Add, switch, or delete users

You can easily share your device with family and friends by creating a user for each person. Each person will have their own space on the device for custom home screens, accounts, apps, settings, and more. Learn more about what users can do.

Add user

To add another user, you need to be the device owner. You can add up to 4 users on your phone and up to 8 users on a tablet.

  1. Open the Settings app Settings.
  2. Under "Device," touch Users.
  3. Touch Add user, then OK.
    • If you don't see "Add users," touch Add user or profile > User, then OK.
    • If you don't see either option, users can't be added on your device.
  4. If you're with the new user: Touch Set up now. Then unlock your screen to set up their Google Account and other details.
    If the new user isn't around: Touch Not now. The next time they switch to their user, they can follow to screen to set up their Google Account and other details.
Switch user
  1. On your phone's lock screen, open the notification drawer by swiping down from the top of the screen..
  2. From the top right, touch the user icon .
  3. Switch to a user by selecting one from the list.
Delete user

If you're the device owner...

  1. Open the Settings app Settings.
  2. Under "Device," touch Users.
  3. Next to the user's name, touch Trash .
    • If you don't see the Trash: Next to the user profile you want to remove, touch the Settings icon > Remove user.
  4. The user will be removed from the list.

If you're a user who is not the device owner...

  1. Open the Settings app Settings.
  2. Under "Device," touch Users.
  3. Touch Menu More.
  4. Touch Delete [username] from this device. Keep in mind that you can't undo this once you delete the profile.
  5. The device will switch to the owner profile.
Change a user's name or picture

Change picture

  1. Open the Settings app Settings.
  2. Under "Device," touch Users.
  3. Touch your name.
  4. In the window that opens, touch the picture to the left of your name. It may look like a user icon .
  5. Take a photo or choose from the Gallery app.

Change name

  1. Open the Settings app Settings.
  2. Under "Device," touch Users.
  3. Touch your name.
  4. In the window that opens, touch your name.
  5. Edit your name and touch OK.

Change nickname

Your nickname shows up on the lock screen and the Quick Settings.

  1. Open the Settings app Settings.
  2. Under "Device," touch Users.
  3. Touch your name and edit your nickname, then check the box to show your information on the lock screen.
  4. You can also add text that will appear on the lock screen.
Difference between a user, guest, restricted profile, and an account

A user who is not the device owner is for someone who may use your phone a lot, like a family member. A user has their own space for custom home screens, accounts, apps, settings, and more.

A restricted profile lets you control what features and content a user can see. For example, you can prevent a child from viewing mature content. Restricted profiles are only available on tablets running Android 4.3 or higher. Learn more about restricted profiles.

The guest profile should be used when someone is using your phone for a short time. Like a user, the guest profile has its own space for on the device, but it's easy to delete the space once a guest is done with your device.

An account lets you access a service like Gmail with a single username and password. You can add accounts to your user profile.

Elena is an Android expert and author of this help page. Leave her feedback below about the page.

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