Applies to managed Chrome browsers and ChromeOS devices.
As a Chrome administrator, you can:
- See which Chrome policies are in effect on a device being managed by an organization
- See the source of a particular policy (the level where it was set)
On a managed ChromeOS device, browse to chrome://policy.
All Chrome policies currently in effect on that device are listed in the Applies to: column.
- Current user: Policies that apply to Current user are user-level policies. These can be set from the Admin console. Or they could be OS-user-level policies set by Windows Group Policy.
- Machine: Policies that apply to Machine are set at the device level on Windows/Mac/Linux computers. They're applied using an on-premise configuration tool such as Windows Group Policy or Managed Preferences on Mac.
- Device: Policies that apply to Device are device-level policies set for ChromeOS devices from the Admin console.
Machine and Device settings apply to all users of the device, no matter which browser they’re using or whether they’re signed in to an account. By default, device-level policies take precedence over policies set at other levels.
Identify the source of a Chrome policy
To see the source of a specific Chrome policy on a managed device:
- On a managed device, browse to chrome://policy.
- Click Reload policies.
- At the top right, in the Filter policies by name box, enter the policy you’re searching for.
- Check the Show policies with no value set box.
- Make sure Source is correctly set to Platform, Cloud, or Enterprise default. If the policy hasn’t been set, the value is Not set.
- Platform policies are pushed to users with Windows Group Policy, Managed Preferences on Mac, or another out-of-band management system for Windows, Mac, or Linux. Platform policies are listed even if the user isn’t signed in to a managed account.
- Cloud policies are set using the Admin console and apply to users who sign in to Chrome with a managed Google Account.
- Enterprise default policies are set by Chrome developers for enterprise customers and have a different default value than non-enterprise customers. Admins can override default values by setting the corresponding cloud policies in the Admin console.
- Understand Chrome policy management
- Set Chrome policies for managed PCs
- Set Chrome policies for users or browsers
- Set ChromeOS device policies
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