What is Xiaomi PC/Desktop mode? Does it work on Xiaomi 14?

Introduction

Xiaomi created this feature called desktop mode that basically turns your phone into a mini desktop computer. It helps you tackle tasks with ease which are harder to do on a phone.

Key Takeaways

  1. Phone to Desktop: Xiaomi’s desktop mode transforms your phone into a desktop computer when connected to an external display.
  2. Simple Setup: Easily activate with a USB-C to HDMI cable or wirelessly, and use with Bluetooth or USB keyboards and mice.
  3. Boosts Productivity: Features windowed apps, a taskbar, and keyboard shortcuts for a computer-like experience.

Introduction to Desktop Mode

You plug your phone into an external display, like a monitor or a TV, and your phone screen suddenly looks more like a computer desktop.

Now, what can you do with this new setup? Well, pretty much everything you’d do on a regular computer. You can open multiple windows at once, just like you would on your laptop or desktop. You can resize windows, switch between apps, and basically multitask like a pro.

And get this: you can use keyboard shortcuts, just like you would on a real computer! So, if you’re a keyboard maestro who loves saving time, this feature is right up your alley.

But wait, there’s more! Xiaomi didn’t stop there. They also beefed up the productivity tools. So, whether you’re crunching numbers in a spreadsheet or writing the next copy, you’ll have all the tools you need to get stuff done.

Does it work on Xiaomi 14?

xiaomi 14 desktop mode
Image Courtesy: Xiaomi

Yes, the Xiaomi Desktop mode not only works on Xiaomi 14 but any Xiaomi phone that supports it.

It’s like having the power of a computer, but all packed into your trusty smartphone. So, the next time you need to get serious work done, just connect your Xiaomi phone to an external display, and watch it transform into a desktop powerhouse!

How to setup Xiaomi Desktop mode?

Transform your Xiaomi 14 into a desktop experience with these simple steps:

What You’ll Need

  • Xiaomi smartphone that supports Desktop Mode
  • USB-C to HDMI cable (for wired connection)
  • External display (monitor or TV)
  • Bluetooth keyboard and mouse (or USB keyboard and mouse with a USB-C hub)
  • Power adapter for your phone (optional but recommended)

Step-by-Step Guide

1. Prepare Your Equipment

Ensure your external display, keyboard, and mouse are powered on and ready for connection.

2. Connect Your Phone to the Display

  • For a wired connection, plug one end of the USB-C to HDMI cable into your phone and the other end into the HDMI port on your display.
  • For a wireless connection, swipe down on your phone to access the notification shade and select the wireless projection option, then follow the on-screen instructions to connect to your display.

3. Activate PC Mode

Once connected, your phone will prompt you to switch to PC mode. If not, swipe down to access the notification shade and tap on the ‘PC mode’ toggle.

If the ‘PC mode’ toggle is not visible, you may need to enable it in the settings:

  1. Open the Settings app on your Xiaomi phone.
  2. Navigate to Additional settings and find the option for Desktop mode or PC mode.
  3. Enable the toggle for Desktop mode.

4. Connect Keyboard and Mouse

  • For Bluetooth devices, go to your phone’s Bluetooth settings and pair your keyboard and mouse.
  • For USB devices, connect them to a USB-C hub and plug the hub into your phone.

Your phone is now ready to use as a desktop and improve your productivity to get things done.

Disconnecting

To exit PC mode, simply disconnect your phone from the display or turn off the ‘PC mode’ toggle from the notification shade.

Features and Functionality

Xiaomi Desktop mode
Credit: Maurizio Pesce

The desktop mode of Xiaomi boasts a range of features that cater to productivity and ease of use:

  • Windowed Applications: Apps open in individual windows, similar to a traditional desktop operating system, complete with a button panel for functions like maximize, close, and split-screen.
  • Taskbar and Start Menu: A taskbar is present at the bottom of the screen, providing quick access to frequently used apps and a start menu for navigating the entire app library.
  • Keyboard and Mouse Support: Users can connect a keyboard and mouse for a full desktop experience, with support for common shortcuts and navigation gestures.
  • Enhanced Productivity Tools: The desktop mode includes tools for taking screenshots, selecting text, and activating split-screen mode, enhancing the multitasking capabilities of the device.

Performance and Limitations

Xiaomi’s desktop mode is like a bridge between your phone and your computer, which sounds pretty awesome, right? Well, mostly.

