Manually Enable Guest Mode on Infinix Phones

How To Add Guest Mode Feature On Infinix Lollipop Devices And How To Use It

Guest mode is a new feature on Android Lollipop phones that enables your to share your phone without worrying about others accessing your personal data, accounts or apps

The guest user mode isolates your personal data from being accessible to the new guest user which starts up as a freshly installed system with only stock apps (‘follow come apps’) onboard.

The guest user can add their own accounts such as Facebook, Google accounts, Emails etc that will be accessible to them whenever they switch to the same guest mode user.

From my understanding, guest mode has been available on Android tablets since the launch of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, but the feature was added Android phones since the launch of Android 5.0 Lollipop.

However, this feature is not available to all Android Lollipop smartphones and unfortunately, infinix phones are included in the ‘not available’ category at the moment.

But don’t worry, this feature can be added manually to all infinix phones running Android Lollipop.

Let’s look at how to do that.

Requirements

  • ES File Explorer (you can download it from Playstore)
  • Root access

How to Manually Add Guest Mode Feature on Infinix Lollipop Phones

  • Open ES File Explorer
  • Click on devices
  • Locate SYSTEM folder{click on it}
  • Click on BUILD.PROP file
  • Open with ES editor (Recommended)
  • Click on the Edit (pencil sign) at the top right corner
  • copy and paste this code into a new line(BOTTOM)
    {fw.max_users=3
    fw.show_multiuserui=1} without {}
  • Save and reboot your device

Congratulations… You’ve just added Guest mode manually to your device.

Credit: XDA DEVELOPERS

How to Use Guest Mode on Your Infinix Phones and other Android Devices

Step 1: Go to quick settings panel.

In quick settings panel (you can access quick settings panel by swiping down the notification bar with two fingers.), tap the avatar of current user in top right (as shown below).

Then tap more settings as shown below if you want to enable phone calling features to guest user.

Using Guest Mode on Infinix Lollipop Phones

Step 2: Setup guest user features.

You should be directed to Settings—Users page. You can also access this page from Settings, instead of the quick settings panel if you want.

Tap the gear icon next to Guest as shown below.

Drag the switch for Allow phone calls to right to enable this feature for guest user. By default, phone calls are not allowed for guest user.

Once this feature is enabled, the switch will change to blue as shown blow.

Using Guest Mode on Infinix Lollipop Phones

Step 3: Enter Android Lollipop guest user mode

In quick settings panel, tap Add guest as shown below. You can also enter guest user mode directly from Settings – Users – Guest.

If there is no saved sessions for guest users, you will see the Switching to Guest screen. It may take from a few seconds to 1 min to enter Android Lollipop guest user mode depending on your phone.

Using Guest Mode on Infinix Lollipop Phones

Step 4: Using Android Lollipop guest user mode

Once entering guest user mode, you will get a default home screen.

Guest user can use all pre-installed apps, i.e., apps installed before the owner setup the phone.

Although Android Lollipop guest user can use these pre-installed apps, the data and settings associated with these apps are NOT shared. Each user has own settings and data for the same app. For example, the contacts should be empty for guest user by default.

Android Lollipop guest user can install apps after adding his own Google account as shown below.

Using Guest Mode on Infinix Lollipop Phones

Using Guest Mode on Infinix Lollipop Phones

Step 5: Exit Android Lollipop guest user mode

When in guest user mode,  you can tap the user avatar in quick settings panel. Then tap another user to exit guest user mode as shown above.

Please note, after switching to other users, the setting and data for the guest user is saved in the phone.

How to remove guest user in Android Lollipop?

If you are using other people’s phone as a guest user, it is recommended to remove your account so that all your data and settings are cleared from the phone.

If you simply switch to other user without removing guest user, next time the guest user (maybe someone else) will have the option to continue your session (and therefore access all of your data and settings saved under guest user mode) or start over (to clear the your data and settings).

To remove Android Lollipop guest user apps, data and settings, in the quick settings panel (in guest user mode), tap Remove guest as shown below.  This sill remove all apps, data and settings linked to current guest user. Essentially, this removes this guest user. So, the guest user can remove the guest account himself.

Once the Android Lollipop guest user is removed, the phone will switch back to lock screen.

Using Guest Mode on Infinix Lollipop Phones

How to add a user to your Infinix Android Lollipop devices?

If you want to share the phone with other users for extended time, it is better to create a new user for him so that the user can use it as if it is his own phone.

This is the multiple users feature in Android Lollipop phone. You can add several users as you want.

The user you added will have his own space for app data and personal files. When a single app is shared by you and other users, each of you can only access your own app data and app settings.

To add a user to your Android Lollipop device, please follow these steps.

Step 1: Go to Quick Settings panel

If you are not sure how to access quick settings panel, swipe down from the status bar (top of the screen) with two fingers.

Step 2: Tap avatar for current user in top right.

Step 3: Tap Add user as shown below.

After tapping Add user, your phone screen should indicate it is switching to new user as shown below.

Using Guest Mode on Infinix Lollipop Phones

Step 4: Set up new user.

You need confirm to add a new user by tapping OK as shown below.

After a few seconds, you will be redirected to the new user setup page.

Tap the Arrow icon to proceed.

