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    Multiple user accounts

    Your device supports multiple user accounts so that different users can log in separately to the device and use it. Multiple user accounts work well in situations where you share the same device with other people or lend your device to someone to use for a while. The user who sets up the device for the first time becomes the owner of the device. Only the owner can manage the accounts of other users. Apart from the owner account, there are two different types of accounts:

    • Regular User: This account type is suitable for someone who regularly uses your device.
    • Guest User: Enable the guest account option for someone who just wants to use your device temporarily.

    Note

    Some features are only available to the owner. For example, only the owner can allow downloads from sources other than Google Play™.

    About the Regular User account

    By adding Regular User accounts, you can allow different users to have different home screens, wallpapers and general settings. They also get separate access to applications and memory storage for files such as music and photos. You can add up to seven regular user accounts on your device.

    To add a regular user account

    1. Make sure you are logged in as the owner, that is, the user who set up the device for the first time.
    2. From your Home screen, tap Icn sony home apptray normal.
    3. Find and tap Settings > Users > Add user.
    4. Tap OK > SET UP NOW. The screen locks and an icon representing the newly added user appears in the top right corner.
    5. Unlock the screen, for example, by swiping or entering your PIN.
    6. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the procedure.

    Tip

    You can also add a regular user account from the status bar on any screen. Just drag the status bar downwards using two fingers and tap the user icon, then tap Add user.

    To delete a regular user account from your device

    1. Make sure you are logged in as the owner.
    2. From your Home screen, tap Icn sony home apptray normal.
    3. Find and tap Settings > Users.
    4. Tap Icn sony menu settings beside the name of the user that you want to delete, then tap Remove user > Delete .

    About the Guest User account

    If someone just wants to use your device temporarily, you can enable a guest account for this user. In guest mode, your device starts up as a freshly installed system with only the pre-installed apps. Once your guest is finished using your device, you can wipe the session clean so that the next guest can start fresh. The guest user account is pre-installed and cannot be deleted.

    To set up the guest user account

    1. Make sure you are logged in as the owner, that is, the user who set up the device for the first time.
    2. From your Home screen, tap Icn sony home apptray normal.
    3. Find and tap Settings > Users > Guest.
    4. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the procedure.

    Tip

    You can also set up a guest user account from the status bar on any screen. Just drag the status bar downwards using two fingers and tap the user icon, then tap Add guest.

    To clear the guest session data

    1. Make sure you are logged in as a guest user.
    2. From your Home screen, tap Icn sony home apptray normal.
    3. Find and tap Settings > Users.
    4. Find and tap Remove guest.
    5. Tap Remove.

    Tip

    You can also clear the guest session from the status bar on any screen. Just drag the status bar downwards using two fingers and tap the user icon, then tap Remove guest.

    Switching between multiple user accounts

    To switch between multiple user accounts

    1. To view the list of users, drag the status bar downwards using two fingers, then tap the user icon at the top right of the screen.
    2. Tap the icon representing the user account that you want to switch to.
    3. If a password has been set for the account, enter this password to log in. Otherwise, just unlock the screen.

    Tip

    When you switch to the guest account, tap Start again if you want to wipe the previous session or tap Yes, continue to continue the previous session.

    Settings for multiple user accounts

    There are three different types of settings on devices with multiple users:
    • Settings that can be changed by any user and affect all users. Examples include language, ‎Wi-Fi , Airplane mode, NFC and Bluetooth®.
    • Settings that only affect an individual user account. Examples include automatic data syncing, screen lock, various accounts added, and wallpaper.
    • Settings that are only visible to the owner and affect all users, for example, VPN settings.
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