Managing owners, users, and permissions

You can be an owner or user of a property. Each of these roles has different rights and capabilities. You can grant permissions to other users only if you are a property owner.

See and manage the user list in (site) Settings Settings > Users and permissions in Search Console.

MANAGE USERS AND PERMISSIONS

Permissions

Each user for a Search Console property is assigned one of the following permissions:

  • Owner: Has full control over properties in Search Console. Owners can add and remove other users, configure settings, view all data, and use all tools. A property must have at least one verified owner, or no users will have access to the property. There are two types of owners, both have the same permissions:
    • Verified owner: Someone who verified ownership of the property using a token to prove ownership (such as an HTML file uploaded to the website). To add or remove a verified owner, you must add or remove a token on the site.
    • Delegated owner: Someone granted ownership status by a verified ownerwithout the use of a verification token (such as an HTML file or tag). To add or remove a delegated owner, an owner of any type simply adds or removes the new owner using the Search Console user management screen.
  • Full user: Has view rights to all data and can take some actions.
  • Restricted user: Has simple view rights on most data.
  • Associate: Associates are people or accounts that can take certain actions on behalf of your site, or access certain data. Unlike site owners and users, associates can't open or view your Search Console account or data directly but they are authorized to perform other tasks. The actions and permissions vary depending on the type of association (for example, Chrome Web store). Learn more about association.
Permission details
Feature Owner Full user Restricted user
View all reports
Property settings (geotargeting, crawl rate) View only
URL Parameters View only
Change of Address View only View only
User administration Details Details
Index Coverage View only
Blocked URLs
URL Inspection Fetch only
Performance
Links
Remove URLs View only
Rich result status reports
Receive messages 1
Reconsideration request  
Disavow links  
Link Google Analytics account    
Add / remove property owners    
Data Highlighter  
Verify fixes  
Share report links  
Add users    
Submit sitemap    

 

1 Restricted users receive only messages that specifically affect them.

We lost our only verified site owner!

If the only verified owner of your site leaves your team, you should verify ownership to maintain (or regain) access to the property.

If you are taking over a site from another owner, after you verify ownership you can unverify previous owners by removing their verification token (for example, removing the HTML tag from the site, for HTML-tag-verified owners). See Add or remove owners for more information.

Add or remove users or delegated owners

A property can have a maximum of 100 users/owners.

You must be a property owner (or an owner of a parent property) to add or remove another user.

To add a new user or delegated owner

  1. Choose a property in Search Console.

  2. Click the Settings icon Settings in the navigation pane.
  3. Click Users & permissions.
  4. Click Add user
    1. Enter the Google Account name (email) of the new user. ⚠️Users must have a Google Account, and email groups cannot be added as a user or owner.
    2. Choose the permission level (role) to grant the user.
    3. Save your changes.

To delete a user or delegated owner

  1. Choose a property in Search Console.
  2. Click the Settings icon Settings in the navigation pane.
  3. Click Users & permissions.
  4. Select the More settings icon menu next to the user to delete and click Remove access. The change should take effect very quickly.
If, when trying to add a new user, you get an error "This user may only be added as 'Owner'," it means that the user you are trying to add already owns a containing property and thus has implicit owner rights for this property. You can only add this person as an owner of this child property. Adding them as a full or restricted user would be a demotion in permissions on this child property, which isn't allowed.
Add or remove verified owners

To add a verified owner

  • To add yourself as a verified owner
    1. Follow the verification flow to prove ownership of a site.
  • To add another person as a verified owner, you must add their verification token to the property:
    1. Ask the other user to start the verification flow to generate a personal token.
    2. Have that user share their token with your or anyone else who can take the appropriate action to verify them as a property owner (for instance, for HTML file verification, have them give you their HTML file and then upload it for them to the website.).

To remove a verified owner

If all verified owners are removed, then all remaining users will lose access to the property after a grace period. Data for the property will continue to be collected, but nobody will have access to it until someone verifies ownership of the property.

