Change guest & user settings

Users and the guest profile can do most of the same things as the device's owner, but each profile has its own storage space. Files, messages, and apps aren't shared between users, the guest profile, or the device's owner.

Learn the difference between users and the guest profile.

Note: Some of these steps work only on Android 8.0 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

What is & isn't shared on a device

What's shared with everyone using a device

  • Updates to apps that more than one user of the device has installed
  • Some settings, like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

What's not shared

  • Files and messages, like texts, email, photos, music, and more
  • Data from apps another user has installed

Control what users & guests can do

Limit what users can do (Nexus tablets only)

You can control what a user, like a child, can use on your tablet. Learn how to make a restricted profile.

Let users add other users from the lock screen

You can let users or a guest add other users from the lock screen. Learn how to add users.

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings app.
  2. Tap Security & Location And then Lock screen preferences.
  3. Turn on Add users from lock screen.

Let users make calls and send texts

You can let users make phone calls or send SMS texts from your device. You can let a guest make phone calls from your device.

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings app.
  2. Tap System And then Advanced And then Multiple users.
  3. Next to the user you want to change, tap Settings Settings.
  4. Turn on Turn on phone calls or Turn on phone calls & SMS.

Check storage & data usage by guests or users

You can see how much storage and data each guest or user is using on your device. You can't see which apps, files, or other items use that storage and data.

Check storage usage

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings app.
  2. Tap Storage.
  3. Under "Other users," you can see how much storage each other user or guest uses.

Check data usage

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings app.
  2. Tap Network & Internet And then Data usage.
  3. To see data usage by type, tap Mobile data usage or Wi-Fi data usage.
  4. The graph shows how much data the current user or guest has used in the date range.
  5. To see more information, like a different date range, tap a user.
    Note: You can't see for what other users are using the data, like apps or files.

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