Create & manage supervised users

You can control and view websites others visit in Chrome by creating a supervised user account. For example, set up an account for your son or daughter where you have control over different actions in Chrome:

  • Allow or block certain websites
  • Review websites that have been visited
  • Adjust their user settings
  • Turn off Guest mode
  • Prevent them from creating new profiles

Add a supervised user

Computer (Windows, Mac, Linux)
  1. Sign in to Chrome.
  2. In the top right corner of the browser window, click the Chrome menu Chrome menu.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. Under "People," click Add person.
  5. Choose a picture and a name for the person. To import an existing supervised user, click Import an existing supervised user.
  6. Check "Control and view the websites this person visits from (your email address)." If the checkbox is grayed out, you'll need to sign in to Chrome.
  7. Click Add.
Chromebook

On a personal Chromebook

  1. If you're signed in to your Chromebook, click the status area where your account picture appears, then click Sign out.
  2. On the main sign-in screen, click the menu Settings overflow menu > Add supervised user.
  3. Click the Create supervised user button.
  4. Click the account that will manage the supervised user.
  5. Enter the account password and click Next.
  6. Choose a name, password, and picture for the supervised user.
    • To import an existing supervised user from another computer, click Import an existing supervised user.
  7. Click Next.
  8. You'll see a message confirming your supervised user was created. Click Got it.

If your account isn't designated as the owner of your Chromebook, you may need to reset it to add supervised users.

If you don't have any accounts on your Chromebook, you'll need to add an account before you can create a supervised user.

Using a Chromebook at work or school? Check with your network administrator to see if you’re able to add supervised users.

Decide what supervised users can see

By default, your supervised user can go to any website that they want. To change what supervised users can see online:

  1. Go to your Supervised Users Dashboard.
  2. In the "Permissions" section, click Manage.
  3. Under "Allow," check All of the web or Only approved sites.
  4. To block certain websites for a supervised user, insert * before the site name. It should look something like this: *.google.com. For country-specific domains, insert * after the site name, like this: www.google.*.

Note: The sites you’ve blocked only work for the address you entered. Supervised users can still visit a second website that is hosted on the website you’ve already blocked. For example:

  • If you’ve blocked www.google.com, a supervised user can still see calendar.google.com.
  • If you’ve blocked www.google.com, a supervised user can still see other country sites for Google, such as www.google.fi or www.google.co.uk.

You can block these additional sites by following the steps above.

Common questions about supervised users

What do I need to create a supervised user?

Device owners can create supervised accounts using the main Google Account that they set up for Chrome or on their Chromebooks. You don’t need a separate Google Account for a supervised user. A supervised user's bookmarks, browsing history, and other preferences will be available on the device that you set up the Chrome supervised user account on.

Can supervised users install extensions or apps?

A supervised user can't install extensions or apps from the Chrome Web Store.

Can I block a supervised user from seeing my bookmarks, favorites, and other account information?

By default, when supervised users are logged in to a Chrome account on your computer, they can see your bookmarks, favorites, and other account information. To stop them from seeing this information, you can lock your account before letting them use Chrome:

  1. Click your profile name.
  2. Click Exit and childlock.

Note: We recommend sharing your computer account only with people you trust. Exit and childlock helps protect your privacy, but doesn’t protect against malicious attacks by other users.

How is SafeSearch used with supervised accounts?

By default, SafeSearch filters are turned on for supervised users. SafeSearch filters help prevent adult content from showing in your supervised user's search results.

Troubleshooting

If you're having problems creating a supervised user, try the solutions below.

Fix issues with creating a supervised user

Stop Chrome Sync and then restart it:

  1. Go to your Google dashboard.
  2. Click Reset sync and wait for it to complete.
  3. Sign in to Chrome and try creating a supervised user again.

If that doesn't work, try these other solutions:

  • Make sure that Chrome is syncing properly with your Google Account.
  • Sign out of Chrome and sign back in again.

Laura is a Google Chrome expert and author of this help page. Leave her feedback about the page.

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