Setting up your new personal profile
To get this part up and running, we first need to switch to your new personal profile so that we can configure it exactly the way you want it.
So make a mental note: whenever you want to switch between the two profiles, just swipe down twice from the top of the screen to open the quick settings panel - then look for the person icon in the lower right corner of the panel, directly to the left of the gear-shaped settings icon.
Touch the name of your new personal profile and wait a moment while the system makes the initial switch. Next, you will be asked to set up the profile as if you were connecting to the phone for the first time - because this will really be a completely separate and independent environment.
Speaking of which, you'll need to make sure you have a secondary Google account that can be used for this purpose. If not, it's not a big deal: just go to this page and create one. It takes about 20 seconds to do.
(You can define the username you want. It doesn't really matter, as it will mainly serve as a shell for this new setup - and everything from your normal account will be carried over to it.)
After completing the setup and reaching the home screen, it's time to add your main personal Google account to this combination - because you probably want to access your personal email, Drive files, and other items while you're in this environment. Go to the Accounts section of the system settings and tap on the "Add account" option to do this.
Now you can just start setting up your home screen and think about the apps you want to make available in your new sophisticated personal profile.
I suggest that you choose a totally different wallpaper to begin with, so that it is always immediately obvious which profile you are using. Then, place the apps and / or widgets you want easier access during your personal time on the home screen, without any unnecessary work items in the way.
One thing you will notice right away is that your app selection probably looks a lot smaller than normal. That's because, by default, nothing from your main profile will appear in this environment - unless you actively sign in and add.
So, think carefully about what apps you want to be visible and active in this profile, then go to the Play Store and install them one by one. (They will not download, as they are already on the device, but will be activated and accessible.)
Your phone application and standard messaging application will already be present and identical to what you see in your main profile, thanks to the option we activated when configuring this environment.
These exceptions aside, however, the beauty of this configuration is that you have the option of bringing applications from your work profile, but then configuring them in completely different ways - since they are completely separate and independent installations with their own sets of user data .
For example: let's say you have Slack installed on your main work profile and configured to notify you whenever a new message arrives. You may want to have Slack available on your personal profile, but you want to avoid having any notifications bothering you - or you want notifications to arrive, but only silently, without any audible alerts.
You can configure the application according to this personal profile without affecting your settings in the main profile - and as soon as you switch from one profile to another, your preferred organization will be applied automatically.
(If you want to add even more nuances to your notification setup, check out my recent column on a powerful notification filtering app that lets you create rules similar to Gmail filters for Android notifications.)
Also, consider that this setting allows you to customize any of your personal profile system settings the way you want - without affecting your work profile settings.
This means that if you want different ringtone settings, notification sound settings or anything else imaginable, you can adjust it here and provide yourself with a different experience outside of work.
There is only one final cleaning task to be done before we turn our attention to your main work profile: open all applications where your Google account is relevant - Gmail, Photos, Drive, Chrome and everything you use - and make sure your personal primary Google account is set as the default account in each of these places.
In most Google apps, you can make this change by simply tapping or swiping the profile photo in the upper right corner. In Chrome, you will be asked which account you want to use the first time you open the app.
Using your regular Google account in all these places will ensure that you have a consistent experience and see all of your regular things instead of data, files and recommendations related to the secondary account that we created to serve as a shield for this environment.
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