In my android phone I have two users (Settings -> users) : the first that was created (user A), has more rights than the second one (user B).

User A belonged to a previous owner of the phone, while User B is the one I currently use and I would like to keep.

How can I remove User A so that User B gets the privileges?


  • AFAIK the only way to achieve that is a "fresh start" by performing a factory reset. But I might be wrong as I haven't been in such a situation yet to try it myself. – Izzy Jan 30 '18 at 23:01
  • What are the privileges you are talking of -you can install apps, update existing apps on main user, delete apps ! If you are talking of phone calls and address book sharing To enable or disable the phone and SMS functions for a secondary user, go to Settings > Users, select the user, and switch the Allow phone calls and SMS setting to off . Unless you factory reset as @izzy suggested – beeshyams Jan 31 '18 at 6:53
  • @beeshyams Don is talking about the OWNER privileges. First user created is considered device owner. I've never read about a method to change the device owner – except for performing a factory reset, as then you start again with creating the first user. AFAIR only the device owner (aka "first user") can create or remove users. So what I don't get is why the "previous owner" was kept on device transfer – unless it's a parent, and that system was established as "child protection"; in which case Don would want to work around restrictions his parents set up ;) – Izzy Jan 31 '18 at 7:36
  • @izzy: Family common phone was what I thought of too – beeshyams Jan 31 '18 at 8:45
  • If you can't get the original owner to sign out of the account, don't factory reset, you would be locked out, courtesy factory reset protection – beeshyams Jan 31 '18 at 9:37

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