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How to Share Your Android Phone or Tablet with Multiple Users

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Android's Multiple users or accounts is a system feature that provides access to other users or family members on the same tablet or smartphone. This also allows users to have their apps and custom settings and content. In this step-by-step guide, nextpit tells you how to add a new user on supported devices.

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The availability of multi-user mode depends on which phone or tablet brand you have and the version of Android OS they are running. The feature is mostly available on devices running on stock Android like Google Pixel.

Other phones running on skinned operating systems, such as Samsung only have the feature presently available on its Galaxy tablets. OnePlus, Motorola and Nothing, for instance, also offer it out of the box.

What are the several types of user profiles and content available?

On Google devices like the Pixel 7 or Pixel Tablet (review), there are also different types of profiles you can pick before creating one. Each has different limitations on content and services available. However, most other phone brands only have a user as a lone and default type. And in most cases, you can have up to three user accounts on top of the main and guest.

  • Guest
  • User
  • Account
  • Restricted profile
  • Child

Guest has the most basic and limited capabilities and is intended for short use. Meanwhile, the User is the most extensive by having its space to set up, ranging from customized home screens to settings in addition to the ability to install new apps or update the apps for all users. But an owner or admin can uninstall these new apps.

There is also an Account sharing the same Google username and password, so you won't need to create a new Google account. Furthermore, a Restricted profile for tablets lets you select which apps and content to see. Lastly, a Child user is a standalone account that gives parents control of the time and apps via the Google Family Link app.

How to add a new user on the same Android phone or tablet?

If the feature is available on your Android device, adding a new user or account is very straightforward. It can be done from the lock screen if you enabled it already or from the system settings. However, you will need to finish setting it up and adding their Google account for the other user to be provided access.

Here's how to create a new user profile on the same Android phone or tablet from the settings:

  1. Go to Settings on your device.
  2. Tap System and then choose Multiple Users or search for 'users' from the settings.
  3. Toggle on the Use multiple users.
  4. Select add user and decide which type of profile and to allow phone calls and SMS.
  5. Enter a name for the new user.
  6. Tap the Set-up now button to continue setting up.
  7. Enter the Google Account, create one if the user doesn't have one, and finish setting it up.
How to set up multiple user accounts on Android smartphones and tablets
Creating a new user is done by going to the System in the settings where you first need to enable Multiple users. / © nextpit

How to switch between the admin and users?

Once you have created a user, you can access and manage this from the same settings or through a shortcut from the dropdown menu. Here's how to switch or change a user directly from the home screen:

  1. Unlock your phone or tablet.
  2. Swipe down from the top of your screen.
  3. Tap the user icon.
  4. Select which User to use.
  5. Enter the password or security measure if needed.

In the same dashboard when creating a user, you can also oversee different users and guest profiles you've created. This includes enabling or disabling voice calls and SMS as well as activating biometric features and deleting the users and profiles.

How to set up a new user on the same Android smartphone or tablets
A new user can set up its fingerprint or face unlock biometric feature.  / © nextpit

Which Android phones and tablets are compatible with the Multiple users feature?

Besides Google's Pixel phones and the new Pixel Tablet, OnePlus has had this feature for many years now on their handsets, including the OnePlus 11 (review) that is running on Oxygen OS despite being a rebranded version of Oppo's Color OS.

For Samsung, it is already present on its Galaxy tablets. They managed to activate it on their smartphones through the beta of One UI 5, but it didn't make it to the final version of the OS. Hence, multi-users are still largely limited to the Galaxy Tab.

  • Google Pixel
  • Samsung Galaxy Tablets
  • OnePlus
  • Oppo
  • Vivo
  • Realme
  • Nothing Phone
  • Sony Xperia
  • Asus Zenfone and ROG
  • Tecno
  • Motorola
  • Nokia

Other phone brands like Xiaomi or Redmi do not have the feature available on their smartphones or tablets. However, some users succeed in turning this feature on using the developer mode on their devices and have switched on the "MIUI optimization" option to see the Multiple users setting from the system. We tried this out on our Xiaomi 13 Pro unit review, but didn't manage to activate the multiple user profiles.

Is multi-user or profile available on your Android phone or tablet? How do you use the feature? Share with us your suggestions in the comments.

This article was updated on July 19 to correct inaccurate statements previously made about Samsung One UI 5 and MIUI 12 offering a multiuser option on smartphones.

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I still remember how amazed I was when I first got hold of the Nokia 3210 back when I was a kid, and it was during that time I developed my love for technology, particularly for mobile phones. I started sharing my knowledge through writing in different blogs and forums back in Nokia Nseries era. I even make videos before where I put different phones side-by-side. Today, I'm still an avid enthusiast of smartphones, but my interests have evolved into smart devices and electric vehicles.

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