Create & manage supervised users

If you want to share Chrome with others and manage how they use it, you can create supervised user accounts for which you can:

  • 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. In the upper right corner of the browser window, click the Chrome menu icon Chrome menu.
  2. Click Settings.
  3. Under "Users," click Add person.
  4. Choose a picture and a name for the person. To import an existing supervised user, click Import an existing supervised user.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 Add user. To import an existing supervised user from another computer, click Import an existing supervised user.
  3. On the right side of the screen that appears, click Create a supervised user. If you don't have any accounts on your Chromebook, you'll need to add an account before you can create a supervised user.
  4. Sign in to the account that will manage the supervised user and click Next.
  5. Create a username, password, and picture for the supervised user and click Next.

Note: If you don't have owner permissions on your Chromebook, you may need to reset it to add supervised users.

On a work or school Chromebook

If you’re using a work or school Chromebook, 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

Do I need to create a Google Account or Gmail address for a supervised user?

No. 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.

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