What is a work profile?

Android 5.0 or later devices only

A work profile can be set up on an Android device to separate work apps and data from personal apps and data. With a work profile you can securely and privately use the same device for work and personal purposes—your organization manages your work apps and data while your personal apps, data, and usage remain private.

If your organization supports work profiles, your IT department should provide instructions on how to add one to your device.

Does my device have a work profile?

Go to Settings > Accounts. If you have a work profile, it's listed in the Work section. On some devices, work profiles are also listed directly in Settings.

How do I access my work apps?

Note: Some of these steps work only on Android 9.0 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Work apps are marked with a briefcase icon so you can distinguish them from personal apps. To access your work apps:

  1. Swipe up from the bottom of your screen to the top.
  2. Tap the "Work" tab.
  3. Tap the app that you want to open.

If your work app icons are gray, your work profile may be paused. Find out how to pause or turn on your work profile.

How do I delete my work profile?

Some of these steps might not be the same on every device.

You can only delete your work profile if you personally own your device or your organization relinquishes ownership of a company-owned device to you. To delete your work profile:

  1. Go to Settings > Accounts > Remove work profile.
  2. Tap Delete to confirm the removal of all apps and data within your work profile.
  3. Ensure that the policy app ("Device Policy") is uninstalled and not present on your device.

After the work profile is deleted, all local data on the device within that profile is deleted.

You can also remove all apps and data (both personal and work) by factory-resetting your device.

Learn more about your work profile

What can my organization see and manage on my work profile device?

Pause or turn on your work profile

Turn your work profile location on or off

Lock your work profile

Control work profile notifications

Calls, texts, and contacts in your work profile

Connect your work and personal apps

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