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How to Manage User Accounts On Android 5.0 Lollipop

Android 5.0 Lollipop allows multiple user accounts on to phones and tablets. Here’s a look at adding, removing, and configuring user accounts on Lollipop.

A cool feature that was added to tablets running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean was the ability to add and configure multiple user accounts. However, it was only available for tablets, and not smartphones.

For more on that, read out article: How to Configure Multiple Users on Nexus 7 Tablet.

Android 4.2 user accounts tablets

Now in Android 5.0 Lollipop, adding multiple users to phones and tablets is possible and it’s easy. Here’s a look at adding, removing, and configuring user accounts on Lollipop.

Note: For this article I am using a Nexus 7 running Android 5.0, but you can do it on your phone too, the interface may look different but the process is essentially the same on stock Android.

Android 5.0 Lollipop User Accounts

To access user accounts, swipe down on on the screen to bring up the Notification Center and tap the user icon at the top right of the screen. That will show yourself as a user and you can tap to add a guest or add another user.

Start Managing User Accounts

Adding a new user allows you to share your device with other people. Each user will have their own space and can customize their own apps, wallpaper, and other settings.

One thing to keep in mind is that full user accounts can tweak device settings like Wi-Fi, which will affect everyone on the device. Also, when a person is added they can update apps for other users too. If you do want a closed off account so someone can borrow your device, just create a Guest account.

Verify Add User

Verify you want to create the new user and then hand your device to the user so they can follow the on-screen wizard or enter their Google account data, install apps, set up a passcode…etc and then they can start using  the device.

New Account

To switch between users, pull down the notification center and tap the user icon once, then the user account you want to switch to.

To remove a user, go to Settings > Users, tap the garbage can icon next to the user you want gone, and all data will be removed, i.e, pictures, documents, contacts.

Delete User

Are you running Android 5.0 on your device and added a user account? If so, let us know what you think about it in the comments below.


14 Comments

14 Comments

  1. sonu  

    How How can i create second user in micromax unite 2.there is no option to create second user please tell me fast.
    Am so sad please help me

  2. Samuel  

    OK… I get that but I need help I need to manage my brothers account. He wants to download some stuff not from the play store but from the internet but it won’t let him? Why can’t I change it so he can download stuff from the internet? Do I need dev options? If so how do I get it in the second user, tapping the build number doesn’t work

  3. john  

    Hello
    I run android 5 lolipop on a Sony Z3 compact, just upgraded yesterday.
    Created a user but there is jo way for me as an admin of the phone to delete it.
    Problem is I created a pattern for this account and can’t even remember it to try to see if I can delete the account if I’m the account owner.,

    Any help possible ?

    • John  

      I have manged to delete the user completely using its settings icon. aparently i was clicking it in a wrong way earlier

  4. Taleb  

    Just upgraded my Verizon note4 to android lollipop, there’s no options to create a new user. Do you think that version has disabled this feature?

  5. sanket_sy  

    There no option on my unite 2-5.0 lollipop to add guest used

  6. Mahesh Bobba  

    Hi I am not able to find users option in my Sony xperia c3, I have updated to Android 5.0, plz help me on how to add users

  7. John  

    Hello Mahesh Bobba

    You can go to settings -> Users
    Then you will find there all users and an add button
    Or
    When you pull down the menu from the top of your screen twice, at the far top-right corner, you will find an icon for the user clicking it will open the users menu, whether to switch users to new user,or guest user.

    Hope it helps
    J

    • yashar  

      I have a Samsung Galaxy Tab A running lollipop. But when I go to settings there no option called users. what can I do?

  8. Sarthak Gupta  

    I am unable to add guest account on my unite 2 with 5.0 lolipop……………………

  9. Faiz  

    Getting the same problem in unite 3.
    No options available to add “guest” or “user”…..
    Would b great if anyone can hlp….

  10. Anjali  

    Hi… I’m not able to use find user option in my micromax Android one lollipop 5.1.1…. Plz help me to enable it

  11. nuwaid  

    how to move my file owner to guest

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