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How to manage multiple user accounts on a single chromebook

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Chromebooks are cheap, moderately powerful, user-friendly laptops that have become wildly popular with consumers who want a second machine they can take on the road, but don’t feel like dropping a wad of extra cash for the privilege. In case you have one machine that belongs to an entire household or multiple coworkers at the office, here’s how you can create and manage multiple user accounts on the same device.

Creating a New Default User

To create a new user on your Chromebook, you don’t need to be logged in as an administrator, or even the owner of the laptop. Though this might make for some awkward interactions between different members of the household using the same laptop, the convenience factor is high enough that Google hopes you won’t notice anyway.

To add a user, go to the login screen either by signing out from your current account, or starting up the laptop from scratch. In the bottom left corner, you’ll see a small button that says “Add User” with a plus sign, next to the option to shut down or browse as a guest (more on this feature later).

From here, you’ll be taken through the standard Google account creation process. You’ll choose a username, set your password, and then be given the option to create a two-step verification number to call to protect your account from any hackers who may try to access it from another location without your permission.

Lastly, you’ll be asked to tie an image to your user account, which can either be selected from the stock photos included on the laptop, or modified with a custom image. Similarly, you can also take a picture on the webcam and use this as your main account image by clicking the camera icon in the top left corner of the photo library.

Be aware that when you create a new account on a Chromebook, you’ll actually be booting up a whole new account with Google.

This means that most of your online activity will be tracked by the search giant, as one of the main ways the company has been able to justify the extremely low price of their laptops is to subsidize the cost through money made off marketing your daily browsing habits.

Managing User Options

To get to User Management panel, first you’ll need to click into Settings, found in the bottom right hand corner of your Chrome taskbar. Note that you’ll only be able to access this if you’re signed in as the Owner of the device, or another authorized user who has no special privileges preventing them from getting in.

Here you’ll find the menu which controls the options to enable Guest account browsing on the laptop, creating supervised users, as well as whether or not usernames and photos are shown on the main login screen. Also, you can set who is allowed to sign-in, and who isn’t depending on the accounts listed in the prompt below.

If you click on the “X” next to anyone’s name, they’ll still be part of the account network on the laptop, however their login privileges will be restricted until the owner either disables the option, or adds them back to the list of VIPs.

Guest Mode

Enabling guest mode will allow anyone with access to your Chromebook to log in on a Guest account. Guest accounts come with a default set of very limited privileges that, (much to my chagrin), can not be tweaked or altered in any way.

The stock, default settings are what you get, and if you want to create a more specialized account, you’ll have to dig into what’s known as the “Supervised Users” setting.

Supervised Users

“Supervised users” are a group of accounts that have been added to the list of authorized users on the laptop by the owner or administrator with the express purpose of creating a customized experience for whoever is tied to that specific login. These are accounts that can be tracked, monitored, and limited depending on who’s using the machine and for what purpose.

A good example is a parent who wants their kids to be able to use the computer, but also need to have a way to keep a close eye on their activity as well as blocking any sites (or categories of content) they may want them to shy away from. You can learn all about the ins and outs of managing Supervised Users in our previous article, located here.

As long as you’ve got the space and the patience, you can add an infinite number of accounts to a single Chromebook. Whether you’re trying to stay on top of your kid’s browsing habits, allows guests to pop open their own tabs in the browser, or just want to find a better way to sync your settings across multiple devices, the user settings in Chrome OS are a simple way to manage all your registered users from one place.

Just like any other computer, a Chromebook allows you to add multiple users, some with limited privileges.

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Setting up a Chromebook for the first time is an uncomplicated affair. You need only a Google account to sign in, after which your current Chrome settings (assuming you’re a Chrome user) are synced to the device and away you go.

In addition to a painless setup process for the device owner, Google also makes setting up additional accounts a straightforward exercise.

Adding users

Standard user

Adding an additional user with full use privileges to a Chrome OS device is done by clicking on the “+ Add User” text on the bottom left of the log-in screen. The new user will also need to use a Google account to log in to the device.

Supervised user

A supervised account is ideal for families who want to train a watchful eye on a child’s Internet activities. A Google account is not required for this account, as you’re asked to set up a username and password. After adding the account you will need to visit Chrome.com/manage in order to set limitations to the sites and services the user can access, including approving requests by the user for you to grant access to additional sites.

After clicking on “+ Add User” on the log-in screen you’ll find an option to add a supervised user on the right of the log-in prompt. Click on the link and follow the prompts.

Guest Mode

This feature requires no additional setup or management. You only need to click on “Browse as Guest” on the log-in screen to use it. Any guest user will then have full access to Chrome, where history, cookies, and bookmarks will be forever forgotten after the guest browsing session ends.

If Guest Mode isn’t an available option, you’ll need to enable it using the device owners account. Launch Chrome and enter “chrome://settings” into the address bar. At the bottom of the page you’ll find options to manage user accounts where you can then enable guest mode.

Deleting user accounts

Deleting a user account also takes little effort. When on the log-in screen highlight (click on) the user profile you’d like to remove, and then you should see a small icon in the upper-right corner of the photo. Clicking on the icon will reveal account details, including the option to remove the account.

