Create & manage supervised users

When you add a supervised user to your account in Chrome, you can control and view the websites that user visits.

As the manager of a supervised user in Chrome, you can:

  • allow or block certain websites.
  • review websites the supervised user has visited from a dashboard.
  • manage other settings.

Add a supervised user

To learn how to add a supervised user, choose your device below:

Computer (Windows, Mac, Linux)
  1. In the top-right corner of the browser window, click the Chrome menu Chrome menu.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Under "Users," click Add person.
  4. Choose a picture and a name for the person. (To import an existing supervised user instead, click Import an existing supervised user).
  5. Check the box next to "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

You can only set up supervised users on a device that you own. If you don't have owner permissions on your Chromebook, you'll need to reset it. Learn how to reset your 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.
  3. Optional: To import an existing supervised user from another computer, click Import an existing supervised user.
  4. On the right side of the screen that appears, click Create a supervised user.
  5. Click Create a supervised user. Note: If you don't have any accounts on your Chromebook, you'll need to add an account before you can create a supervised user.
  6. Sign in to the account that will manage the supervised user.
  7. Click Next.
  8. Create a username, password, and picture for the supervised user.
  9. Click Next.

Using a Chromebook at work or school? Supervised users aren't available on managed Chromebooks. Learn about using a managed Chromebook

Control sites supervised users can visit

By default, your supervised user can go to any website that they want. If you don't want a supervised user to go to certain websites, you can block those websites using the supervised users dashboard. Here's how:

  1. Go to your supervised users dashboard
  2. In the "Permissions" section, click Manage.
  3. Under "Allow," select All of the web or Only approved sites to edit sites that are blocked or allowed.
  4. Insert [*.] before the domain name (e.g. [*.]google.com). This will match drive.google.com and calendar.google.com). For country-specific domains, insert [*.] after the host (e.g. www.google.[*]).

The access restrictions you set up for a host (such as google.com or www.google.com) are not shared by other subdomains (such as mail.google.com or drive.google.com). Similarly, country-specific domains (such as www.google.de or www.google.co.uk) don’t share the restrictions you’ve configured for the main domain (www.google.com).

Common questions about supervised users

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

No. Creating a supervised account does not require, nor does it create, a Google Account. A supervised user's bookmarks, browsing history, and other preferences will not follow them to other devices.

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 accessing my profile?

A supervised user can access other Chrome users available on the computer. If you are the manager of a supervised user, you can always remove your own Chrome profile from the computer or sign out of Chrome before handing it off to a supervised user.

How is SafeSearch used with supervised accounts?

By default, SafeSearch filters are turned on for supervised users. SafeSearch helps prevent adult content from showing in your supervised user's search results. SafeSearch filters may not be 100 percent accurate, but your supervised user shouldn't encounter much of this type of material. Learn more about SafeSearch settings.

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