MIUI 12.5 update, release date, features, download, eligible devices, and more you need to know

MIUI 12.5 features include privacy enhancements, aesthetics changes, app optimisation, and more.

MIUI 12.5 update was officially announced by Xiaomi late last year, with iterative upgrades, a handful of new features, and improvements over the regular MIUI 12 skin. The highlights of the Android 11-based custom skin include aesthetic changes, new privacy options, another set of dynamic wallpapers, and a new MIUI+ feature that mirrors Xiaomi smartphones to a computer. In addition to this, Xiaomi claims that the new MIUI 12.5 is lighter, faster, and more efficient than before. The MIUI 12.5 update is expected to rollout to all eligible devices by the end of this year. Here’s a quick look at Xiaomi’s MIUI 12.5 update list, release date, features, download, and eligible devices, among other things.

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MIUI 12.5 update release date in India

MIUI 12.5 update release date in India has not been announced yet, but at the Mi 11 global launch in February, the company revealed that the skin will start rolling out to eligible devices as early as in April for the international devices. We’re presuming the MIUI 12.5 update will also be available for Xiaomi users in India around the same time. 

MIUI 12.5 features

1. MIUI+


MIUI 12.5 features include MIUI+, which mirrors a smartphone to a Windows PC. As per an XDA Developers report, the feature allows users to view phone notifications on the desktop, use select apps, and basic features such as copy text on the phone and paste it on the desktop, among other things. That said, MIUI+ will be available only on select Xiaomi phones such as Mi 10 Ultra, Mi 10 Pro, Mi 10, Mi 9 Pro 5G, Mi 9, Redmi K30 Ultra, Redmi K20 Pro, and Redmi K30 Pro.

2. Privacy

MIUI 12.5 is also said to be more privacy-focused, with Clipboard Protection, File Storage (Sandbox Mechanism), Browser, and Location (Fuzzy Positioning).

– The Clipboard protection will keep a log of every app and let users know which one is going overboard to read the copied contents.
– The Fuzzy positioning will
disguise a user’s locations to a few meters away from the exact location to improve safety in certain scenarios.
–The browser will be able to block downloads from web pages it deems malicious. The company has also made changes to how sites track users through the browser.
–Lastly, MIUI 12.5 will allow users to divide photos and data independently rather than allowing apps to access all of them with Sandbox Mechanism.

3. New dynamic wallpapers

Xiaomi has introduced new dynamic wallpapers with MIUI 12.5 such as Snow Mountain taken from Mount Siguniang – the highest mountain of the Qionglai Mountains chain in Western China. This in addition to Mars and Earth wallpapers, which were announced with the standard MIUI 12. The wallpapers change to day and night to match the time of the day.

4. Notifications sounds and haptic feedback

MIUI 12.5 gets revamped notification sounds from natural animals from four major habitats – the South American rainforest, Australia, East African grassland, and the Arctic Circle. System sounds are inspired by natural elements such as wood, sand, and water. The new skin also brings improved haptic feedback to compatible smartphones.

5. MIUI LIght Cone Motion Effect Architecture

The custom skin also has refreshed “MIUI Light Cone Motion Effect Architecture” that features a dedicated thread for gestures and priority scheduling with improved response time.

6. MIUI Notes

The new Notes app that you get with MIUI 12.5 can now add quick mind notes and generate brain maps (a chronology of notes) with just a click. The app also brings graffiti function, optimisation for finger painting (with 4 brush strokes), quick shorthand window to quickly jot down notes, and new typesetting system with dynamic grids to improve aesthetics.

These were some of the top features of the MIUI 12.5. In addition to this, the Xiaomi custom skin also features faster performance and uninstallable System Apps such as Mi Calculator, Notes App, Weather, Compass, Scanner, and Mi Recorder.

MIUI 12.5 download

Users will be notified of the MIUI 12.5 download link as and when it’s available for their devices. They can also check for MIUI 12.5 update manually by going to the phone’s settings –> searching for ‘System update’ –> and tapping on the ‘Check now’ option. If there’s any update, you’ll see download/ install button on the screen. The public beta version of MIUI 12.5 global version is already available for a handful of devices.

MIUI 12.5 update list: eligible devices

Xiaomi has announced a bunch of Redmi and Mi devices that’ll receive the MIUI 12.5 update. However, there is no word on POCO devices, including POCO F1 and POCO X3, yet. The MIUI 12.5 update list for the global version is as follows:

  • Mi 11
  • Mi 10T Pro
  • Mi 10T
  • Mi 10 Pro
  • Mi 10 Lite 5G
  • Mi Note 10 Pro
  • Mi Note 10
  • Mi Note 10 Lite
  • Redmi Note 9T
  • Redmi Note 9 Pro
  • Redmi Note 9S
  • Redmi Note 9
  • Redmi Note 8 Pro
  • Redmi 9

While the Mi 11, Mi 10TMi 10T Pro, and Mi 10 Pro will get the MIUI 12.5 update starting April or May, the update for the remaining supported devices has been scheduled for late Q2 2021. There are reports that MIUI 12.5 update for POCO F1 as well, which seems likely since the company claims that “more devices” will get the MIUI 12.5 update in the second half of the year. In China, the list of MIUI 12.5 eligible devices also include

  • Mi 10 Ultra
  • Mi 10 Youth Edition
  • Redmi K30
  • Redmi K30 5G
  • Redmi K30 Pro 5G
  • Redmi K30i 5G
  • Redmi K30S Ultra
  • Redmi K30 Ultra
  • Mi 9
  • Mi 9 SE
  • Mi CC9e
  • Mi CC9 Pro
  • Redmi K20
  • Redmi K20 Pro
  • Redmi 10X 5G
  • Redmi 10X Pro 5G
  • Redmi Note 9 5G
  • Redmi Note 7
  • Redmi Note 7 Pro