How to Switch to Guest Mode in Android Smartphone

Hey friends, in this article, I’ll be giving some informative points on How to Switch Guest Mode in Android Smartphone. You must be wondering now is there a need to manage a guest account on your smartphone. Here are the reasons why you should read through these tips and details.

Let’s start with the data you store in your smartphones. All the personal and confidential information (from user credentials to bank accounts details) is now available at your fingertips through the smart technology.  But it’s safe as long as you have your phone with. What if a friend or a relative borrows it from you or it gets stolen in the worst case scenario.

You would never want your sensitive information to be passed over into someone else’s hands. This is the reason why you need to manage separate accounts to ensure your data is safe in others’ hands as well. I’ll let you through How to Switch Guest Mode in Android Smartphone which, I believe will be useful to many of the smartphone users.

But first, let me help you know about the smartphones and android versions that support this feature and which ones don’t.

Recent launches that allow switching to Guest Mode in Android Smartphone are: Nexus devices (Nexus 4, 5, and 6), Motorola-Moto devices (Moto X, Moto X IInd Gen, Moto G, Moto-G 2nd Gen, Moto E, and Moto E IInd Gen), LG-G3, LG-G Flex 2, Sony Xperia- Z3 and many more in the list.

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Samsung hasn’t introduced this smart feature in smartphones and does not support the guest user and multiple users’ environment features in the Android Lollipop version 5.0.  Earlier we saw that the Android Lollipop update for Galaxy S4, S5, and Note 4 got rid of this feature without clarifying any reason or issues which are still expected to be introduced with a patch or modification in the newer versions of smartphones range.

But, before I start here are some very important things to be noted by our smartphone users.

The pin difference between “user” and “account”

In all Android devices, we may have multiple Google accounts including other accounts say email or Facebook account etc. All these types of accounts are associated with one user.

Earlier when Android Lollipop multiple-user environment was not introduced, there used to be only user (owner) of the phone. Now users can be multiple based on how many users can access the phone data (Similar to that of managing multi-user environment in windows).

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Each user owns different multiple accounts which cannot be shared among users.

Roles and Rights of Guest Users

  • Guest user has similar permissions as of other users.
  • The guest user can add Google account to access other apps and contents along with the pre-installed apps.
  • Can set a screen lock, new guest always has to start a new session to clear all the previous settings of other guest users without unlocking the phone.

Roles and Rights of Normal users

  • Normal users (multiple users) have own identification and self-owned storage space.
  • They can have their own screen lock to protect their contents.
  • Normal users have almost the same rights as that of a device admin
  • A normal user cannot remove users.

Note: The first user setup in the smartphone is always with the owner administrator and has the right to remove the users.

How to Switch Guest Mode in Android Smartphone

Let’s start the interesting tutorial How to Switch to Guest Mode in Android Smartphone in step by step guide.

Steps on How to Switch to Guest Mode in Android Smartphone

First of all, go to quick settings panel and then follow these instructions.

  • In quick settings panel tap the avatar of the current user in the top right.
  • Swipe down from the top of the screen to pull down the notifications bar.
  • Tap your avatar on the top right twice.
  • Now you’ll be seeing three icons which are Google account, Add guest, and Add user.
  • Tap the Add guest icon.
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Next, up, your smartphone will be switched to guest mode. This might take a while depending upon the device configuration.

When it’s all done, you can easily switch to your Google account.

Just follow the top two steps given above and the data in your guest session will be deleted by tapping the Google account icon.

Due to the availability of different android versions and providers, there may be a slight change in the user settings. e.g. In LG-G3, the guest mode can be accessed by navigating Settings > General > Privacy > Guest Mode.

In android 5.0 devices, guest mode is a built-in feature. If you have an older version of android, then you may search for further online android support.

Thanks for reading and sharing this information. I hope it was useful to you. How you liked our article, you must write your opinions and suggestion in comment box. Also write, if you have any query, I shall try to get back to query as soon as possible.


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