I have an Android tablet with two user profiles. One is designated the "owner". How do I refer to the other profile (for example, when posting questions here or logging tickets for an app)?

I'm looking for a short (and preferably official) term that Android experts would immediately recognize.

Suggested tag (based on answer): secondary-profile

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On Android 5.0+, there is an option for multiple Users & Profiles, which is under Settings > Users and is titled Users & profiles. It is initially populated with a Guest User as well as the Owner User. To refer to non-owner Users & Profiles I would use and recognize Secondary User/Profile (unless specifically asking about the Guest User, which I would call Guest User)

User accounts provide full access to Apps & Services.

Android 5.0+ Tablets (this feature does not appear to be on Phones) allow for User Profiles, such as the Restricted User Profile, which can be set up to restrict what Apps and Services can be used by this user.

Accounts is a separate setting within Android's Settings. Each User Profile can have any number of Accounts set up (Emails, Pushbullet, etc.). These accounts are unique to each User.

  • so should I refer to "user profiles" rather than "user accounts"?
    – lofidevops
    Jan 16, 2015 at 14:11
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    Was in the process of adding the Account caveat. Profiles and Accounts are different. You can have multiple users set up profiles (e.g., my wife and I have a profile), and within the profiles, set up multiple accounts (e.g., I have 3 Gmail accounts under my Profile, my wife has 1)
    – Dylan Yaga
    Jan 16, 2015 at 14:12
  • updated my question with correct terminology :)
    – lofidevops
    Jan 16, 2015 at 14:17
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    Also worth mentioning that Lollipop introduces the concept of managed provisioning, which is built on top of the multi-user features discussed here. Basically, this allows the same app to be present more than once in a single launcher, and each instance has it's own 'uid', data directory, etc. Jan 16, 2015 at 23:12

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