How to Change Default Apps, Launcher & Browser in MIUI ROM

Unlike stock Android and other custom Android ROMs, MIUI has a different way of handling the default applications on Xiaomi devices like Mi 3, Mi 4, Redmi 1S and Redmi Note. Instead of offering default program settings to open a file or webpage, MIUI forces users to use the pre-installed applications rather than giving the option to choose a specific user-installed app and then showing the Always or Just Once option, as seen in a typical Android phone.

This can be annoying in case you want to open URLs using Chrome browser but they always launch in the default MIUI Browser. Even if you Clear defaults for the stock apps, then still MIUI won’t show the ‘Open with’ option and you’ll be contented with the defaults apps only.

Perhaps, if you looking to switch the default launcher in MIUI to Nova launcher, etc. or set Chrome as the default browser in MIUI, then that can be easily done. To change the default app settings in MIUI, go to Settings > Apps (Installed apps in MIUI v6). Select the ‘Default app settings’ option and switch the desired apps as default.

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A dialog box will open asking to confirm, simply select Replace. You can change default app settings for Launcher, Dialer, Messaging, Browser, Camera, Gallery, Music and Email. The next time you open a file or a link, it will directly open up in the selected default app.

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Hope you found this tip useful.

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Mayur Agarwal is the founder and editor-in-chief of WebTrickz. As a Technology enthusiast and an Internet addict, he loves sharing useful How To’s and Tips & Tricks. Follow him @mayurjango on Twitter.

18 Responses

  1. Dixet says:

    Does not work for browser. Even with chrome set as the default browser, miui will still launch the miui browser when uding sesrch box

  2. Srikanth says:

    Doesn\’t work. I am on latest version.

  3. Axel Svensson says:

    It looks like Xiaomi have \”fixed it\” so you are not able to change default application any more. The really want to force the launcher, browser etc on to you. I don\’t like their launcher but I can\’t replace it, at least not for long because it will always be their default launcher that will start… Looks like root is not available any more either. Would not have bought Mipad if I had known this…

  4. Finik says:

    Hi there. You need to update google services and youmwill be able to choose google start launcher. Go on 🙂

  5. Bruce Hawkeep says:

    After updating my Redmi2s, Google chrome and Opera does\’nt work any more. Can anyone help me solve that problem?

  6. Ghost says:

    It\’s good but how to change video player?!!

  7. rashab sinaha says:

    Veryyyy thank full to you

  8. Headspacer1 says:

    Yes, I would also like to know how to change the Video Player??!!!

    Xiaomi mi4c with the miui 6 os.

    Someone recommended using the MX player as the videos will not play in the app I am using.

    I installed mx player and set it as default player, uninstalled and reinstalled HS, rebooted device … It simply doesn\’t work.

    Videos still try to open in the default app which gives an \”error occurred\” error.


  9. Scorpios says:

    go to playstore searching for \’app freezer\’ and you can freeze any annoying stock app from MIUI…. then just left your favourite app 😉

  10. karwina says:

    thanks goodness;)

  11. Giri says:

    Finally I got the solution 🙂 Thank You! Your screenshot was useful

  12. nnn says:

    You can choose another launcher as default, if you have at least 3 launchers installed. Try it.

  13. Stephanie says:

    So, I install a messaging app via the app store of redmi and i am using a redmi note 2, my problem is the messaging app that i installed doesn\\’t show up in the default messaging app list, it only shows up the facebook messenger, hang outs and the default messaging app of redmi i thought once you download any kind of messaging app it should show automatically but it didn\\’t. so when i use the new app that i install it doesn\\’t allow me to send the messages it says sending but it never get through and the previous text i sent couldn\\’t even appear on the screen so i have no choice but to use the boring default messaging app that xiaomi installed i hope you can help me figure out how this thing works then that would be very awesome if xiaomi can do that since i am aiming for an iphone look a like messaging app at the moment.

  14. kevin says:

    miui 8 default launcher doesnt change i installed smart launcher – it launch perfectly but when i double click on home middle button it goes back to miui defaul launcher same thing happen in nova launcher also.

  15. Srinivas Jyotula says:

    Can some one please guide me how to change the default dialer in mi max running on MIUI GLOBAL 8.0.
    Thanks in advance.

    Srinivas Jyotula

  16. Doug says:

    Thanks, worked great.

  17. Antti Nikkilä says:

    How do I set Galileo offline maps as default app to open .mbtiles-files? Now it just announces \”no apps that support this format\” when trying to open downloaded .mbtiles-file. Mi Max 3

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