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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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Mulitple user accounts on Samsung A20e

I have a Samsung Galaxy A20e, apparently Android lets you have multiple user accounts... but I dont see this listed anywhere in the settings for my phone?
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Why can't I switch accounts after rebooting?

I have a lenovo android tablet with three users - The Owner user, which is the original user and is an Admin. Then two users for my children, which are restricted users. The tablet seems to be 'stuck'...
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Security concern: Can "multiple user" feature protect my sensitive data from apps that I don't trust? [duplicate]

I'm using lineageos18.1 and for some reason I need to install an app that I don't trust. It requires some critical permission to run normally such as: All files access Install unknown apps Get ...
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How to password protect users on Android?

at home we share a tablet using the multi user feature of Android, which is good enough. That said, switching users has no password protection whatsoever, so other users could log in my user and see ...
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How do I restart phone into a guest (non-admin) account w/o having to enter admin passcode? [duplicate]

I have a pixel 5 and set up a separate user (e.g. a guest account in multi-user settings). How do I log into that account upon restarting my phone, so I don't need to first enter the passcode for the ...
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How can I create or manage user accounts on an Android 11 Oppo phone

I have a new phone (Oppo A54 - 5G) and I like to create a second user account. The phone has Android 11 installed, and according to change user - Android 11 tutorial, it should be possible to create/...
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Google position sharing (permanently) from Secondary Android User - Fails - Is that possibile? (Motorola Moto G8 Plus - Android 10)

We configured two users on our Motorola Moto G8 Plus: one admin (primary user) and a one Secondary user. We usually use the secondary one where we have personal WhatsApp, and google account. With ...
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How do I share apps with my kids in Android 10?

I upgraded the family tablet from a HUDL2 to a Teclast P20HD. In the HUDL (Android 4.4.2) when I bought/installed new apps I was given the option to share them with other (restricted) users on the ...
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How can I completely remove multi-user in Android?

I made work profile and another user profile. And I deleted the user profile (userId=11) and create new one(userId=13). So now I had three profile, who's userId is 0, 10 and 13. But when I explore the ...
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Best way to lock down Android tablet?

We're deploying a number of Android tablets into the field next year. Ideally, we'd like them locked down somewhat so that the users can only access certain apps and settings. Configuring a restricted ...
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How to activate guest and multiple users based profile in android 5.1.1 lolipop

question How to activate guest and multiple users based profile in android 5.1.1 lolipop I had rooted my lyf water 7 ls-5005 through chainfire super user ..as my mobile have android 5.1.1 lolipop ...
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Android update removed "change account" button on login screen

After a Android Update on my Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e, the button allowing to choose the user-login (or Android account, I mean here "multi-user feature of Android") does not show anymore. The ...
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Prevent user from installing any applications

I have Galaxy J1 smartphone with OneUI and I have to prohibit installing any applications on it. I tried disabling appropriate activity in PackageInstaller, but that can be bypassed with Factory Reset ...
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How to separate settings for each user with Android's multi-user?

I had to use one android device for a while with multiple people, so I adopted the multi-user function. This seems to work at first because it separates video and audio files for each user. However, ...
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How to use -user argument to android backup utility bu sucessfully

I would like to restore an android backup to a secondary user. If I run from adb shell bu help, I see this output: sunfish:/ $ bu help backup [-user USER_ID] [-f FILE] [-apk|-noapk] [-obb|-noobb] [-...
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Retail Android devices with OOB multi-user ability?

I'm looking for an Android tablet that I can share between multiple users. From the little research I've done online, it looks like you can set up multiple users on an Android device, but it's a bit ...
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Enable "Unknown sources" for secondary user

How do I enable unknown sources on secondary user because she I try install the file it says enable unknown sources but when I go on settings the unknown sources is greyed sand it's disable and I can'...
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ADB installs apps for all users. How to force it to install to main user only?

I have a LineageOS 17.1 system on Pocophone F1, unrooted. When I install an apk through USB using adb, adb not run as root, the app is installed both on my main admin user and on a secondary user on ...
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Use same app data with another user (on Android 10)

I have a Samsung Tablet running Android 10. My kid uses a "restricted user" (password-protected) to play etc. Now, since the Lego BOOST app is also installed on this restricted user account, ...
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Making apps installed by Owner visible to other users/profiles

So, as you might know, Android 10 supports Multi-User feature (for reference - this thing) I have some apps from F-Droid, installed while on Owner profile. But most of the apps are only visible to ...
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unlock developer options for new user?

is it possible to enable/unlock developer options for a second user Android-version: 7.1 nougat does it reqire root access to enable it
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Factory reset without erasing data will cause second user data removed?

I have two users accounts in my phone(multiuser/multiple profile) One is for normal use and other is work profile. When I want to factory reset my phone from normal user profile(admin user) without ...
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How to backup, restore and share Android settings on a multi-user system?

I have a Magisk-rooted Android 10 device. I want to: backup my Owner user settings; clone some settings (background images, sounds, vibrations, etc.) from Owner local user to other users (Work, Guest,...
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Lost owner privileges on Android 10 after flashing boot image

it seems that my user on Android lost the "owner privileges": Any function or feature that is only available to the main user is disabled in the UI. Unfortunately, this includes user administration ...
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Duplicate Android User

Since year dot I've always used one Android profile for home and work, with both work and email accounts added to Gmail, and social media logged in as work. Since it's my own business, it's difficult ...
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How to share files across multiple user in Android 10

I am implementing a app in which I am creating one file using openFileOutput API in Android. The file is saved to /data/data/com.xx.xx/files/ Now when I am switching to secondary user(multi user) I ...
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multipe profiles on marshmallow: how to use apps in both accounts

i have a tablet with android marshmellow and primary and secondary profile. Appararently apart from the standard apps i can not install apps paralell on the first and the second profile.if i install ...
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Share clipboard data between users on multi-user (secondary space) Android?

