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How to migrate applications to other user account without downloading the applications again?

I've created a second user on my Nexus 7 for my wife.

Do I have to re-install common apps like Facebook and Skype for the second user?

Can I not just bring the apps across from the first user?

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marked as duplicate by Izzy, Ryan Conrad, t0mm13b, ce4, Bryan Denny Jan 16 '13 at 20:01

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There are multiple possibilities with Android 4.2. The "board methods" are, as already explained in other answers: Every user has to install each app he wants to use (aside from the pre-installed ones) -- but they will be downloaded only once. Now, if one user updates the app, it will be updated for the other user(s) as well (which might get a bit problematic if one user does not want a certain app to be updated -- but that's up to the users to make clear).

If root is available on the device, some other interesting options pop up -- for which you might want to take a look at:

How to migrate applications to other user account without downloading the applications again?

With root, you can share apps (not data, of course) among users without the need of re-installation using Multi-User App Share, which even is reported to (partially?) work with paid ones.

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Regarding the root options available, see my answer here also: android.stackexchange.com/a/38529/27466 –  Kavi Jan 28 '13 at 15:28

You must reinstall them, but not re-download them.
Apps that download external content will most likely have to download it for every user. For example, Dead Space.

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From a system perspective, no, you don't need to reinstall. You might have Each user has their own settings for those apps.

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I have a Nexus 7 with multiusers. Each user has it's own apps. No global apps. I'd like to know if such a thing is even possible. –  Vercas Jan 16 '13 at 16:21

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