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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, or by adding your friend’s Google Account to your Chromebook.

Note: If you’re using your Chromebook at work or school, some of these features might be grayed out or not work. For more help, contact your administrator.

Let a guest use your Chromebook

Step 1: Turn on guest browsing

To share your Chromebook with someone temporarily, first make sure that guest mode is turned on:

  1. If you haven’t yet, sign in to your Chromebook.
  2. Click the status area, where your account picture appears.
  3. Click Settings Settings.
  4. In the "People" section, click Manage other users.
  5. In the window that opens, check the box for Enable Guest browsing. If the box is already checked, guest browsing is turned on.

Note: If you’re using your Chromebook at work or school, you might not be able to change this setting.

Step 2: Sign in as a guest
  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 might still have records of their visit.

Step 3: Sign out of guest mode

To end a guest browsing session:

  • Option 1: In the lower right corner of the screen, click Guest. Then click Exit guest.
  • Option 2: On your keyboard, press Ctrl + Shift + q twice.

Add another account to your Chromebook

You can also add permanent users to your Chromebook. 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. On the bottom left, click Add person.
  3. Have your friend sign in to their Google Account. If they don't have an account, have them create one.
  4. Have your friend follow the steps that appear. Once they’ve signed in, they’ll be able to see all their data synced in Chrome, like apps, themes, and bookmarks.

The sign-in screen can show up to 18 accounts, and all of their information and files are kept separate from yours. If your Chromebook runs out of hard drive space, it might remove an account or some accounts that haven't been used recently.

Troubleshoot problems sharing your Chromebook

I see an error: "Sorry, you don’t have permission to sign in"

You’ll need to ask the owner of the Chromebook to give you permission to sign in.

I want to turn off guest browsing

If you don’t want anyone to browse your Chromebook as a guest, turn off guest browsing:

  1. If you haven’t yet, sign in to your Chromebook.
  2. Click the status area, where your account picture appears.
  3. Click Settings Settings.
  4. In the "People" section, click Manage other users.
  5. In the window that opens, uncheck the box for Enable Guest browsing.

Note: If you’re using your Chromebook at work or school, you might not be able to change this setting.

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.

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