Manage Chrome devices

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You can manage your organization’s Chrome devices from a single place with Chrome device management. Configure Chrome features for users, set up Chrome device access to VPNs and Wi-Fi networks, force install Chrome apps and extensions, and more.

You can apply each setting to specific groups of users or to everyone in the organization. Most settings provide the option of enforcing a particular configuration or letting the user choose. For example, administrators can specify a standard home page for everyone or allow people to set their own home pages.

Set up Chrome device management

For each Chrome device you want to manage for your organization, you need a management license. The following licenses are available:

Chrome Device Management License

This is a multi-purpose license that gives you access to all the settings and policies that can be configured for your organization's Chrome devices. You can purchase a license that lasts for the lifetime of the device, or an annual license that you must renew each year.

Single App Chrome Device Management License
This license gives you access to a subset of settings you can use to configure Chrome devices running in Kiosk Mode. For example, a Chrome kiosk that’s used as a guest registration desk, a digital sign, or a point of sale system in a store. It cannot be used for public session kiosks.

For more information about management licences, see Licenses. To purchase licenses, contact the Google for Work or Google for Education sales team.

After you purchase licenses for your Chrome devices, you can enroll them in your organization and configure settings and policies in your Admin console.

To configure Chrome settings:

  1. Sign in to the Google Admin console.
  2. Select Device management > Chrome management.
  3. Select the category of settings that you want to configure. See below for details of each category.
  4. Select the organizational unit for which you want the settings to apply.

    Note: By default, an organizational unit inherits the settings of its parent in the organizational tree. However, you can override the inherited setting by explicitly changing the setting for the child organizational unit. The new setting applies to users in that organizational unit, and any children of that organizational unit.
  5. Click Save changes at the bottom of the screen. Settings typically take effect within minutes, but might take up to an hour to propagate through your organization.

You can configure the following Chrome settings in your Admin console:

User settings
User settings are unavailable for devices with a Single App Chrome Device Management License.

Configure policies for Chrome users within an organizational unit. These policies apply to a managed user's Chrome session on any platform, including Chrome devices. They do not apply to users in Guest mode or to users signed in with Google accounts outside of your company or organization. For most settings, you have the option to enforce a particular setting or leave the choice to the user. For example, you can specify a standard home page for all users or you can allow users to set their own home pages.

From the user settings page, you can:

For more information, see Set Chrome policies for users.

Public session settings
Public session settings are unavailable for devices with a Single App Chrome device management license.

Set up public sessions for your Chrome devices. Public sessions allow multiple users to share the same Chrome device without needing to sign in with their account. Popular uses for public sessions include loaner devices in a library, cyber cafe, or business center, and also for student exams and retail store kiosks. For more information, see Manage Public Sessions on Chrome devices.

Device settings
Some device settings are unavailable for devices with a Single App Chrome device management license.

Configure policies for enrolled Chrome devices within your organization. These policies apply to anyone who uses the device, even if the user is in Guest mode or signs in with a Google account outside of your organization.

For more information, see Manage device settings.


View your Chrome device details including hardware information, OS information, system activity and useful information for troubleshooting.

For more information, see View Chrome device information.

App management

Configure policies and settings for individual Chrome apps (compared to User settings where you can manage multiple Chrome apps within an organizational unit at once). All of the app polices that you can set in User settings (such as block, allow, force install, and recommend apps in the Chrome Web Store to your users) are available in App management.

Additionally, App management lets you view a consolidated list of your configured apps from all of the organizational units in your domain.  You can also configure settings for customizing apps and deploying an app as a kiosk app.

For more information, see Manage Chrome Apps one at a time


View reports about your Chrome devices on this page including Chrome devices (7-Day active), device release channels, device boot modes, and devices count by version.


View your device shipment details on this page. You only see this option if you purchased devices directly from Google.

Devices will only show up on the Shipments page if your order was fulfilled from Google inventory. Devices ordered from vendors, resellers, or third-party sites will not appear on this page. As of late 2013, Google stopped fulfilling orders from its warehouse, so administrators will not see any information related to recent hardware orders made through authorized resellers on this page. Please contact your reseller for shipment details.

It can take up to 24 hours for changes to propagate through Google's systems, although you will most likely see them sooner.

For more information, see Track Chrome device orders.

  • Set up Google Cloud Print to print from your Chrome devices in your organization.
  • In the Admin console, click Device management > Chrome devices to see information about the Chrome devices in your domain. You can also create organizational units to group devices that share the same configuration.
  • Configure most of your Chrome devices to use the Stable release channel, but also have a few devices on the Beta and Development release channels. This helps your organization test upcoming Chrome features and detect incompatibilities between Chrome and your environment. To find out more about release channels, see Manage device settings.
  • To learn more about deploying Chrome devices, see the Chrome Device Deployment Guide.
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