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TheMystic

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For some unknown reason, some of the stock Android features are hidden in MIUI. Fortunately, the features themselves work if you access the hidden settings using an activity manager such as the Shortcut Maker app.

Here are a few useful hidden settings that work well on MIUI 13 (Android 12):

1. Multiple Users

MIUI has hidden this very useful feature of stock Android in MIUI 13. Using activity manager, find UserSettingsActivity:

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This will give you access to Multiple Users. By default, MIUI allows you to setup what they call Second Space, which is a new user profile. Stock Android allows you to have 4 or 5 additional users, including Guest user (temporary profile).

I have setup Second Space, and Work Profile using Shelter app. This left me to setup 2 additional users with a permanent profile, and also a Guest user. So total 6 users (including Primary user or Owner) on MIUI 13!


2. Disable official YouTube app

If you go to Settings/ Apps/ Manage Apps on MIUI, you'll NOT see the option to disable the stock YouTube app. But using activity manager, find AppDashboardActivity:

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This will allow you to disable many system apps, including YouTube.

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Before trying this, I set the official YouTube app to not open any links. But MIUI kept overriding my setting and all YouTube links were opening only on the stock YouTube app. So I had to disable it to make the links open in Vanced YouTube. This problem is not there on OneUI 5 or OOS 13.

3. Special Access permissions

Using the same AppDashboardActivity setting mentioned in point 2 above, you can also find the Special Access permissions hidden in MIUI 13:

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TheMystic

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What doesn't work in MIUI 13 without unlocking bootloader/ custom recovery/ root:

1. Installing Mi Dialer to replace Google Dialer. Workarounds available online are NOT recommended.

2. Gesture navigation if a 3rd party launcher is set as default. There are some workarounds for this that you can try though using FNG app.
 
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