Share a Smartphone/Tablet | Smartphone / Tablet Forum | Forums: Ask the Geeks!

Please ask your questions here (not in email) – we promise to respond here, no such promise with email. This is a benefit of membership. Here’s info  on how to post to this Q&A Forum.

You must be logged in as a Premium Member to Ask the Geeks a question. All are welcome to freely browse the Forums.

Avatar
Lost password?
Advanced Search
Forum Scope


Match



Forum Options



Minimum search word length is 3 characters - maximum search word length is 84 characters
sp_TopicIcon
Share a Smartphone/Tablet
August 25, 2018
6:18 pm
Avatar
Old Fart
Member
Members
Forum Posts: 26
Member Since:
January 25, 2012
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

My wife and I share one smartphone and also one tablet as we really have no need to incur the cost of each of us having our own. Have been looking for ways to share, similar to a computer where you can set up separate accounts for each individual and have one application available for use by both of us, but our files remain separate. (i.e. email or documents). There appears to be little, if any, information available on this topic and was wondering if you had any ideas on this subject. I would guess this could be a topic of interest for others.

Thanks for your help and suggestions.

August 26, 2018
12:24 pm
Avatar
MrsGeek
Admin
Forum Posts: 3014
Member Since:
July 2, 2010
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

If it is an Android, watch this part of Episode 133 of our What Does This Button Do? show: Multiple Users on Android device

If you’re on Apple iPhone/iPad – you can’t do that, but you can set up multiple email addresses.

Let me know.

August 27, 2018
12:51 pm
Avatar
Old Fart
Member
Members
Forum Posts: 26
Member Since:
January 25, 2012
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Thanks for your usual prompt and helpful response. Have looked at the video several times and it is a good starting point, but still have lots of questions. Fortunately, my phone is android, but an older version 6 and appears to have a quest mode, but does not allow for individual accounts, so still researching. Potential good news is current phones limitations may help me convince my wife we need to upgrade to a newer model (leaning towards Moto G6) that will allow me to set up several individual accounts.

We have a new Fire HD10 tablet, which also is android based. However, as you know amazon and google are not exactly best friends, so not sure yet if individual accounts are possible. Will continue to explore the options..

Your video indicates the primary account holder must first sign in to unlock the phone  before other accounts can be used. Seems like this could create a problem if the primary person is not available to unlock for other users or the phone has a finger print function of facial ID unlock feature.

Lots of questions and not many answers so far. Hope you will look into this topic and possibly consider for a segment on an upcoming weekly show.

Keep up the good work and thanks again for your helpful insight. 

August 27, 2018
4:30 pm
Avatar
Old Fart
Member
Members
Forum Posts: 26
Member Since:
January 25, 2012
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Still researching and it appears Amazon is well ahead in allowing multiple accounts on a tablet. You can set up 2 adult accounts and up to 4 children’s accounts on your tablet. This feature is accessed from Settings – Profiles & Family. Need to look more at this, but lit looks good. Hope the PI will have a similar option.

Thanks Cool

August 29, 2018
5:03 pm
Avatar
MrsGeek
Admin
Forum Posts: 3014
Member Since:
July 2, 2010
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

I realize that my demo showed unlocking the phone as the owner, then changing to another user, but I’m pretty sure that’s not necessary. Either of you should be able to pick up the phone, swipe down to settings and switch user. … I think. I only have my iphone handy right now so can’t check.

Chrome OS is great at multiple users – but right now there are no phones/tablets with Chrome OS just Chromebook laptops. 

Does your Kindle Fire take photos? I don’t think it has access to google apps like Photos or Maps. That’s a deal breaker for me.

August 29, 2018
7:16 pm
Avatar
Old Fart
Member
Members
Forum Posts: 26
Member Since:
January 25, 2012
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Has a camera, but far from great, but usable if nothing else is available. Here are the camera specs from Amazon

“Fire HD 10 features a 2 MP rear-facing camera for taking photos or shooting 720p video. The front-facing VGA camera is perfect for Skype calls with friends and family.”

 

I have been able to install play store on my Fire and if the literature is correct you can turn Fire into something real close to a stock Android. Have not downloaded any apps yet but expect to be able to load google maps and other apps without problems. Following is link to “How to Geek” to get this done.  

https://www.howtogeek.com/2327…..re-tablet/

If, as I expect, all above works this becomes a really great tablet at a super price and if you are a prime member a second source to save and backup your photos.

Hope this helps and maybe change your mind if looking for a very good and really affordable tablet.

Smile

September 4, 2018
9:59 am
Avatar
MrsGeek
Admin
Forum Posts: 3014
Member Since:
July 2, 2010
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Good to know – thanks for the follow up.

Forum Timezone: America/New_York
Most Users Ever Online: 301
Currently Online:
Guest(s) 25
Currently Browsing this Page:
1 Guest(s)
Top Posters:
THOMAS J PARKS: 163
Roxie Marston: 118
Barbara Dalderis: 108
Bob Brown: 96
David Cross: 89
guppy1: 81
Member Stats:
Guest Posters: 402
Members: 1202
Moderators: 1
Admins: 4
Forum Stats:
Groups: 3
Forums: 19
Topics: 2186
Posts: 7263
Newest Members:
David Lieb, Patricia Larko, norman lange, Jimmie S. Walters, Paula Rainey
Moderators: Jim Guld: 0
Administrators: MrGeek: 430, MrsGeek: 3014, Craig Biles: 0, David Carr: 1