In this article we will learn how can we use second space in Android Phones. Second space feature became popular when Xiaomi rolled out MIUI 8 update.
Simply the benefit this way, you can use the same phone but set it up differently for multiple users or have a separate profile for work and personal usage. This feature can also come in handy in an office environment where multiple users might be using the same work device.
MIUI is the default skin for Android on all Xiaomi devices, and there might be a lot of users who might not like the overall look and feel of the MIUI but it is definitely one of the most feature-rich skins available on android. And one of the best features of MIUI is Second Space. This feature works totally the same as its name suggests. It creates a second space on your phone and the second space will act as a brand new phone.
The problem, however, is that MIUI’s excellent Second Space feature is only available on Xiaomi devices. The problem is that you can’t get Second Space on devices from other OEMs. But it is worth noting that there are alternatives to MIUI’s Second Space feature which we are going to tell you right now.
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Android’s Guest User Feature
While we did mention above that there is no second space-like feature on Stock Android, you do get something similar. This is in the form of something called Guest User which has been added to Google to Stock Android. Therefore, the feature is available on each and every phone running Android even though they might be running a Custom Skin.
Now, the implementation of Android’s Guest User feature is very similar to Guest Mode on Windows where you can set up the whole PC as new for someone who is logging in as Guest. Similarly, Android’s Guest User will see the phone as brand new with no apps installed and no accounts from the previous user as well.
The best part about Android’s Guest User mode is that you can create more than one guest account on your device. This can’t be done on MIUI’s Second Space which means Android’s implementation is better in this area.
Now If you are not an Xiaomi user you can still use and enjoy this feature in your smartphone.
Here are the Best Alternative apps for Xiaomi’s Second Space:
If you are somehow not convinced with Android’s Guest User feature, you have the option of download the Parallel Space app from Google Play Store which is available for free. While this app is not exactly the same as MIUI’s Second Space feature, it might be even better for a specific set of users. Because with Parallel Space, you can’t create new users on your device but you can create multiple instances of the same application. For example, if you want to run two or more WhatsApp accounts on your same device then it is not possible officially.
However, this can be done by Parallel Space as it creates another copy of the WhatsApp app and you can add a different account to the second app. This is a very handy feature if you have multiple WhatsApp accounts where one might be a private account whereas another one might be a public account.
The next application we would like to recommend you as an alternative to MIUI’s Second Space is Multi Parallel. Now, this app is almost the same as the Parallel Space app that we just recommended above. This is because Multi Parallel also lets you make two or more instances of the same app. So you can run multiple accounts of the same application such as WhatsApp or Facebook on a single device.
Now, the question would be that Parallel Space and Multi Parallel are the same then why to recommend both of them. Well, Parallel Space lets you have an additional feature of locking the app which has been cloned. This means that you can lock the account which is on the secondary app. This app allows you to lock your secondary apps using the fingerprint sensor or pattern system which is an additional layer of security if you really need it.
Calc Box is also an alternative to MIUI’s Second Space feature but is much more than that too. Now, you don’t get the conventional options of creating a second space with this app. Also, the app’s name suggests that it is a calculator and the app also seems to be a calculator from the outside.
However, there is a hidden trick to this app where you have to enter a specific set of numbers on the calculator to unlock a hidden mode. This is a vault where you can store your private pictures, videos and more which will not be available in the normal gallery.
You also get the option of changing your app icon for the Calc Box which means that you can have a disguising icon so that no one can even have a hint that this might be a vault. To add to the fun of using a calculator as a secret gallery, this app also allows you to trick your friends. If someone already knows that such an app exists and they somehow get to the vault, you can create a fake vault with fake data added to it to fool your friends. Also, an added security feature of this calc vault app is that the app can’t be uninstalled by anyone who doesn’t know the password of the app. Yes, the app can’t be uninstalled unless someone unlocks its first.
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