Use restricted profiles on tablets

On an Android tablet, you can choose which apps, features, and content a restricted profile can see and use.
You can use restricted profiles for purposes like these:
  • Family controls. Keep others from seeing certain content types.
  • Point of sale. Let employees use only selected sales and register apps.
  • Kiosk. Set up to demonstrate selected apps and features.
  • Retail. Let customers explore tablet features, but prevent them from browsing or playing games.

Only the tablet owner can create, edit, and delete restricted profiles.

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

Note: This information is for tablets. For phones using Android 5.0 and up, learn how to add, switch, or delete users.

Make a restricted profile

  1. Open your tablet's Settings app Settings app.
  2. Tap Users & accounts And then Users.
  3. Tap Add user or profile.
  4. Tap Restricted profile. The new profile opens with a list.
    • To name the profile, tap New profile. Enter the name and tap OK.
    • To pick which listed apps, features, and settings the profile can see and use, tap the On/Off switches and Settings .
  5. Tap Back Back.
  6. Tap the new profile.
    • If you're with the new user, that user can set up the Google Account and other details.
    • If the new user isn't there, that user can set up the next time that you switch to this profile.

Edit a restricted profile

  1. Open your tablet's Settings app Settings app.
  2. Tap Users & accounts And then Users.
  3. Tap the restricted profile you want to edit.
  4. Next to the profile, tap Settings .
  5. To pick which listed apps, features, and settings the profile can see and use, turn them on or off.
    • The changes are immediate.
    • If you switch off a listed app, the profile loses all content associated with that app.
    • If you switch a listed app back on after switching it off, the lost app content isn’t restored.

Delete a restricted profile

  1. Open your tablet's Settings app Settings app.
  2. Tap Users & accounts And then Users.
  3. Tap the restricted profile you want to delete.
  4. Next to the profile, tap Delete .

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