How to Enable or Disable Navigation Keys on MIUI

With Android 9 Pie, users can natively enable or disable navigation keys on phones running MIUI 9 or 10. By enabling navigation users will have soft keys to operate the UI. Soft navigation keys take up a small margin on the display. Disabling the same shall give you more room on the display and also enables gesture navigation.

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Disable Navigation Keys (MIUI)

1 – Head towards your phone’s “Settings Panel” either from the notification menu or app drawer.

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Step 2 – Under “System & Device” Scroll down to find “Full-screen Display“.

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Step 3 – Inside the Full-screen display menu, under “System Navigation” click on “Full-Screen Gestures“.

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Step 4 – You have successfully disabled the soft navigation keys.

Enable Navigation Keys (MIUI)

Just follow the above steps and click on “Buttons” in Step 3. This will re-enable the soft navigation keys and will override any gestures navigations enabled natively or via third-party apps.

Gesture Navigation on MIUI

When you disable navigations keys on MIUI you will be greeted with MIUI’s amazing gesture controlled navigation.

With stock ROM on the Google Pixel and OnePlus devices running Android 9 Pie inculcates the same as a native function baked in. The gesture navigation lacks certain features on the stock ROM which are very well designed and incorporated in MIUI. Users can move back using a single swipe, switch between apps, switch to the recent menu, trigger apps actions and swipe to go to the home screen.

These gestures need to be practiced until you master them. Unless you use it for while you will miss the traditional navigation keys. Initially, you will have issues using the gestures but slowly you would be able to manage and operate the system easily.

Gesture navigation controls are as follows

1 – Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to go back to the home screen.

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2 – To open the recent menu, swipe up from the bottom of the screen and pause.

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3 – Swipe left or right from the edges of the screen to go back.

4 – Swipe left or right from the edge of the screen in the top area to trigger the app’s action.

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5 – To switch to previous app swipe left or right from the edge of the screen and hold for a while.

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