Managing Multiple User Profiles in Google Chrome

Use of your Google Account on a personally-owned computer.

When launching Chrome on a home computer, you may be asked to sign into the Chrome Browser, itself, instead of one of the Google services you may be trying to access.

 

This is different than signing into Google, your email, or Google Drive. Those are websites that run inside your browser and allow you to easily login and logout.

Unfortunately, the login screens look very similar, suggesting that its necessary to log into the browser to access your Google resources. However, this is not the case.

It is not necessary to sign into the Chrome Browser to access your resources. You only need to sign into the resources that you want to access, like Gmail and Drive/Docs. Signing into the Chrome Browser on devices other than your Chromebook is not recommended in most situations.

NOTE: If you sign into the Chrome Browser with your crestviewschools.net address, your school Google Apps settings, including filtering, bookmarks, history and other synced features will follow you to Chrome on that computer and back to your Chromebook. This is somewhat difficult to undo.

Adding a Second Chrome User Profile for Your School Account

 

While we do not recommend signing into the Chrome Browser with your school account, some users may want to sync their settings across devices. Should you decide to take this step, you need to complete the following tasks to create a second User Profile:

 

  1. Click the Chrome menu on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Choose Add new user… in the “Users” section
  4. Create a second user for your student account, including an avatar and a name.
  5. Sign into the new account with your school email address and password.
  6. To switch between profiles, click your avatar at the top left of your browser.

 

Removing a Crestview User Account from your Personal Machine

 

If you’ve already signed into your school account without creating a second user, you’ll need to delete the current user, following these steps.

 

WARNING!: This process will remove all history, cookies, saved passwords, and other user data stored in Chrome. Record any passwords or other data before completing this process. If you cannot risk the loss of this data, do not proceed.

 

  1. Back-up your user Chrome bookmarks
  2. Click the Chrome menu on the browser toolbar.
  3. Select Bookmarks.
  4. Select Bookmark manager.
  5. Click the Organize menu in the manager.
  6. Select Export bookmarks. (https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/96816?hl=en)

Chrome will export your bookmarks as a HTML file, which you can then import into another browser.

  1. Record any passwords or other data you hope to retain.
  2. Click the Chrome menu on the browser toolbar.
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Select Show advanced settings.
  5. Click Manage saved passwords under “Passwords and Forms.”
  6. Click on the obscured password for each saved site for direction on revealing the password.
  7. Record any passwords you need to remember.
  1. Delete the user
  1. Click the Chrome menu on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. In the Users section, select the use profile you want to remove and select Delete...
    WARNING: This will delete the Chrome profile from this machine and all of the settings associated with it, including saved passwords, bookmarks, history, and other user data.

 

  1. Import the bookmarks
  2. Export bookmarks from the browser as a HTML file.
  3. Click the Chrome menu on the browser toolbar in Google Chrome.
  4. Select Bookmarks.
  5. Select Bookmark manager.
  6. Click the Organize menu in the manager.
  7. Select Import bookmarks from HTML file.
  8. Open your saved HTML file. (https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/96816?hl=en)

If you haven't yet created any bookmarks in Chrome, the bookmarks you import will show up directly on the bookmarks bar, normally docked underneath the address bar. If you already have bookmarks within Chrome, the bookmarks you import will appear in a new folder at the end of the bar. You can also find your bookmarks by clicking the Chrome menu and selecting Bookmarks.

 

  1. (Optional) Follow the above steps for Adding a Second User Profile if you plan to sign into the Browser using a student account.
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