I was wondering if anyone could clarify to me the proper usage and capabilities of Multiple User profiles.
I have a standard install of GOS on a Pixel 4XL phone. I have been using it with a single login from the start. ANd even though I haven't been registered on these forums for that long, I've been here long enough to have seen people discussing multiple profiles on here, so I went to do research on it, but found very little usable info on teh interwebz.
What I was able to find was that the option to turn on Multiple Users has to be activated in the Settings. I searched for the phrase in the Settings and sure enough - it's there. Here come my questions:
1 - I presume by turning the option ON, I will be able to create additional users, much as it can be done on computer operating systems, including Windows. Is that correct?
2 - If I create a new user, will everything in it be completely separate and independent from the main user?
I'm asking because there are certain apps I would like to use which require Google Services Framework to function. There are even some powerful Google apps, like Google Lens, which can be quite useful. But I've felt that installing them on my DeGoogled phone would (in my mind) rather defeat the purpose, so I never did. I basically don't want anything Google stuff on my phone for a multitude of reasons. Now...
3 - Let's presume that I create a second account on my Pixel. My main account, which I normally use, doesn't have any apps with GSF or anything made by Google. If I then log out of my main account and log into the second account, and install Google Lens there, would I be able to use Google Lens completely independently of everything in my main account, ie so despite using an actual Google app, it would have no means of knowing what else I have on my phone?
4 - If assumptions in #3 are correct, would I be able to snap a picture of a plant while in my main account, then log out of it, log into my secondary account, launch Google Lens with enabled access to photos, and look up what that plant in the picture is? Obviously, Google services would launch if I launch a Google app, but if I'm in an account which I don't use for any personal stuff, would it lock Google out of spying what else I use my phone for despite running said Google service?
5 - If after using Google services with my second account, I then log out of that second account and log back in to my primary account (which doesn't have any Google services installed), would I be able to continue using my phone knowing that despite having used Google before, whatever I do now, Google will have absolutely no access to it?
Thank you to anyone who'd be able to add some clarity to this for me.