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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How to switch user profile based on password / lockscreen pattern

Currently, I have a family use tablet running on 4.2 Jellybean Model is Ainol Novo7 Flame, a cheap Nexus7 alternative. Nexus7 is quite expensive in my country on its release so I bought this one ...
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Activating Multi User on CM12.1 Android 5.1

I've done the edit to the build.prop fw.show_multiuserui=1 fw.max_users=5 I've done this on a tablet using CM12.1 (android 5.1) and it hasn't activated Multi User. Is there anything els that needs ...
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How do I set the default user?

My device (Moto G5 Plus/Android 7.0) has two users: Foo and Bar. Foo is the default one, created when I've setup my phone. How do I set Bar as the default one and change Foo to be the secondary one?
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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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Add users not showing in Jelly Bean 4.2 on TF300

I have a Asus T300. After upgrading to 4.2 I added 3 users for my children. I need to add one more. At my owner account it is not showing add users any more. Does anyone know why?
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How do I backup app data from a secondary account and move it to a new phone

My son has been using a rooted Galaxy S4 with Resurrection Remix Nougat 7.1.1_r6. He is under 13, so my user is the primary account, and I created a secondary account for him. I am now switching him ...
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How to solve “The contact doesn't exist” problem on Android 5.0

I have a new Nextbook tablet that shows message "The contact doesn't exist" after tapping the user icon (top right of pull down menu). I am trying to change accounts, but I cant get to the user menu. ...
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How to change the order of the users on the lock screen?

I have setup a tablet for my 2yo son. I am the primary user, with root access, etc. Because of this, I am the first user on the lock screen. I would prefer if the tablet defaulted to his user account, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Question about restricted user profiles on 4.4.3 KitKat tablet

I realize that 4.4.3 is a very old version at this point so let me explain my situation for context. I work as IT in a small trucking company, we are a client of another company called PeopleNet who ...
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Allow Google Assistant to be voice activated by more than three people

As a followup to this question: Is it possible to have the Google assistant be voice activated by more than 3 people?
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How to change “administrator” in android

I wanna know how can I change the administrator on my device. I am using 7.0 android and I have multiple accounts and by default, administrator of the device is the first user. Now, some of the ...
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How to backup applications' data from second or subsequent user of a currently non-rooted device?

Primary question: given a non-rooted 4.2.2 device which has second user added and used for awhile, is there any way to backup or otherwise safe the application's data of that second (or third etc.) ...
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File transfer with multiple users

On a rooted Nexus 7 (2013), I have set up a second user. When I plug the usb cable to my mac, I can see all the files for the main user (using the Android File Transfer app from Google). However, ...
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What are the differences between the two Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0" models?

I have just got a new Samsung GALAXY Tab 4 7.0" (SM-T230NU). What is the difference (or improvements) between the 'stock' SM-T230 model GALAXY Tab 4 7.0" and the 'newer' SM-T230NU, recently released ...
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Google play paid apps not working on daughters tablet

My daughter received an ASUS Memo pad 7 for Christmas, I set myself up as the main 'owner' and added her as a user and set up her own separate gmail account so she can download apps, etc. I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Sideploading apps in multi-user setups

I have a Samsung Galaxy Note Tab Pro 12.2 with several users defined. I would like to side-load on-device some APKs not available in the Google Play Store to the other accounts — specifically, to ...
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Android 7.0 One plus 3. How to remove the first user that was created

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 ...
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Cannot switch between users on Android 4.4 (CM11)

I have enabled multi-user support on a phone running CyanogenMod 11 (KitKat) by adding the following to /system/build.prop: fw.show_multiuserui=1 fw.max_users=4 and I was able to create a new user ...
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Separate SIM cards for different users?

is it possible to assign the different SIM cards in a dual-sim phone to different users in Android? -- I tried this with my Moto G4 Plus phone, but did not manage to set this up. It seems that the ...
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Suspicious guest user activity and keyboard setting changes

A guest user is occasionally created on my phone and I don't know why. It consumes some mobile data, as indicated by Android's data usage report. Another suspicious thing is that my keyboard's ...
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Problem adding user profiles on asus zenpad z380 lollipop 5.0.2

I just bought an Asus Zenpad Z380, running on lollipop 5.0.2. I wanted to add another user/profile- but can't find the function anywhere. From what I read after I googled the question- one should be ...
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How to install a certificate to Work Profile user

I would like my app on Work Profile user (https://www.android.com/intl/en_us/work/) to connect to a server with a cert. Since Work Profile user shares Settings with Owner user, I installed a cert from ...
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Can multiple user profiles see each others' data or photos?

Some specific cases: What about browsing the drive when connected to a computer via USB? Is the owner profile able to see other users' data or photos? In my basic tests, it seems that the user data ...
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Android 4.4.x - block software access for user

I want to setup as "Admin" the tablet and like to have an "User", who don't has access to the setting and/or Google Play. It means, I want to ban some features and software access. Maybe for this ...
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Recent apps button not working on Motorola Nougat 7.0

I recently added another user to my Android device. I am using 7.0. Now, recent apps button is not working, i mean... Sometimes it do sometimes don't.
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Multi-user option not available after modifying build.prop in Lollipop

I edited the build.prop file in /system/ as per Multi-user option not avilable in Android one after Lollipop update namely, adding two lines of code to the end of the file: fw.show_multiuserui=1 fw....
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A specific app works fine with tablet owner account, but crashes for other users

I've played Modern War on the owner account on my Nexus 7. It opens and works fine. But when I go to another user account and try to open the app it goes halfway through the upload then Force Closes. ...
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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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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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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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about multiuser in android 7

I have a Huawei device running Android 7 i created another user And there is the owner and the user created Can some applications, such as WhatsApp, be shared between these two users? Is there a way ...
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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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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 ...