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  • iUser Jailbreak Allows Multiple User Accounts on the iPad

    Applications like iUser are why I love the Jailbreak community. The iPad is a decidely less personal device than the iPhone. A phone is an individual's personal property and often times contains embarrassing information on it. You wouldn't expect a family member or friend to use your phone without permission, and rifle through your emails, text messages and other information.

    The iPad? Not so much. While it may stand that a household could have a couple iPads bought by one person or another, in many homes the device sees the hands of many users. It's a coffee table companion. iUser allows the iPad to have multiple iOS user accounts just like users can on their Macs. This allows multiple users in the same household to customize one iPad any way they see fit.

    The iUser hack for Jailbroken iPads, developed by Pedro Fransceschi, lets users sign in using accounts and passwords. Once signed in the user is greeted with all their own customized settings including apps, wallpapers, and just about anything else. The only caveat is backing up your iPad with iTunes. As iDownloadBlog points out, this could create some potential problems for users.

    I have not restored my iPad 2 from a backup with this particular tweak yet, but I'll let everyone know as soon as I create multiple accounts with wildly different settings. In the meantime if anyone has experience with the Tweak, and how iTunes plays with it let us know in the comments.

    iUsers is available in the cydia.ibloggeek.com repository. It is another perfect example of how the Jailbreak community is picking up the slack Apple feels the need to leave behind.

    Source: iDownloadBlog
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iUser Jailbreak Allows Multiple User Accounts on the iPad started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 39 Comments
    1. SkyGuy5's Avatar
      SkyGuy5 -
      Great idea! Nothing like my kids getting into my iPad and changing settings, icon placements, sounds, etc.
    1. TheAccuser's Avatar
      TheAccuser -
      STAY AWAY!!! I have an iPad 2...I setup my initial user, then setup a "Guest" account. Once that guest account was there I lost all of my settings for my main account even if I was actively logged in with it.

      Way too buggy. BEWARE
    1. wadam1230's Avatar
      wadam1230 -
      It is buggy and i imagine works well on a freshly setup ipad. When signing in on my guest account i was greeted with a safe mode loop. To the best of my recollection I was able to fix this by:

      * using ifile and moving "var/mobile/usersettings/(main prOfile)/Library" and overwriting "var/mobile/library".

      *Uninstalling iuser and the.

      *Deleting the usersettings folder.

      I hope this development is pushed forward as i really want this. Apple shouls have built this in. In the meantime this has much promise and i believe it's close to functional.
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Now THAT is cool! I'm going to test as soon as I get home. The GF would love this
    1. plnkeye21's Avatar
      plnkeye21 -
      Definitely not ready for release. Tried to log in with a guest account and iPad froze. Also there's already an update 1.0.1 but it won't allow you to upgrade. Even a fresh install, installs 1.0. Stay away for now, but it's an awesome idea.
    1. Go Gators's Avatar
      Go Gators -
      Why would the OP recommend a broken app to the community? I installed it and after problems I uninstalled it, but it is still asking me for my password every time from the lock screen! Very frustrating!
    1. iPod's Avatar
      iPod -
      Wished this would work on iPhones and iPod touches
    1. Go Gators's Avatar
      Go Gators -
      Quote Originally Posted by ipodtouchman77 View Post
      Wished this would work on iPhones and iPod touches
      It doesn't even work on the iPad!
    1. iBanks's Avatar
      iBanks -
      Quote Originally Posted by Go Gators View Post
      It doesn't even work on the iPad!
      The device used in the video was an iPad, so it has to work to an degree. Maybe it's software version dependent?
    1. iPod's Avatar
      iPod -
      By the way, why is everything red?
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by ipodtouchman77 View Post
      By the way, why is everything red?
      Probably just a html bug.
    1. steveken's Avatar
      steveken -
      Has ANYONE gotten this to work yet? I was wanting to give this a shot.
    1. iN2K's Avatar
      iN2K -
      Guess we should wait till apple steals this. lol
    1. Go Gators's Avatar
      Go Gators -
      Has anyone figured out how to completely delete this from the iPad? I uninstalled it through Cydia but it still frickin asks for my password every time.
    1. akafred's Avatar
      akafred -
      restore would probably get rid of it
    1. zplit's Avatar
      zplit -
      Quote Originally Posted by iN2K View Post
      Guess we should wait till apple steals this. lol
      Best post
    1. DaLsim's Avatar
      DaLsim -
      mine said something else. then crash my ipad2.Now i have to fix it all over again. stay away is my best bet...
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      I had to restore to get mine back to normal. The guest account took 10 minutes to log into. When I deleted the app it totally messed up my iPad. Stay away.
    1. iPittsburgh's Avatar
      iPittsburgh -
      Great idea, would be nice to see it as a native iOS feature for iPad. Too bad it doesn't work though.
    1. stldirty's Avatar
      stldirty -
      it works fine for me. i had to restart and respring a couple times but now it works just as advertised. it's a little slow on getting the apps turned on and off on certain accounts though.