How to Show Notification Badges as Numbers Instead of Circles on Xiaomi Phone

In this guide we will explain how to display notification badges as numbers instead of non-informative circles (dots) on Xiaomi Mi and Redmi devices.

By default you will see notification circles (dots) when the app has updates. In this case you won’t be able to know exactly how many unread notifications you have. But you can allow MIUI display the counters with numbers to see a little bit more details.

Thus, you will be able to know how many unread messages you have in WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger by just looking at the corresponding app icon on your Android home screen. My personal point of view is that this feature is informative and very cool. And here is how to switch from circles to numbers on Xiaomi’s MIUI 12, 11, 10 and 9.

Update 2020. These steps were up to date for MIUI 10 in 2019 and were tested on Redmi Note 5. If you have all new updates installed including MIUI 11 and the latest version of Xiaomi system launcher, you don’t need to install the Poco Launcher any more because Xiaomi System Launcher now has the number badges feature.

A Deprecated Method For Older Versions of Xiaomi Launcher from the Times of MIUI 10 and MIUI 9

Step 1. Install the POCO Launcher

POCO Launcher is the new launcher by Xiaomi. And recently it’s got a nice update. In its latest version the POCO Launcher has received a number of new features including the ability to display counters on app icons.

Install the app and set it as your default launcher:

  • Go to Settings;
  • Scroll down to the App Settings section;
  • Select Installed apps;
  • Tap the menu (three dots) icon and select Default apps;
  • At the very top you will see the Launcher setting. Select POCO Launcher:
set default laucher Xiaomi

Step 2. Switch from circles to numbers

  • Long tap on an empty area of any Home screen;
  • Select Settings at the bottom of the screen;
  • Tap More;
  • In the ADDITIONAL SETTINGS section tap on Notification Badges.
  • Select Number:
POCO Launcher Notification Badges Number

And finally you will see notifications as numbers instead of dots. In our example we see that we have only one unread email:

notification badges as numbers on Xiaomi POCO Launcher

Wrapping Up

I hope, now you will enjoy using your Xiaomi phone even more that before because you will know exactly how many notifications you have for each app. If you have any questions, feel free to drop a comment below. Good luck!

3 thoughts on “How to Show Notification Badges as Numbers Instead of Circles on Xiaomi Phone”

  1. Since the last update i have no number batches at gmail and whatsapp anymore. How can i get that back again?

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  2. I received above 200 messages in whatsapp but it shows only 99, why
    my mobile is poco f1 miui 11.6.5

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    • Hi! The culprit is presumably Poco Launcher. I’ve just tested it out on Redmi Note 5. In the System Launcher (native launcher for MIUI 11, 10, etc) it shows me 102 unread messages in WhatsApp. When I switch to Poco Launcher 2, it shows “99” despite there are actually 102 of events.

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