Poco users complain about wallpaper zooming / stretching issue on home screen


Xiaomi’s Poco sub-brand caters to the global market and the two share a common philosophy of offering more for less.

However, Poco differs slightly on this aspect by focusing more on performance than anything else, and products like the Poco X3 Pro and Poco F1 attest to this.

Nonetheless, Xiaomi’s custom Android skin – MIUI – has rightly gained a reputation for being a buggy mess, thus also damaging Poco’s image as it relies on the same software.

Things are a little worse for Poco users thanks to the default launcher used by Poco devices. Everyone is already aware that Poco Launcher is in desperate need of updates as it lacks several crucial features.

But that’s not all. The launcher is also plagued by a number of bugs that have been around since time immemorial. The most recent is a zoom problem on the home screen wallpaper that has annoyed several Poco users. [1, 2, 3, 4, 5], probably after the MIUI 12.5 update.


The wallpaper is automatically enlarged on the home screen of Poco Launcher. After a reboot it was fixed for a while, but is happening again. I tried to erase the data from the poco launcher but the problem persists.

@POCOGlobal the # pocof3 is amazing. BUT zooming in on the home screen wallpaper is boring! Would you like to correct in the next update? Thank you.

As can be seen from the above reports, setting the same wallpaper for the lock screen and the home screen results in inconsistencies due to the fact that the home screen wallpaper is greatly enlarged or stretched.

We blamed the Poco Launcher for this as we haven’t come across any reports about it from Xiaomi users. Affected devices include the Poco X3 series and the Poco F3. Other models running MIUI 12.5 may also be affected.

The only workaround at the moment seems to be restarting the device. However, this is short lived as the wallpaper would zoom in again on its own.

Thankfully, the home screen wallpaper zoom bug has already been reported to developers and will be fixed soon, according to a Poco community moderator.


But as it stands, the above isn’t the only wallpaper-related issue plaguing users. There have also been several reports [1, 2, 3, 4] about MIUI 12.5 automatically removing wallpapers and replacing them with black screen or default wallpaper.

I also ran into this issue and found that reverting to the default theme fixed it for me, so feel free to try the same. Apart from that, you can use the Services & Feedback app to let Xiaomi / Poco know about the issue.

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