5 Simple Methods to Create a Separate Work Profile on Android

Smartphones can be a major distraction, especially when you're trying to focus on work. Thankfully, there are ways to address this issue on Android by creating a separate work profile. This allows you to keep personal notifications and apps separate from your work-related ones. While Android offers a native work profile feature for enterprise users, there are also third-party apps that can help you achieve the same result. In this article, we'll explore five easy methods to create a separate work profile on Android.

1. Create a New User Profile Account (OEM Specific)

Many Android OEMs, such as Samsung, Pixel, and OnePlus, allow users to create multiple profile accounts on their phones. This means that when you switch to a separate account, you'll have a separate list of installed apps, lock screen, storage partition, and notification settings. It's like setting up a whole new phone. To create a work account:

  1. Go to Settings > System > Multiple Users. If you can't find this option, search for “Users” in the Settings app.
  2. Select “Add User” and tap “OK” in the pop-up to start creating a new user account.
  3. Give your user account a name and profile picture, then tap “OK.”
  4. Swipe down from the top to reveal the Quick Settings panel and tap on the profile icon. Select the profile you just created for work to open it.
  5. Complete the setup process, install work-related apps, lock the screen, and configure it to suit your work life.
  6. During office hours, simply switch to the newly created work profile. You won't receive any notifications from apps installed on your personal profile.

While this method works well, there are a couple of downsides. You'll need to manually switch to the work profile, and you won't be able to access your work apps or notifications when using your personal profile.

2. Use the Android Enterprise Demo Option

If your company provides you with an activation code, you can officially create a work profile on Android using Android Enterprise. However, you can also take advantage of the Demo to install a work profile on your Android phone for yourself. Here's how:

  1. Open the Android Enterprise Demo site and tap on the “Work Profile” option.
  2. In the drop-down, tap on the link under the “Begin setup” heading to open the Work profile setup page on your phone. Tap “Next” to continue.
  3. The demo will check for the code and automatically proceed. Tap “Accept and Continue.”
  4. After a few minutes, the work profile will be fully installed. You can find default Google work apps under the “Work” section in the launcher.

Note that you'll need to use the default launcher for this method, as third-party launchers won't work. To disable the work profile, go to Settings > Accounts > Work > Remove Work Profile, then tap “Delete” to confirm.

3. Use Third-Party Apps

If you don't have an activation code or work in a company that doesn't provide this feature, you can use third-party apps like Shelter or Island to create a similar work profile account. These apps allow you to clone existing apps into your work profile, eliminating the need to reinstall them. Here's how to do it:

  1. Download the Shelter or Island app from the Play Store and follow the setup process.
  2. Once installed, you can access the work apps from the launcher and change settings in the System Settings.
  3. To remove the work profile, go to System Settings > Accounts > Work, select “Remove Work Profile,” and tap “Delete.”

Note that you can't create multiple work profiles using different apps and methods.

4. Use OEM Features Like Work-Life Balance

Some OEMs, like OnePlus, offer features like Work-Life balance that provide work profile features. Here's how to use it:

  1. Open Settings and search for “Work-Life balance.” Open it and tap “Get Started.”
  2. Set up work mode and life mode by selecting the trigger that suits your needs.
  3. Choose the apps you need in work mode and install them.
  4. You can also use Life Mode for your free time.
  5. To disable Work-Life Mode, tap the three-dot menu and select “Disable.”

5. Use Morph Productivity Launcher

Google's Digital Wellbeing launcher app called Morph allows you to create multiple profiles and set triggers to activate them based on time or location. Each profile has a specific set of apps that can be accessed until you manually close the profile. Here's how to use Morph:

  1. Download the Morph app from APK Mirror and install it.
  2. Open the app and name your mode. Select the apps you want in that profile and tap “Continue.”
  3. Set a time or location trigger to activate the work profile.
  4. Set Morph as the default launcher.
  5. At the chosen time or location, the launcher will change its layout and display only selected apps.
  6. To disable Morph, simply uninstall the app.

In conclusion, each method offers different results. Some disable notifications while others bring work apps to the forefront. You can try combining different methods to tailor your work profile experience. Remember to explore other Digital Wellbeing apps for enhanced productivity.