How to disable ads from MIUI Xiaomi phones

Team Digit | Published on 22 May 2020
How to disable ads from MIUI Xiaomi phones
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  • Here's how to disable ads in MIUI on Xiaomi smartphones

Xiaomi smartphones while being a great value for money proposition are plagued with advertisements in MIUI. This can lead to botched user experience with tens of advertisements being pushed at any given time. These ads don’t just pop-up out of the blue but are carefully disseminated by default apps including the likes of Mi Video, Mi Browser, Mi Music, Get Apps and ShareMe.

Getting ads in the notification panel can be quite an infuriating experience, more so when you’ve given away your hard-earned money to get that smartphone you’ve been eyeing from a while now. As such, it becomes important for smartphone manufacturers to provide a clutter-free user experience and the addition of unwanted advertisements worsens the case. Chances are if you are using or have used a Xiaomi phone in the recent past, you’d have witnessed the barrage of push advertisements creeping up in the notification panel and as a result, important notifications often go by unnoticed. 

So, if MIUI ads bother you too much and you are looking to get rid of the advertisements on your Xiaomi smartphone, here’s how you can disable ads on Xiaomi phones running MIUI 10.

Step 1: Disable MIUI System Ads

  • Go to the Settings menu.

  • Search for Authorisation and revocation

  • Tap on the Authorisation and revocation option under Passwords & security

  • From the list of apps, choose “MSA” and tap on the toggle button.

  • As you tap on the toggle, a “Revoking authorisation” pop-up will ask you to confirm the action.

  • Tap on Revoke and it will turn off the MIUI System Ads (MSA).

Step 2: Disable Personalised ad recommendations

  • Go to the Settings menu

  • Select Passwords and Security and tap on Privacy

  • Scroll down to Ad services

  • Tap on the toggle button to disable Personalised ad recommendations.

  • Alternatively, you can enter “Personalised ad recommendations” in the Settings search bar to quickly access the ad services menu and disable personalization for ads shown on your Xiaomi phone. 

Step 3: Disable Ad services from system apps

Now, let’s remove recommendations from the various default system apps including Mi Browser, Mi Security, Mi Music, Mi Video and more.

  • Open Mi Browser

  • Navigate to Settings by tapping on the menu icon

  • Scroll down the Settings menu and select Advanced

  • Here, disable the “Show ads” toggle.

  • Next, open the Mi Security app

  • Tap the gear icon in the corner to access the Settings menu

  • Scroll down to receive recommendations toggle and disable it

  • Open Downloads app

  • Tap on the three-dot icon in the top corner and tap on Settings

  • Disable the “Show recommended content” toggle

  • Open Mi File Manager app

  • Tap on the menu icon and select Settings

  • Go to About and disable the “Recommendations” toggle

  • Open Mi Music app

  • Tap on the menu icon and select Settings from the list

  • Once in the menu, tap on Advanced settings

  • Scroll to additional settings category

  • Disable all recommendations toggles under this category

  • Open Mi Video app

  • Go to Profile and tap on Settings

  • Under the Personalised recommendations category, disable “online recommendations” and “personalised recommendations” toggle

  • Open Themes app

  • Go to My Page and tap on Settings

  • Disable recommendations toggle from the list

  • Open any Folder that you want to disable promoted apps recommendations

  • Tap on the name of the folder and you’ll be asked to rename the folder

  • Just below the option to rename the folder is a “Promoted apps” toggle.

  • Disable the toggle to turn of recommendations

  • Disabling notifications for GetApps app store is fairly easy

  • Whenever you see a push notification for ads from GetApps, just long-press the notification and disable push notifications.

  • Do note that this will disable all notifications from GetApps

Xiaomi has tons of recommendation settings baked into MIUI 10 and we hope these simple steps will ensure your freedom from the tons of unwanted advertisements that you get to see on your Xiaomi phone on a daily basis.

 
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