Your beloved smartphone is a personal possession, but you might find yourself handing your phone to someone else on many occasions. Whether you’re handing your phone over to a stranger to make a phone call or lending your smartphone to friend to play some games, Guest Mode featured with Android 5.0 Lollipop is just what you need.
The feature works a lot like the profiles we create on our computers, which separates the private content of one user from the other. Not only can you set up a guest profile and limit the amount of content shown to other users, you can create multiple secure profiles if your Android device is regularly used by others.
Set up & use Guest Mode on Android
Start off by swiping down in the notification drawer with two fingers, and tap on the User icon next to the gear-shaped Settings icon.
You will be able to see three icons in the next window – the first icon with the name and picture of the owner of the device (synced with your Google account), the second icon for the Guest, and the third “+” icon for you to add another user to the device.
Pressing the “+” icon will open a new window and allow you to add more users, along with the option to configure the current user profiles.
By pressing on any profile other than the owner profile, you can select whether you want the profile user to make phone calls and SMS from the device or not. You can also remove the user profile from the same window.
What makes the Guest Mode perfect for sharing your device is that it hides all of your installed apps, displaying only the stock Google apps. All of your multimedia content, saved web pages and more is securely locked away with your owner’s profile.
Do you believe that Guest Mode solves the age-old problem of sharing your phone with others in a safe way? Let us know what you think about this post in the comments section below.
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