Service and subscription options for Chrome devices

For administrators who manage Chrome devices for a business or school.

To manage Chromebooks and other devices that run Chrome OS, you need to subscribe to a Chrome service. There are 4 types of services, and you choose the one that best suits your organization type. When you subscribe, you specify the number of subscription licenses that you need, based on how many Chrome devices you want to enroll. How you pay for licenses (subscription type) depends on what service you subscribed to. 

See below for service and subscription options as well as details on how to purchase licenses. 

Chrome service options

There are 4 Chrome services available. See Compare subscription options and service features for information about how to subscribe to each service and features available.

Chrome Education, Chrome Enterprise, and Chrome Nonprofit services 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 the service that’s right for your organization type.

The Chrome Kiosk service gives you access to the settings you need to configure, deploy, and monitor a Chrome device 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 service is only available to business customers.

Types of subscription

To start using a Chrome service, purchase a subscription license for each Chrome device you want to manage. The type of subscription available to you depends on what service you subscribed to.

Annual

Available for Chrome Enterprise and Chrome Kiosk.

  • Bought per subscription term and can be renewed when the term ends.
    • I got subscription licenses for Chrome Enterprise using the Admin console—Add your billing information to your subscription in the Admin console to automatically renew licenses at the end of each term. If you opt out of automatic renewal or don’t add your billing information, you’ll have to manually renew licenses when the term ends. 
    • I have subscription licenses with an authorized partner—When the term ends, you need to manually renew licenses by purchasing an additional subscription term from your authorized partner.
  • 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

Available for Chrome Education, Chrome Enterprise, and Chrome Nonprofit.

  • 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.

How to subscribe and purchase licenses

You can subscribe to any Chrome service and purchase licenses through an authorized partner

For Chrome Enterprise only, you can use the Admin console to subscribe and purchase up to 50 annual licenses. If you use the Admin console to subscribe to Chrome Enterprise and purchase licenses, you can switch to an authorized partner. However, switching can be a lengthy process.

For information about how to subscribe to each service, see Subscription options by service.

Compare subscription options and service features

Decide which type of Chrome service is right for you and find out how to get licenses.

Subscription options by service
Chrome service Available subscription types How to subscribe and get licenses
Chrome Education Perpetual

Find an authorized partner.

Chrome Enterprise Annual

Find an authorized partner.

Get licenses directly through the Admin console if you are a G Suite customer in the U.S. or Canada, purchased G Suite directly from Google, and don't already have any Chrome Enterprise subscription licenses.

Chrome Enterprise Perpetual

Find an authorized partner.

Chrome Nonprofit Perpetual

Find an authorized partner.

Chrome Kiosk Annual

Find an authorized partner.

Feature options by service

Feature Chrome Education, Chrome Enterprise, and Chrome Nonprofit Chrome Kiosk 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 the Chrome Kiosk service.

Public sessions X
  • Allow users to share a Chrome device.
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.

I already have subscription licenses

If you already have subscription licenses to one or more Chrome services, the type of subscription license that's available to you can vary.

I got licenses in the Admin console

If you subscribed to Chrome Enterprise using your Admin console, you’re an online direct customer.  You can manage your Chrome Enterprise subscriptions and purchase up to 50 annual licenses for the Chrome Enterprise service using the Google Admin console. For example, you can increase or reduce license count, cancel your trial or subscription, and update payment methods.
Other types of Chrome services and subscriptions aren't available to you. If you want to purchase another Chrome service or subscription, you have to switch to an authorized partner.

I have licenses with an authorized partner

If you use an authorized partner, the subscription you can get depends on your agreement with the reseller. You can’t manage your subscriptions using the Admin console. But, you can manage license usage by enrolling and deprovisioning devices in the Admin console. 
  • If you can see your partner's contact information in the Admin console's Billing section, you're an online resold customer. You can only purchase a Chrome Enterprise service annual subscription. Other types of Chrome services and subscriptions aren't available to you. If you have the G Suite service or want to purchase it, you need to have all your services and subscriptions with the same authorized partner.
  • If you can’t see your partner’s contact information in the Admin console's Billing section, you’re an offline resold customer. You can purchase any type of Chrome service and subscription. Your organization might have more than one authorized partner.

To get to the Billing section in the Admin console:

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. From the Admin console Home page, go to Billing.

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