Here’s the deal: while desktop mode is a step in the right direction for bringing together the worlds of mobile and desktop, it’s not perfect.

One of the big things to keep in mind is performance. How well desktop mode runs can depend on a few things, like how powerful your phone is and what kind of apps you’re using.

If you’ve got a top-of-the-line Xiaomi device like Xiaomi 14, you’re probably in good shape. But if your phone is a little on the older side, you might notice some hiccups here and there. It’s like trying to run a marathon in flip-flops—it might work, but it won’t be pretty.

And then there’s the whole app compatibility thing. See, not every app is ready to make the jump from mobile to desktop. Some of them get confused when you put them on desktop mode all of a sudden. So, you might run into some apps that just don’t play nice with desktop mode.

However, hopefully, these limitations will become less of a headache over time. For now, just keep in mind that while desktop mode is pretty cool, it’s not without its quirks.

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Comparison with Competitors

So, let’s talk about Xiaomi’s desktop mode and its friendly rival, Samsung’s DeX. Some people say that Xiaomi copied Samsung DeX.

Xiaomi’s desktop mode and Samsung’s DeX basically do the same thing: they turn your phone into a mini computer when you connect it to a bigger screen. But here’s where things get interesting: they each have their own spin on how they do it.

One of the big differences is in how easy it is to activate desktop mode. Xiaomi takes the cake here. With just a few taps in your settings or a simple swipe gesture, You’re in desktop mode.

Check out how you can activate DeX on Samsung device at Samsung

Now, let’s talk hardware. With Samsung’s DeX, you typically need some extra gear, like a DeX dock or a special cable. But Xiaomi shakes things up a bit. On certain devices, you can dive into desktop mode without any extra hardware.

But hey, it’s not all about ease of use. Performance matters too. And this is where opinions can vary. Some folks swear by Xiaomi’s desktop mode, praising its smooth performance. Others are die-hard DeX fans, loving the way Samsung’s system handles things.

So, in the end, it’s all about what works best for you. Whether you’re Team Xiaomi or Team Samsung, desktop mode is a game-changer.

Conclusion

With desktop mode, Xiaomi is giving users this awesome tool that lets them do more with their phones. Just switch to desktop mode and watch your productivity soar.

But here’s the thing: it’s not just about work. Desktop mode is all about flexibility. Whether you’re at home, in the office, or chilling somewhere else, you can adapt your workspace to fit your needs.

Note: Any verdict given by us on any of the companies, or specs of a device is subjective. Our preferences can be different from yours, so be sure to conduct your own research to make a decision that is good for you.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the use of desktop mode?
Desktop mode is used to increase productivity and handle computer tasks when a PC is not available. It can be very useful for getting things done with minimal setup.
Which phones support desktop mode?
Phones which come from companies like Samsung, Xiaomi, OnePlus, Huawei, Honor, Asus, Lenovo, Sony, Oppo and Motorolla support a desktop mode of their own to help you get things done in an easy accessible manner.
What is screen mirror?
Unlike desktop mode, screen mirror, well, mirrors your phone screen on a bigger display like monitor or TV. It does not add extra functionalities like desktop mode for increasing productivity.

3 thoughts on “What is Xiaomi PC/Desktop mode? Does it work on Xiaomi 14?”

  1. Rafael Hernandez

    Hi Phonesaaz. I have two weeks with a Xiaomi 14 Ultra, international version with Hyper OS; but until now, without desktop/pc mode capability. Can you explain how to activate it on this model? It is a beautiful piece of hardware but without this function is behind by 10 years…

    1. Hi Rafael,

      It can be fixed by enabling it from “Developer Options” first and then follow the steps in the article.

      1. Go to “Settings”
      2. Go to “About Phone”
      3. Click “OS Version” 10 times.

      After this, Find “Developer Options” in “Settings” open it. Then find the “Apps sections and enable Force Desktop Mode. After this, Restart the phone.

      If the problem persists or there are any errors/bugs, There is a problem with the software and needs to be fixed on Xiaomi’s end in the form of updates. In that case, you’d need to wait till Xiaomi does it.

    2. Rafael Hernandez

      Thanks for your kind response; but unfortunately a black screen appears after those instructions, instead of screen mirroring. Upps, seems to be an error to by Xiaomi 14 Ultra…

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