The LG G2 was recently announced and it looks like it’s going to be a pretty big deal. It has amazing specs that hold up to every other flagship phone in the industry right now. Even our staff had mostly nice things to say about it. It has a lot of features, but arguably the most unique is its Guest Mode.
Guest Mode is exactly what it sounds like it is. It allows owners to set up a sort of guest interface for people who want to use the phone. Using Guest Mode, the owner can protect important files and deny access to applications. There are a ton of reasons why someone would want to do this. The biggest, of course, are privacy and security.
So here’s how it works. When you set up Guest Mode, you set two lock screen pins. Using one unlock pattern will unlock your phone with all your features. The other will unlock Guest Mode, where they can use your phone without being able to root around your most personal stuff.
According to all the videos that have shown Guest Mode so far, it seems to work by allowing you to customize a home screen as you please. It then essentially removes the dock and apps drawer. So if you don’t want people to have access to your Gallary app, any file explorers, or even your text messages, you simply don’t include those icons on the Guest Mode home screen.
Let’s say, for instance, you’re setting up Guest Mode for your kids. You would probably put some kid-friendly games on there. If you’re setting it up to let other people borrow it, you may not want to put your banking app or your text messages on there. Keep the eBay, Amazon, Newegg, and other apps off to prevent kids or other people from spending your money.
Really, the ceiling is the limit with this feature and you can set up your Guest Mode to include or not include whatever apps you don’t want your friends or family to use. It’s also one of the first customized uses of the Android multi-user functionality. Is it perfect? No, nothing is and we won’t know the full details on Guest Mode until the reviews come out. Until then, you can watch the official LG G2 commericial that addresses Guest Mode below. If you have the time, we’d love to hear what you think of Guest Mode.