If you have one of the latest Mi smartphones, you are certainly aware that Xiaomi has added the feature to create hidden folders and albums in the newer MIUI software. With this, Xiaomi users can separate critical data like videos, images, documents, and other materials into a separate album that can be quickly concealed. Consequently, many users found it challenging to restore photos from their Mi Cloud hidden album. There’s nothing to be concerned about because this guide will assist you in restoring them on your Mi phone.
1. Restore hidden photos from Mi Cloud via the File Manager app
The following method uses a File Manager app to retrieve concealed photos from Mi Cloud, so proceed as mentioned below:
- Launch the File Manager app from the home screen or the app drawer.
- Tap three lines or swipe from left to right side to see the sidebar with options.
- Tap on Settings.
- Now, tap the “Show hidden files” slider and turn it on.
- It will show you hidden files, many of which help the Android operating system and apps operate. You’ll still have to look at each file individually.
- If no folder appears, look at each “DCIM” directory on your smartphone.
An album, photograph, or video may be marked as hidden if it appears faded away compared to other folders. They will also frequently have a dot in front of the file or picture name, which is unusual for normal files. It’s the simplest method to discover hidden files on Mi phones running MIUI 12. You can test it with earlier MIUI versions to see if it works.
2. Sync photo files from Mi Cloud to another phone
If you bought an iPhone, you should be able to synchronize the data from Mi Cloud to any device. You can then easily restore Mi Cloud data including hidden photos from cloud storage to any supported device. Here is how to do it:
- Download the Mi Cloud app on the Apple App Store.
- Run the app and select “Photos” at the top of the screen.
- Select “Sync Now” to sync all the device data.
That is it, and all your previously synced photos will also be available on your device. Again, you’ll have to search for the hidden files in the folders one by one. Showing hidden files may be a lot harder on iPhone and iPad because of restrictions Apple put, however.