apps, you can press and hold on the app until you see the additional options appear. From here, you'll be able to lock your app, launch in slip-screen mode, launch as a window, or access the settings for that app. The animation below will show you what it looks like to launch a windowed app from the recent apps menu.
Accessing Floating Windows from Notification Shade
Being able to launch a floating window from the notification shade is a much less-intrusive option. If you're watching a video or a stream, and you receive a notification, you no longer have to navigate away from your current app to check it. Press and hold on your notification to open that app in a window. Now you can respond to texts, emails, tweets, or calls, without interrupting your current app.
Floating Window Gestures
When you navigate to settings > Special features > Floating window, you'll find a list of the different gestures available.
These are the gestures that are available for floating windows:
- Open floating windows
- Moving floating windows around
- Closing floating windows
- Viewing floating windows in full-screen
- Minimizing floating windows
This gifs shows the different gestures in action:
Split screen open and expand:
Launch floating window from recent apps:
Expand floating window:
Minimize floating window:
Floating Window Settings
MIUI 12 has a settings menu dedicated to floating windows. In this menu, you'll find options to view tutorials on how to use different gestures that will manipulate your floating window. You'll also find a section where you can toggle specific apps to use floating windows from the notification shade.