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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.

Turn guest browsing on and off

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

  1. Sign in to your Chromebook.
  2. Click the status area, where your account picture appears.
  3. Click Settings > Manage other users.
  4. 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.

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

Guest logout
  1. To end a guest browsing session, click Guest in the lower right corner.
  2. Click Exit guest.

Or you can press the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + Q twice to sign out.

Add permanent users to your Chromebook

You can add new people so they can use your Chromebook, too. This option is best for people who will be using your Chromebook regularly, like family members. Here's how:

  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 person.
  4. Have the person you want to add sign in to their Google Account. If they don't have one, they can create one or click More options > Create new account.
  5. Once they've chosen a profile picture, they’ll be able to see their themes, apps, and bookmarks.

Whenever added people want to use the Chromebook, they can click their profile picture and enter their password. All of their information will be kept separate from yours. You can add up to 17 people to your Chromebook.

Troubleshoot sharing issues

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 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 but want to browse as a guest on another computer
If you're not on a Chromebook, you can still use the Chrome browser to browse as a guest.
I'm having trouble signing in to a Chromebook

If you're borrowing a friend’s Chromebook and you see the message "Sorry, you don’t have permission to sign in," your friend may have to add your account.

If you’re having other issues signing in, use the sign-in troubleshooter.

Casey is a Chromebook expert and author of this help page. Help her improve this article by leaving feedback below.

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