How to Get MIUI’s Quick Ball Navigation on Any Android

MIUI has enjoyed the position of a popular custom ROM over the years. The Android skin features an uncanny resemblance to a certain other OS which is a plus point for many if not most. One of the unique features of MIUI, when you compare it to other Android ROMs is the Quick ball. It’s a small ball or circle at the edge of your screen packed in with several gestures. It may seem like  Assistive Touch on iOS but the Quick ball resembles more the Pie controls from the Paranoid Android ROM.

The Quick ball is actually a navigational feature just like the Pie controls. Swiping inwards from the Quick ball enables you to navigate back like swiping inwards from the edge of the screen would let you do if you had Pie Controls on. If you love the idea, then do not think its impossible to get it on your Android. You can get MIUI’s Quick ball navigation on your Android right now. Follow the steps below to get it done!

  • Download Zone AssistiveTouch

You can download the Zone AssistiveTouch from the link here.

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  • Enable Accessibility Settings

Zone AssistiveTouch replicates MIUI’s Quick ball quite perfectly but before you can start using it, you’ll need to enable it in the accessibility settings. To do this follow these steps:

  • Tap on the very first option, Enable Zone AssistiveTouch, in the app.
  • On the pop-up that appears, tap ACCESSIBILITY and it will redirect you to your device’s Accessibility settings. Or, you can also manually reach here by going to Settings > Accessibility.
  • Tap on the Zone AssistiveTouch entry and toggle on the switch at the top.
  • Tap OK on the warning.
  • Adjusting the settings

You’ll see the Quick ball has already been enabled and sits on the right edge of your screen. You can tap on it to unfold the options it hides. By default it has the Android navigation buttons, a settings button to access app settings, and a notification button to pull down the notification shade.

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You can change the default settings if you choose. If you already have a device with a navigation bar at the bottom, you would probably not want the same navigation buttons again. You can switch these for other actions like switching on the torch, launching the camera, etc. or any other handy function that you can think of.

You can even set them to launch apps and shortcuts that you wish to do easily. To do this, simply tap on the desired entry in the Zone AssistiveTouch app. For instance, if you would like to change the home button, tap on the Home button entry, and select an Action, App or Shortcut from the available list.

  • Appearance

You can also customize the appearance of the UI to some extent. You can change the size of the Quick ball and adjust its transparency. The default size should be quite okay for most people. Beyond that, you can even adjust the swipe sensitivity. You can even disable the Show top Menu-bar option.

And you are done! Enjoy the new feature.

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