MIUI has many android features that are customized in a fashion that is more user friendly and advantageous. One such feature that is introduced by Xiaomi in MIUI 8 is the Second Space. Second space is like having two devices, on a software point of view at least. Once a Second Space is created, you can switch between the spaces easily. You can easily transfer files between Second Space and “First Space” and whatnot. Wait.. If you are new to Second space, I ‘ll tell you how to import and export files in Second space.

Additionally you can make apps work in both spaces. That means if you have installed an app in first space, you can configure to make those apps to work in both spaces. Also, you can import your contacts to second space.

Second space is like having different user accounts in a Windows computer. The basic idea of an administrator and he creates n number of other user account is replicated here. However, in android the number of spaces is limited to two. Hence the name “Second Space”.

How To Transfer Files To/From Second Space In MIUI 8?

If you have just created a second space and switched, you might feel the space misses some of the important files or photos etc. But you can easily transfer files from default space to newly created space.

For starters, you can create a Second Space in your smartphone by Going to Settings > Second Space

just created second space

If you open the file explorer, you might notice that it is completely fresh and none of the files you have store in other space is available. Well, Xiaomi has created a way to move apps and data between spaces.

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import and export data in second space

Once you have created the Second space and to begin transferring your files, tap on the icon “Move data”. You might need to authorize by fingerprint or pattern. You will be presented with following options:

  • Share apps between spaces
  • Import photos
  • Import files
  • Import contacts
  • Export Photos
  • Export files
  • Export contacts

Share apps between spaces

Note that, if you set an app to work on both second space and default space, only the application will be copied to the current space. For example, if you have WhatsApp on your default space and you have decided to used it on second space. You need to verify If you open the file explorer, you might notice that it is completely fresh and none of the files you have store in other space is available. Well, Xiaomi has created a way to move apps and data between spaces.in second space again. Another interesting fact is that, by this way you can actually use up to 3 WhatsApp accounts in a single device. By the way, I couldn’t find the Dual Apps feature from Settings in second space otherwise it would have been four!

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Comments (18)

  1. How can one get second space click photos to first space device?

    1. Choose the “export photos” option within the move data application in second space

      1. After I’ve used export photos, I can’t find them in first space.
        Where files is located?

        1. The photos should be available in the same folder. Example if you have moved a picture taken using camera, after export the file should be there in the camera folder

          1. I didn’t see the photos exported from second space.
            How should I do?
            Please help me.

  2. If I had created a second space and protected it using a PIN and have forgotten it and say I had moved some files from First space to Second space, what are my options to retrieve the files from the second space (whose pin I have totally forgotten). Please help

    1. As of now, You can’t recover/reset Second Space Password incase you forgot.
      Only way is to Delete Second Space and Create New one.

  3. Is there a way to move an app along with data to second space? for eg, i want to move whatsapp from first space to second space along with all the data…

  4. After I’ve used export photos, I can’t find them in first space.
    Where files is located?

  5. Hello, first of all thank you since you helped me at least find it in the setting, but i have a question and that how can I make my blue icon for ”move data” (like it is in the picture) appear on a homescreen. When i want move my photos from one place to another I always have to go to Setting -> Second space -> move data 🙁 its getting kinda tedies since my phone did not created the application with the icon 🙁

    Thank you in advance for your response.

    Patrik

    1. Patrik,

      Sadly the shortcut to “Move data” was removed in one of the MIUI updates. Now there is no way you could place a settings shortcut in the home screen. Seems like You have to live with that.

      1. How can I use first place app at Second space in miui 9.6?
        I don’t see move data!
        I also can’t installed app in second space !

        1. Narayan,

          you can find the option at Setting -> Second space -> move data

  6. HOW TO IMPORT IMAGES FROM FIRST SPACE TO SECOND SPACE IN REDMI MI NOTE 5 PRO OF 9.6.4.0 VERSION

  7. as everyone said above its possible to move(export) from second space and it says it moved successfully but it is not seen anywhere in first space and moved content is still there in second space

  8. Move data Icon is not appearing on my Redmi note 5 pro..what to do??

  9. Can you please share the apk link if that move data app

  10. Hello,
    I want to receive SMS from a particular number only in second space and it should not show in first space. is it possible. I have redmi note 5 pro..kindly guide..
    thanks

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