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Many applications have UX with "Guest" or "Unauthenticated" users. This is provided out of the box with AWSMobileClient through the initialization routine you have added. However, the Amplify CLI does not enable this by default with the amplify add auth flow. You can enable this by running amplify update auth and choosing Manual Configuration when prompted. Ensure you choose the ...connected with AWS IAM controls which will allow you to select Allow unauthenticated logins.

When complete run amplify push and your awsconfiguration.json will work automatically with your updated Cognito settings. The AWSMobileClient user session will automatically have permissions configured for Guest/Unauthenticated users upon initialization.

If you login in your app either using the "Drop-In Auth" or the AWSMobileClient APIs then the user session will transition to an authenticated role.

Note: If initialize is giving you the state as SIGNED_OUT, try calling AWSMobileClient.getInstance().getCredentials() and then calling initialize again.