How To Change Default System Theme on Xiaomi MIUI Phones

Xiaomi phones running the MIUI interface come with extensive theming capabilities that allow users to customize the look and feel of their device. The default MIUI theme provides a clean and minimalist interface, but some users may prefer something more stylish or personalized. Fortunately, changing the system theme on Xiaomi phones is straightforward.

Accessing the Theme Store

MIUI includes a built-in Theme Store app that provides access to thousands of free and paid themes. To access it:

  • Open the Theme Store app on your Xiaomi phone. It’s usually located in the app drawer.
  • Browse the various categories like Abstract, Anime, Nature etc. to view available themes.
  • Tap on a theme to preview and download it. Note that some themes require a Mi Account to download.

Applying a New Theme

Once you’ve downloaded a theme:

  • Open the Theme Store app and tap on “My”. This will display all downloaded themes.
  • Tap on the theme you want to apply. A preview will be shown.
  • Tap on “Apply” at the bottom. This will set the chosen theme.

The new theme will change system elements like wallpaper, icons, fonts, sounds and more. Feel free to browse and experiment with multiple themes.

Customizing the Active Theme

If you like aspects of a theme but want to tweak it further:

  • In the Theme app, tap on your profile icon in the bottom right.
  • Tap on “Customize Theme”.
  • You can now customize individual theme components like lock screen style, icons, font etc.

Mix and match elements from multiple themes this way.

Creating Your Own Theme

For full control over theme elements, you can create your own custom theme:

  • Download the MIUI Theme Editor app for Windows or Mac. Links are available on Mi Community forums.
  • The app allows importing existing themes as a template to build upon.
  • You can customize colors, icons, fonts, wallpapers and sound effects.
  • Export your theme and install it via local update on your Xiaomi device.

This does involve a learning curve but allows extensive customization options.

Resetting to the Default System Theme

If you wish to revert back to the original MIUI theme:

  • Go to Settings > Themes
  • Tap on “Default” under System Themes.
  • Tap Apply to set the default MIUI theme.

You can also reset individual elements like icons and font under the “Customize Theme” option.

Troubleshooting Tips

Here are some troubleshooting tips to fix theme related issues:

  • Clear data for Theme app if issues with downloading or applying themes.
  • Check that USB debugging mode is enabled if Theme Editor has connectivity problems.
  • Themes may automatically revert after some time. Applying persist.sys.theme package in Magisk can prevent this.

Final Words

Theming adds a whole new dimension of personalization and aesthetics to Xiaomi’s MIUI software. With such flexibility, you can truly make your device stand out with a one-of-a-kind look. We recommend browsing popular themes for inspiration and ideas. Don’t be afraid to get creative and mix-and-match elements from multiple sources.