You may notice there’s no way to remove the device’s owner account. This is done to eliminate any accidental deletion of the account that controls basically anything and everything that can possibly happen on the device. To remove an owner account you’ll need to completely reset your Chromebook.

For more Chromebook how-to content, be sure to check out this page dedicated to all things Chrome OS.

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Your Chromebook allows you to create up to five different user profiles. Fortunately, you don’t have to return to the login screen every time you want to switch between them. Here’s how to switch between users instantly with just a keyboard shortcut.

If you don’t have multiple users already, go ahead and add a new person to your Chromebook like you normally would. You can do that by simply signing out of your existing account (using Ctrl+Shift+Q) and selecting the “Add Person” option on the bottom of the lock screen.

From any of the user accounts, click the status area that shows the Chromebook’s Wi-Fi and battery levels from the bottom-right corner.

In the Quick Settings panel, select your profile image’s thumbnail.

Now, click the “Sign in another user” button. Select the “OK” option in the following warning prompt.

On the next screen, log in to your other Chromebook account.

Both your accounts are now eligible for the instant switch option, which means you won’t need to enter a passcode to go back and forth between them.

You can repeat this process for as many user accounts as you want to.

To use the instant switch feature, click the status area again and, from under the display picture menu, simply select an account you want to sign in to.

Your Chromebook will automatically authenticate you and take you to that account without asking for the passcode. This especially comes in handy when you keep separate profiles for your work and your personal life on your Chromebook.

You can also do this with a keyboard shortcut. Press Ctrl+Alt+the period key to go to the next user and Ctrl+Alt+the comma key to go back to the previous one.

Chrome OS offers several more hidden perks that you may not know about, like a task manager and loads of keyboard shortcuts.

The way you sign in to any Chromebook is through your Google/Gmail account. Every Chromebook has an owner. This is the user who first set up the laptop. However, you can share your Chromebook with multiple other users or Google Accounts. For instance, you could have an account for work or school and another account for your personal stuff which helps to separate your two lives. These are login accounts that Google calls “Persons“.

The other type of Google account or accounts are called signed in accounts. You’ll have to login to your Chromebook with your primary account to access your other signed in accounts. When you add a new sign in Google account to your Chromebook, you can access that account’s Gmail, Google Drive, Chrome browser settings and preferences, Play Store, and more. Your signed in accounts are also shared with Android apps for the purposes of for example registration or login “sign in with Google”.

Adding and removing a Google Account

To add a new Google account, go to Settings > Accounts and then under Accounts section, select your primary account.

Now select Add Google Account button. Then enter your Gmail email address and password in the subsequent screens.

Add signed in account Add another Google Account to your existing account Enter your Google account email and password in the next screen

Your added Google accounts should appear just below your primary account as seen below.

Chromebook additional accounts

To remove an account, simply click on the menu(3 dots) on the right, and select remove as seen below;

Remove a Google account

Your accounts are now available across Google services such as Gmail, Google Drive, Chrome browser etc.

Gmail multi-user menu

Add a new user/person to your Chromebook

The second type of Google account is one that’s used in the sign in screen at startup. This can either be your other Google account, or simply another Chromebook user such as family or friend. When they sign in to the Chromebook with their account, they have all their data local and online appear on their user account. Other users’ account data isn’t accessible.

To create another login user Google account;

  • Sign out of your Chromebook if you’re already signed in.
  • At the login screen at the bottom left, click on Add person.
  • Enter Google account email and password. If the user doesn’t have an account, they can create one at https://accounts.google.com/signup.
  • Follow the subsequent steps which are similar to setting up a new Chromebok.

To remove a person, click on that user’s account on the login screen. Click on the caret icon next to their profile picture and then click on remove account. You’ll be warned that removing an account will erase all local data associated with that account.

We have made a Youtube video tutorial on how you can add or remove user login accounts or persons and signed accounts on your Chromebook.

How to restrict users who sign in to Chromebook

Before you add or remove a user account on a Chromebook, please note that only the owner of the Chromebook can manage users. So if the Chromebook was handed over to you by your school administrator, you might be able to add or delete other users.

Alright, so to add a new user account a list of restricted accounts, go to Settings > Security & Privacy > Manage other people > Add user and enter their Gmail email address.

Settings > Security and privacy > manage other people

The default, or shall I say more prominent, installer for the Google Chrome web browser offers only single user account installations.

More precisely, it can only be installed for the user account that is currently logged in to the operating system. That’s not a problem for single user systems, but if you maintain computers with multiple accounts, you might want to use an installer that will install the web browser for all user accounts at once.

What many users do not know is that Google is offering an alternative installer for Windows administrators who want to install the Chrome web browser for multiple user accounts.

The alternate Google Chrome installer for Windows is available here on this help page on the Google Chrome support website. A click on Alternate installer for all user accounts leads to the multi-user installer for Windows.

The installer is an offline installer, it comes with all program modules and does not need to download additional contents from the Internet during installation.

