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I would like to be able to set my phone into Guest mode so people using it will not be able to "abuse" it while I give it to them.

Example of usage:

  • Child mode - prevent editing settings, making calls, installing applications etc.
  • Friend mode - prevent viewing text/email messages etc.
  • etc.

I have the MIUI ROM which has a pre-defined Guest mode - I'm looking for something which is fully/partially configurable - is there something like that?

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Google has already put in code for this in Jelly Bean. It's just a matter of time before it comes out. –  varunyellina Oct 15 '12 at 16:49
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You might want to check for "app lockers" like e.g. App Lock, which allow you to password-protect apps, or use even more restrictive child protection apps like e.g. Child App Protector, which can sandbox an environment (also called "Kiosk mode").

A somehow "special" solution would be App Locker II: Fake Crash, which in "protected mode" displays a fake force-close message so people do not get the idea you protected something.

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Eventually I found "Secure Kids Lock" to be best suited for my needs :) play.google.com/store/apps/…. –  RonK Oct 16 '12 at 7:53
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Maybe Access control is a solution?

  1. Guard Mode: calls, notes, gallery, text messages will be hidden and launcher editing is disabled
  2. Access control: Choose what applications are password protected to run
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Are you talking about apps? –  roxan Oct 16 '12 at 13:47
    
@roxan He has MIUI, and I use MIUI jargon here. Guard Mode and Access control are two possibilities in MIUI to control the access to apps. –  Underlines Oct 17 '12 at 9:08
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