Multi-user is a term that defines an operating system, computer program, or a game that allows use by more than one users of the same computer at the same time. Android 4.2 Jelly Bean brought multi-user support to Android tablets.

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Is there a way to remove the Guest account?

Lollipop has put an emphasis on multiple users, which is just irksome on a personal phone. I don't need a guest account and I don't need a bright blue user icon reminding me I could be someone else. ...
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Support for Multiple Users on same device

Is there such a thing as a "current user" on Android and a way to switch it? I'm interested in getting a Motorola Xoom and would like to share it with my wife when at home. For my Windows laptop we ...
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How to migrate applications to other user account without downloading the applications again?

I created a new user in Nexus 7 but it doesn't have any applications already installed in primary user. I don't want to move/share any app data like scores/progress. I want the apps/games to appear as ...
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How to find out currently running user name/ID from ADB

I am having Nexus 7 running multiple users. I am trying to find out which is currently running user using ADB. The best I could get so far was to check legacy directory linking which is either linked ...
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Converting an existing user to a restricted profile

With Android 4.3 comes a new feature, restricted profiles. It allows creating new special "restricted" users, for which an admin user can control access to apps. However, in addition to my own admin ...
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Developer options for a second user on Android 4.3

I have a Nexus 7 (2013) edition with Jelly Bean and set up several user accounts. I have enabled developer options on one account (clicking Settings::About tablet::Build number 7 times) and everything ...
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How to migrate 4.1 primary user's app data to new 4.2 secondary user?

My wife has been playing games (Angry Birds Star Wars if that makes a difference) on my Nexus 7 which I have just updated from 4.1 to 4.2. Android 4.2 lets you have multiple users on a single device, ...
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Multi-user option not avilable in Android one after Lollipop update

I have Karbonn Android one phone. It is updated to Lollipop 5.1. I read that multi-user option is available in Lollipop. But in Settings the Users option is not available. How can I enable it? Is it ...
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Where is user/group id info stored on Android and how do I inerpret it?

I have been wondering for quite some time now; where does Android store it's user and group id information? For instance, on standard Linux, user and group information is stored in /etc/passwd and /...
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How do you configure a Nexus 7/10 for family use

I'm considering getting one of the Nexus tablets for my family. I think the multi-user support is a great way to separate my apps from the kids games. But what I've read about the implementation of ...
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Does switching user accounts in Lollipop affect battery life or performance?

I recently updated my Moto G2 to Android Lollipop via OTA update. I've successfully installed the update(around 500mb i guess). I saw the new feature of adding new Guest and New user acccounts just ...
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Can somebody explain how multi-user is implemented in android 4.4 [closed]

Can somebody please help in giving information on how multi-user partition is achieved on android 4.4. I was digging into 4.4 code specific to creating multiple users. There is class called ...
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How can I move application user data (user specific settings, savegames, …) to a different user?

I have a tablet with Android 4.2 and would like to copy/move the application user data (savegames, ...) from one user to another. I have root. Which directory do I need to move/copy. And do I have to ...
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Transfer data from one user to another in 4.3

I have the Nexus 7, and I just updated to 4.3, and I'm creating restricted profiles for my kids. They use to play in my main profile, and they progressed a lot in several games and, when they access ...
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How notifications work with multiple users?

When there are multiple users in an Android device, how the notifications work? The notifications are simultaneous for all users? There are only notifications for the active user and notifications ...
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Given that every application runs as a separate user, what happens when you want to add a new user account?

According to this, every application in Android runs as a separate kernel-level user, with a unique user ID and group ID. So, what happens under the hood when you add a new user (e.g. to your shared ...
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Multi User Backup

On a tablet I have a situation where I have multiple users with multiple accounts, and I am trying to have the phone's state backed up in such a way that if I upgrade the operating system, every user'...
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Separate user accounts on one Android device

I just bought a Samsung Note 2. My mom uses it when we are in India, but I use it when we are in the U.S. Is there a way to have two separate accounts so that our apps don't get mixed up? I'd like to ...
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How can I access the emulated sdcard for another user on a rooted nexus 10

Is it possible to access other user's emulated sdcard storage on a rooted Nexus 10? I have 3 users set up. If I log in as the primary user, I would expect to see /storage/emulated/10 (and 11) as well ...
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Switch between accounts in Android 4.2

I would like to know if it's possible to easily switch between two Google accounts in Nexus 4 running Android 4.2 JellyBean. For example, I have at the moment two Google accounts set up in the device:...
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Why can't I add any more user?

I have an Asus tablet with Lollipop on it. Two week ago I was able to create another user on that device. Now I want to edit another user but touching the lowermost bar does not start any action. (...
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Do applications run in user profiles that are not active / run in background profiles?

I configured 3 user profiles with each their own google account on my device (Nexus 5 with Android 5.1). When I switch the user profiles, do the applications keep running in the user profiles that ...
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Is Asus Memo Pad 8 limited to 2 users?

Asus Memo Pad 8 tablet, running KitKat 4.4.2, doesn't allow me to create a third user. Is this an undocumented 2 user limit or is there a bug in the Settings app? Is there any workaround?