Assign administrator roles to a user

Performing this task requires being signed in as a Super Admin.

Let users perform management tasks in your Google Admin console by giving them one or more administrator roles. A user with administrator roles signs in to their Google for Work account to view the Admin console. There, they can perform tasks depending on the privileges granted by their roles.

Assign the Admin console's pre-built roles for performing common business functions or custom roles you create for your organization. Assign multiple roles to a user to grant all privileges in those roles.

Assign roles to one user
  1. Sign in to the Google Admin console.
  2. Go to the user's account page.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the user's account page and click Show more.
  4. Click Admin roles and privileges.
    The Admin roles page lists the user's current privileges, if any. To see combined privileges granted by all the user's roles, click View Privileges.
  5. Click Manage roles.
  6. Choose a role from the Roles list.
  7. (Optional) If the role includes user management permissions for organization units, select them from the No organizations selected list beneath each role. What is this?.
  8. Click Update roles.

Click Manage roles to assign additional roles to the user.

Assign roles to several users
  1. Sign in to the Google Admin console.
  2. From the dashboard, click Admin Roles. Where is it?
  3. At the left of the Admin roles page, select the role you want to assign.

    This lists users that are currently assigned this role. To see the privileges that this role grants, click Privileges.

  4. Click Assign admins.
  5. Type the user's username.
    Start typing a name and select from the list of matching users.
  6. Click Assign more to assign this role to more users.
  7. (Optional) If the role includes user management permissions that can be limited to organizational units, click the Admin rights on list and select the organizational unit(s) the administrator should be able to manage. What is this?
  8. Click Confirm assignment.
Assign user management roles

When assigning a role that performs actions on users, you can allow the administrator to perform those actions on all users in your account, or only on users in specific organizational units. For example, you might grant an administrator privileges to add or remove users only in the Sales department.

  1. Follow the steps above to assign a role to a user.
  2. Select a role that can perform any actions on Users.
  3. Click Assign admins.
  4. Click the Admin rights on: list to display your organizational structure.

    The Admin rights on: list is available only if the role includes at least one user management privilege. Otherwise, the field shows All Orgs.

  5. Select the organizational unit the administrator should be able to manage.
  6. The administrator will be able to perform user tasks associated with this role only on users in this organizational unit and any sub-organizations. To grant the administrator privileges for your entire account, select the top-level organization. If you haven't created an organizational structure, the top-level organization is the only one available.

  7. Click Confirm Assignment.
Settings that can be delegated by organizational unit (OU) are marked as such in the third column.

 

Note: Access these settings in the Services Privilege.

Setting What permissions it gives to delegated administrators Can be delegated by OU
Manage Device Shipments READ access to Shipments. No
Manage Devices READ and WRITE access to Devices. No
Manage User Settings READ and WRITE access to User Settings for the organizational units for which the administrator has privileges. Yes
Manage Application Settings READ and WRITE access to the Apps and Extensions section of User Settings for the organizational units for which the delegated admin has privileges. This is a subcategory of User Settings, so all admins who can manage User Settings can also manage Application Settings.* Yes
Manage Device Settings READ and WRITE access to Device Settings for the organizational units for which the delegated admin has privileges. Yes
Manage User and Device Networks READ and WRITE access to Networks for the organizational units for which the delegated admin has privileges. Yes
The No organizations selected restriction applies only to actions performed on the Users page. Any other privileges apply to your entire account.

The user typically gets their new privileges within a few minutes, but it can take up to 24 hours. When they sign in to their Google account, they'll arrive at the Admin console dashboard and see the controls associated with their privileges.

Next steps: Have each administrator Add recovery options to their administrator account.