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Chrome licenses

Note: This article is about licenses for managed Chrome devices. If you’re looking for information about device enrollment, see Enroll Chrome devices.

Before you can manage Chrome devices in your organization, you need to purchase 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.

See how many licenses you have

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in

  2. From the Admin console dashboard, go to Device managementand thenChrome management.

    If you don't see Device management on the dashboard, click More controls at the bottom.

  3. Click Devices.
  4. At the top right, check to see how many licenses you have used and are available.

License types

There are 4 licenses available for purchase.

  • 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 as an annual subscription.
  • Chrome Enterprise, Chrome Education, 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. If you purchase Chrome Enterprise licenses, you can choose a perpetual or annual subscription. However, Chrome Education and Chrome Nonprofit are only available as perpetual subscriptions.

License subscriptions

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

Learn more about deprovisioning devices and applicable license transfers.

License features

  Chrome Enterprise, Chrome Education, and Chrome Nonprofit Single-app 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 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

Purchase licenses

Contact the Chrome or Google for Education team. You can also purchase Chrome Enterprise licenses online.

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