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Add a person to your Chromebook

You can let other people sign in to your Chromebook using their Google accounts. This option is best for people who will be using your Chromebook regularly, such as family members. This is how to do it:

  1. If you're signed in to your Chromebook, sign out.
  2. On the bottom, click Add person.
  3. Enter the Google account email address and password, then click Next.
  4. Follow the steps that appear.

Tip: If your friend doesn't have an account, they can create a Google account.

What info people will see

When someone signs in to your Chromebook, they’ll see all their data synced in Chrome, such as apps, wallpaper and bookmarks. They can also use all of Google's web services (such as Gmail and Google Drive) using their own account, rather than yours. All of their information and files are kept separate from yours.

Fix problems adding accounts

You see an error message: 'Sorry, you don't have permission to sign in'

The owner of the Chromebook needs to give permission to add other accounts to the Chromebook. Learn how to control who uses your Chromebook.

You can't sign in

If you're using your Chromebook at work or school, you might only be able to sign in with your work account and not with other accounts (such as your personal Gmail account). For more help, contact your administrator.
If you're not at work or school, try these steps:

Your account was deleted from your Chromebook

Your Chromebook might have deleted the account automatically to free up hard drive space. You can add the account again, but you should also free up space on your Chromebook.
The sign-in screen can show up to 18 accounts.

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