New Jailbreak App Allows Multiple iPad User Accounts

Some people who share iPads have long hoped that Apple would give them the ability to log on with different user accounts, much the way Windows or OS X does. We say fat chance – Apple wants everyone to buy their own iPad, not share the same one. Once again, though, the jailbreak community has come through to fill in the gaps left by Cupertino. As the folks at iDownloadBlog pointed out today, the new Cydia app iUsers allows multiple sign-ins for the first time on iOS.

Say you’re a parent and you want to let your child watch Elmo videos on your iPad, but you don’t want him stumbling across the new Gameloft game 9mm. Previously, your only option was using a jailbreak tweak to hide said app before handing it over. That takes time, and doing/undoing every time you share your tablet. Now you can create an account for your child, reboot into it, and have no fears of his stumbling upon video game strippers or gang fights.

The app, by developer Pedro Franceschi, lets each user have his/her separate account – with username and password. When loading that account, each person will see his own homescreen, wallpaper, and even apps. The same apps will actually have their own separate data for each account, so Dad can have GottaBeMobile loaded in Safari, and give it to Jimmy to play Angry Birds. If Jimmy signs in with iUser, opening Safari will show no trace of GBM. Then when Daddy gets his iPad back in his clutches, GBM will still be waiting under his account. Neat, huh?

You can check out the developer’s video of iUsers in action (complete with Jack Sparrow theme music):


To install the app, you’ll first need to be jailbroken (our easy instructions here). After doing so, open Cydia, navigate to the Sources panel, select ‘Edit,’ then ‘Add.’ Enter the following source:

After it does its thing, search for iUsers and install! Any parents find this useful? Think of any uses we didn’t? Let us know in the comments!

Having previously written for Android Central and Android Police, Will is shifting his focus to iOS at GottaBeMobile (without neglecting his old pal Android, of course). He lives in Chicago with his wife, Jess, and is on Twitter at @willshanklin


  1. I installed this app for fun but fail to uninstall it. the login prompt remains even after uninstall iuser from cydia, rebooted several times also the same. Anyone could guide me how to remove this app completely?

    • Load iFile/var/mobile..there you will see iUsers directory…inside that you will see your username folder..delete entire iUsers directory…reboot.. hope this helps

  2. Disaster!  My main profile settings are completely gone!  I’ve logged in with my “first account” and all my settings are gone!!!!

    How can I get them back???

  3. Forget this if you have less than 20% free remaining took over 75mins to create user..which resulted a prompt to delete pics/videos to freeup space? Huh?

    Rebooted..went into settings and found out the the create user box ad been greyed out? Huh?
    Shocked to see i had less than 365mb of free space left? Huh? I had close to 8gb remaining free space before i started…

    Double cecked with iFile and was shocked to see that it had been copying system and user files to its own directory…why?

    Nothing in their youtube video or cydia description discussed users losing more space when using this app?

    Sheesh..fedup i deleted same…

  4. I’m a teacher, and due to budget constructions, we will be sharing iPads. With this ability, I can track my student users and they can maintain their own custom features, so to speak. now iI just have to convince my school district to see this as a benefit, though I have a feeling they’re going to have the a problem with the idea that jail braking the iPad will cancel the warranty!

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