These alternate installers don’t require network connection to install Chrome, so you can install Chrome while being offline. Once installed, Chrome will attempt to automatically update whenever it detects that a newer version of the browser is available. However, your network configuration may prevent the browser from updating properly. It’s recommended that you bookmark this page and come back periodically to manually download newer versions of Chrome.

It should be obvious that administrator rights are required to run the Google Chrome multi-user installer under Windows. It also needs to be noted that running the installer will replace all other versions of Chrome that may be already installed on the computer.

Users of the system will be notified automatically that the browser has been updated to a system-wide version during the next browser start. They may need to recreate profile information, especially so if they have used a more recent build of the browser before.

Administrators need to uninstall a version of Chrome that is already installed in the administrator account before they run the alternate Chrome installer.

Tip: The same page links to the alternative installer for single-user accounts as well. If you prefer to use an offline installer or need to use such an installer out of necessity, this is what you need to use for that.

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Because they tend to be inexpensive and fairly hardy, Chromebooks are often bought as laptops for families — to be shared between parents and kids or passed around among friends. And because a Chromebook may have more than one user, it needs to have more than one login so that each user has access to their own personal apps and content.

Adding a new user to a Chromebook is not difficult. Here’s how to do it:

  • Click on the button in the lower-right corner. (The one that shows the time, battery life, etc.)
  • Click on Sign out at the top of the pop-up window.
  • You’ll be brought back to the sign-in screen. At the bottom left of the screen, click on the button labeled Add Person.
  • You’ll be asked whether you want to add an adult (assuming you’re an adult) or a child. Make a selection and then click on the Next button.

You can choose to add an adult or a child.

  • Have the new user sign in using their Google account. (Or they can create a new account if they don’t have one.)

The account’s bookmarks, history, passwords, and other settings will be synced to the new machine.

  • The account’s bookmarks, history, passwords, and other settings will be synced to the new machine. If you want to change any of those options, check the box that reads Review sync options following setup. Then press Accept and continue.
  • Okay, here comes the Google Play terms of service. Go ahead and read them if you want, and then approve them.

As always, you have to approve a long terms of service document.

  • There is a check box on that page that allows all your data to be backed up to Google Drive. If you don’t want that to happen, uncheck the box. You will also be asked if you want to allow the system to use your location (you can uncheck that box as well) and if you want to review your Google Play options after setup. You’ll also get a chance to use Google Assistant with the Chromebook.
  • Finished? Then click on Accept.

You now have two separate accounts. (Both accounts in the test belonged to me, but you can add anyone you want.)

And you’re done! Now, when you click on the sign-on screen, you’ll see two names. Each user will have a separate account and won’t have access to the other.

Easily switch accounts

The safest thing to do is to keep your accounts separate and just go back to the lock screen when somebody else wants to use the Chromebook. However, if you want to switch users without having to actually sign out, you can set your Chromebook up for multiple users.

  • Click on the clock in the lower-right corner to bring up the Quick Settings menu.
  • Click on the single-user icon. (It will be in the upper-left corner of the Quick Settings menu.)
  • Select Sign in another user.
  • You’ll get a pop-up window titled Multiple sign-in that will warn you that users will be able to access any sign-in without using a password. Click OK.
  • You’ll then be taken back to the lock screen where you can sign into the other account(s).

You can simply click on the user icon to switch accounts.

From now on, you will be able to simply click on the user icon in the Quick Settings menu to switch accounts.

Remove a user

If you’re no longer sharing the Chromebook, you can easily remove a user:

  • Sign out of your account so that you’re brought back to the lock screen.
  • Click on the downward-facing arrow next to the name of the person you want to take off the computer.
  • Click on Remove this user. You’ll be reminded that everything associated with that account, including files and local data, will be deleted. If that’s okay, click on Remove account.

It’s easy to remove the additional user(s) from the Chromebook.

Keep in mind that, while you can easily remove any additional users that were added to a system from the main sign-on screen, you cannot remove the “owner” of the Chromebook (the first person to create an account on it) without completely resetting the system.

Sign in a guest user

If you want to allow somebody to use your Chromebook just for a few hours, it’s probably easier to simply have them sign in as a guest:

  • Sign out of your account so that you’re back to the sign-on screen.
  • Click on the Browse as Guest button in the lower-left corner of the screen.
  • To exit guest mode, click on the time button in the lower-right corner of the screen, and then click on Exit guest.

When you’re in guest mode, you can browse, use Bluetooth, adjust the font size, and more, but you can’t save anything to the computer. When you’re done, according to Google, your files, cookies, website data, and browsing activity will be automatically deleted.

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Update June 7th, 2022, 1:20PM ET: This article was originally published on October 8th, 2019, and has been updated to account for changes in the OS.

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This is a great way to work with more than one Google account (for example, brown.edu and gmail.com accounts) in Chrome without having to sign in and out, or use incognito windows. You can have a window open for each account. For example, in one window you might be looking at your Brown Gmail, Calendar, and Docs, and in another window you might be reading your personal Gmail and using YouTube and Blogger with your personal account.

