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How to Get Gesture Navigation in MIUI 10 on Older Devices

MIUI 10 is finally here, and with it, the company has introduced plenty of new features. It is one of the most highlighted features of Xiaomi’s new skin is the new gesture navigation. It has been introduced first in MIUI 9.5 China ROMs, the Chinese company which has brought out gestures that have been purely inspired by iPhone X. The latest version of Xiaomi has been released of its popular custom Android ROM, the MIUI 10. It can also having a ton of new features to the table. I can also using the MIUI 10 and I can obviously say that it’s Xiaomi’s biggest MIUI update in terms of features, at least in the last couple of years.
How to Get Gesture Navigation in MIUI 10 on Older Devices

These type of new gestures are seems to be limited to Xiaomi devices with an 18:9 display ratio. In older devices sporting displays with 16:9 displays do not get this feature. Still, if you’re rocking a Xiaomi device with a 16:9 display and have updated to the latest MIUI 10 Beta, there is still hope for you. You have to read on, as we show you how to get MIUI 10’s gesture navigation on your Xiaomi device with a 16:9 display:

How to Get Gesture Navigation on MIUI 10 on Older Devices?

I can also try the following method on my Mi 6 running MIUI China Beta. This method should be applicable for both China and Global ROM users. Furthermore, the method requires your device to be rooted. If you’re not already rooted, follow our guide here. Otherwise, if you prefer to not root your device, you can follow our guide here on how to modify the build.prop file without root.

1. First up, download and install Build Prop Editor (free) from the Play Store to your device.

2. Now, open the app and search for the following string, and change its value to “0”.

Now you have to enter “qemu.hw.mainkeys”

Otherwise, if the string doesn’t exist in your build.prop file, simply open the editor and add the following line at the end of the text:


Once you have made all the changes, you can now simply save and exit the BuildProp Editor app.

3. Reboot your device. You should now see soft keys at the bottom of the screen.

4. Now head over to Settings. You should see a new section named “Full Screen Display”. You have to click on that and enable “Full screen gestures” from there.

5. And that’s it. Full screen gestures are now enabled on your Xiaomi device running MIUI 10.

 Enjoy Gesture Navigation on any MIUI 10 Device

Well, that was pretty much it. The implementation of gesture navigation present in the Xiaomi’s is to replace the navigation bar. The above said method has been working very well when you are enabling Android’s built-in toggle for soft keys. I am also using the gesture navigation on my Mi 6 with a 16:9 display, and it’s just as smooth as my Mi Mix 2.