Overview: Managing Chrome OS policies

This page is for administrators who manage Chrome OS devices for a business or school.

As a Chrome Enterprise admin, you can manage Chromebooks and other devices that run Chrome OS, from a cloud-based Admin console. Here is an overview of how to manage policies and settings. Click links for details.

From your Admin console...

Set device-level policies

On the Device settings page, set policies that apply to anyone who uses a managed Chrome OS device, even if they sign in as a guest or with a personal Gmail account.

  • Force-enroll the Chrome OS devices you want to manage
  • Control who uses devices, for example, by blocking guest mode
  • Use a device as a purpose-built kiosk app
  • Manage Chrome OS updates

For details, see Set device-level Chrome OS policies.

Set user-level policies

On the User settings page, set policies that apply when users sign in to their managed Google Account on any device. 

  • Enforce 100+ of the same Chrome policies that can be managed with on-premise tools like Windows Group Policy.
  • Sync users' work apps, home tabs, and themes when they sign in to Chrome on their personal computers.

For details, see Set user-level Chrome policies.

Set app and extension policies

Set policies that control the use of apps and extensions.

From the App management page:  

  • Set policies for a specific app. For example, force-install an app and pin it to the Chrome taskbar.
  • View all your configured apps, and search for more apps to configure.
  • Upload a config file to install custom policies and settings for managing an app.
  • Deploy an app as a single-app kiosk app (starts automatically when the device boots).
  • For details, see Set Chrome policies for one app.

From the User settings page:

  • Set policies for apps in general. For example, block users from installing all apps except those you want to allow.
  • Set a policy across several apps at once. For example, quickly add all apps you want to force-install.  
  • View or search for apps by policy. For example, easily see all apps that are currently blocked.
  • For details, see Set a Chrome policy for multiple apps.

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