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Create a supervised Chrome profile

Control and see the websites someone visits by creating a supervised profile for them. With supervised profiles, you can:

  • See which websites they visited
  • Block websites
  • Prevent them from installing apps and extensions
  • Turn on SafeSearch (turned on by default)
  • Change their settings

For example, you can make a supervised profile for family members to limit what they can do using Chrome. Supervised Chrome profiles don’t give access to other Google products like Gmail, Google+, and Drive.

Add a supervised profile

Computer
  1. Open Chrome.
  2. Sign in to Chrome.
  3. At the top right, click the button with your name or People People.
  4. Click Manage people.
  5. Click Add person.
  6. Choose a photo and a name.
  7. Check the box next to "Supervise this person to control and view the websites they visit from [your Google Account]."
  8. Click the Down arrow Down Arrow.
  9. Select your account.
  10. Optional: If you want to reuse settings from another supervised profile, click Import an existing supervised user.
  11. Click Save.
    • To open the new supervised profile, click Switch to [supervised user].
    • To return to your profile, click Okay, got it.
Chromebook

Step 1: Turn on supervised profiles

  1. Sign in to your Chromebook’s owner account.
  2. Click your account photo.
  3. Click Settings Settings.
  4. In the "People" section, click Manage other people.
  5. Turn on Enable supervised users.

Note: If you're on a Chromebook at work or school, you can't turn on supervised profiles.

Step 2: Add a supervised profile

  1. Click your account photo, then click Sign out.
  2. Click More More and then Add supervised user.
  3. Click Create supervised user.
  4. Select the account that will manage the supervised profile.
  5. Enter the account password and click Next.
  6. Choose a name, password, and photo.
  7. Optional: If you want to reuse the settings from another supervised profile, click Import an existing supervised user.
  8. Click Next.
  9. You'll see a message confirming the profile was created. Click Got it.

Block websites

Supervised users can go to any website by default, but you can stop them from going to certain websites.

  1. Go to chrome.com/manage.
  2. Select a supervised user.
  3. In the "Permissions" section, click Manage.
  4. To block websites for that person, choose a category below:
Block specific websites
  1. Under "Allow," select All of the web.
  2. Under "Blocked sites," enter a website you want to block. For example: www.google.com.
  3. Under "Behavior," choose an option:
    • Block entire domain: They won't see any site from the "google" domain, like mail.google.com and www.google.de.
    • Allow some subdomains: They can see specific web addresses owned by www.google.com that you approve. For example, if you mark images.google.com as approved, the profile can open images.google.com, but not google.com/images.
    • Block only this address: They won't see www.google.com, but can see www.google.co.uk.
  4. Click OK.

Tip: Use an asterisk to include every version of a web address. For example, to block country-specific versions of www.google.com (like www.google.co.uk), enter www.google.*.

Block all websites, with a few exceptions
  1. Under "Allow," select Only approved sites.
  2. Under "Approved sites," enter a website URL. For example, www.google.com.
  3. Under "Behavior," choose an option:
    • Allow entire domain: They can see any site from the "google" domain, like mail.google.com and www.google.de.
    • Block some subdomains: They will see all web addresses owned by www.google.com except the ones you block. For example, if you block images.google.com, they can still see news.google.com.
    • Allow only this address: They can see any site with www.google.com, but can't see www.google.co.uk.
  4. Click OK.

Tip: Use an asterisk to include every version of a web address. For example, to block country-specific versions of www.google.com (like www.google.co.uk), enter www.google.*.

Prevent supervised profiles from switching to an unsupervised profile

You can lock your profile to keep your information, passwords, and bookmarks private from other users.

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click the button with your name.
  3. Click Exit and childlock.

To switch to your profile, you'll need to sign in with your Google password.

To protect your privacy, share your computer with people you trust. "Exit and childlock" helps protect your privacy, but childlock is not a strong security block against strangers.

Fix a problem

If you're having problems creating a supervised profile, make sure that Chrome is signed in with your Google Account. Learn more about signing into Chrome.

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

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