Hello and welcome back to the complete guide to using you Android Lollipop Nexus 6. Today it’s user profile tips and tricks.
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To view profile information you can swipe down once from the lockscreen and the image in the top right of the settings area is you current profile. If you have unlocked your screen you can swipe down with two fingers to display the same profile. Simply tap on it to show all you current profiles and settings.
To instantly switch profile tap on a user and the handset will automatically switch to that user. If you have security set up on that user it will automatically lock the device.
If you want to change the user profile picture then bring up the profiles screen and then press on more settings. Then for the current user you can press on the image to either change the profile picture or change the name. You can choose, edit and crop a picture from the gallery but I won’t be held responsible for the sort of picture you end up using.
To create a new user simply bring up the user profiles screen and then press on the add button to create a new user within seconds. This user will not see data and apps from other users although they can update apps if they end up downloading the same ones as other users. Also bear in mind that when you create a new user you will have to go through the setting up of a new account just like you did when you first bought the handset.
When a new user it setup they won’t automatically have access to make phone calls or send sms messages. The owner or administrator of the device is the only user profile that can do this so, as the main user, go to more settings and you will see cogs next to each user that you can press on and then toggle the options that allows that particular use to user telephonic services.
If you want the ability to add users from the lockscreen when you have security enabled on your handset, go to more settings and then press the three dots in the top right hand corner. There will be an option here marked Add users when device is locked. If you check that, when the device is next locked and you bring up the profile screen you can now add new user profiles.
If you want to add a temporary user to the device, the best way forward is to create a guest user. This will start a fresh profile that’s not connected to any of your Google accounts. It bypasses the regular setup screen so it’s a quick way for someone to browse the internet, watch YouTube and take some pictures. You can easily switch back and forth between profiles and every time you return to the guest account it will ask you if you want to start a new session or continue with the previous one. When you are logged in as a guest you can remove the guest user at any time.
If you go to more setting from the user profile screen you can add a new user but not have to immediately set them up by pressing on the not now option. To delete a user you must use the device owner user profile, press on the cog and then select the delete user option.
If you want to completely restrict a user to just one application then go to settings and scroll down to security before selecting the screen pinning option. Toggle it on as well as the Lock Device when unpinning option. Now go to the application you want to lock and then press the overview button in the bottom right hand corner of the device. This will bring up a recent list of applications and you want to scroll this list up a little bit to reveal a green pin. This is the pinning tool and when you press that you will return to that application and be locked into it. The back and home buttons will no longer work as a means to quit the application and the only way to get out of the application is to long press the overview button again. This will of course lock the device. This might be useful when you want to let a child only play on one game or watch videos on youtube.
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