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How to Add Another User to Your Android Tablet

Computers have had the capability to allow multiple users for some time. Your Android tablet is the same, it can have more than one user account.

Some tablets allow you to configure multiple users — several people who can have their own custom Home screen, widgets, and other options on a single tablet.

To add another user, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app and choose Users.

    If you don’t see a Users category, your tablet doesn’t have this feature.

  2. Touch the Add User button.

  3. Read through the information (or not) and touch OK.

  4. Configure the new user.

    Touch the Set Up Now button to configure the user or, better, hand the tablet to the other user and let that person configure it. The configuration process is basically the same setup procedure you suffered through when you first turned on the tablet.

All accounts on the tablet are listed at the bottom of the lock screen. To have someone else use the tablet, lock the screen and then have the other user unlock the tablet. Touch the user account circle at the bottom of the screen to use the tablet as that person.

  • You should apply a PIN or password to your account if you’re going to have multiple users on a single Android tablet.

  • The tablet’s first user (most likely you) is the main user, the one who has primary administrative control.

  • When you’re done using the tablet, lock the screen. Other users can then access their own accounts.

  • You can check to see which account you’re using by viewing the Quick Actions shade. The current user is shown as an icon in the shade.

  • Remove an account by visiting the Users screen in the Settings app. Touch the Trash icon next to an account to remove it. Touch the Delete button to confirm.

  • Many people don’t like having separate users on their tablets. It makes a simple device complicated. With the tablet’s low cost, it just makes more sense to have a second user get his or her own Android tablet.

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