How to Use MIUI 8 Second Space Feature

Activating MIUI8

Do you notice that on a Windows computer you can have different accounts with different settings, apps, Desktop, themes, and even different folder access? Don’t you want to have such feature on your Android device? Well, let’s meet “Second Space,” a similar but different feature of Windows OS multiaccount feature. Firstly introduced in Google Android System, this feature originally allows Android users to have multiaccount on their devices. A device owner will be able to create different accounts and within that different account the user can also have different theme, different background picture, and so on. However, unlike what in Windows is, through this feature in Google Android System user will still have access to the same files, folders, and apps.

Luckily, being aware of the situation, Xiaomi has managed to develop a distinctive “Second Space” feature within the newly announced MIUI 8. MIUI users will have a totally different workspace within their Second Space. The MIUI8 Second Space is designed for users to have their own apps, files, folders, themes, photos, videos, background picture, ringtone, and so on. Users will also have ability to even sign in with different Mi Account within the Second Space. In short, all things available in First Space are not available within Second Space. Xiaomi has added Data Privacy and Security functionalities within the original Second Space feature of Google Android System.

Also read : How to install MIUI 8 on Redmi Note 3.

According on the explanation of Gr33dyBlackie, a Super Moderator of MIUI community, MIUI 8 Second Space works just like a “Virtual Desktop” feature. It will be very nice to have such feature since many users, in general, can get easily bored with the looks and feel of their phones whereas reinstalling the ROM would be arduous. Moreover, having such feature is just like additional “private” area. There are many possible advantages and usages of the Second Space feature.

Follow a step-by-step guide below to activate MIUI 8 Second Space feature on any supported Xiaomi devices like Mi Max, Mi 5, Redmi 3, Redmi Note 3, and so on.

Related : Download MIUI 8 v6.6.23 China Developer ROM for all devices.

Setup MIUI8 Second Space

Step 1 – On your phone, launch up Settings and then tap on Second Space option (located under System & Device section). The initial UI you’ve seen is the first space.

Tap on Settings

Second Space Option

Step 2 – Upon tapping on the second Space option, it will then be created automatically. However, there are several things you have to setup before being able to use it. Now tap on the “Set” button.

Second Space Setup

Step 3 – The first thing you have to do is setting up the password for your Second Space. Tap on the “Set Second Space Password” button.

Set Second Space Password

Step 4 – Once your password has been added, you can now tap on the “Next” button.

Second Space Password Added

Step 5 – The next step is importing photos from the First Space to your Second Space. However, this is optional. You can simply tap on the Next button if you have no photos to import.

Import Photos to Second Space

Step 6 – Similarly, in the next step you are given an option to import your files from your first space (if you have ones). Otherwise, simply tap on the “Next” button to continue.

Import Files to Second Space

Step 7 – The final things you may import are your Apps. You are allowed to import several Apps you want from First Space to your Second Space.

Export Apps

It is recommended for you to install all necessary Google-related service and Apps so you don’t have to manually reinstall it.

Step 8 – Once done, simply tap on the “OK” button.

Second Space is Set and Ready

Going Into Your Second Space

Step 1 – First, enter your Second Space by clicking on its button.

Go to second space

There is another way to bring you to your Second Space. Simply swipe down the Notification shortcut shade menu and then choose Second Space.

Go to second space method 1

Step 2 – You’ll then need to enter the password to access Second Space.

Second Space Password Confirm

Step 3 – That’s it. You’ll now be in your Second Space. Just go to Settings >> Second Space again to manage several behavior of Second Space including changing your password, notification, data privacy, and even deleting the Second Space.

Second Space Setting Options

Enjoy your new “Virtual Desktop”-like interface on your MIUI phone.

What do you think? Is the MIUI 8 really awesome? I’m sure it is.


  • Sanjay Dwivedi

    I have updated my redmi 2 to miui 8 v6.7.5 but there is not such settings like dual aap and second space…plz help how to find it

    • farieznur

      Sory but some generations of Xiaomi devices are not supported with this feature

      • suved jaiswal

        Redmi Note 3 creating second space when we go to switch second space i has showing all photos and call details as well as all video that I want to hide. In MIUI 7.5 I was able to hide these things using GUEST function

  • Gurwinder Singh

    hello Sir, I use Mi5 .My Problem is with Mi cloud , it just uploads every picture and soon shows that clud storage is full. Is there any way that only those pics which I select could be uploaded.

  • Shalya

    The second space created in my MIUI 8 takes all the photos present in first space.hw only some photos can only be visible on second space???? Plzz explain.

  • Rakshith

    Use miui 8 based on lollipop ROM to enjoy dual apps and second space in redmi 2(1GB VARIANT) I JUST DID IT TODAY

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  • arpit srivastava

    hi sir, i m using mi note3. i have a problem with second space. i have set a password for it and i forgett it, i dont have any option like forgot password so how can i reset it. please help me in this problem

    • Rohit Sharma

      Hii Arpit, I m using Redmi 3s prime and same problem occur in my phone, what can I do plz help, if u shorted out from your problem give me a solution…in second space storage lot of important data stored, please help me… thanks in advanced

  • Ahmad Fikri

    I’m still confused. If my phone storage is 64gb, does setting up Second Space sums up the total storage size to 128gb? 🤔

    • Muhammad Mudassar

      🙁 Total will be 64 GB will be divided not sum up to 128GB.

  • Kartik Katenge

    In my mi 3s prime in second space it is not showing messages please tell me how to do it…

  • Dr Arun Jamkar

    My photos in second space were available for attachment in WhatsApp from first space. Which other software has access to second space

  • Arturo

    I have been tempted to buy a Xiaomi Mi 8 smartphone, but I hesitated because I did not know that MIUI had such like-Samsung-SecuerFolder application, as my Galaxy A7 2017 has. From what I read, it is very similar. I think I can proceed to buy it. Thanks for the information…