How to enable multiple user accounts on a Jelly Bean device right now

How to enable multiple user accounts on a Jelly Bean device right now
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 right now!

Thanks to the bright folks over at XDA-Devs, we now know a quick and easy way of turning multiple user accounts on, but keep in mind that this functionality is not yet ready for mass deployment, meaning that it will most-probably contain bugs and other such unpleasant stuff.

But enough talking, let's get right to enabling the feature!

HOW TO ENABLE MULTIPLE USER ACCOUNTS ON A JELLY BEAN DEVICE

1. First things first, if you want to enable multiple user accounts on your Android phone or tablet, you'll have to start by rooting your device, and then downloading the Terminal Emulator app from the Google Play Store.

2. Once you have the app installed, you need to launch it. When inside the app, you need to type and execute these two commands (without the quotes):

"su"

"pm create-user test"

3. Note that in the second command, "test" is the name of the new user that you are creating. Well, congrats, you have now created a new user on your Android device!

4. But that wouldn't mean much if you can't access it, right? Fortunately, you can! You simply have to hold down the power button, and right there at the bottom of the list you'll see "Primary" - your main account, and "test", which is the new user account.

How to enable multiple user accounts on a Jelly Bean device right now
5.
Choosing the "test" option will send you to a brand new homescreen, which you can customize in an entirely different way from your primary one! Most info like photos, app info, music, contacts and Google Account will not be visible between accounts, but there might be some omissions that are not fixed by the Android team yet.

6. Repeat step 2 to create even more user accounts.

7. At some point or another, however, you may feel that you are self-sufficient and you no longer want multiple user accounts on your device. That's OK, because you can just as easily get rid of the additional accounts, by opening the Terminal Emulator app and executing the following commands (without the quotes):

"su"

"pm remove-user 1"

8. Note that in the second command, "1" is the second account on the device (or in other words, the first additional account that you've created), because your primary one is 0. If you have a third account, you just substitute "1" with "2" in the second command.

Coll stuff, eh? Just remember that the guys over at XDA warn that this functionality is not yet fully tested, so who knows what issues or bugs may hide beneath the surface.

source: XDA

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32 Comments

1. wassup

Posts: 565; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

Now, this is innovation, unlike black rectangles

2. ishfaq.mehraj

Posts: 10; Member since: Jul 30, 2012

Great work guys... Android rocks...

3. The_Innovation

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 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: Aug 07, 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: 242; Member since: Feb 10, 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: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 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: 54; Member since: May 27, 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: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

Oh, but is there a way for me to get it at all?

4. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

Quote from pockenow "God Knows, You don't want justin bieber apps littering on your homescreen" lol

5. tlsmithsr

Posts: 81; Member since: Sep 28, 2010

Nice.. just set my kids am account up with their own apps and settings

6. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

SWEET. :) 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. :)

7. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

im getting su not found !!???

9. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 2011

you need to be rooted to have SuperUser priviledges

11. vladimir86

Posts: 85; Member since: Oct 15, 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: 1337; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Beautiful!!!! 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: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 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: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

So, how do I root? Also, what advantages would that give me?

18. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 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: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 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.

20. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

not necessarily

21. The_Innovation

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

Care to elaborate mate?

22. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 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.

23. The_Innovation

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

Makes sense, thanks.

24. Asasindude26

Posts: 33; Member since: Mar 25, 2012

Just rooted my Gnex and my Nexus 7 so it should work for you :)

25. The_Innovation

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

Can you provide a legitimate website that shows how please?

26. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 2011

Would you like us to install it for you too

27. The_Innovation

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

Would you?

29. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

i definitly would

28. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

just use google. see if the website has good coments and feedback. then you kniow it works http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1531865

30. The_Innovation

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

Thanks, appreciate it.

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