How to set up multiple users on an Android device
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How to set up multiple users on an Android device

In an era where smartphones and tablets are essential tools for work, play, and everything in between, it’s not uncommon for these devices to be shared. Whether it’s giving your kids access to games without putting your files at risk, or sharing a device with colleagues while keeping your emails private, Android’s multi-user feature can be a lifesaver. This guide will walk you through the steps to set up multiple users on your Android device, ensuring a smooth and secure experience for everyone involved.

Setting up multiple users on Android

Enable multiple users

Before you start adding more users to your Android device the first step is to enable the feature itself:

  • Navigate to Settings and tap System, then tap Multiple users.
  • Tap Allow multiple users. The switch should slide to the right and then show you the option of adding more users.

Adding a New User

After enabling the feature you are set to start adding users and guest accounts on the same settings tab. 

  • Tap on “Add user“, then “OK” to confirm. The device will switch to the new user setup screen.
  • Enter a name and optionally select a profile picture, tap OK.
  • Select whether phone calls and SMS should be enabled for the new user.
  • At this point, you can either switch to the new account and finish personalizing it or stay on the current one and let the new user complete the setup later.
  • If the new user is with you, tap Switch to [username] and then Set up now.
  • The setup screen starts with some basic info and you are then prompted to sign in with a Google account. What follows is essentially the same setup as when you get a brand-new Android device.
  • Set up the Google Assistant, select a PIN, and configure biometric lock screen protection etc.

Once you get this list checked the new user should be completely configured and good to go. All of the settings will be back to the default options and the new account should essentially feel like you have a new Android device in your hands.

Switching Between Users

  • Swipe down from the top of the screen to access the Quick Settings menu.
  • Tap on the user icon (usually a silhouette or your profile picture).
  • Choose the user you want to switch to, the device will switch to that user’s profile.
  • If you are logged in on the primary account the same menu should now also give you the option of adding more users.

Setting up multiple users on your Android device is a simple yet powerful way to manage privacy, customization, and control. Whether you’re sharing your device with family members or colleagues, it ensures that everyone has their own space to work, play, and personalize without interference. For more Andriod tricks, check out our guide on how to record your screen on tablets.