For many of us, a browser is our gateway to the internet. Most of the Android phones have Google’s Chrome browser preloaded. If your phone runs a firmware other than stock Android, chances are your phone will have another browser too.
For instance, Samsung phones come pre-installed with the Samsung Browser and MIUI running phones offer Mi Browser in addition to Chrome.
If the Chrome browser doesn’t suit your choice, Mi Browser is a good alternative. However, Mi Browser has its drawbacks. Case in point: the annoying news feed. If it bothers you every time you launch a tab, you can disable it. We'll tell you how to do that and retain your sanity. Let’s begin.
Why Disable the News Feed
When you open Mi Browser, this is how the start page typically looks like:
Who would want such an overwhelming tab? And it’s not just a single start page, but every new tab features a news feed — Hey Mi, I never asked for one! The news feed is vexatious and gaudy. That’s not the end of the ordeal; it’s also heavy on data usage. Opening a new tab refreshes the feed to post new content every single time.
Sadly, there is no direct setting to disable the feed. However, a workaround exists where you need to change the start page to a custom page such as Google or anything else. Once you do so, that particular page will open for every new tab.
Now that you know why it's better to disable the news feed, here’s how to do it.
Hide News Feed
To do so, follow these steps:
Step 1: Open Mi Browser and tap on the three-bar icon at the bottom. From the menu, select Settings.
Step 2: Scroll down under Settings and tap on Advanced.
Step 3: Tap on Set start page and choose Custom.
Step 4: Enter a URL of your choice. I would suggest keeping it as www.google.com for it would open the Google search page every time making the search easily accessible. It has another plus point — the page is lightweight so that it won't gobble down your data.
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Disable Mi Browser Notifications
Besides the annoying news feed, Mi Browser comes with another headache. I’m talking about its notifications. Here is how my phone’s notification panel looks like:
There are two ways to remove Mi Browser from being the default one. Here are both of them.
Method 1: From Browser Settings
Step 1: Open Mi Browser and go to Settings by tapping on the three-bar menu.
Step 2: Turn off the toggle next to Set as default browser.
Method 2: From System Settings
Step 1: Open your phone Settings and go to Installed apps.
Step 2: Tap on the three-dot icon at the top-right corner and select Default apps from the menu.
Step 3: Tap on Browser and select the browser of your choice on the next screen.
Note: Only the browsers installed on your phone will show here.
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Good Bye Feed
The feed isn't limited to two posts. Scrolling down on the start page reveals a full-fledged feed that fosters randomly generated content from various categories such as sports, technology, entertainment, and more.
While some may like to get their daily dose of news from this feed, I loathe it. Changing the home page bought a new life to Mi Browser.