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Sign in to Chrome browser

If you have several Google accounts, such as personal Gmail account and a work account, you can easily identify and sign in to your accounts in Chrome browser.

  1. Go to google.com.
    • If you’re signed in to your browser, at the top right, you’ll see an icon with your initial or profile photo.
    • If you’re not signed in to an account, you’ll see Sign in.
  2. Hover over or click your profile photo or initial. You’ll see the email account that you’re signed in with:
    • If the email address ends in @gmail.com, you’re logged in with your personal Google account.
    • If the email address ends in your domain address (@yourbusiness.com), you’re signed into your Google Workspace account.
    • If you chose a different icon for each of your Google accounts, the icon can identify which account you’re using.

Identify your account.

Learn more at the Google Chrome Help Center

Make Chrome your default browser

Windows 11

  1. On your computer, click the Start menu .
  2. Click Settings Settings and then Apps and then Default Apps.
  3. Under "Set defaults for applications," enter Chrome into the search box and then click Google Chrome.
  4. At the top, next to "Make Google Chrome your default browser," click Set default.
    • To make sure the change applied to the correct file types, review the list below the "Set default" button.
  5. To exit, close the settings window.

Mac or a previous version of Windows

Visit the Google Chrome Help Center

Set your homepage

 Your homepage appears when you click Home Home.

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More More and then Settings.
  3. Under "Appearance," turn on Show Home button.
  4. Below "Show Home button," choose to use the New Tab page or a custom page

The Home button will appear to the left of your address bar. 

Set your startup page

You can set which page or pages appear when you start Chrome browser (your startup page). You have 3 options.

Option 1: Start Chrome on a new tab

You can have Chrome open a New Tab page whenever you start Chrome.

  1. On your computer, open Chrome Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More More and then Settings
  3. On the left, click On startup
  4. Click Open the New Tab page.

Option 2: Continue where you left off

Or tell Chrome to re-open the same pages you were looking at when you quit:

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More More and then Settings.
  3. Click On startup.
  4. Select Continue where you left off.

Your cookies and data are saved, so any websites that you signed in to before, such as Gmail, will open again. If you don't want to be automatically signed in to these pages, follow the steps below:

  1. On your computer, open Chrome Browser.
  2. At the top right, click More and thenSettings.
  3. At the bottom, click Advanced.
  4. Under Privacy and security, click Site settings.
  5. Click Cookies.
  6. Turn on Keep local data only until you quit your browser.

Option 3: Open one or more specific pages

Or you can have Chrome open a set of pages you specify:

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More More and then Settings.
  3. Under "On startup," select Open a specific page or set of pages.
    • Click Add a new page. Enter the web address and click Add.
    • Click Use current pages.

To update your pages, to the right of a page, click More More and then Edit or Delete

Set your startup page.

Learn more at the Google Chrome Help Center

Set a default download location

When you download a file or image from Chrome browser to your computer or other device, the file is saved in your default download location.

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More More and then Settings and then Downloads.
  3. Adjust your download settings:
    • To change the default download location, click Change and select where to save your files.
    • If you'd rather choose a specific location for each download, turn on Ask where to save each file before downloading.

Learn more at the Google Chrome Help Center

Import your bookmarks from your old browser

Migrate your bookmarks, browsing history, and saved passwords from any other browser to Chrome browser.

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More More.
  3. Select Bookmarks and then Bookmark Manager.
  4. At the top right, click More More and then Import Bookmarks.
  5. Select the program that contains the bookmarks you'd like to import.
  6. Click Import and then Done

Import and manage bookmarks.

Learn more at the Google Chrome Help Center

Create profiles for personal & work accounts

With profiles, you can keep all your Chrome browser information separate, such as bookmarks, history, passwords, and other settings.

Profiles are ideal when you want to:

  • Share a computer with multiple people.
  • Keep your different accounts, such as work and personal, separate.

Add a new profile

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click Profile Profile.
  3. Click Add.
  4. If you choose to Sync to your Google Account, your profile name will automatically be your Account name.
  5. Choose a name, photo and color scheme.

If you choose to turn sync on in Chrome with a Google Account for the new profile, your bookmarks, history, passwords and other settings will sync automatically.

Switch to another profile

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click Profile Profile.
  3. Choose the profile you want to switch to. 

Create Chrome Browser profiles.

Learn more at the Google Chrome Help Center

 Change your notification settings

By default, Chrome browser alerts you whenever websites, apps, or extensions try to send you notifications. You can change your settings if you don’t want to get notifications.

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More and then Settings.
  3. Click Privacy and security and then Site Settings and then Notifications.
  4. Select the option that you want as your default setting.
    • Block a site:
      1. Next to "Not allowed to send notifications," click Add.
      2. Enter the site's web address.
      3. Click Add.
    • Allow a site:
      1. Next to "Allowed to send notifications," click Add.
      2. Enter the site's web address.
      3. Click Add.
    • Allow quieter notification prompts:
      1. Allow sites to ask to send notifications.
      2. Click Use quieter messaging.
        • This blocks notification prompts from interrupting you. A website can still ask you to allow notifications, but no pop-up prompt will show. Instead, you will only find a bell icon next to the website's address. You can click the bell to allow access.

Learn more at the Google Chrome Help Center

Save your Chrome preferences across devices

If you sync your Chrome settings to your Google Account, you'll see your preferences when you sign in to your account on any device and open Chrome browser.

Sign in and turn on sync

To sign in to Chrome and turn on sync, you must have a Google Account.

Important: Only turn on Chrome sync with devices that you own. If you use a public computer, use guest mode instead.

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click Profile Profile.
  3. Click Turn on sync....

    • If you're not signed into your Google Account, you'll be prompted to sign in.

  4. Click Yes, I'm in.

Tip: If you want to sync more than one account or share your computer with others, learn how to add a profile in Chrome.

Sync settings to your account.

Learn more at the Google Chrome Help Center


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