Leaving security concerns aside, is there a reliable way to communicate data via clipboard between users on a single device without using network methods? For example just to copy a link in the ...
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Enabling Multi User Feature on Realme 3

Can anybody help me with enabling the multiple user feature like stock Android without rooting. I've tried getting the default.prop through adb and changing some properties and then replacing the copy ...
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Can F-Spot be installed by a non-Admin user on a multi-user LineageOS phone?

I'm running LineageOS. F-Spot works fine for my main primary user which is an administrator (the default). However, I can't get F-Spot to install on secondary users. It fails and says, only "App not ...
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How can I know which Android phones support multiple users profiles?

Android (Stock android) has a feature that enables Android to support multiple user profiles. Note this has nothing to do with online accounts such as a Google account. Within the phone you can ...
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How to access /storage/emulated/10 (multi-users env) in adb shell on Android 9+ without root access?

I have two Android system users configured. $ pm list users Users: UserInfo{0:Owner:13} running UserInfo{10:security space:13} running UserInfo{999:XSpace:800010} running When the mobile ...
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How to unlock non owner account after reboot?

I've an Android 9 Samsung tablet. I've set up normal (I.e. not limited) accounts for my children. When the tablet reboot, the only account which is usable is mine. The others are greyed out. When I'...
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How to share files between regular account and work account?

I've researched and I cant find anything. What I am missing?
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Is completely isolated multi-tenancy possible on Android comparable to Linux?

Is it possible to have on an Android device: (permission based or virtual volumes) isolated data storage? user specific, independent device usage configuration? simple user relogin?
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Home Screen, Recent apps, pull down menu not working multi user nexus 6

Hi two days ago my phone shutdown due to low battery, charged it and powered it on. With the power on came all the issues listed below: can not switch users (have three user accounts created each ...
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Make second user also a device owner

I recently bought Samsung Galaxy tab s5e , and configured my account for it. Afterwards I created account (using android multiuser feature ) for my wife. Hovewer the second account is very limited due ...
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Can I use different countries version of the Play Store on different accounts?

I recently moved abroad and I need to change the country of my Play Store (for mobile/banking apps), I also need to keep the apps from my home country. Can I use two different Android accounts (with ...
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Create an unprivilleged user in android

I want to create an account for android that cannot create another user or remove apps installed by the device owner. I have looked at creating other accounts or logging as guest and that gives the ...
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Multiple User Accounts on Galaxy S10/S10+/S10e

Samsung has disabled the Multiple User Accounts feature on the Galaxy S10. How to set up multiple accounts? I mean the ability to create a separate Android home with their own app settings. I want ...
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Is there a way of identifying created Users historically on a Huawei P20 Pro?

As there is the ability to create multiple users on a smart phone, e.g. the Huawei P20 Pro, I am curious to know if it is possible to view/keep track of all created Users on the download data of the ...
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Alternative "File Open" (not stack "DocumentsUi") for WhatsApp?

DocumentsUI, the AOSP standard "file manager" is quite buggy here (I use Lineage 15.1), especially in the context of multi-user and work profile (meaning it does not show files for other users then ...
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What is the "u#_everybody" UID?

In (multi-user) Android there are UIDs like these: u0_everybody u10_everybody u11_everybody Those seem different to the usual uXX_aYY UIDs used for the applications. What is their purpose? Is this a ...
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Are multiple-users protected from each other differently than apps?

I confess that I come from the happy world of unix computers, and am used to the concept of user accounts and hence group gids and userids uids. For the occasional usage of an untrusted app (i.e. ...
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Reboot to secondary user

So, my kids phone. I need her to be able to reboot the phone and access her account without going through primary account. How can this be done (without rooting). I don't want her be left without call ...
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On a multi-user Android device, when Google Backup runs, whose data will get backed up?

If it's enabled, Google Backup does two things. A) It runs "key/value backups", maybe once every few hours, and it stores the data in the Android Backup Service. B) It runs "Android Auto Backups", ...
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How to use two different numbers in the same phone via WhatsApp?

My phone just went broken last night, and I have another but I don't want to change the SIM card, so I'm wondering if it's possible to run 2 numbers on the same phone. I have heard there is a chance ...
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is there a common symlink in android multi-users, access use's `root directory` ?

On test tablet. There are two users: /storage/emulated/0/AAA --onwer /storage/emulated/10/AAA --nomal user My attempt: adb shell "ls -l /storage/emulated/legacy/AAA" file dot exist. --failed ...
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Set up Google Play for restricted user accounts

i have a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4, running Android 5.0.2 I'm looking for a soluton to the following issue: All of my family is using the tablet. So i set up accounts for an admin, and personal accounts ...
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Google Play Authenticate to complete purchase, multiple accounts

I'm using a device running Android 8.1. I'm trying to complete a purchase using Google Play where I'm facing a problem while authenticating myself after I selected my payment method. I have 4 Google ...
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