A Guide on Android Guest Mode and User Profile

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Here, I’m using Android 10. Let’s 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’re the owner of the device. There are two options available to you about the profile:

  1. Guest

“Guest” is a profile, and this feature got introduced in Lollipop. When you switch to it, you can see 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 can’t see your apps, data, and settings.

After they’ve 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 removed automatically.

  1. Add user

This feature got introduced in Lollipop. It is used to add multiple user profiles to your Android device.

Let us 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 about the profile. By default, both the above options are enabled. If you like, you can disable them, and here’s how:

Launch Settings app. Hit System > Advanced > Multiple users. Disable the switch at the top.

Note: If you need these options, then you can enable them by following the above steps. But enable instead of disabling.

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How to Switch to Guest Mode on Android

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

Inside View of Guest Mode

Here’s a detailed look at what others can and can’t see in guest mode:

  • They can see the fresh install of Android. They’ll see the pre-installed apps and settings that come with a new Android device.
  • They can’t see your apps, data, and settings.
  • They can’t use the default Messages app.
  • Your call logs, 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, and I’ve discussed that later in this article.
  • But they can receive calls, and the call doesn’t get saved in the call history.
  • They can’t see your Google account. But they can add a Google account.

How to Get Out of Guest Mode on Android

You can do this in two ways, and here’re 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’ll be prompted with the security method of that profile (if there is any).
  • Make sure you’ve protected the profiles with a security method such as pin, pattern, or password. Otherwise, others can access those profiles on your device.
  • After you get out of guest mode, your device will be in the profile, which is active before the guest mode is enabled.
  • Except for the administrator profile, no other users have the “Guest” option.
  • You can’t change the name and picture of the guest profile.

Add, Switch and Delete User Profiles on Android

How to Add User to 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’ll be on the screen where you can set up the fingerprint. Skipping it here.

You’ll 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’s all.

How to Switch Users on Android

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

How to Delete User on Android

Open Settings. Hit System > Advanced > Multiple users.

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

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

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 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 remove 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. Hit the “Delete” option in the confirmation pop-up.
  • You can add as many users as you want. But adding many users to your device may affect its 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 switch beside “Add users from lock screen.”