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[HOWTO] Enable multiple user accounts on non-KitKat ROM

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By StNickZA, Senior Member on 5th May 2014, 01:13 PM
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11th May 2014, 03:51 PM |#11  
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So guys ive made a flashable zip for this edit to build.prop. Works fine. Tested by me. But you should have busybox installed, otherwise i shouldnt work so.
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13th May 2014, 08:35 PM |#12  
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So guys ive made a flashable zip for this edit to build.prop. Works fine. Tested by me. But you should have busybox installed, otherwise i shouldnt work so.

Thanks!! That's really awesome of you

Just a quick question - I imagine that there wouldn't be any issue with future updates right? When the option will be added officially I mean (obviously OTA won't work anyway though, with a 'customised system' preventing normal Samsung updates)
29th May 2014, 02:34 PM |#13  
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When I picked up my Note 10.1 2014 Edition (SM-P605) I was very disappointed to find that multiple user accounts had been disabled. A little research revealed that there was a US Cellular ROM in the past that had it enabled, but all other ROMs did not. Also, apparently the new KitKat ROM is going to have it. But what to do while we wait for Samsung to update our device?

Well, as it turns out, the answer is a lot easier than you might think, provided you have a rooted device.

Disclaimer: My device is the SM-P605 running P605XXUBMJA. I gained root using Chainfire's CF-Auto-Root. Try this at your own risk.

Basically, ALL you have to do is add a single line to the bottom of your build.prop file in /system, as follows:

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fw.max_users=4

I edited my build.prop using my file editor (Solid Explorer) after giving it root privileges. You can also do it via a terminal emulator or ADB. Reboot your device, and that's all there is to it!

After a reboot, I had the "Users" option under General in Settings, and I was able to add my wife as a second user. We can now switch users either from the lockscreen, or the notification pull-down. After reading countless posts here on XDA saying that it was impossible, I really was surprised at how easy it was in the end.

Hopefully this helps others like me that are impatiently waiting for the KitKat update so that they can share their tablet with family members / guests.

Enjoy!

StNickZA...Thanx alot for this one line of code, added it last night and works PERFECT
31st May 2014, 04:13 PM |#14  
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So guys ive made a flashable zip for this edit to build.prop. Works fine. Tested by me. But you should have busybox installed, otherwise i shouldnt work so.

I've rooted my Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition (Original ROM), I installed the busybox, then I flashed the zip file, but nothing happened.

Please advise me.
1st July 2014, 12:54 PM |#15  
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Originally Posted by StNickZA

When I picked up my Note 10.1 2014 Edition (SM-P605) I was very disappointed to find that multiple user accounts had been disabled. A little research revealed that there was a US Cellular ROM in the past that had it enabled, but all other ROMs did not. Also, apparently the new KitKat ROM is going to have it. But what to do while we wait for Samsung to update our device?

Well, as it turns out, the answer is a lot easier than you might think, provided you have a rooted device.

Disclaimer: My device is the SM-P605 running P605XXUBMJA. I gained root using Chainfire's CF-Auto-Root. Try this at your own risk.

Basically, ALL you have to do is add a single line to the bottom of your build.prop file in /system, as follows:

Code:
fw.max_users=4

I edited my build.prop using my file editor (Solid Explorer) after giving it root privileges. You can also do it via a terminal emulator or ADB. Reboot your device, and that's all there is to it!

After a reboot, I had the "Users" option under General in Settings, and I was able to add my wife as a second user. We can now switch users either from the lockscreen, or the notification pull-down. After reading countless posts here on XDA saying that it was impossible, I really was surprised at how easy it was in the end.

Hopefully this helps others like me that are impatiently waiting for the KitKat update so that they can share their tablet with family members / guests.

Enjoy!

While I can confirm this totally works like a charm, I am experiencing a weird issue. THE LOCKSCREEN

Its behaving strangely. When i change users (both pass protected) the lockscreen always keeps the previous user's wallpaper. Sometimes it also "freezes" for a couple of seconds and cannot enter pin or pattern.

Am I the only one having these issues?

Im just rooted with towelroot and supersu, fully stock
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Talking It works! SM-P600 4.3 in the UK whoop! many thanks!
Happy bunny, it's really saved the day, very poorly wife can now use it and I'll be able to hangout with her from our sons graduation (without me loosing all my work stuff)! Chuffed to bits!
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