Share your Chromebook with others

You can let friends and family use your Chromebook and still keep your account information secure by using guest browsing.

How to share your Chromebook

Turn guest browsing on and off

To share your Chromebook, you must first change the settings so you can add other users:

  1. Sign in to your Chromebook.
  2. In the lower-right corner of your screen, click your profile picture.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. In the “People” section, click Manage other users…
  5. In the “Users” window that opens, check or uncheck the box for “Enable Guest browsing.”

Let others use your Chromebook as guests

Guest login
  1. If you’re signed in to your Chromebook, sign out.
  2. At the bottom of the screen, click Browse as Guest.

Your guests can visit websites and download files, but they can’t install apps. Their browsing data won’t be saved, but some websites may still have records of their visit.

Guest logout
  1. To end a guest browsing session, click Guest in the lower right corner.
  2. In the upper-right corner of the window that opens, click Exit guest.

Or you can use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+Q.

Add permanent users to your Chromebook

You can add someone to your Chromebook permanently as another user. Use this option for someone who will be using your Chromebook regularly, like a family member:

  1. If you’re signed in to your Chromebook, sign out.
  2. Make sure the Chromebook is still connected to a network.
  3. In the bottom left, click + Add user.
  4. Have the person you want to add sign in to their Google Account.
  5. Once they've chosen a profile picture, they’ll be able to see their themes, apps, and bookmarks.

Whenever added users want to use your Chromebook, they can click their profile picture and enter their password. All of their information will be kept separate from yours. They’ll only be able to see their own files and favorites.

Troubleshoot problems

I’m sharing my Chromebook at work or school and guest browsing isn’t working
If you’re using a Chromebook at school or work, your network administrator might disable guest browsing, in which case you won't be able to use this feature. Learn about using a managed Chromebook.
I’m not on a Chromebook and still want to browse as a guest on another computer
If you’re not using a Chromebook, you can still use Chrome browser to browse Chrome as a guest.

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