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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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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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Is there a way to remove the Guest account?

Lollipop has put an emphasis on multiple users, which is just irksome on a personal phone. I don't need a guest account and I don't need a bright blue user icon reminding me I could be someone else. ...
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Support for Multiple Users on same device

Is there such a thing as a "current user" on Android and a way to switch it? I'm interested in getting a Motorola Xoom and would like to share it with my wife when at home. For my Windows laptop we ...
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How to find out currently running user name/ID from ADB

I am having Nexus 7 running multiple users. I am trying to find out which is currently running user using ADB. The best I could get so far was to check legacy directory linking which is either linked ...
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How to migrate applications to other user account without downloading the applications again?

I created a new user in Nexus 7 but it doesn't have any applications already installed in primary user. I don't want to move/share any app data like scores/progress. I want the apps/games to appear as ...
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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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Are files created in “/storage/emulated/0” supposed to appear in “/storage/sdcard0”?

From what I guess, internal storage is available by every user. If emulated storage is a storage location, made for a specific user, are files created in /storage/emulated/0 supposed to appear in /...
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Converting an existing user to a restricted profile

With Android 4.3 comes a new feature, restricted profiles. It allows creating new special "restricted" users, for which an admin user can control access to apps. However, in addition to my own admin ...
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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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Multi-user option not avilable in Android one after Lollipop update

I have Karbonn Android one phone. It is updated to Lollipop 5.1. I read that multi-user option is available in Lollipop. But in Settings the Users option is not available. How can I enable it? Is it ...
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Developer options for a second user on Android 4.3

I have a Nexus 7 (2013) edition with Jelly Bean and set up several user accounts. I have enabled developer options on one account (clicking Settings::About tablet::Build number 7 times) and everything ...
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How to migrate 4.1 primary user's app data to new 4.2 secondary user?

My wife has been playing games (Angry Birds Star Wars if that makes a difference) on my Nexus 7 which I have just updated from 4.1 to 4.2. Android 4.2 lets you have multiple users on a single device, ...
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Separate user accounts on one Android device

I just bought a Samsung Note 2. My mom uses it when we are in India, but I use it when we are in the U.S. Is there a way to have two separate accounts so that our apps don't get mixed up? I'd like to ...
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Where is user/group id info stored on Android and how do I interpret it?

I have been wondering for quite some time now; where does Android store it's user and group id information? For instance, on standard Linux, user and group information is stored in /etc/passwd and /...
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Session logout on device with multiple users?

There is an option to switch between users, but there isn't an option to logout from an active user session. The background apps and services for inactive users (once logged in and switched out) ...
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How do you configure a Nexus 7/10 for family use

I'm considering getting one of the Nexus tablets for my family. I think the multi-user support is a great way to separate my apps from the kids games. But what I've read about the implementation of ...
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Can somebody explain how multi-user is implemented in android 4.4 [closed]

Can somebody please help in giving information on how multi-user partition is achieved on android 4.4. I was digging into 4.4 code specific to creating multiple users. There is class called ...
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Is there a way to switch Android users from the command line?

Using the following command, I managed to enable multi-user mode in an Android device that doesn't officicially support it: adb shell setprop fw.max_users 4. For good measure I also added the ...
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Does switching user accounts in Lollipop affect battery life or performance?

I recently updated my Moto G2 to Android Lollipop via OTA update. I've successfully installed the update(around 500mb i guess). I saw the new feature of adding new Guest and New user acccounts just ...
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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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Transfer data from one user to another in 4.3

I have the Nexus 7, and I just updated to 4.3, and I'm creating restricted profiles for my kids. They use to play in my main profile, and they progressed a lot in several games and, when they access ...
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Given that every application runs as a separate user, what happens when you want to add a new user account?

According to this, every application in Android runs as a separate kernel-level user, with a unique user ID and group ID. So, what happens under the hood when you add a new user (e.g. to your shared ...
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How notifications work with multiple users?

When there are multiple users in an Android device, how the notifications work? The notifications are simultaneous for all users? There are only notifications for the active user and notifications ...
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Multi User Backup

On a tablet I have a situation where I have multiple users with multiple accounts, and I am trying to have the phone's state backed up in such a way that if I upgrade the operating system, every user'...
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How do I switch between multiple users in KitKat via Lockscreen?

I am using CynogenMod CM11 R22 on Xiaomi Redmi 1S phone. I enabled multiple users using adb: cd /system pm get-max-users setprop fw.max_users 3 echo "" >> build.prop echo "#" >> build....
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How can I access the emulated sdcard for another user on a rooted nexus 10

Is it possible to access other user's emulated sdcard storage on a rooted Nexus 10? I have 3 users set up. If I log in as the primary user, I would expect to see /storage/emulated/10 (and 11) as well ...
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Switch between accounts in Android 4.2

I would like to know if it's possible to easily switch between two Google accounts in Nexus 4 running Android 4.2 JellyBean. For example, I have at the moment two Google accounts set up in the device:...
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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 do I manage users on my HTC One with Android 5?

I have HTC One (M7) with Android 5.0.2 (the unlocked ROM 7.17.1540.7 from HTC website). I want to set up several user accounts. I've found two documented ways to do it: The one concerns Nexus and ...
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“Ok Google” i.e google assistant does not work for anyone but me

If I say "Ok Google", the assistant starts up just fine. However if my wife says it, nothing happens. She tried it several times, speaking loud and clear, but nothing happened. Is the assistant ...
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Why can't I add any more user?

I have an Asus tablet with Lollipop on it. Two week ago I was able to create another user on that device. Now I want to edit another user but touching the lowermost bar does not start any action. (...
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Do applications run in user profiles that are not active / run in background profiles?

I configured 3 user profiles with each their own google account on my device (Nexus 5 with Android 5.1). When I switch the user profiles, do the applications keep running in the user profiles that ...
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Is Asus Memo Pad 8 limited to 2 users?

Asus Memo Pad 8 tablet, running KitKat 4.4.2, doesn't allow me to create a third user. Is this an undocumented 2 user limit or is there a bug in the Settings app? Is there any workaround?
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Why does multi-user exist in Android if it doesn't work? [duplicate]

/sdcard -> /storage/sdcard0 /storage/sdcard0 -> /storage/emulated/legacy /storage/emulated/legacy -> /storage/emulated/0 Based on the above, if all the locations point to the same virtual ...