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," tap Users.
  3. Tap Add user, then OK.
    • If you don't see "Add users," tap 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: Tap Set up now. Then unlock your screen to set up their Google Account and other details.
    If the new user isn't around: Tap Not now. The next time they switch to their user, they can set up their Google Account and other details.
Switch user
  1. Open the Quick Settings menu by swiping down with two fingers from the top of any screen.
  2. From the top right, tap Switch User .
  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," tap Users.
  3. Next to the user's name, tap Trash .
    If you don't see the Trash: Next to the user profile you want to remove, tap Settings > 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," tap Users.
  3. Tap Menu More.
  4. Tap 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," tap Users.
  3. Tap your name.
  4. In the window that opens, tap 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," tap Users.
  3. Tap your name.
  4. In the window that opens, tap your name.
  5. Edit your name and tap OK.
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 restrict the availability of 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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