If someone asks you to borrow your phone, you’ll want to protect your data. Here’s how to enable guest mode on Android for hassle-free sharing.
A friend or colleague approaches you and asks if they can borrow your Android phone. What are you doing?
You might have reason to hesitate. After all, you probably don’t want that person viewing your apps, pictures, and text messages, let alone your phone settings.
Fortunately, you can enable guest mode on android. This prevents others from accessing your personal files, apps, notifications, and settings.
Enabling guest mode on Android is quick and easy. Here’s what you need to do.
Using guest mode on Android
In Android Guest mode, the other person can access apps, browse the web, and change some system settings for the guest profile. However, they cannot see your texts, photos and other personal data. Also, any settings they change will only apply to the guest profile.
To note: Android varies between phones and the steps to create a guest profile will be different. Here we are going to see how to do it on a OnePlus phone with OxygenOS which is close to stock Android. Samsung Galaxy phones do not support guest mode, only Galaxy tablets.
How to Enable Guest Mode on Android
If you’re using a Pixel or similar version of Android, you can enable guest mode by following these steps.
- Launch Settings on your Android phone.
- Scroll down and tap System from the next screen.
- Faucet Multiple users.
- Toggle the Multiple users to change On and press Add guest from the list.
- After creating the guest profile, you can enable calls for the account, switch to the guest account, or delete the profile.
- When you enable calls for the guest, note that the call history will be shared with the user.
- Swipe to enlarge Quick settings menu and press the user icon to switch to guest mode easily.
- Faucet Guest from User menu which appears.
- When entering guest mode, the user will have access to the apps originally installed on the phone. However, it does not provide access to apps that you have installed using your profile.
- The guest can use the apps and even install any app they need by logging in with their Google account. However, they will not be able to access any of your personal data.
- A guest profile will also have limited access to specific settings.
- Once the guest has used the phone, swipe down to Quick settings.
- Press the profile icon and select Delete guest to delete their data when done.
Using guest mode on Android
The guest mode feature on Android is useful in a situation where you need to temporarily hand over your phone. This prevents the other person from prying and looking at your photos, texts and other data. Instead, it creates a temporary profile so the guest can use certain phone features, and you can delete their data with just a few clicks.
Note that guest mode is available on most modern Android phones, but not all Android handsets, Samsung being one of the main ones.
You also don’t want anyone to have free access to your PC. Find out how to activate a guest account on Windows 10 or a guest account on Windows 11. Want to strengthen your Android security? Consider blocking a website on Android.