 

  1. You must delete all tokens used to verify a specific user's ownership of the property. A user might use multiple methods to verify their property.
    1. Determine the verification method(s) used for the owner. Be sure to determine the unique token value used for the user that you wish to remove.
    2. Remove all verification tokens for that user for the property. For instance, if "HTML Tag" is listed, you must remove the HTML <meta> tag for that person from the site. If "HTML File" is listed, you must remove the HTML verification file for that person from the site. If you don't remove all verification tokens for a user, they can be reverified as an owner using any remaining tokens.
      • HTML file upload: Look for the HTML file associated with the user at the root location for your site. The file will have a long alphanumeric name, and a single line of text that includes the string "google-site-verification". Remove this tag. Make sure that you remove only the tag assigned to the person you wish to remove.
      • HTML tag: Look in the page source of your homepage for the user's tag, which looks something like this: <meta name="google-site-verification" content="......." />. You must remove the tag from the page source. Make sure that you remove only the tag associated with the user that you wish to remove.
      • Domain name provider: You must find and remove the DNS record associated with the user.
      • Google Analytics account: In order to permanently disable this verification mechanism for this user, you must either switch Google Analytics accounts for this site, or else revoke edit rights given to this person in the Google Analytics account for this site. To determine which Google Analytics account is used for this site, look at the rendered source of the page (in Chrome, right-click and choose Inspect), and search for "UA-" or "G-" in the page code, which should correspond to your Google Analytics account.
      • Google Tag Manager account: In order to permanently disable this verification method for this user, you must either switch Google Tag Manager accounts used on this site, or remove the person's Publish or Admin permission in the associated Google Tag Manager account.
      • Google Sites/Blogger account: The owner of a Google Site or Blogger website will always have access to the associated property in Search Console. To completely remove access, the owner of the Google Site or Blogger website must be switched (because a Google Site or Blogger account must always have one and only one owner).
      • Google Domains account: Remove the user as administrator from the associated Google Domains account.
  2. After removing the former owner's tokens from the site, open the Users and permissions page.
  3. Click Unverify next to the owner's name to unverify the unwanted owner. The owner's verification token must be gone, or else the unverify request will fail. (Even if you don't unverify ownership using the Users and permissions page, Search Console will eventually notice the removed token, and that owner will then lose access to the Search Console property.)

Don't recognize an owner?

If you've found an owner that you don't recognize, you might have been hacked. A hacker can probably add their token back after you've removed it, so you should either visit the Webmasters Hacked! site and try to secure your website yourself, or else contact a website security professional to help you secure your site.

Change permissions for an existing user

Requirements:

  • You must be an owner to be able to change permissions of another user.
  • You can change permissions for any non-verified owner.

To change permission level for another user:

  1. Open the Users and Permissions page for your property.
  2. Next to the user that you want to modify, select a different permission level.
  3. The change should take effect very quickly.
Determine a user's permission level

Determine your own permission level

  • Open Settings page (click the settings icon Settings in the navigation pane).
  • Find the Ownership verification row to see your permission. If you are an owner, you can click the row to see your verification details.

Determine someone else's permission level

  1. You must be an owner to determine someone else's access level. You can check your own permission level as described above.
  2. Open the user list page in your property's settings (Settings > Users and permissions).
  3. Find the user in the user table to see their permission level.
Is this person a delegated or verified owner?

Search Console typically labels both delegated and verified owners as simply "Owner". In most cases this is fine, but in a few cases (when you want to remove an owner, or determine if any verified owners remain) you might need to learn the difference.

  1. Open Webmaster Central.
  2. Click the Search Console property that you're interested in.
  3. You will see a list of verified owners for that property. Any person described as an owner for that property who is not listed here is a delegated owner.
Determine owner verification methods

If you are a verified owner, you can determine the method(s) used to verify yourself or any other verified owners.

For yourself:

  1. Open the Ownership page in your property settings (Settings > Ownership verification)
  2. Click the Ownership verification row in the property settings table to see the method(s) used. To see the details about the exact tokens used, use Webmaster Central as described below.

For another user, or to see your own token details:

  1. Open Webmaster Central.
  2. Click the Search Console property that you're interested in.
  3. Click Verification details next to the user name to see information about the owner type and verification details. Every user has a unique token.
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