How to enable multiple user accounts on a Jelly Bean device right now
0. phoneArena 03 Aug 2012, 09:41 posted on
We recently informed you that random code has been found in Jelly Bean hinting at the eventual arrival of a multiple user accounts feature to Android. While Google is yet to announce such functionality, though, it looks like users of Jelly Bean devices can take advantage of the code that's already in place and enable the feature...
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1. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)
Now, this is innovation, unlike black rectangles
3. The_Innovation (Posts: 508; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)
Question. Is that a Galaxy Nexus? If so, how did all those options appear while pressing the power button? Reboot and screenshot options? All I get is power off and airplane mode. Is that part of the additional user feature?
8. 305Bucko (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)
Its obviously a Nexus as it IS the only device that has the raw Jellybean version. Any other device would have HTC Sense, TouchWiz, or MotoBlur options.
If you have a Nexus and dont see those options you probably dont have JB 4.1
10. MobileCaseReview (Posts: 239; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
Those options are not exclusive to JB 4.1 on Nexus. Most stock ICS and custom ics builds and up have those options available. All depends on the devleopers.
15. The_Innovation (Posts: 508; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)
I'm aware of that, but some people manage to download it early on other phones. I have a Nexus, on 4.1. I don't see those extra options. Perhaps in settings? But I don't think so.
13. parthpatels007 (Posts: 52; Member since: 27 May 2011)
yup it is a GNexus but since it's a custom ROM shown in the picture, you wont get them in your stock ICS/JB ROM
16. The_Innovation (Posts: 508; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)
Oh, but is there a way for me to get it at all?
4. Nikolas.Oliver (Posts: 1260; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)
Quote from pockenow
"God Knows, You don't want justin bieber apps littering on your homescreen" lol
5. tlsmithsr (Posts: 75; Member since: 28 Sep 2010)
Nice.. just set my kids am account up with their own apps and settings
6. remixfa (Posts: 13882; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
though i've already got the "best of both worlds" of multiple accounts on my wifes N7. She is the primary google account for her apps and such, and my google account is logged into G-Music for access to all of that. And since you can "switch" accounts for both the Play store and G-Music pretty much on the fly, there isnt really a whole lot of need for a separate front screen log in. At least not for us. :)
9. 305Bucko (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)
you need to be rooted to have SuperUser priviledges
11. vladimir86 (Posts: 13; Member since: 15 Oct 2011)
you dont have to have nexus decice for that i have htc one x with JB cm10 previe12 and it works fine for me great job!!!!
12. PhoneCritic (Posts: 329; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
Great Job Google. This will go far for the Nexus 7. I figure in the coming months all Nexus 7 will get an update that will official turn this feature on. Excellent Job this will help with the sales of Nexus 7 device
14. amiaq (Posts: 309; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)
Does Google has patent for this? We don't want iOS to copy us do we? On the other hand iOS might not care with this feature since their owners are "SO RICH" that all their households can afford an iPad each.
17. The_Innovation (Posts: 508; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)
So, how do I root? Also, what advantages would that give me?
18. 305Bucko (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)
Go to youtube and do a search for "how to root Galaxy Nexus" and pick the video with the best reviews.
Its not complicated. It will give you superuser priviledges after you root. just follow the instruction.
19. The_Innovation (Posts: 508; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)
Ok thank you. I heard that it gives better battery performance by giving you privileges to get rid of some background applications. Is this true? Because battery boosting is the only reason I'd ever consider rooting.
22. 305Bucko (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)
OptimusOne is right. "not necesarilly" will this give you better battery life. Some claim its better, some worse, but most say theres no difference. The number one reason people root is to allow the hotspot feature to tether for free. Most carriers ask Google to deactivate that feature since they want control to be able to charge for hotspot.
Multiuser is also a good reason to root since you can now hand your phone to someone else to borrow/use while all your info is kept private.
24. Asasindude26 (Posts: 33; Member since: 25 Mar 2012)
Just rooted my Gnex and my Nexus 7 so it should work for you :)
25. The_Innovation (Posts: 508; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)
Can you provide a legitimate website that shows how please?
26. 305Bucko (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)
Would you like us to install it for you too
28. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)
just use google. see if the website has good coments and feedback. then you kniow it works
31. valkandroid (Posts: 2; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)
I'm trying to create a restricted access user account for my 3-year-old.
Just installed Terminal Emulator and typed in "su", then "pm create-user NAME_OF_USER", but I haven't been able to go any further as I got stuck after "Error: couldn't create user". I surely must have missed something, but then what ...?
I rooted my Samsung Galaxy Nexus with Nexus Root Toolkit under Windows 7 64bits and flashed CM 10.1 with TWRP if that's of any help to understand why I can't go any further ...
PS: I have both Superuser and SuperSU apps. Could THAT be the problem?
Samsung Galaxy Nexus Maguro yakju
CyanogeMod 10.1 w/ TWRP
32. valkandroid (Posts: 2; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)
OK, that was because CM 10.1 is 4.2.1 and not 4.1 ...