Multi-User App Share

Multi-User App Share

(150 ratings)

Appears in 2 channels

  • Downloads:
    10,000 - 50,000
  • Last update
    Dec 31, 2012

Multi-User App Share Reviews

  • Seraj


    Reviewed in Nexus 2013

    Great app for rooted nexus users.... ROOT

  • J Andy Kane

    J Andy Kane

    Reviewed in Function baby! (No time for games)

    Kane says: I use this on my tablet, where I have an account for myself, an account for my female, and an account for my kids. By using this app, I can manage an app for all three accounts (download, update, etc). Tip: In Cyanogenmod, I can hide apps from view in my app drawer. That means, if I download Dora the Explorer for my kids, I can push it to their account with this app, and then hide it from view in my own app drawer.


I have created this app to help enable apps across users on Google's new 4.2 multi-user feature. It works by removing package elements from user's package-restriction.xml file to add the app and adding the package element back to remove the app. (located at \data\system\users\10\package-restrictions.xml where 10 is the user's id)

The app will then be visible on the second profile without them having to go to the play store and install it. Apps still have separate user data so game scores ect. will not be shared.

This is quickly thrown together and will likely have a ton of bugs, but I wanted to go ahead and get it out there for testing.

- This is BETA
- You must have ROOT
- This changes system data on non documented files it could screw something up.
- I'm not responsible for any problems this causes or lost data or bricked or broken devices
- please use caution

- it is currently built to run on main user to enable or disable apps on secondary users (once root is fully working on secondary users I will see about making it run correctly on secondary user's account)
- not tested thoroughly with paid apps*
- due to the way I pull the app list from the package manager some installed apps may not show as available to add/remove
- apps installed first on a secondary user's profile will probably not show in the list to add/remove

*any paid apps that use Google's license verification will probably not work or not work for long. So adding your Google Account to the secondary user's play store is probably still the best way to share paid apps.