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How to Disable Ads in MIUI & HyperOS on your Xiaomi, Poco or Redmi phone

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You've just bought your Xiaomi, Redmi, or Poco smartphone and you're annoyed by the MIUI or HyperOS ads? nextpit has thought of you and shows you how to disable the ads in the interface, the famous MSA or MIUI System Ads that Xiaomi runs on both mid-range devices like the Redmi Note 13 4G and flagships like the Xiaomi 13.

Yes, even in 2024, ads can still be found in the interface of Xiaomi, Redmi, and Poco smartphones like the Redmi Note 13 4G (review) or the Poco F5 Pro. Even though these are affordable smartphones, it's very annoying. So this tutorial will help you to have a more or less healthy software experience with your smartphone.

All the tips presented in this guide to disabling MIUI ads were carried out on a Xiaomi 12X running MIUI 13. But these techniques also work on MIUI 14, MIUI 12, and even earlier versions of Xiaomi's mobile OS. You should also be able to follow these steps under HyperOS.

How to remove ads by disabling the MSA application

This is the first step, and unless you use a lot of native Xiaomi apps, it should be enough to get rid of almost all ads in MIUI on your Xiaomi.

All you need to do is disable the MSA or MIUI System Ads application. This step can't be performed offline, as you'll need to be connected to a Wifi or cellular network.

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Select Passwords & Security.
  3. Under Authorization and revocation, search for MSA and press the switch to deactivate it.
  4. Wait 10 seconds, then press Revoke.
  5. You may receive a message saying it cannot revoke authorization. Keep trying until it does.
Screenshots on how to disable MIUI adsAfter revoking authorization for the MSA app, restart your Xiaomi smartphone. / © nextpit

This should remove most of the ads. But these are only the "system" ads in the MIUI interface, other ads may remain in some of Xiaomi's native apps, so you'll have to disable them individually. Isn't that nice?

How to disable personal ad recommendations

Now that you've revoked MSA authorization, you can start disabling the individual "recommendations" that MIUI will send you. To disable personal ad recommendations, which prevent Xiaomi from recording your usage habits and collecting your data, follow the steps below.

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Select Passwords & Security.
  3. Under Privacy, look for Advertising services and then Personalized advertising recommendations.
  4. Deactivate Personalized advertising recommendations and Personalized services.
Screenshots on how to disable MIUI ads
Personalize this Xiaomi! / © nextpit

How to disable ads in Security and the web browser

We're now tackling ads inside Xiaomi's native apps. Disabling ads in the Mi Browser and Mi Security apps is relatively simple from here. Go to your Settings menu and follow the steps below.

Disable MIUI Mi Browser ads:

  1. Open Mi Browser.
  2. Select the Profile tab in the bottom right-hand corner.
  3. In the Profile tab, access Settings by pressing the "button" at the top right.
  4. In Advanced Settings, uncheck Add ads.
Screenshots on how to disable Mi Browser ads
Here's how to disable ads in the Xiaomi Web Browser. / © nextpit

Disable ads in MIUI's Security application

  1. Open the Security application and go to Settings.
  2. In Settings, disable the Receive recommendations option.
Screenshots on how to disable Xiaomi Security ads
Here's how to disable MIUI ads in Xiaomi's Security app. / © nextpit

How to disable ads in Music and Mi Video

To disable ads in your Xiaomi Music and Mi Video apps, the process is largely the same as above, with only a few adjustments required for Mi Video.

  1. Open the Mi Music application and go to Settings in the top right-hand corner.
  2. Then go to Advanced Settings and deactivate the Receive recommendations and Show ads options.
Screenshots on how to disable Mi Music ads
Here's how to disable MIUI ads in Xiaomi's Mi Music app. / © nextpit

In MIUI 13, however, it's no longer possible to disable recommendations, since to do so you have to forgo acceptance of the app's T&Cs. Doing so will render Mi Video unusable.

How to disable ads in the Mi file manager, folders, and downloads

To disable MIUI ads in the file manager and downloads folder, you need to follow a rather similar but also counter-intuitive procedure, since Xiaomi would like you not to.

To disable ads in the Files application:

  1. Open the Files application, then go to Settings.
  2. Press About.
  3. Deactivate recommendations (don't touch consent, since you'll be taking away Files' access to your... files).
Screenshots on how to disable Mi Files ads
The option to disable recommendations is a little too well hidden for my taste. / © nextpit

To disable ads in the downloads folder:

  1. Open the Downloads folder.
  2. Press the kebab menu (three vertical dots) at top right.
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Deactivate the Show me recommended content option.
Screenshots on how to disable Mi Files ads
It's amazing that Xiaomi hides ads here. / © nextpit

How to disable ads in MIUI themes

The easiest way to get rid of ads in the MIUI Themes app is to go straight to the app itself and close it. Just follow the steps below.

  1. Open the MIUI Themes application and go to Account.
  2. Find Settings, then deactivate Recommendations.
Screenshots on how to disable Xiaomi Themes ads
To get rid of MIUI ads in Xiaomi's Themes app, simply disable the "Recommendations" option. / © nextpit

Let's be honest, it's a chore that ruins a lot of the user experience. But once it's done, you'll be ad-free on MIUI 14 and later versions and can enjoy your Xiaomi smartphone without being bombarded with ads.

Did you find these tips useful? Let us know if you've found an easier way to disable ads in MIUI in the comments below.

Article updated on March 2024. Comments prior to the update were kept and may seem out of context.

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  • 1
    Carbonate 1 month ago Link to comment

    HyperOS file manager has no way to block ads.

  • 1
    Lucky Aug 27, 2022 Link to comment

    doesn't work on version 12.5.4

  • Camila Rinaldi 67
    Camila Rinaldi
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    Apr 4, 2022 Link to comment

    The article was revamp and we also added a tutorial on how to remove ads in MIUI 13. Enjoy it!

  • nima ab2l 2
    nima ab2l Sep 3, 2021 Link to comment

    Very useful . Thanks
    Pls write Comment guys

    Fabien Röhlinger

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    storm Oct 8, 2020 Link to comment

    That's enough to put me off their products right there.

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