Floating Windows in MIUI 12

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By XDARoni, XDA Community Manager on 30th June 2020, 03:00 PM
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Among some of the many new UI features in MIUI 12, Xiaomi phones will be receiving updates to floating windows. Floating windows aren't a new concept in Android, but MIUI 12 brings some major improvements to this feature. The new floating windows can be accessed from your notification bar or recents menu. A floating window will put an app in a smaller window that can be seen layered over another app. In this thread, I'm going to show you the floating windows in action, and all the features they come with.

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.

2nd July 2020, 09:56 PM |#2  
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Annoyingly floating windows only works when you have the miui launcher set as default. if you switch to nova launcher for example it's no longer available.
On the plus side miui launcher is actually decent now as you can set Google discover as your feed and you can also switch to app drawer mode as standard.
2nd August 2020, 05:20 PM |#3  
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I wish I could disable this pointless "feature".
3rd August 2020, 05:47 PM |#4  
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Originally Posted by kenkiller

I wish I could disable this pointless "feature".

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