I’ve an interesting use-case, that I don’t think is met by Android. I want my tablet to have access to my Google Play account but not have access to my emails.
I recently acquired a cheap Android tablet to act as a remote control for my entertainment equipment. The tablet sits in my lounge where it can be accessed by all and sundry – my wife, guests, the plumber, etc.
Occasionally, I want to buy apps for the tablet – some of the fancy remote-control apps cost money – so now I have a problem…
- Create a brand new Google account for the tablet, and have to buy the app multiple times (once for my phone, once for the tablet).
- Associate my Google account with the tablet and give everyone access to my email and calendar.
There are some workarounds which don’t quite meet my needs…
@edent Settings->Accounts->Google->Email Address->Untick Sync Gmail (and others)
— Ryan Cullen (@artesea) March 25, 2014
I can just disable the accounts – but that doesn’t stop my mates from re-enabling them. If a thief swipes the tablet, they have access to everything.
I can even disable Gmail – and the other associated services – but nothing can stop someone from just re-enabling them.
I’m not adverse to a little hacking around – but I’m not sure how I can transfer paid APKs around. There are extensions which work fine for downloading free APKs from the app store, but I specifically want some paid apps.
There doesn’t seem to be a permanent way to disable the services that I don’t want. The tablet must not receive GTalk messages, I never want it on Google+, no one should be able to see my calendar on it.
Is this really too much to ask for? I want to use this as a companion device – not as my daily driver.
All I want is that this tablet can only have access to Play – and be forbidden from accessing all of Google’s other services. I’ve scoured Google’s dashboards extensively and I can’t find anything like this.
Or am I being paranoid? Should I just accept that this is the Google way and hope that no one malicious gets their hands on my tablet?