MIUI quick apps are the pre-installed apps on all Xiaomi and Redmi Android phones. Xiaomi is an incredibly popular phone brand that’s been on the rise in recent years. These phones are very cheap, powerful, and fast.
Unfortunately, they do have some bloatware, mostly in the form of MIUI quick apps. These apps are system locked, which means that they can’t be removed or uninstalled. Well, technically, they can, but it’s not easy to do so.
Most recently, these apps have been getting a lot of traction because Google Play Protect has banned their updates. Read on for more details.
More About MIUI Quick Apps
Some readers may be confused by this complex name, so let’s explain what MIUI means. MI stands for Xiaomi, and UI stands for the user interface. In terms of design, MIUI is actually pretty amazing, really slick and fast.
However, it’s not ideal. At least, its quick apps aren’t. Some users maybe don’t mind the extra bloatware that comes along with the MIUI quick apps, but users that want to remove it simply can’t. As we said, these apps are locked in your device, are hard to access and even harder to remove.
It’s no wonder Google Play decided to remove them entirely.
Why Has Google Play Protect Banned MIUI Quick Apps?
There’s something fishy going on with MIUI quick apps, otherwise, Google Play Protect wouldn’t have banned them. Apparently, the apps required over 55 system permissions, which is way too much. These permissions include recording audio, video, recording your calls, installing apps without your knowledge, collecting your IMEI, IMSI, and SIM numbers, etc.
All of the above are major privacy breaches that shouldn’t be tolerated. If people knew what they had on their phones, would they have allowed it? Certainly not. This is outrageous. If we’re being honest, Google had every right to ban this bloatware and spyware.
They’re just protecting their users, as should Xiaomi. Up until recently, they had a really positive reputation and this could severely tarnish their name. Hopefully, it’s all just a misunderstanding, as they claim.
The Official Statement Made by Xiaomi
In fact, Xiaomi couldn’t stay silent and released an official statement regarding the situation. They claim that this is a mistake due to the faulty algorithm of Google Play Protect. That’s their only defense, and they’re standing by it.
Only this answer doesn’t feel right and truthful. It sounds like a non-apology. But there’s no way such a big company could admit to spying on their users. It’s really shady, and we don’t know what to make of it. The whole situation is scandalous, to say the least.
Perhaps Edward Snowden was right, and we’re all carrying tracking devices in our pockets. Maybe Xiaomi is telling the truth, and their app was wrongfully banned. We won’t get into politics, but its common knowledge right now that Google and China are at its throats.
They won’t start playing along any time soon, and the people who suffer are the users of their services. China has cut off all foreign services, and Google is retaliating with bans of its own.
Don’t Remove MIUI Apps on Your Own
It’s our advice, therefore, to leave these MIUI apps be. If they’re permanently banned by Google, even better, you won’t have to deal with them. If not, it’s not safe for your device to remove some of its core apps. Doing so could mess up the device itself and leave some permanent damage.
Since you’re performing these changes, you’re the one responsible if you really damage your Xiaomi device. In other words, you won’t get a refund or a new phone. For that reason, don’t bother with shady third-party apps that claim to remove all the bloatware from your phones.
These are mostly fake, and often contain malware. It’s best to leave your phone be, and avoid giving any unnecessary permissions to certain apps if you can help it.
To conclude, not all MIUI quick apps are bloatware. Allegedly, some of them were really bad and Google Play Protect has blocked them. You shouldn’t bother removing them yourself. They’ll either be removed in time, or their permissions will be revised.
Hopefully the latter will happen, and Xiaomi won’t allow such a scandal to repeat itself. These phones are still amazing, and their UI is great. Most likely, the whole situation was a misunderstanding. What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.