MIUI 11 is getting a new MIUI Launcher update which brings the anticipated App Drawer feature. Xiaomi has long offered the ability to install apps on the home screen of its MIUI Launcher – just as apps are available on iOS. However, the Chinese company has now started providing an app drawer to include all installed app icons on a dedicated screen. This is very similar to the app drawer available on Poco Launcher. The presence of the app drawer on MIUI 11 was announced earlier this year.
Through a Weibo post Xiaomi has announced that it has updated MI Drawer 11 with app drawer support. Users can find the app drawer by installing the latest MIUI launcher for their MIUI 11 device. There is an option to switch between a regular home screen experience and a dedicated app drawer within the home screen settings. For now, it is uncertain when the feature MIUI 11 will make its way to the Global Stable ROM. The most recent batch of updates were being rolled out in India which did not have this feature.
Under the regular home screen experience, the MIUI Launcher places all installed apps on the home screen. You will also see shortcuts with the option to uninstall apps directly on the home screen. However, this does not happen once you switch to the app drawer option which brings all installed apps to a different screen.
Swiping on the home screen expands the app drawer and puts all recently used apps on top. Users can find all installed applications from the app drawer by scrolling down.
While the MIUI Launcher did not have an app drawer, Xiaomi provided the same experience as the Poco Launcher. In addition, in June, the company was spotted testing the app drawer on its MIUI launcher.