Overview: Manage users' computers

As an administrator, you can control which laptops, desktops, and other endpoints can access your organization's data and get details about those devices. You can also see when a user signs in to their managed account and some details about the computer.

Computer management options

Fundamental management

For: Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac, Linux, Chrome OS

Setup: Automatically applied, no user set up required

Management options:

Endpoint verification

For: Chrome OS, Chrome Browser

Setup: Turn endpoint verification on or off, Chrome Browser extension required on users' devices

Management options: 

Google Drive for desktop*

For: Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac

Setup: Deploy Google Drive for desktop

Management options:

Enhanced desktop security for Windows

For: Microsoft Windows 10 (company-owned)

Setup: Enable enhanced desktop security for Windows or install Google Credential Provider for Windows

Management options:

*Google Workspace only

Get information about computers that access data

You can get device details such as the operating system, user account, and management type. To get more information about the device's security configuration, such as if the device is password-protected, turn on endpoint verification.

View computer details

If you switch management type

If an endpoint managed by fundamental management starts to use another management type, such as endpoint verification, the device listing is archived and a new listing is created for the new management type.


  • You can see archived devices in your Admin console for 180 days.
  • A device might be listed more than once if it uses more than one management type.
  • You can’t perform any actions on archived device listings, such as signing a user out. Instead, find the new device listing and perform the action from there.

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