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How to Set Restricted Profile in Android 5.0 Lollipop: Tutorial

News by Luke Jones on Monday December 08, 2014.

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Child oriented smartphones are almost non-existent, quite different from the tablet market were slates geared towards kids are common. However, more and more children have mobile phones, and the risks of exposure to content not for them is as real as it is on a PC. The same goes for teenagers, and there is also the added worry of an unwitting kid piling up a huge bill on your credit card through in app purchases.

Plenty of Android 5.0 Lollipop features have been lauded and discussed in-depth, but we thought for today's tutorial we would show you how to set up a child restricted profile on your Lollipop rocking handset.

Step 1

First things first you will need to head over to the Settings on your Android 5.0 rocking smartphone. You can do this the old fashioned way through the menus, or you can swipe down with two fingers and tap the little cog icon in the top right corner.

Step 2

From the resulting menu scroll down to the Devices section of the menu and then tap on Users.

Step 3

Here you will find a couple of user accounts, the first should be yours and the second a pre-installed account added by Google to allow connections to friends without giving data. Ignore both of these accounts and tap "Add user or profile".

Step 4

Lollipop will now request the type of user account you want. A normal profile is your best bet if you want full functions, but for the purposes of this tutorial you should be clicking the "Restricted Profile" option. At this step you will be asked to set a password to keep those pesky kids out.

Step 5

Once step 4 is complete, you can edit the profile to change the name, add a photos, and so on and so forth.

Step 6

There will also be a list of features and functions that you can turn off to prevent your over curious child finding the latest celebrity sex tape or blowing all your cash on Candy Crush. Just about every app and program is visible here, so take your time to read through the list and turn off the ones you don't want the meddling kids involved with.

Step 7

You can now head back to the home screen and when you pull down the menu and tap the user icon you can see the profiles, including the newly created restricted one. If the smartphone in question is solely for a child, set the profile permanently to that, or alternate between yours and the restricted profile if you lend your child your own smartphone.

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Luke Jones
Luke Jones is the Managing Editor at MobileBurn.com and is the person you need to speak to about the content on the site. Luke studied creative writing at degree level before carving out a reputation as a freelance tech writer. He settled here at MobileBurn, where he reviews devices and contributes to the news, as well as overseeing the site's content and direction.

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