If there's one thing that the desktop world has that Android desperately needs, it's multiple user support. A shared Windows machine or a Mac both support multiple user profiles on a single device. While this isn't that big of a deal on phones, tablet users might find it unsettling passing around a shared device tied directly to their all-knowing Google account. Enter SwitchMe, an app to help alleviate the uncertainty. This root app allows users to boot into multiple profiles within a single ROM.

This app is for rooted users only.

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The app creates a sandbox for individual profiles, including applications, settings, and data that are stored on the device and loaded when logging in. A user could use this functionality to create public profiles for family use, to isolate a power user profile so others aren't slowed down by a ton of background processes, or simply as a sandbox for testing apps.

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If you're interested in playing around with the app, we'd recommend first hitting up the XDA thread here for the requisite warnings and instructions before hitting the widget below to grab it from the Market.The free version allows for two profiles with no password protection, so you'll have to shell out a couple bucks if you want the whole shebang.

Thanks, Rafael!

Eric Ravenscraft
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  • Tyler

    Sounds pretty cool, I may have to create a "guest" account just to let people play around with my phone :D

  • jan

    Indeed dont want people messing up my phone :p deffinitly trying this out!

  • GergS

    This needs to be added into CM9. Is it open source?

  • slurms mckenzie

    pretty cool but i dont have a tablet or let anyone borrow my phone

  • Drew Nusser

    I don't really see the point of using this on a phone, because nobody else is gonna be setting their stuff up on my phone. It would be really nice to have on a tablet though.

    • http://fahrbotmobile.blogspot.com subspace

      Its useful on phones too!

  • Rotmann

    Awesome, thanks AP! Been dreaming for something like this, must have for family tablets!

  • TKL

    Very nice! Could be useful to me in the near future, until then another thread on XDA to follow with keen interest!