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How to Enable Guest Mode on Android

When you give your phone to someone for a while, there is a chance that they may end up with changing your settings or going through your data.

None of us wants that to happen. "Guest Mode," a feature that got introduced in Lollipop, is an easy way to prevent this from happening.

In this post, we will see all about it in detail. Let's get started.

What is Guest Mode on Android

Typically, your device is in your profile. Moreover, there are two additional options available to you regarding the profile:

Guest - when you enable this feature, it shows up a profile with the fresh install of Android.

Whenever you need to give your device to someone for a while, you can switch your profile to guest profile so that they cannot see your apps, data, and settings.

After they have used your device, you can get it back and then switch to your profile, and all the apps and data that are saved in the guest profile will get deleted automatically.

+ Add user - This feature is used to add multiple user profiles to your Android device.

Let's say; you want to share your Android device with your household member. In this case, you can use this option to create an account for that person.

Unlike guest mode, when you switch back to your profile from another user account (let's call that account A), all the apps, data, and settings will get saved to the A's account.

Well, now we know all the options regarding profile. Let's move ahead to the steps to enable guest mode on Android.

Enable Guest Mode on Android

Steps

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    Drag the Notification Bar. Tap "Down arrow."
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    Tap the "User" icon (besides "Gear" icon) at the top. 
Your profile picture

Typically, you can see the following three icons (see below screenshot):

  1. Your profile (Administrator profile).
  2. Add guest (used to enable Guest mode).
  3. Add user (used to add multiple user profiles).
Add guest icon
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    Tap "Add guest." That is all and you can see that your device is getting switched to guest mode.

Inside View of Guest Mode

Here is a detailed look at what others can and cannot see in guest mode:

  • They can see the fresh install of the Android. In other words, they will see the pre-installed apps and settings that come with a new Android device.
  • They cannot see your apps, data, and settings.
  • They cannot use the default "Messages" app.
  • Your call log and contacts will not be visible to them.
  • By default, they can only make emergency calls. If you want to allow the guest profile user to make calls, then you can do that in the settings which I have discussed later in this article.
  • However, they can receive calls, and the call does not get saved in the call history.
  • They cannot see your Google account. However, they can add a Google account.

Steps to Disable Guest Mode on Android

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    Swipe down the Notification Bar and then tap "Down arrow."
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    Tap "User" icon.
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    Tap "Remove guest."
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    In the confirmation popup, tap "Remove."

Here are few other important things you need to know:

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    Go to Settings app > Users > tap Gear icon beside "Guest" and configure its only setting (Turn on phone calls) as per your wish.
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    When the guest user tries to switch to other profile, they will be prompted with the security method of that profile (if there is any).
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    Like the previous point suggests, make sure you have protected the profiles with a security method such as pin, pattern or password. Otherwise, others can access the profiles on your device which does not have a security method.
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    Whenever you remove guest mode, your device will always get switched to the profile which is active before the guest mode is enabled.
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    You cannot change the name and picture of the guest profile.
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    Remember, guest mode feature is not available on all Android devices.

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