Control who can use your Chromebook

Share your Chromebook with family and friends. If you are the owner, you can manage sign-in permissions on the Settings page to control who can use it. You can make the permissions as flexible as you'd like to allow anyone to use your Chromebook, or as detailed as you need to allow only certain people to use it.

Follow these steps to manage sign-in permissions:

  1. Sign in to the Chromebook with the account that has been designated as the owner.
  2. Click the status area in the lower-right corner, where your account picture appears.
  3. Select Settings and find the "People" section.
  4. Click Manage other users.
  5. You can adjust the following settings in the dialog that appears: Allow people to sign in with any Google Account

    Make sure the "Restrict sign-in to the following users" checkbox is deselected.

    Restrict sign-in access

    Select the “Restrict sign-in to the following users” checkbox. The accounts that are already listed on the main sign-in screen will be automatically added to the list. People will be able to sign in only if their email addresses are on the list.

    Add or remove users

    To let specific people sign in, add their Google Accounts to the user list. Enter the person's email address in the “Add users” field, then press Enter. To remove someone's access, click the x next to his or her email address in the user list. It’s currently not possible to remove the account with owner permissions.

    Allow people to browse the web without signing in (guest browsing)

    Turn on the guest browsing feature to let people temporarily use your Chromebook without a Google Account. Just make sure the “Enable guest browsing” checkbox is selected. People can open a browsing window by clicking Browse as Guest from the launcher.

Next steps

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