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Choose your Chrome licenses

Before you can manage Chrome devices in your organization, you need a Chrome license for each device you want to enroll. Then, you can use the Google Admin console to enroll devices, configure settings, and apply policies.

License options

There are 4 types of licenses available for purchase.

  • Chrome Education, Chrome Enterprise, and Chrome Nonprofit—These licenses allow you to configure settings and enforce policies for specific Chrome devices. You can control user access, customize features, configure network access, and more. Choose one, depending on your organization type.
  • Single app Chrome kiosk device management—This license gives you access to the settings you need to configure, deploy, and monitor a Chrome device running as a single-app kiosk. It’s perfect for a device that's used exclusively as a kiosk, such as a digital sign or point-of-sale system in a store. However, it can’t be used for public-session kiosks. This license is only available to business customers.

Compare Chrome licenses

Decide which type of Chrome license is right for you by reviewing the comparison charts.

Subscription options by license

License type Subscriptions available How to get licenses
Chrome Education Perpetual
Chrome Enterprise Annual and perpetual
  • Find an authorized partner.
  • Get annual licenses directly through the Admin console if you:
    • Are a business customer in the U.S. or Canada.
    • Purchased G Suite directly from Google.
    • Don't already have any Chrome Enterprise licenses.
Chrome Nonprofit Perpetual
Single app Chrome kiosk device management Annual

Feature options by license

Feature Chrome Education, Chrome Enterprise, and Chrome Nonprofit Single app Chrome kiosk device management Feature description
User policies X
  • Manage and deploy policies at a user level.
Device policies
  • Manage policies at a device level, such as allowing automatic system updates or enabling health reporting for kiosks.

Note: Some settings, such as Google Cloud Print, aren’t available for devices with a single-app Chrome kiosk license.

Public sessions X
  • Allow users to share a Chrome device without needing to sign in.
Network configurations  
  • Deploy network configurations (Wi-Fi and Ethernet).
Push apps and extensions
  • Deploy apps.
  • Deploy app configurations to control the first-run experience.
PC workstation X
  • Use the device as a workstation.
  • Access to web and virtualized desktop applications.

License subscriptions

Annual

  • Bought per term and can be renewed when the term ends.
  • Currently, there is no flexible plan available.
  • You can unenroll a device and transfer the subscription to another device (of any model) in the same domain.
  • You can't transfer a subscription to a device in another domain.
  • If you purchase additional annual subscriptions mid-term, the cost is prorated and the new subscription expires at the same time as your original subscription.

Perpetual

  • Covers the life of the device it's enrolled to.
  • If you encounter a hardware issue and need to replace a device, you can transfer the subscription to another device of the same model (or equivalent manufacturer-provided replacement).
  • You can’t transfer a subscription from one device model to another in the same domain.
  • You can’t transfer a subscription to a device in another domain.
  • Transfers are audited.
  • We recommend reviewing the Auto Update policies for each device before you purchase a perpetual subscription.

Customer types

Online direct

If you sign up for Chrome Enterprise using your Admin console, you’re an online direct customer. You can manage your subscriptions and up to 50 licenses using your Admin console. For example, you can increase or reduce license count, cancel your trial or subscription, and update payment methods.
You can only purchase Chrome Enterprise annual licenses. Other types of Chrome license aren't available to you.

Online resold

If you were an online direct customer and then switched to an authorized partner using a transfer token, you’re an online resold customer. Or, if you ordered Chrome licenses through an authorized partner, you might be an online resold customer, depending on how they set up your subscription. If you can see your authorized partner's contact information in the Admin console's Billing section, you're an online resold customer.
As an online resold customer, you can't manage your subscriptions using your Admin console. But, you can still manage license usage by enrolling and deprovisioning devices. If you have other Google services, such as G Suite, you need to transfer all your service subscriptions to a single authorized partner.
You can only purchase Chrome Enterprise annual licenses. Other types of Chrome license aren't available to you.

Offline resold

If you were an online direct customer and then switched to an authorized partner without using a transfer token, you’re an offline resold customer. Or, if you ordered Chrome licenses through an authorized partner, you might be an offline resold customer, depending on how they set up your subscription. If you can’t see your authorized partner’s contact information in the Admin console's Billing section, you’re an offline resold customer. Your organization might have more than one authorized partner.
As an offline resold customer, you can’t manage your subscriptions using your Admin console. But, you can still manage license usage by enrolling and deprovisioning devices.
You can purchase any type of Chrome license, not just Chrome Enterprise annual licenses.

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