Some of us, for whatever reason, could use a second installation of Android on our phones in order to have a little fun. For most people, it's keeping work life and home life separate. For some, it could be one installation for that secret family that lives in Cardiff that you never bothered to tell your London family about. Maybe some people are secret agents for an unnamed agency who just want to keep their normal Android phone for both life and work. I wish I fell into that last category.
So, while humming the tune to the immortal Secret Agent Man by Johnny Rivers, we shall run a tutorial on installing a fun little application called SwitchMe and get our fellow Mobotniks the privacy they so deserve.
This tutorial is rather easy and, oddly enough, almost danger free. The worst that can happen is that you switch over to a profile and the internal memory cannot handle it. You'll be thrown into a bootloop. While they are annoying, they are certainly not that dangerous. Simply pull the battery to reboot the phone and get rid of the offending profile.
The prerequisites are quite simple. You must have a rooted Android phone. That's all you need to get this started. It is good form to make a full backup of your Android phone before attempting. You just never know when something might go wrong.
Now, on to the fun!
Navigate to the Android Market and find the application called SwitchMe. If you're having trouble finding it, you can pick it up from this Market link. Grab the Lite Version for now because, well, it's free. If you want the paid one later, which has a few more features, then by all means go and grab it.
Once the app is installed, open it up and take a look around. Sure, it may be a little scary at first but it can be assured that it's not that bad. In the dashboard, you can create a new profile, name it, set a password and all the other stuff you'll need to make the profile work. Finish creating the profile and you're all done!
Now, the real fun comes once you have created profiles. You can have a profile dedicated just to your email and messenger applications. Then, whenever you need to talk to people or send an email, sign into the profile and do it, then sign out and leave all those troubles behind you. You can put all your games on one profile and convince that pretty lass in the pub that you're not a nerd by only showing her the profile that doesn't have games. Although, in all honesty, you should stop kidding yourself. Being a nerd is awesome. Or, for you philanderers out there, it really is a great way to hide that second family. For us wannabe spies, we could pretend to be 007 just long enough to feel cool.
In any case, for any reason, there's a bunch of great uses that multiple profiles can have on your Android device. All you gotta do is check it out!
Source Link: SwitchMe on Android Market