How to set up Guest Mode on Android
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How to set up Guest Mode on Android


Before giving your phone or tablet to others, you should turn on Guest mode. This way you won’t have to worry about them viewing your contacts, messages or photos.

What is Guest Mode on Android?

Turning on Guest Mode on Android means creating a temporary account to access apps like Gmail, Google Chrome and Google Maps. Guest users will not be able to access your contacts, messages, photos or anything related to your personal Google account. Incoming phones, messages and all other types of notifications are blocked.

Guest users can download the app from Google Play, but they must log in to another Google account and use other payment methods (if the app has a fee). If the application is already available on the device, it will be copied to the guest mode profile.

How to turn on Guest Mode on Android

The steps to set up guest mode depend on the device and Android version you are using. To install guest mode on most Android devices, follow these steps:

1. Drag the toolbar from the top down.

2. Click the icon profile in the notification bar.

Scroll down the status bar and select the profile icon
Scroll down the status bar and select the profile icon

3. Click Guest to switch to guest mode.

Click Guest to switch modes
Click Guest to switch modes

Guest Mode interface on Android like?

The interface of this mode is quite simple, only a few apps. When you open the application menu, you will see all the default applications pre-installed on the device, and the application to download does not appear.

Guest Mode interface
Guest Mode interface

How to exit Guest Mode

To exit this mode, drag the toolbar from the top down, select Owner or Remove guest.

Owner or Remove guest options
Owner or Remove guest options
  • If selected Owner: guest users can still continue working when they switch back to Guest Mode.
  • If selected Remove guest: the device deletes the guest user’s session, including the applications they downloaded. The device will return to another screen, you must enter the password or PIN for normal use.

How to add a Guest user

If you often share your device with others, you can set up a long-term Guest account:

1. Drag the toolbar from the top down.

2. Click the icon profile in the notification bar.

3. Select Add user.

Select Add user to add a new user
Select Add user to add a new user

New users must sign in to an existing Google account or create an entirely new account.

Guest Mode on other Android devices

If the above steps are not applicable on your device, try the following. Into the Settings > Users > Guest or on Settings > System > Advanced > Multiple Users.

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