Create a private Chrome app collection

This article is for IT administrators managing Chrome and Chrome devices for Business or Education.

Overview

Chrome and Chrome device administrators can recommend Chrome web apps to users in their organization, available in a private collection only those users can see. Users signed-in to their Google Apps accounts will see this private collection as a tab in the Chrome Web Store named after their organization.

Example of a Chrome Web Store private collection for http://altostrat.com.

The private collection can include both public apps and private apps restricted to the organization (like a bookmark app linking to a company's HR website or a bookmark app that links to a school's homepage). Private apps appear on the web store with a small padlock to the bottom-right of their product image. The Chrome administrator can specify which users in the domain are allowed to upload private apps. You can include all of your organization's private apps or a subset of them in the private collection.

Private apps restricted to your organization

Chrome for Business and Chrome device customers can use the Chrome Web Store to host private apps restricted only to their users. When users are signed in to their Chrome devices, they will see their organization's private apps in a private collection named after their domain in the Chrome Web Store.

You can customize the Chrome Web Store homepage for users in your domain by choosing one of these three options in the Admin console under Device management > Chrome management > User settings > Chrome Web Store Homepage:

To choose which users you want to publish private apps for your organization, follow these steps:
  1. Sign in to your Admin console.
  2. Go to Device management > Chrome management > User settings > Chrome Web Store Permissions.
  3. Select an organizational unit.
  4. Check the box Allow users to publish apps restricted to your domain on Chrome Web Store.

Users who are part of the selected organizational unit can publish private apps in the Chrome developer dashboard. Learn more about how to Publish private Chrome web apps restricted to your organization. Also note that this organizational unit will need to have the Chrome Web Store setting turned on in the Admin console under Other Google Services in order to publish private apps.

Recommend apps and extensions for your organization

Chrome administrators can recommend apps and extensions for users in their organization. When your users are signed in to their Google Apps accounts and they visit the Chrome Web Store, the public and private apps and extensions that you recommend will be in a collection called "For your domain", which you can rename.

You can make this private collection in the Chrome Web Store the default landing page for your users by selecting the setting below. Both public and private apps that you recommend appear in the "For your domain" collection in the Chrome Web Store.

Chrome app packs

To set up a recommended collection of Chrome apps for your organization, follow these steps:

  1. Sign in to your Admin console.
  2. Go to Device management > Chrome management > User settings > Chrome Web Store Homepage.
  3. Click on Manage public apps. In the dialog box that pops up, choose which public apps and extensions you want to highlight for your organization.
Here's what the Recommended Apps & Extensions dialog box looks like for administrators:

Under Which private apps should be included in the collection? you have two options:

  • Include all private apps and extensions from my domain.

​Or

  • I will choose which private apps and extensions to include.

With each of these settings, you can select which apps you want to recommend for your users.