Sign in to other sites using Google

You may see "Google+ Sign-In" on third-party websites, mobile apps, games or other online services (generally referred to as “apps”). When you do, you can use your Google username and password to sign in instead of creating a new username and password. And don't worry, you can control what information is shared with the site and what information others see.

If you haven’t connected any apps to Google+, that means you haven't signed in to any apps using Google+ Sign-In. These might include things like games, music or social media sites.

Tip: If you’re having trouble signing in using your Google username and password, try this troubleshooter.

Getting started

When you sign in to a website or app with Google, you’ll choose things like:

  • Who from your circles can see your app activity on Google-provided services like your Google+ profile, some Google search results and ads managed by Google (depending on your existing Google account settings).
  • The list of people in your circles that you share with the app.

To use Google+ Sign-In, follow these steps:

  1. Open the app or website that you want to sign in to.
  2. Click the Google+ Sign-In button. If you don’t see the button, this may mean that Google+ Sign-In isn’t available for the app, or you might already be logged in to the app.
  3. If you aren’t already logged in to Google+, enter your Google username and password.
  4. Review the permissions screen. From this screen, you can do things like:
    • Choose who from your circles can see your app activity on Google-provided services
    • Select the people or circles that you want to share with the app
    • Give the app access to other information that it requests
  5. Click Accept.

Once you’ve signed in with Google, the site or app may ask you to complete a few more steps to create your account.

Share your app activity with people you choose

Some apps may ask to share your app activity with Google. You choose who can see this activity on Google-provided services.

This means that you might let everyone see the music you’re listening to, but only let your family see your restaurant reviews.

The app will show you a permissions screen if it would like to share your information on Google-provided services. To make changes, click the Pencil icon on the permissions screen . After clicking the Pencil icon, you can:

  • Make your app activity visible by clicking +Add more people and entering circles, people or email addresses.
  • Remove a circle or person by clicking the X next to their name.
  • Keep your activity private by selecting Only you.

Select the people you want to share with the app

When you share a list of people from your circles with the app, it may use that information to personalise your app experience. For example, you may see when your friend earns a high score on a game that you both play or when they use the app to review a restaurant that you’re considering for dinner.

From the permissions screen:

  1. Click the Pencil icon. 
  2. Untick the box next to any circles that you’d like to exclude. You can also untick “All circles” so that future circles you create won’t be automatically shared with the app.
  3. Click OK.

Details

  • When you sign in using Google, the app will receive your full name, profile picture, Google+ ID, age range, language, a list of people in your circles and any publicly available information on your Google+ profile.
  • Choosing who can see your activity on Google doesn't control who can see your activity within an app itself. The app controls that.
  • To learn more about how an app uses your data, contact them or review their privacy policy.
  • If an app publishes content that you create, it may appear on Google and other search engines. It may be connected to you, regardless of your Google+ settings. You can learn more about photos and names in search results.
  • If you use Google Apps at work or school, your posts might be restricted to your organisation or domain by default. In this case, choosing "Your circles" will exclude users outside the domain. Selecting any other combination of circles will include users outside the domain.
  • The permissions that you select when you sign in to an app with Google apply to that app on both mobile and desktop.
  • When you sign in with Google, you may be automatically signed in to that app on other devices.
  • If you sign in to an app on several devices or browsers, you may need to sign out of each device or browser separately.