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Create & manage supervised users

You can control and view the websites others visit in Chrome by creating a supervised user profile. A supervised user is different from a Google Account. By creating a supervised user, you can:

  • See which websites they visited
  • Block certain websites
  • Prevent them from installing apps and extensions
  • Ensure they're using SafeSearch (turned on by default)
  • Change their settings

For example, you can set up a supervised user profile for a family member, which gives you control over what they do in Chrome.

Add a supervised user

Computer (Windows, Mac, Linux)
  1. Open Chrome.
  2. Sign in to Chrome.
  3. At the top right, click the button with your name or People People.
  4. Click Switch person.
  5. Click Add person.
  6. Choose a photo and a name.
  7. Check the box next to "Supervise this person to control and view the websites they visit from your Google Account."
  8. From the drop-down, select your account.
  9. Optional: If you already created a supervised user and want to use those settings, click Import an existing supervised user.
  10. Click Save.
Chromebook

Step 1: Turn on supervised users

  1. Sign in to your Chromebook.
  2. Click the status area where your account photo appears.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. In the "People" section, click Manage other users.
  5. Check the box next to "Enable supervised users."

Step 2: Add a supervised user

  1. Click the status area where your account photo appears, then click Sign out.
  2. On the sign-in screen, click More More and then Add supervised user.
  3. Click Create supervised user.
  4. Select the account that will manage the supervised user.
  5. Enter the account password and click Next.
  6. Choose a name, password, and photo.
  7. Optional: If you already created a supervised user and want to use those settings, click Import an existing supervised user.
  8. Click Next.
  9. You'll see a message confirming that the user was created. Click Got it.

If the account you’re using isn't the owner of your Chromebook, you'll need to switch to the owner account or reset your Chromebook to add supervised users.

If you're on a Chromebook at work or school, you might not be able to add a supervised user. For help, contact your administrator.

Block websites

Supervised users can go to any website by default, but you can monitor what they look at online:

  1. Go to the Supervised Users Dashboard.
  2. Select a user.
  3. In the "Permissions" section, click Manage.
  4. To block websites for that user, click a section below:
Block some websites
  1. Under "Allow," select All of the web.
  2. Under "Blocked sites," enter a website you want to block. For example: www.google.com.
  3. Under "Behavior," choose an option:.
    • Block entire domain: The supervised user won't see any site from the "google" domain, like mail.google.com and www.google.de.
    • Allow some subdomains: The supervised user can see specific web addresses owned by www.google.com that you approve. For example, if you mark images.google.com as approved, your supervised user can open images.google.com. However, they can't open google.com/images.
    • Block only this address: The supervised user won't see www.google.com, but can see www.google.co.uk.
  4. Click OK.

Tip: Use an asterisk to include every version of a web address. For example, to block country-specific versions of www.google.com (like www.google.co.uk), enter www.google.*.

Block all websites, with a few exceptions
  1. Under "Allow," select Only approved sites.
  2. Under "Approved sites," enter a website URL. For example, www.google.com.
  3. Under "Behavior," choose an option:.
    • Allow entire domain: The supervised user can see any site from the "google" domain, like mail.google.com and www.google.de.
    • Block some subdomains: The supervised user will see all web addresses owned by www.google.com except the ones you block. For example, if you block images.google.com, the supervised user will still be able to see news.google.com.
    • Allow only this address: The supervised user can see any site with www.google.com, but can't see www.google.co.uk.
  4. Click OK.

Tip: Use an asterisk to include every version of a web address. For example, to block country-specific versions of www.google.com (like www.google.co.uk), enter www.google.*.

Block account access

By default, supervised users can switch to any Chrome profile on your computer. This allows them to see your bookmarks, saved Autofill entries, and other profile information.

To prevent others from seeing your information, lock your profile:

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. Sign in to Chrome.
  3. At the top right, click the button with your name or People People.
  4. Click Exit and childlock.

To use your profile again, sign in with your Google password.

We recommend sharing your computer only with people you trust. "Exit and childlock" helps protect your privacy, but childlock is not a strong security measure against strangers.

Fix problems with creating a supervised user

If you're having problems creating a supervised user, make sure that Chrome is syncing properly with your Google Account. Learn about signing into Chrome and syncing your information.

Megan is a Google Chrome expert and the author of this help page. Help her improve this article by leaving feedback below.

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