From now on, you can let the user control the process if you want.

Using Guest Mode on Infinix Lollipop Phones

When setting up a new user, you can optionally skip the Google account setup so that the user can add it later by himself.

So,in the Add your account screen as shown below, you can ask the user to add his Google account (not yours) if the user is beside you.

If not, you can simply tap skip as shown below. Of course, your Android system will remind you that before adding the Google account, the user cannot access his Google content (quite straightforward).

Using Guest Mode on Infinix Lollipop Phones

Next, the user need provide a name so that it can be shown in the user list. Otherwise, you don’t know who is who.

After setting up the user name, tap the Finish button as shown below to set up this user account.

You will see the default screen for this user as shown below. Currently, only pre-installed apps are available. The user can add apps after adding his Google account.

Using Guest Mode on Infinix Lollipop Phones

Using Guest Mode on Infinix Lollipop Phones

How to switch to other users in Android Lollipop multiple users mode ?

When you have more than one user in your phone, you can switch among users in either of the two locations:

  1. In the quick settings panel, tap the avatar for current user in the top right, then tap the account which you want to switch to. Please see the image above.
  2. In Settings –Users. Tap the user name to which you want to switch (as shown in the image below). Current user is always listed in the first.

Using Guest Mode on Infinix Lollipop Phones

How to remove users from your Android Lollipop phone?

Please note, only the phone owner can delete other users. Other users are not allowed to remove other users or himself on the phone. Guest user is an exception: it can remove himself.

So, to remove users from your Android Lollipop phone, you need switch to phone owner, which is always indicated in SettingsUsers.

In SettingsUsers page, tap the gear icon as shown above. This settings (gear icon) is only available for phone owner.

Tap Remove user as shown below.

Tap Delete to confirm the deletion as shown below.

Now, the user is removed from your Android Lollipop powered phone as shown below.

Using Guest Mode on Infinix Lollipop Phones

That’s it on manually enabling guest mode on Infinix Lollipop phones and using it. If you have any question, feel free to ask using the comment box below.

Tutorial credit: GadgetGuideOnline.com.

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15 comments
Adetokunbo says March 9, 2016

Guest mode has bug on infinix hot note pro file manager refuse to show SD card and phone refuse to connect to PC with com.android.process.media has stop working
How can i solve this problem,plsss i need help on it

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    Odira Ndubuisi says March 9, 2016

    You problem is unusual. Have you crosschecked if the SD card is working properly? Is it the file manager able to show the SD card in owner’s mode?
    Also which method are you using to connect the phone to PC?

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      Adetokunbo says March 9, 2016

      Am not using an sd card anymore,moreover it started well just suddenly it stop showing my fone memory in file manager and shows it in guest mode

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shelly says March 13, 2016

I tried deleting my guest user instead of deleting it began to start switching over to guest, and after a min the whole phone went blank. I tried removing it back to user but its not working I keep clicking on more settings but its not coming up the whole phone is still blank and nothing is working please what should I do. the infinix hot2 is just a week old.

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mary says March 13, 2016

I just got a new infinix hot 2 but I can’t download anything from the internet, tins like music, videos and apps. there is no error messages it just says save/download and when I click on it nothing happens it just remains the same way it doesn’t move or read its just like that pls help me this phone is really frustrating.

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    Odira Ndubuisi says March 13, 2016

    Hello Mary, which browser are you using to do the download? I suggest you try UC Browser, it is one of the best mobile browser. You can download it from Play store.

    Also, if you are using SD card, make sure that the SD card is okay because sometimes, this kind of problem is usually due to bad SD card.

    You can try removing the SD card and see if the file will download.

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xeero07 says April 12, 2016

I cannot save build.prop file, it say file cannot be saved.
I root the device using kingroot as per your another post.

any help?

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    Odira Ndubuisi says April 12, 2016

    Which editor are you using to open the file? Try using the recommended ES editor.

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      xeero07 says April 21, 2016

      ok, I found the issue, there are option to enable root file system in ES editor, it was off, i turned it on and now i can edit

      but now there is another issue
      after adding users, I cannot access phone storage, file manager shows everything emtpy. Whatsapp give error please turn off usb storage

      I found an article
      http://www.nairaland.com/2532812/infinix-hot-2-x510-official/97

      it say to turn off guest mode, i didnt even use guest..i just created users

      any thoughts?

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Ajibola says May 7, 2016

All my files are all gone music photos and videos but I can see them all in my guest mode please help its bugging me alot

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    Odira Ndubuisi says May 7, 2016

    If I get you right, when you disable guest mode you won’t be able to access your files again?

    If that is the case, I think a factory reset may solve the problem. But first, enable the guest mode and move your file to another storage and then try the factory reset and see what happens.

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Nana K says September 11, 2016

Good evening ,I was exploiting my infinix note 3 fone yesterday and I came across guest add,owner etc ,and i clicked on the guess add,since yesterday my interface has gone blank.It blank even to the extent that I cannot go back to change or disable this function.I can only receive incoming calls but cannot use my fone now because the screen is black and blank.

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    Odira Ndubuisi says September 13, 2016

    Force the phone to shutdown by holding the power button for about 10 secs and then restart it.

    Reply
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