  1. At the top right of your screen next to the three dots, click on the circle with your initial/profile picture and a drop down menu should appear.
  2. Scroll down to Manage People, from there you click “Add Person” at the bottom right.
  3. Choose a user icon and name your profile so it’ll be easier to find (e.g., “Brown Account” or “Personal Gmail”)

You will be prompted to sign in to your Google account in the new profile – this is an optional step that lets you sync your bookmarks, web history, and settings from computer to computer in Chrome. Signing into Chrome will also sign you into your Gmail, but if you would rather not sync, you can skip this step and simply visit gmail.com to log in, checking the “keep me signed in” option.

  • When you want to open your other profile, click the button with your profile name in the top right corner of Chrome and you will see the option to Switch Person (you can also right click on your profile name to pick from a list of all profiles). For example, the image below shows a profile named “Brown”; clicking it will allow you to open another profile. Mac users can also use the “People” menu in the Chrome menu bar.
  • Choosing a different profile will open a new window. You can keep both open simultaneously.
  • Note for Chromebook owners: instead of following these instructions, you’d set up a second profile on the computer instead of within Chrome.

    Google Chrome OS is the core of Chromebooks that use Google account to manage all data and apps. This means whatever you have signed in or installed on your Chrome browser using an account, if you have used the same account in the Chrome OS you will get all extensions and apps active in the browser. This means Chromebook Chrome OS is more inclined towards a Cloud ecosystem.

    However, the thing which really bothers, is the Google has designed the Chrome OS in such a way that you cannot remove the owner of the device completely without resetting it. However, we can sign-out the primary account and can mark some other Google account as the primary one without resetting it. This will hide the owners or initial primary account data and will not let access others until the owner account has not signed in to the platform again.

    Signout Primary account on ChromeBook to Add a new one

    As we are using the Google account to sync our data on multiple platforms including the Chromebook running Chrome OS. Thus, we can remove it from any other system.

    Step 1: Open myaccount.google.com on smartphones or any other OS such as Windows, Linux, or macOS. The only thing you need is the browser. Don’t use the same Chromebook machine from where you want to remove/signout the Primary Account.

    Step 2: Select the Security option give in the left side panel menu and then click on Manage Devices.

    Step 3: Now, you will be able to see all the login devices along with the Google Chrome OS running Chromebook.

    Click one of three dots given on the Chromebook device and select the Signout option.

    Confirm the Signing out process…

    Step 4: Go to ChromeBook and you will see the Sign-in error notification. Now, what you have to do simply Sign out the current primary user or owner of your system.

    Step 5: Now, if you have only an owner account then that will not be removable, instead just click on the Add person. This option will let you add a new Gmail account and the system will make that one as a Primary account for Chromebook. However, if you have multiple accounts apart from the owner one, then simply click on the arrow icon and select the Remove Account option.

    In this way, we can switch off the Primary owner account of ChromeBook until we don’t want to use it again on the same system.

    However, those users want to completely remove the Owner account before hand over the Chromebook to someone else they have to reset it. Follow the below steps for that.

    Chrome’s sync has been wonky at times, but a new feature in Chrome 16 just made running two accounts in the browser much easier. Here’s how you get started.

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    There’s a ton of reasons to love Chrome, but syncing isn’t one of them–yet. Google has just built a new feature into Chrome 16 that could make multiple account management much better.

    Multiple-user support is similar to Chrome’s Sync feature, but it’s more of a complementary feature than a must-use. Sync allows you to always have access to the same bookmarks, history, themes, and preferences. Multiuser support allows you to share a computer or maintain separate Google identities without logging out of the operating system. This could be useful for single-computer households or small businesses, but it’s really good for people who want to maintain more than one Gmail or Google account at a time.

    Here’s how you do it:

    Step 1: Create a new profile by going to the Wrench menu’s new “Sign into Chrome” option. If you’re already using Chrome’s sync, you’ll see your account listed as “Signed in as. “

    Step 2: Go back to the Wrench, choose Options (Preferences on a Mac,) then Personal Stuff, and “Add new user.” This will open a new Chrome window.

    Step 3: The new user must repeat the “Sign into Chrome” procedure. This associates the Google account with the profile.

    Step 4: Bask in the glory of being able to manage two accounts from the same browser without crossing your Google streams.

    You can also customize the profile’s name and icon, and Google has provided some cutesy icons such as an alien, a flower, and a ninja. Once set up, you can jump accounts at will on the left of the tab bar.

    By the way, a word of caution: the multiuser profile support is not intended to secure your private data against other users’ prying eyes, literally. Although your synced data might be secured on the server, if you’re logged in to Chrome with multiple profiles, anybody with keyboard and mouse access can switch profiles and get at your personal “stuff,” as the Goog likes to call it.

    This is far less secure than forcing people to re-enter passwords before each opening of a second profile, but it is more convenient if you’re the only person who uses that particular computer. Basically, if your addiction to Google services is deep and spans multiple accounts, the new multiprofile switch is a small step toward making you a happier Googler.

