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Add, switch, or delete users

You can share your device with family and friends by creating a user profile for each person. Each person will have a personal space on the device for custom home screens, accounts, apps, settings, and more.

Learn more about what users can do.

Note: Some of this information may not apply to all devices because Android isn't exactly the same on every device. These instructions are for devices with Android 6.0 and up. See what version of Android you have.

Add or update users

Add user

To add a user, you must be the device owner.

Add from Quick Settings

  1. From the top of any Home screen and most app screens, swipe down with two fingers.
  2. At the top right, tap User User and then Add user.

Add from Settings app

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings.
  2. Under "Device," tap Users and then Add user and then OK.
    • If you don't see "Add user," tap Add user or profile and then User and then OK.
    • If you don't see either option, your device can't add users.

Set up the new user

  • If you're with the new user
    Tap Set up now. Then unlock your screen to set up the Google Account and other details.
  • If the new user isn't there
    Tap Not now. The next time you switch to this user, the user can set up the Google Account and other details.
Update user

Update your own profile

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings.
  2. Under "Device," tap Users.
  3. Tap your name.
    • To change your profile name, enter a new name and then tap OK.
    • To change your profile picture, tap your picture and then take a new photo or choose an existing photo on your device.

Pick which other profiles can make calls & send SMS

If you're the device owner, you can pick who can make phone calls and send SMS on your device.

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings.
  2. Under "Device," tap Users.
  3. Next to the user's name, tap Settings Settings.
  4. Tap Turn on phone calls & SMS. (This option may vary by device.)

Switch or delete users

Switch user
  1. From the top of any Home screen, the lock screen, and many app screens, swipe down with two fingers. This opens your Quick Settings.
  2. At the top right, tap Switch user User.
  3. Tap a different user. That user can now sign in.
Delete user

If you're the device owner

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings.
  2. Under "Device," tap Users.
  3. Next to the user's name, tap Settings Settings and then Remove user. The user will be removed from the list.

If you're a user who isn't the device owner

  1. Open the device's Settings app Settings.
  2. Under "Device," tap Users.
  3. Tap More More.
  4. Tap Delete [username] from this device.
    Important: You can't undo this.
  5. The device will switch to the owner's profile.

Types of user profiles

User

user who isn't the device owner is the profile type for someone who may use your phone a lot, like a family member.

All users have their own spaces on the device for personal, custom home screens, accounts, apps, settings, and more.

Guest

A guest profile is for someone using your phone for a short time.

Like a user, the guest profile has its own space on the device, but it's easy to delete this space when a guest is done with the device.

Account

An account lets you access a service like Gmail with a single username and password.

You can add accounts to your user profile.

Restricted profile

A restricted profile lets you control what features and content a user can see. For example, you can restrict the availability of mature content.

Learn more about restricted profiles.

Restricted profiles are available only on tablets running Android 4.3 or higher, and phones running Android 4.3 and 4.4.

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