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How to Enable Guest Mode on Android

Did you ever hand over your Android smartphone or tablet to someone else for a few moments? If so, you might be worried about how they use your applications and other phone functionality. Besides these, one of the important things is that you may keep your data safe, which you never want any person can see it.

No matter how secure and clean your phone is, everyone worries when someone uses it, even for a short time. Luckily Android smartphone supports multiple user accounts in the same way as computer offers. Android users can enable guest mode on their Android phones when they give their phones to others. Guest mode will secure your phone's content and provide more peace of mind even if you offer the phone to others for a moment.

How to Enable Guest Mode on Android

What is Guest Mode on Android

Guest mode on Android is simply a user profile created for another person to access your phone. In guest mode, people can access only limited phone resources, separate from the primary (owner) user's profile. Guest users can't see your texts, photos, and other private data. Other than these, any settings changes done apply to guest profiles only.

Benefits of enabling Guest Mode or Multi-User on your Android phone

Creating a multi-user account on a mobile phone lets you create different spaces for each user. There are many benefits of enabling guest mode on Android phones; these are:

  • Creating guest mode or multiple user accounts is a benefit if many people use a single mobile phone.
  • Enable and sign into a guest mode when you share your phone with a guest.
  • Suppose you share your phone with kids, hand over them after enabling guest mode, or anyone from a multi-user account. So that kids unknowing can't delete any of your data from the admin account.
  • It protects your data present in a different account from accessing.
  • You can use guest mode or the multi-user feature anytime, whenever you require.
  • You can separate your work into different accounts, like creating one account for your office work and another for your personal work use.

How to Enable Guest Mode on Android Smartphones

Remember, different Android phone models have different steps to enable guest mode on them. But they mostly follow the same procedure. Let's see how to turn on guest mode on an Android phone (we are using a Pixel device):

  1. Launch the Settings app of your Android smartphone.
  2. In the Settings screen, look for the System option and tap on it.
    How to Enable Guest Mode on Android
  3. Tap on the Multiple users. To see this option on some devices, you must open Additional (Advanced) settings.
    How to Enable Guest Mode on Android
  4. Turn on the Multiple users toggle button.
  5. Now, tap on the Add guest option from the list.
    How to Enable Guest Mode on Android

You are all done with setting up guest mode on your Android phone. Now, you can set profiles for the guest user, like enabling a call for an account, switching between guest and admin, or removing the guest profile. Remember that when you enable calls for guest users, the call history will be shared with the admin.

Switch to Guest Mode on an Android phone:

Once you turn on the guest mode on your Android phone, you easily switch to it with just a few clicks. Here are the steps on how you switch to guest mode on your Android phone:

  1. Swipe from the screen's top (notification bar) to visit the Quick Settings panel.
  2. Now, tap on the user icon to switch to the guest user.
    How to Enable Guest Mode on Android
  3. Tap on "Guest", and your phone automatically switches to Guest mode. Now you can hand over your phone to another person for a short time.
    How to Enable Guest Mode on Android

In the guest mode, all settings will be reset to default as the device has been newly purchased. Guest users can only access apps that come pre-installed on phones, and they can't be able to use apps that are installed by the admin profile.

If a guest needs to access any app other than pre-installed, he has to download and install it by signing in with their Google account. A guest user can't be able to access your data, and also he has limited access to phone settings.

How to remove a guest profile from your Android phone

When the guest uses your phone and is done with their task, you can remove it from your phone if you want.

  1. Visit to Quick Settings panel on your Android by swiping from the top of the screen.
  2. Tap on the user icon and go to admin user account. Now, choose the option Remove guest. It will delete the guest account and all its associated data, and your device will switch to the admin account.
    How to Enable Guest Mode on Android

Configure Guest Mode on Android Phone

Regarding the guest mode and how it works on your Android phone, you can change only one option, i.e., "phone calls". Navigate once again to "Settings > System > Multiple Users > Guest". At the "Guest" screen, turn on the "Turn on phone calls" button to allow calls.

How to setup Guest Mode on a Samsung smartphone (Samsung One UI 5)

Not all Samsung smartphones offer a feature to enable or set up guest mode. Check out whether your Samsung phone offers such a feature or not. Here, we are using a Samsung One UI 5 device to set up guest mode on it.

  1. Open the Settings app on your Samsung smartphone.
  2. Find and tap on the "Account and backup" option.
    How to Enable Guest Mode on Android
  3. Now, tap on the Users option.
    How to Enable Guest Mode on Android
  4. Here, you will see three options You (which is an admin), Add guest, and Add user. Tap on the Add guest option.
    How to Enable Guest Mode on Android

Now, you are all done with setup guest mode. Switching to guest mode lets you access your phone as the guest profile with default settings and only pre-installed apps. To access Samsung One UI 5 phone as a guest user, follow the step below:

  1. Swipe the screen from the top to visit the Quick Settings panel.
  2. At the top of the screen, tap the user icon, and it will pop up a screen displaying the all-users profile, i.e., Admin and Guest.
  3. Tap on the Guest option, and the device switches to the guest profile.

Using Guest Mode on Android

Accessing an Android phone as a guest (mode) user prevents devices from being nosey and looking at personal data like pictures, messages, and others. Besides, it creates a temporary account so guests can use only essential phone features. Also, you can remove the guest profile and their data within a few taps.

Keep in mind not all Android smartphones provide a guest feature to enable. You will find guest mode on specific phone models such as Pixel, OnePlus, Samsung, etc.

How to remove a Guest User profile on an Android phone

Once the guest user uses your phone, you should remove the guest profile and return to your profile, i.e., the admin profile. For this, terminate the guest's account. Removing a guest user from your device clears all the apps, data, and guest sessions he created.

The steps for enabling guest mode on Android phones vary based on the phone model and its UI. The steps to remove a guest user from the device also varies based on the device model, but it is mostly the same.

Below, we have provided two different methods and their steps how you to remove guest users from your Android smartphone:

Method 1: To remove a guest user (or mode)

  1. Open the Settings app of your mobile phone.
  2. Tap on the System option.
  3. Now, tap on Multiple users (in some devices, Advanced and then Multiple users).
  4. Tap on the Remove Guest option. It pops up a screen confirming your action.
  5. Finally, tap on the Remove option.

That's it; you successfully removed the guest user from your Android device.

Method 2: To remove the guest user (mode)

  1. Swipe down from the top of the device screen to visit the Quick Settings panel.
  2. Tap on the user icon.
  3. Here you will see an option Remove guest; tap on it to remove the guest user profile from your device.
  4. It will pop up a screen to confirm once again; tap Remove.

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