    By Shubham Agarwal published 8 February 21

    Chrome OS offers several options that can better help you set clear boundaries and separate your work and personal profiles as well as your apps

    Working from home can be a constant struggle to balance the increasingly blurred line between your job and personal life, especially if you manage both of them on a laptop. At the end of a day, we often find ourselves simply switching from work-related browser tabs to a site like Netflix to unwind — only for a Slack ping to drag us right back into our virtual office.

    On a Chromebook, there’s a better way to do this. Chrome OS offers several options that can better help you set clear boundaries and separate your work and personal profiles as well as your apps. Here’s how to use these tools to improve your work-life balance.

    Create different user accounts for work and play

    Your best shot at isolating your work and personal Chromebook activities from one another is to create two different user logins. This ensures there are absolutely zero overlaps and that the two environments cannot intrude on each other’s sessions. Since your work accounts live in a separate login, it eliminates the chance of a late-night Slack notification (as an example) from interrupting your downtime and vice-versa.

    Do note that for this you’ll need at least two Google accounts — one that’s already configured on your Chromebook and another for the new user.

    To add a new user to your Chromebook, you’ll first have to sign out from your existing login. Execute the “Ctrl + Shift + Q” shortcut twice in quick succession to do that. Select the “Add Person” button present at the bottom and sign in with your spare Google profile.

    Once you have entered the details, your Chromebook will have two users and you can customize each based on what you plan to do in them. Therefore, for the one you use for non-work tasks, like watching movies and browsing social media, you should erase all the work logins to avoid the risk of getting interrupted.

    Chrome OS also lets you remain signed into multiple accounts simultaneously so that you can instantly switch between them. However, it’s not enabled by default. For turning it on, hit the status area at the bottom-right corner, and in the following settings panel, click the user picture. Select “Sign in another user” and authenticate yourself into the second account. Now, you can press “Ctrl + Shift + .” (Ctrl + Shift + the period key) to go back and forth.

    Launch multiple virtual desktops in a common user

    Alternatively, if managing two Google and user accounts sounds like a hassle, you can consider launching multiple virtual desktops in the same profile.

    Virtual Desks allow you to organize your desktop into multiple workspaces. You can have one for work, another for entertainment or a side project, and more. Hence, you no longer have to close all your work windows and apps when you take a break. Instead, you can just jump to your personal workspace where tabs for your non-work services, like instant messaging apps and streaming platforms, are already open from last time.

    For launching a new virtual desk, enter the overview mode which shows all your active windows (with a three-finger swipe up gesture on the trackpad), and click the “New Desk” button (or press Search + Shift + “=”).

    As soon as you do that, you’ll see that your Chromebook has appended a new desk at the top. Select “Desk 2” to enter the second virtual desktop. You can also hit the “Desk 2” text to rename the virtual desktop.

    Anything you do or any browser window or app you fire up on the second desk won’t be available from the first one. This means you can configure both of them depending on what sort of computer activities would you like to keep separate.

    There are a bunch of ways you can multitask among these virtual desks. You have, of course, the option to return to the overview mode and enter different workspaces, or you can take advantage of the many trackpad and keyboard gestures.

    Perform a four-finger left or right gesture on the trackpad to quickly move between workspaces. To do the same with the keyboard, you can hit the “Search + ]” or “Search + [” combination. You can also relocate a window to the next desk by executing the “Shift + Search + [ or ]” shortcut.

    Maintain workspaces for your browser

    For Chromebook owners who spend the majority of their time in Google Chrome, a third-party extension called Workona may be a better fit than Chrome OS’s built-in Virtual Desks feature.

    You can think of Workona as a virtual desktop for your browser. It offers the ability to collate various tabs and windows into independent workspaces or projects. With a click of a button, you can hide a collection of tabs and easily switch between your multiple environments. So if there’s a group of tabs you rely on for work and another for everything else, Workona lets you turn them into two separate desktops so that you can hide and reveal one or the other.

    Plus, the extension comes equipped with a central dashboard where you can manage these workspaces, save them for launching later, and sync them all with the cloud for multi-device access.

    At its core, Workona is a tab manager. So you even benefit from plenty of performance optimizations when you use it. Most important of all, since it’s easy to lose track of so many tabs, Workona automatically suspends the ones you’re not actively employing to free up memory.

    Workona is a free utility and you can download it from the Chrome Web Store.

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    As a professional services consultant, developer, IT Pro…you will often have more than one account you will log into. Many will take advantage of the multiple browsers to handle these different identities. Often you’ll come unstuck using Edge or Safari, due to unsupported features in the services.

    I often see people using InPrivate browsing to manage two accounts from one browser. I also see people struggling by logging in and out of accounts. Often finding that logging in and out doesn’t work correctly without full browser deletes.

    Screen shot showing multiple profiles in Chrome

    Google Chrome has a great feature called Profiles. The biggest misconception of this feature is that you require unique Google Accounts (like Microsoft Accounts) for each profile you create. This is not required, you can skip the prompt for this. Using Profiles you can save time by switching profiles rather than logging in and logging out of Azure AD identities.

