We like the ability to switch users on our Desktop PC and we would certainly love to have it on Android. While with previous versions this wouldn’t even have been though possible, it seems the new released Android 4.1 Jelly Bean holds more secrets than we thought. A developer dug very deep into the AOSP code of Jelly Bean and, to everyone’s surprise, he found that an early version of multiple user support is already integrated into it.
A developer on XDA managed to activate the multiple users code, getting multiple user accounts to appear in the power menu. To demonstrate this function, he made a video tutorial explaining how typing a few lines of code in the Terminal Emulator can get you this function on any ROM. He also posted a description of what’s working and what’s not:
“I found that in the second account there are apps that I don’t have in the primary account, for example: Google Wallet, Play Magazines, Play Books and Play Films. (I’m from Belgium)
Oh, they disappeared as soon as I signed in with my Google account.
If you are on the second user, most of the data from the primary user is hidden (you can not access it).
- unlocked levels in Angry Birds
- google account
- home screen
But there are a few exceptions:
- all the apps are there, as if they were just installed
- the recent apps menu
- the use-app-as-default-setting (I don’t know the official name). For example: if you set Apex as default in the Guest account, it will also be default in the primary account.
- your messages (!)”
And here is the video we promised: