What Is Sec­ond Space in MIUI: A Defin­i­tive Guide

MIUI is Xiaomi’s usual Android firmware that runs on almost all of their phones. Improve the basics and features of Android to present them to the fullest. One of these features is the feature for Android users.

Introduced in Android 5.0 Lollipop, the user feature allows multiple users to access and use the same Android device. The data and files of the application are not shared between them, which allows each user to enjoy a separate space.


However things are different for phones with MIUI. In them Xiaomi turns off the user function to replace it with a concept called Second Space.


Now you may be wondering what is the other place on Mi phones and how to use it. Let’s find out all about this.


The foundation of the second chamber

Anyone who owns a MIUI phone is the administrator or owner of the first room. As the name suggests, the second compartment creates a whole new compartment in your phone without extracting data from the first compartment. However, you can import data from the first camera using the built-in option to move data.


When you create another room, it will look like you just took the phone out of the box or reset it, as only the pre-installed apps are available to you.


The second camera owner has the option to add new programs, set another background, use another launcher and even maintain a separate unlock mode. This allows two people to use the same phone while both remain private.



All Xiaomi phones with MIUI 8 and above support the second slot. It is not available on Xiaomi’s Android and Android One devices like Mi A1 and A2.



Unlike the Android user role, where you can have multiple user profiles, the number of spaces in MIUI is limited to two: first and second spaces.



The second space uses the same internal storage space as the first. That is, if your phone has 4 GB of free storage, it will be split between two compartments. You can control the storage space used by each room by going to Settings> Storage space. Search for a different space on other users.



Spaces do not block calls or texts. When you receive an incoming call, it also appears in the second room. You can call from the other room as well. However, because both spaces do not share contacts by default, you will not be able to see the contact's name.


Share files and applications in the second room

By default both cameras only share call history and pre-installed programs (no data). They do not share anything else on your phone like downloaded programs, program data (chats, history), contacts, files (photos, videos, audios etc.) and others.


Fortunately, Second Space allows you to import files, photos and contacts from First Space. It saves you the hassle of changing intervals to access files. This does not mean that both spaces share the same files. Instead the second space makes a copy of the imported file. Because it is a copy and occupies the same space as the original file, it will not be deleted from one space to another.


For example, if you downloaded wallpaper in the first room, import it into the second room to use it there.


NOTE: You can also export files from the second space to the first space.

You can copy programs to the second space as well. Only the request file is copied and not your actual data. You must also log in again with your account and authorize the request in the other room.


Share messages

Even the messages are separate for each room. When the user in the first room receives a new notification, the phone will not display the same notification in the second room. However, if you want to see notifications in the second room, enable the "Show notifications from the first room" option in Settings> Second room of the second room.


Even then you will not see the actual content of the message. You will only be notified of new notifications. You can see the details only if you switch to the first space.



No. You must sign in again with another Google Account, or you can use the same Google Account as the first space.


That said, you don’t need to log in to use the Play Store. It is mandatory only if you want to download new programs in the other room.


Because you can share applications, you need to decide whether to view them.

Step 2: Tap Move data. 

NOTE: If the first place is password protected, you must enter the password here for the data transfer to take place.

Step 3: You will see various options such as application settings and import and export settings. 

The application settings allow you to copy applications. When you press an app, you have three options: Used in the first room, Used in the current room, and Used in both rooms.


This is what happens with each option: 

Move an app to the first space first if you downloaded it in the second space.

Pressing the second moves it to the second space and removes it from the first.

The third option is in both fields.

When importing / exporting files, you will be asked if you want to delete the original file and move it to another space or keep both copies. The files are available in the same folder in the second space where they were originally located.


NOTE: If the files are not visible in the gallery or music programs after importing or exporting them, browse for them using the File Explorer.


There are three ways to change from one room to another.


Method 1: from the home screen.

When you activate Second Space, a new icon known as Switch appears on the home screen. If you press it, go to Second Space. The same icon is available in the second space. If you press it, it returns to the first space.


NOTE: If you go to Second Space only after unlocking the device, it is because it is not password protected.

Method 2: from the main screen

If there is a password for both spaces, you can change it directly from the lock screen. To do this, enter the password for the room you want to access.


Tip: If you are in one of the spaces, lock the phone and enter the password for the space you want to change.

Method 3: use settings

You can also change the configuration spaces. To do this, go to Settings> Other Space. If you are in the second space, touch Change space, and if you are in the first space, touch Go to second space.



Deleting a second space is possible from the first space and also from the second space.


Method 1: remove from second space

Fortunately, when you start the Second Space process, the system asks if you want to move files to First Space or delete them without doing so.


Follow these steps to clear the space:


Step 1 Go to Settings> Other Space.


Step 2: Tap Remove second space. A pop-up window will appear: tap Continue.


Step 3: Then select the files you want to move. Select them and press Continue. In the case of programs, only the program moves and not the data.


Method 2: remove from the first place

Step 1: Open Settings and go to Another Room.


Step 2: Click the Delete icon above. A confirmation message is displayed. Press Delete to permanently delete the second space.


NOTE: You cannot import files from the second space if you start deleting the first space.

Fix it: users are available in settings

If you see the Users option in Settings on your MIUI phone, it won't work. This means that users who type it will do nothing because the second space replaces a user.


If your OCS starts up and you want to remove user settings that are not working, go to Application Settings under Settings. Enable 'Enable MIUI optimization' here.





You can use Second Space for many purposes, so that your child or your guests can use the same phone with the appropriate restrictions. You can also use it to keep your business and personal data and applications separate.


Another gap negatively affects your RAM. I like the file import and export feature, but you can also share files at intervals for better storage. My only complaint about Second Space is that you can only create one Second Space.


How will you use the second space on your MIUI phone? Share your experiences in the comments below.


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