    I use COMMAND-TILDA on my Mac to toggle between each profile. This is super helpful when doing demos with multiple users, like I do with Hyperfish. With our new Hyperfish Collections feature support, you can now have different profile information required for different collections of users in your organizations! When I demo Hyperfish Collections, I use three different profiles to highlight how each users profile update page can be different.

    Watch this 3 minute Video to see me using Google Chrome Profiles for multiple Office 365 identities

    Read this article if you often use the Gmail app and would like to add and manage multiple email accounts within the app.

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    How to add multiple email accounts to the Gmail app on Android?

    To add more email accounts to your Gmail app from an Android device, follow these steps:

    • Go to the Gmail app and tap on your profile picture.
    • Select Add another account.
    • Choose whether you’d like to add a Gmail, Outlook, Hotmail, Live or other account.
    • Follow the onscreen instructions to finalize the procedure.

    How to add multiple email accounts to the Gmail app on iPhone?

    If you’d like to add other email accounts to the Gmail app on your iPhone/iPad, follow these instructions:

    • Open the Gmail app and tap on your profile picture.
    • Choose the account provider you’d like to add: iCloud, Outlook, Hotmail, Live, Gmail, or other.
    • Follow the onscreen steps and your accounts will be set up shortly.

    How to switch between multiple email accounts on the Gmail app?

    After you have added successfully your email accounts to the Gmail app, you can switch between them. Simply tap on your profile picture and choose the account you’d like to use within the Gmail app.

    How to remove an email account from the Gmail app?

    You want to remove an email account from the Gmail app?

    Go to the Gmail app and tap on your profile picture.

  • Select Manage accounts on this device.
  • Choose the email account you’d like to remove and select Remove account.
  • If tired of downloading and installing multiple web browsers just to manage multiple AWS accounts, then look no further.

    If you’ve ever seen the image below, I can feel your pain – its palpable.

    The ability to log to multiple accounts in the same browser seems like a common sense feature. AWS by default does not allow it resulting in the above screen being prompted. The reasoning makes sense if you think about it – it seems like a dangerous thing to allow multiple tabs on the same account. It can easily become difficult to remember which tab is which, resulting in some possibly nasty outcomes.

    To get around this, many of us have gotten in the habit of downloading and installing multiple browsers. At one point in my life I had 4 different browsers on my machine to manage my four accounts concurrently. This was a pain – after all, nobody WANTS Microsoft Edge on their computer.

    A Quick and Easy Solution

    One callout – this only works with Firefox. I know, some of you may scoff at me and tell me “Google Rules”, but I gotta say I was disappointed with Chrome a couple years ago and never looked back. Firefox is the big winner for me.

    To get around this, we’re going to use Firefox’s relatively new Multi Account Containers Add-On as imaged below.

    Multi-Account containers allow you to concurrently open different isolated browser containers. Using this feature, users can open new tabs in new ‘Containers’ – each container has a unique set of cookies; this is the magic that allows you to login to multiple accounts at once.

    Multi-Account containers is easy to install and easy to use. Simply open a tab by right clicking on Firefox or an existing tab, and select the container as seen below.

    Container tabs as mentioned have independent cookies, allowing you to maintain multiple different online identities at once, including AWS accounts.

    If you want to give this add on a try, here’s a download link.

    Having to create many new Gmail accounts to access online services like Facebook, Instagram or Twitter sometimes makes it difficult for you to remember the names of your accounts. So what to do to just create a Gmail account but use it for many services? Please follow the article below for details!

    • Merge multiple accounts in one Gmail mailbox
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    Having to create many new Gmail accounts to access online services like Facebook, Instagram or Twitter sometimes makes it difficult for you to remember the names of your accounts. So what to do to just create a Gmail account but use it for many services? Please follow the article below for details!

    Tip 1 – Add punctuation to your username

    Gmail does not include dots (.) As characters in the username. So if your email is [email protected] , you can add one or more dots. After that, Google will continue to determine which is also an address. Eg:

    1. [email protected]
    2. [email protected]
    3. [email protected]
    4. [email protected]

    These email addresses look different, but Gmail recognizes them as the same and all messages sent to those addresses will come to the same inbox.

    Tip 2 – Add words to your username

    In addition to adding a dot (.), Gmail also allows you to add words to your email address. The only thing you need to do is add a plus sign (+) after the regular username and add a word you want. For example:

    1. [email protected]
    2. [email protected]
    3. [email protected]
    4. quantr[email protected]

    It’s that simple, isn’t it! Now you can put as many nicknames as you want.

    Trick 3 – Combine both tips 1 and 2

    Gmail also allows you to combine both tips without any limit.

    1. [email protected]
    2. [email protected]

    Using these tips will prevent you from having to create too many email accounts and still be able to use Gmail for various online services.

    1. Comprehensive Gmail security guide
    2. Turn on 2-step verification for Gmail, send the verification code to your phone when you sign in
    3. How do you access your Gmail account without a password?

    Chrome is indubitably one of the most popular browsers in the world – if you share your Chrome with someone else, and you want to keep multiple accounts saved there, you can do so with just a few clicks.

