After Android Lollipop 5.0, you don’t need to be worried about your personal data and apps if someone borrows your device. It means you are giving your smartphone to your friend or family member without giving them access to your data. All you have to do is to enable Guest Mode on Android and then your device will work same as Windows or Mac OS. Through this, you can separate different user accounts and keep your personal data and settings safe.
How to Enable Guest Mode on Android
- First of all open the notification menu by swiping down from the top of the window with two fingers.
- On the top right corner, you’ll see your avatar or user icon. Tap on it.
- Here, you’ll see three options; icon with your user name, Add guest and Add user. Tap on “Add guest“. This will switch your phone to Guest mode.
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Switching to Guest Mode will make your device like a newly purchased because no installed apps will be available in guest mode but only pre-installed ones. The settings of the device will be reset to defaults.
Keep in mind that switching to Guest Mode will not protect your SD card as it is accessible to Guest User. Guest User can read and write the data in your SD card.
How to Switch back to User Account
- Swipe down from the top of the window with two fingers to open notification menu.
- Tap on your avatar or user icon.
- Now, you’ll see two options; Remove guest and Your user name. Tap on “Remove guest“.
- A pop up window will appear to confirm. Tap on “Remove“.
- Finally, you have to sign in to your account by entering a pass code or fingerprint or any other type of unlock which you have enabled.
Selecting Remove guest will delete all the saved data from Guest Mode. If the guest user is the same person and uses your device more often then you can switch to your account without removing guest account. This will save their data.
If you face any problems while switching from User account to Guest mode on Android or back then let us know in the comments section below.