Overview: Google Credential Provider for Windows (GCPW)

This feature is available with all G Suite and Cloud Identity editions.
Google Credential Provider for Windows® (GCPW) lets users sign in to a Microsoft ® Windows® 10 device using the Google Account credentials your organization provides. Once a user is authenticated on Windows, GCPW also provides:
  • Additional security—Users get all the security benefits of their Google Account on their Windows 10 device, such as anti-hijacking, using features such as 2-step verification (2SV), login challenges, and more.
  • Single sign-on experience—Users can access G Suite and other single sign-on (SSO) applications associated with their G Suite or Cloud Identity accounts without the need to re-enter their Google credentials.

How GCPW works

You need to install GCPW on each Windows 10 device for which you want to provide SSO and Google security benefits. When you install GCPW, it does the following:

  • Associates a user's existing Windows profile with their Google Account (if you set up the association) or creates a new local Windows profile. This allows users to sign-in with the Google Account credentials your organization provides.
  • Automatically enrolls the device in enhanced desktop security for Windows, unless you choose to prevent enrollment.
  • Creates a profile for the device in the Admin console.

Get started with GCPW

To get started with GCPW, follow these steps:

  1. Prepare to install GCPW.
  2. (Optional) Associate Google Accounts with existing Windows profiles
  3. Install GCPW.
  4. Sign in to Windows after GCPW installation.
  5. Set automatic error reporting for GCPW.
  6. Administer Google passwords on a Windows 10 device.
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