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Nexus 10 Feature Spotlight: Multiple User Accounts
« on: November 16, 2012, 04:52:59 PM »

One of the features from desktop operating systems like Windows and iOS that never seemed to make it over to mobile devices like tablets has been multiple user accounts on the same device.  It's always been rather curious to me becuase especially on a tablet device it seemed like a no-brainer that if you had multiple children or one tablet shared between a couple that you'd want to have some way of keeping information, files and even apps and web settings separate and distinct between different users.  I'm actually quite shocked that Apple didn't do this long ago with the iPad but I'm very happy to say that Android has beaten them to the punch and with Android 4.2 we now have a really nicely done and well thought out 'Multiple User Account' capability for all Android devices running the latest OS.


So how does it work?  It's actually really simple and intuitive.   You start out by signing into your Nexus device through the usual lock screen.   Then you pull down the settings menu and choose the new users category.   The primary user...the one who initially set up the account...is the only user who can add or delete other users.    This is perfect for parents who want to make a separate account for each child.   

After you've selected the new users category you tap 'Add User' at the top and then you hit 'Set Up Now' and it'll kick you back out to the lockscreen where the new user can now sign in and configure the tablet for themselves.   The 'New User' setup process is identical to the process that the primary user went through when first setting up their Nexus device.  Once logged in, everything is stock as if it were the first time the tablet was turned on complete with device Tutorial and everything. 

Here's the kicker...everything the new user does on the device is completely and totally sandboxed from the primary user and any other additional users.   Apps, files, settings...everything is completely independent of each other so when someone signs in to the device it really is like having their own device. 


Finally, you can switch between users really easily too.  Any user can pull down the quick setting shade and simply choose the user icon.  You'll immediately be kicked back out to the lock screen where all the user icons are displayed.  Tap the new user...and they can sign in.  That's all there is too it.    'Multiple User Accounts' is a long overdue addition to mobile devices and I'm happy to say that Google has done a really good job in implementing it on Android 4.2 and the Nexus 10.


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