Exclusive: Android 5.1 will bring Guest Mode to the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge

Guest Mode is one of the features that separate Android from the competition, allowing a single device to be used by multiple users (Windows Phone has a Kids mode, but doesn’t allow making separate user profiles.) Support for the feature was initially added on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, but it was only available on tablets back then. With Android 5.0, Google brought Guest Mode to smartphones as well, but as it turns out, Samsung chose not to include the feature on any of the devices that it has updated to Lollipop.

The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge are missing the feature as well, but we can confirm that it will be making an appearance with the Android 5.1 update for the two devices, and possibly other Samsung phones as well. We were able to play with an extremely early (and unstable) Android 5.1 build for the Galaxy S6 edge, and found Guest Mode works in the same way as it does on stock Android. Each user will have his/her own personal space, with the option to install their own apps, personalize their homescreen, and even secure their setup with their fingerprint.

Guest Mode is a pretty useful feature, even if it’s not one that most will ever need to use, so it’s great to see Samsung is bringing it to its smartphones (though the fact that it wasn’t there in the first place is a bit disappointing, especially since not every device might get the Android 5.1 update.) At this time there’s no telling when the Korean giant plans to roll out Android 5.1 for the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, but as always, we will be doing our best to get you more details on the matter.

Would you use Guest Mode on your phone, or do you think it’s a feature that isn’t too important? Let us know in the comments!








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10 months 25 days ago

any news if this come to Note 4 Lollipop 5.1.1 Latest update still nothing , I manage to do this on S5 Lollipop 5.0 with a little hack but not on Note 4. Why can’t samsung give us what google has , why do we always need to wait !!!

1 year 18 days ago

Ummm…. Dumb question….What about my s6 edge +

1 year 8 months ago

This is really good news. I used this feature actively on my Nexus 5, and its absence on my new S6 is a real sore point.

1 year 8 months ago

Great! Now work on getting back “ok google” from every screen and I will be happy.

1 year 8 months ago

One of the good feature but what about the galaxy note edge and note 4 as well dont foget to update those too.waiting for it so badly..

1 year 8 months ago

It could bring:
Call alerts menu that is missing
The A-Z organization option
Option to change the durations lights 1.5/6/off/on in the menu/back option

1 year 8 months ago

This is called multi user not guest mode!

1 year 8 months ago

Currently without guest mode “Google Apps for Work” does not work on Samsung phones. THis is very useful for people wanting to keep work and private life separate.

1 year 8 months ago

It may be useful to some people or some situations, so why not.

But a great addition would be some “manual” mode or “light painting” mode in Galaxy camera app because now this feature became so trendy and advertised that Samsung needs to add it to stay unreachable in its position.

1 year 8 months ago

Great feature. But I thin it is about time they availed screen pinning option on the SM-N900

1 year 8 months ago

Will this have google activation lock? We need this on these expensive phones, I heard is on 5.1.1, Please confirm for us.

1 year 8 months ago

Wow, really useful when lending your phone to family or friends to look something up. Hope we can get it soon on Note 4.

1 year 8 months ago

I’d never use it. I bought my phone for me and no one else touches it.

1 year 8 months ago

Nobody else uses mine, either, but I do like having a separate work profile with its own specific home screen layout, etc.

I’m also required to manage my work’s Instagram account, and since that app doesn’t support having multiple profiles logged in at once, it’s faster to switch Android profiles than it is to log in and out of my personal/work Instagram accounts, haha. Likewise, I have work accounts logged in for tumblr, Pinterest, so on and so forth.

It’s not for everyone, but it definitely has its uses!

1 year 8 months ago

second emotion

1 year 8 months ago

Concur, lol, just have a look at the beauty and return. Cheers

1 year 8 months ago

Nice looking picas!

1 year 8 months ago

Quite a handy feature. I’ve used it before on my Tab S, however, does seem to cause a bit of lag. Obviously as you (SamMobile) have said you’re using a test version, it’s quite unstable so can’t determine, but I’m concerned of causing lag on the device. Hopefully it won’t.

1 year 8 months ago

Expected release date?

1 year 8 months ago

Very useful feature, must have. Disappointing that it did not have this feature till now.