    To add another user account, all you need to do is open a Chrome window and click on the user icon in the top right corner – your profile picture. For this to work, you will need to be signed in. Make sure you are actually clicking on the Chrome account image, and not, for example, your Facebook account one if you are on a site like that.

    Under Other People, you can add additional accounts. You’ll have to log in the way you did your main account. You also have the option to switch to a guest account if you want. Once you are logged into all of the relevant accounts, you can switch between them in the same place – by clicking on the profile picture and selecting the account you want.

    Other People section in your browser.

    In order to remove an account, click the little cogwheel in the people section. A second window will open up where you can see all the accounts that are logged into the browser. Click on the three dots in the top right corner of the account you want to remove and select “Remove this Person”.

    You can add accounts back if you remove them by accident, but you will have to log back into it before you can switch to it.

    Tip: Don’t leave your account logged in permanently on shared or public computers – you never know who might gain access to it. Although it’s less convenient, always log out and back in to stay safe!

    About half of the emails I’ve received over the past two weeks have been suggestion requests for inexpensive but capable Chromebooks that can be used for remote learning. I’ve answered those with my recommendations based on budget and use-case requirements but I’ve also added another suggestion: If you have a Chromebook that you don’t use full-time, why not set it up securely for your kids to use?

    Like macOS and Windows, Chrome OS does support multiple user accounts. And it does this in a secure manner so that user data is protected from other users.

    Even better, parents can manage their kid’s Chromebook usage much like a school might, although to a lesser extent. You can limit activities and websites, the use of third-party apps and more.

    Best of all, it’s quite easy to set up in about 10 minutes or less using Family Link.

    Guest mode is the simplest option but has limitations

    Before I run through the process though, I should also mention another option that could work in certain situations: Enabling Guest Mode on your Chromebook. This provides others to log in and use your Chromebook but all session data is wiped away as soon as the person logs out. Essentially, it’s what Google calls an ephemeral mode.

    If you go the Guest Mode route, your data is still safe and sound. And your kids can still log in to various educational websites or to their school if they need to. However, any data they store locally during the Guest Mode session will be deleted upon log out. They can store data in the cloud or on external media, however.

    I realize that Guest Mode isn’t ideal for everyone, so here’s how to securely set up your own Chromebook for your kids to use during the current pandemic situation.

    Adding your child’s Google Account is a better step

    First, sign out of your Chromebook so that you’re back to your login screen. Then click the “Add person” option at the bottom of the screen.

    This creates the second account and allocates storage space for it. Next, your child will have to sign in as if it was their Chromebook; if they don’t have a Google account, they’ll have to create one. They’ll then have to accept the standard terms of service for using Chrome and the Google Play Store.

    At this point, they’re good to go.

    Using Family Link to supervise your child’s account may be the best option for some

    However, you may want to manage or limit their activities; particularly for younger children.

    For those features, you’ll need to click the Settings icon when your child is signed in to the Chromebook. Then click the People option in Settings and look for the Parental Controls option: Click the Set up button here to get started:

    You should be welcomed by the “Set up parental controls with Google’s Family Link” page, which provides a high-level overview of what you can manage. Click the Get Started button to continue.

    Note that you don’t need the Family Link mobile app on your phone unless you want to remotely change these settings. I’d recommend adding it to your Android or iOS device though. You do get prompted for this installation in the middle of the process but here are some screenshots to show you what the app looks like.

    Google Family Link for Parents app on iOS

    Next you’ll walk through a few more explanatory steps until you see this screen showing what devices you want to manage for your child; the device you have could vary from mine here, of course. Click Next to continue.

    When prompted to sign-in, do so with your own Google account.

    Once you’re signed in, you’ll see a list of what you can manage or limit, ranging from blocking or approving apps, limiting screen time and perhaps most importantly, what data Google can track from use.

    Keep in mind that for Google Accounts of children 13 or older, they can disable this supervision. However, as a parent, you are notified when this happens, so you might consider telling the kids not to do this.

    At this point, the child must enter their password to indicate they understand the account is now being supervised. Once they do, the Family Link process is complete.

    At this point, in order for your child’s Google account to be Supervised on your Chromebook, they’ll have to log out and then back in again.

    Once they do, they’ll see this screen:

    Upon completion of the supervision setup, your child will see that they are a “Supervised user” at the bottom left of the screen and they’re good to go.

    To modify any settings for the supervised account, you can use the Family Link app: Open it, tap on your family members to see the list of member accounts, tap your child’s account and then select the “Remove Supervision” option.

    Since there are differences for Google accounts with children under the age of 13, you may want to hit this support page for further explanation of those.

    Now you don’t need to purchase another Chromebook and your child can access the sites and services they need for remote learning without any risk to your, or their, data getting co-mingled.

    Note: This post was originally published on April 13, 2020 and has been updated

    Imad is a senior reporter covering Google and internet culture. Hailing from Texas, Imad started his journalism career in 2013 and has amassed bylines with The New York Times, The Washington Post, ESPN and Wired, among others. He also hosts FTW with Imad Khan, an esports news podcast in association with Dot Esports.

