A Guide on Android Guest Mode and User Profile

In this post, we will see:

In this instance, I am using Android Pie. Let us begin.

What is Guest Mode and User Profile on Android

By default, your device is in your profile. Your profile is the administrator profile since you are the owner of the device. There are two additional options available to you regarding the profile:

  1. Guest

When you enable “Guest Mode,” a feature that got introduced in Lollipop, 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 the guest profile so 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.

  1. Add user

This feature (got introduced in Lollipop) 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. Here, 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 us 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 the profile.

Enable Guest Mode on Android

  1. Open Settings.
  1. Hit System > Advanced > Multiple users.
  1. Hit “Guest.”

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 Android. 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.
  • 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.

Disable Guest Mode on Android

You can do this in two ways, and here are they:

Method #1

Swipe down twice and you can view the “Account” icon. Hit it. Tap “Remove guest.” Tap “Remove” in the confirmation pop-up.

Method #2

Open Settings. Tap System > Advanced > Multiple users. Tap “Remove guest.” Hit “Remove” in the confirmation pop-up.

Notes:

  • Go to the Settings app. Tap System > Advanced > Multiple users. Tap the “Gear” icon beside “Guest” and configure its only setting (Turn on phone calls) as per your wish.
  • When the guest user tries to switch to another profile, they will be prompted with the security method of that profile (if there is any).
  • 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.
  • Whenever you remove guest mode, your device will always get switched to the profile, which is active before the guest mode is enabled.
  • Except for the administrator (owner of the device) profile, no other users have the Guest option.
  • You cannot change the name and picture of the guest profile.

Add, Switch and Delete User Profiles on Android

Add User Profile on Android

Open Settings. Hit System > Advanced > Multiple users. Tap “Add user.” Go through the pop-up and then hit the Ok button. Tap “Set Up Now” to set up the profile right away.

You can set up this profile by yourself or let the profile owner do this by themselves. Whether it is you or them, the following are the steps to set up a new user profile.

Slide up the screen. Tap the “Continue” button. You can set up a Google account now or skip it. Latter is my choice here.

In the “Google Services” screen, configure if you wish and then hit the “Accept” button. Now, you will be on the screen where you can set up the fingerprint. Skipping it here.

You will be asked to set up the screen lock here. Skipping it here. In the “Anything else” screen, you can set up the one you prefer or skip them. Doing the latter.

That is all.

Switch Between User profiles

Swipe down twice and you can see “Account” icon. Hit it. Now, hit your profile name.

Remove User Profile from Android

Open Settings. Hit System > Advanced > Multiple users.

Tap the “Gear” icon beside the profile you like to remove. Hit “Remove user.” Tap “Delete” in the confirmation pop-up.

Remember when you remove a user, then all the things associated with that user will get deleted.

Note:

  • By default, the new profile is not allowed to make calls and send SMS. If you want to allow them, then follow these steps: Open Settings. Hit System > Advanced > Multiple users. Tap “Gear” icon beside profile name you want > enable toggle switch beside “Turn on phone calls & SMS.”
  • Remember, only the administrator (owner of the device) can add user profiles to the phone.
  • The Administrator can remove any profile.
  • Keep in mind that any user can delete their profile by themselves. To do that: Open Settings. Hit System > Advanced > Multiple users. Tap three vertical dots at the top right > Delete profile name from this device option > Delete option in the confirmation pop-up.
  • You can add as many users as you want. However, keep in mind that adding many users to your Android device may affect the performance and storage negatively.
  • If you want to add a user from the lock screen on the Administrator profile, then open Settings. Hit System > Advanced > Multiple users. Enable the toggle switch beside “Add users from lock screen.”
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