How to Switch Your Default Browser on MIUI

MIUI, Xiaomi’s Android-based operating system, comes with the Mi Browser pre-installed as the default browser. While Mi Browser has some nice features like an integrated news feed, many users prefer to use other mainstream browsers like Chrome or Firefox.

Fortunately, it is easy to change the default browser in MIUI. The process differs slightly depending on which version of MIUI your Xiaomi device is running, but the general steps are as follows:

Why Change the Default Browser on MIUI

Here are some common reasons why you may want to switch from Mi Browser to another browser on your Xiaomi device:

Privacy Concerns

Some users have expressed concerns over Mi Browser’s data collection practices and feel more comfortable using a browser like Firefox or Chrome instead.

Feature Preferences

Other browsers may offer features that appeal more to certain users’ preferences, like Chrome’s synchronization across devices or Firefox’s extensions.


In some cases, alternate browsers like Chrome may provide better performance than Mi Browser.


Many users are already accustomed to using Chrome or Firefox on their computers, so switching to those browsers makes for a more seamless experience across devices.

Steps to Change Default Browser on MIUI

The steps to change your default browser vary slightly across MIUI versions. Refer to the section below for your specific MIUI version.

MIUI 13/12/11/10

For MIUI 13, 12, 11 and 10, use these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Tap on Apps
  3. Choose Default Apps
  4. Tap on Browser App
  5. Select your preferred browser

That’s it! The browser you selected is now set as the default.


On MIUI 9, use these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Tap on Apps
  3. Choose Manage Apps
  4. Tap the 3-dot menu in the top right corner
  5. Select Default Apps > Browser App
  6. Pick your preferred browser

MIUI 8 and Earlier

For older MIUI 8 and below, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings
  2. Choose Installed Apps
  3. Scroll down and tap the gear icon labeled Default
  4. Tap Browsers
  5. Select your preferred browser

And you’re done! The browser you picked is now set as the default.

Tips for Changing Default Browser on MIUI

Here are some additional tips when changing your default browser in MIUI:

  • You’ll need to have the alternate browser installed first before you can set it as default. So if you want Chrome, for example, download it before starting these steps.
  • After setting a new default browser, you may need to restart your device for the change to fully take effect.
  • If you later want to revert and make Mi Browser the default again, just repeat the steps but choose Mi Browser instead.
  • Using a third-party launcher like Nova Launcher may override MIUI’s default browser settings, so check your launcher settings if you run into any issues.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to some common questions about changing default browser on MIUI:

What is the default browser in MIUI?

The default browser is Mi Browser, Xiaomi’s own web browser app.

Why does MIUI have its own browser?

Xiaomi includes its own Mi Browser on MIUI devices to provide tighter integration with the OS and services.

Is Mi Browser safe to use?

While Mi Browser itself is generally safe to use, some users have expressed privacy concerns due to its data collection practices. Using browsers like Chrome or Firefox may provide more privacy.

What other browsers can I use on MIUI devices?

Popular alternate browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Microsoft Edge, and more are all available for install on MIUI devices.

What if I have other issues changing the default browser?

Try rebooting your device, checking for MIUI or browser app updates, using a third-party launcher, or consulting Xiaomi support if problems persist.


Switching your default browser in MIUI is straightforward once you know the steps for your MIUI version. There are good reasons why you may want to replace Mi Browser with Chrome, Firefox, or another browser as the default on your Xiaomi device. Just follow the appropriate instructions above.

Let us know if you have any other questions! We’re happy to provide more details if needed on setting your preferred browser as the default in MIUI.

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