    What’s happening

    Google is updating its Chrome Password Manager so that it syncs more easily with its Android mobile operating system.

    Why it matters

    The updated functions will streamline juggling multiple passwords and improve security.

    Google is updating Password Manager for its Chrome browser and Android mobile operating system so that it works more cohesively across apps and devices.

    In a blog post Thursday, the search giant said the update will deliver a single password settings page so people can sync and save passwords between their Chrome web browser and Android device. The Password Manager can help people create and save secure passwords for websites and apps, relieving them of the burden of memorizing multiple passwords or being tempted to use the same one twice.

    In addition to the updated password manager, Google will let people using its Password Checkup know if their passwords are weak or re-used. Google will also let people using its Chrome browser know if their passwords have been compromised.

    The password management system will be available only to people using the Chrome browser for now, the search giant said.

    People using Chrome on Apple’s iOS mobile operating system can set the browser to autofill passwords in apps and websites. Chrome will also suggest strong passwords and automatically sync them if an iOS user selects Chrome as the autofill provider.

    Google isn’t the only browser maker to offer free built-in password managers. Mozilla’s Firefox and Microsoft’s Edge offer similar functions. Paid password managers such as Bitwarden and LastPass have also grown in popularity.

    Chrome is the world’s most popular browser with nearly 65% of the market. Google uses data collected by Chrome to sell ads. Google’s ad revenue rose 22% to $54.7 billion in the first quarter compared with a year earlier.

    Android is the most popular mobile operating system in the world with 71% of the market. Android is free, which helps its popularity among device manufacturers.

    In this article, you will learn how to use multiple profiles on Google Chrome simultaneously. This article will cover the following:

    • Creating a profile for a Google account
    • Switching profiles
    • Changing the name or photo of a profile
    • Removing a profile

    The procedure described in this article was tested on Google Chrome’s latest version, 85.0.4183.83.

    Creating a Profile for a Google Account

    To use multiple accounts on Google Chrome simultaneously, it is necessary to create separate profiles for each account. Follow the steps below to do so:

    1. Click the profile icon on the toolbar at the top and then click the Add option.

    2. The following window will appear. Enter a name for your profile and choose an image from the list of available images. Then, click the Add button to create a profile.

    3. You will be given the option to sign in to your Google account. Click the Already a Chrome User? Sign in link located below the Get Started button.

    4. Provide your Google account email ID and click the Next button. Then, provide your password and click the Next button, after which you will be signed into your account.

    5. The following dialog box will appear asking if you want to turn on sync. Turning on sync will enable you to access all your browser information, including browsing history, bookmarks, passwords, and other data, across all your devices. If you want to turn on the sync, click the Yes, I’m in button; otherwise, click the Cancel button.

    The profile has now been added successfully. Using this same method, you can add multiple profiles for different accounts.

    Switching Profiles

    Once you are done adding the profiles for your accounts, go to the profile button on the right side of the top toolbar. Here, you will see all the added profiles. Now, whenever you need to switch to another account, you will no longer need to log out from the previous account and then log in to another account.

    Instead, follow the steps below to quickly switch to another profile in your browser:

    1. Go to the profile button and select the profile you want to use.

    2. The selected profile will open in another window and the profile photo will be changed to your Google account picture.

    Using this method, you can open multiple profiles at a time and work simultaneously on multiple accounts in the Google Chrome Browser.

    Changing Name or Photo of Profile

    You can also change the name or photo of any profile at any time. Follow the steps below to do so:

    1. Copy-and-paste the following link into the address bar of the Chrome browser:

    2. Then, click the Chrome name and picture option.

    3. Change the name and photo of your profile according to your preferences and then close the tab, as the changes will be saved automatically.

    Removing a Profile

    To remove a profile, follow the steps listed below:

    1. Open the website www.google.com and click the profile icon at the top-right corner, as shown in the screenshot below. From the menu that appears, click the Sign out button.

    2. Open the following link and click Go to Google Account.

    3. When the following page appears, click Remove an account.

    4. Then, click the minus (-) sign next to the account you want to remove and click Done.

    5. If you are certain about removing the account, then click Yes, remove.

    Now, the account will be removed from the browser.

    Next, remove the profile from your Chrome browser. Follow the steps below to do so:

    1. Go to the profile button, and then from the menu that appears, click the Cog (Settings) icon.

    2. A window will appear with all the available profiles listed. When you hover the cursor over the profile that you want to remove, the three vertical dots icon will appear at the top right of the selected profile. Click on this icon and then, from the menu that appears, click Remove this person.

    3. You will be informed that the browsing data of your profile will also be deleted upon taking this action. Click Remove this person to completely remove the profile from Chrome.

    Conclusion

    That is all there is to it! In this article, you learned how to use multiple profiles on Google Chrome simultaneously. Now, you can easily work on your personal and business accounts without signing out from one account and then signing into another account.

    About the author

    Karim Buzdar

    Karim Buzdar holds a degree in telecommunication engineering and holds several sysadmin certifications. As an IT engineer and technical author, he writes for various web sites. He blogs at LinuxWays.