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Questions tagged [multi-user]

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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Android multi-user - switch users from lockscreen based on solely on PIN or biometrics

Xiaomi and its sub-brands run an Android skin called MIUI (recently updated to HyperOS). MIUI/HyperOS has a feature called Second Space. This is an excellent feature, it is like you have two ...
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Managed profile apps not appearing in recents

On a device running Android 13 (LineageOS 20), I created a managed user profile to separate work apps from the primary user's personal apps: pm create-user --profileOf 0 --managed Work Also applied a ...
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Can you launch an application/activity of a different user with Tasker?

A follow up to this question or another related. I am currently testing something related to file syncing, and I need to start an application/activity of an application installed in the secondary ...
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Ability to unlock phone in read only mode (and multiple phone users)

Wouldn't it be nice if Android and Android apps catered towards the ability to unlock your phone on read only mode. In this way, you can give your phone to someone (for instance, a family member), and ...
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Hiding display of primary user in Android multi-user

In Android, when I set up secondary user and switch to it, is there a possibility to hide primary user so it does not show in options for switching users? I have root.
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Typing other password to start other Android launcher

On an android 8 phone, I would like to be able to open a different launcher (or user session) depending on the password that I type (or the pattern that I draw). Example : when I type "...
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add guest and add users grayed out [duplicate]

The add user and add guest buttons on the lock screen of my lenovo tab p11 are disabled after leaving my tablet for a week. I have turned on the ability to add a guest and new user from the lock ...
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Family link setup prevents making phone calls and using Messages app

I got phones for my kids, and I set them up with family link. Because I'd previously had a similar setup and they would continually factory reset the phone to get rid of the family link supervision, I ...
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How to disable creation of multiple users option completely?

I'm looking to disable the option for creating more than one user on my Pixel 6a phone (running Calyx OS). The standard way to do it seems to be this. However, this requires TWRP which is not ...
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Android 12: App gets installed for multiple users, even though I disabled multiple users in settings

I enabled multiple users in Settings -> System -> Multiple users, but later I disabled it. Now, when I install an app with Android Studio, it gets installed to multiple users, and I can only ...
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How to prevent additional user from sharing SMS?

I have a Google Pixel 4A 5G phone running Android 13. I added an additional user with System -> Multiple Users and enabled calls and SMS for the user. I am surprised that my messages are shared ...
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Receiving notifications throughout user profiles

I'm using 2 user profiles on my Android 12: 1 for my work apps, 1 for my personal apps. Recently I installed an app for my home security on my personal profile. Whenever my cameras recognize somebody ...
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Multiple users without resetting Android settings?

I got a new device and have the opportunity to start from scratch. For privacy reasons I want to adopt the multi-user paradigm in which I would isolate certain apps from other apps using the multiple ...
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Hide main ui/launcher/profile on specific password

I'd like to have an option to hide my usual apps list, photos, etc on specific pass unlock. So if I unlock with my usual pass - it is my usual device, if someone requires to unlock my device - I use ...
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Lenovo P11 Plus - Only admin can log-in into table at first after restart

I got a P11 Plus (Android 11) for my son, and I am having troubles with a behaviour that is extremely frustrating. When setting up the tablet, I first set myself as the owner/admin (i.e., the first ...
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SMS messages don't appear for secondary user profile

This is Android 12 on a Google Pixel 5a. I've got a secondary user profile set up and I've enabled SMS/calls for it. When logged in to the secondary profile, when I send an SMS to the phone, I get a ...
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Way to switch between users via shortcut/intent/activity?

I have a device with MIUI 13, that removed (hid) the Android stock multi-user feature that I need. I recalled the activity to show the multi-user feature in settings via shortcut maker (adding ...
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Controlling apps for a specific user

I have no experience working with a tablet and am considering buying one for my son. I would like to have control of apps installed on his user account. Maybe the access to Google Play or whatever app ...
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Recent Apps won't show on Other User on Android 9

I have an Android 9 phone and the Recent Apps button works just fine on my ADMIN (main) user, but ever since I created a new user, it doesn't show. I have to force quit my apps all the time to stop ...
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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 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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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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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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Does Samsung has a feature like Second Space in Xiaomi?

In Xiaomi, we can do a second space. Put a certain password, and we go to the first space. Put another password, and we go to the second space. Xiaomi also supports dual apps, which is a different ...
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