Android phone and tablet support

How to add a user account to Android

Add a User

Add multiple users or Create a Guest user

Android phones and tablets now can perform several functions and contain a lot of sensitive data, photos, documents, etc.  You may want to allow someone else to use your phone or tablet, but you don’t want them to have access to your personal information or data.  You can create an additional User account for a frequent user, or you can add a Guest account to be used by random people. Rather than buy a phone or tablet for multiple users, you can have one Android device and add multiple users.

The option to have multiple users or a guest account on the same Android device doesn’t exist for many phones.  But if your phone allows it, here is how to do it.

How to add a user to your Android device?

  • Swipe down on the home screen of your Android to open the Quick Access menu, then swipe a second time to open all options.
  • In the bottom right corner of the screen, you may see a Person Icon Add a user to Android , Touch on the Person icon. (If you don’t see the Person Icon, then your Android device doesn’t support multiple users or guest accounts)
  • From this screen, you can add users for anybody who wants to use your phone.
    • Touch User
    • Touch OK on the pop-up screen
    • The Setup new user page will open, touch Continue
    • Enter the Google account (Gmail) for the new user
    • Enter the password
    • Then Touch on I Agree, then Accept
    • Enter the PIN for the new user for the the lock screen
    • Choose if you want to add biometrics for the new user, Touch Skip if you don’t want.
    • Answer the addition questions

To switch back to your original user account:

  • Swipe down on the home screen of your Android to open the Quick Access menu, then swipe a second time to open all options.
  • In the bottom right corner of the screen, Touch on the Person Icon 
  • Touch on your primary account.

To add additional email account: “How to add email accounts to Android Devices?

How to Create a Guest user?

  • Swipe down on the home screen of your Android to open the Quick Access menu, then swipe a second time to open all options.
  • In the bottom right corner of the screen, you may see a Person Icon , Touch on the Person icon. (If you don’t see the Person Icon, then your Android device doesn’t support multiple users or guest accounts)
  • From this screen, you can add a Guest account, touch on Guest.
  • Your Android device will temporarily switch to a simple menu for the guest to use.  Not all apps will be available.

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