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How to enable multi-user support on your Nexus 4 (+ other 4.2 devices?)


Multi-user support in Android 4.2 is really cool, but it's only available on tablets. Courtesy of the MoDaCo Toolkit however, you can also enable it on your Nexus 4 (and quite possibly other 4.2 based phones).

The pre-requisites are straightforward - your phone needs to be rooted, you need to install the Xposed Framework and you need to install and enable the MoDaCo Toolkit Xposed module.

Once you've done that, load up the MoDaCo Toolkit and click the 'Google Nexus (all)' section. Click 'Show users on power menu', reboot your device and you're done. Easy eh? :)

Now that multi user support is enabled, you need to know how to add and switch users. You can add users via the 'Users' menu that now appears in 'Settings'.


You can switch users by pressing and holding the power button and selecting the name of the user you want to switch to. Simple! :)


Now, I know this works on the Nexus 4, but if you try it on another 4.2 device, please do let me know how you get on! :)

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Paul O'Brien founded MoDaCo in 2002 as a site focused on Windows Smartphones and has grown it since then by concentrating on providing a friendly community for both experienced and beginner mobile enthusiasts.

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Setting up new users works fine on Galaxy Nexus running latest CM10.1 nightly, but the Reboot dialogue doesn't allow for switching.

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Woops, nevermind. Had user switching disabled on the Power menu. All is working correctly now!
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Mark Dearlove
May 14 2013 03:21 PM
Works great on Galaxy Note running 4.2.2. Any idea on the overhead for having dual users?
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I still can't get the MoDaCo toolkit to work on my Nexus 4 (running ParanoidAndroid), installed the Xposed Framework, MoDaCo toolkit, but when I change settings on it, it doesn't actually do anything on my device?

Any ideas / ways I can troubleshoot?
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Nice one, Paul. We've tested successfully on a Galaxy Nexus too. Post incoming (to AndroidPolice that is).
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Tried it in Galaxy S2 running CM10.1. I was able to see the users under setting and could create new user just fine. But I couldn't see the users under power menu even when I had enabled the option under "Google Nexus (all)"

Thankfully the OS loaded with main user when I simply rebooted the phone, else I would have stuck in the void with test user.

Also any idea if this mod will be featured by a official thread on XDA?
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Also any idea if this mod will be featured by a official thread on XDA?

I don't know what that means! :)

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Plant a Butterfly
Oct 21 2013 04:24 PM

I still can't get the MoDaCo toolkit to work on my Nexus 4 (running ParanoidAndroid), installed the Xposed Framework, MoDaCo toolkit, but when I change settings on it, it doesn't actually do anything on my device?

Any ideas / ways I can troubleshoot?

 

I just figured out. Search 'multi-user' here and you will get the answer:

http://forum.xda-dev...d.php?t=2427494

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bong_adventurer
Oct 26 2013 01:41 PM

i tried this to my lg e400..running 4.2 custom rom but sadly didint work.

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