How To Set Up And Use Different Profiles In Google Chrome

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You can use Google Chrome as your primary browser for business and personal communication. For this reason, you can create multiple Chrome profiles, one for work and another for personal correspondence. Each Chrome profile can store and manage their own bookmarks, histories, passwords, and other content. And you can access the same profiles in Chrome on all your computers and mobile devices.

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Say you are currently using a profile in Chrome. Your first task is to edit and name this profile to distinguish it from additional profiles you may create. Open Chrome on your PC and click the Profile icon in the upper right corner. Click the pencil icon to Customize Profile (Figure A).

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Figure A How to set up and use different profiles in Google Chrome.

Type a name for this profile. Choose a theme color, then choose an avatar (Figure B).

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Figure B How to set up and use different profiles in Google Chrome.

Click the left arrow at the top to configure this profile. Select the Sync option and Google services. Here you can choose to sign in to Gmail and other sites without having to sign in to Chrome, use cookies to help autocomplete searches and URLs in your default search engine, submit data of use and crash reports to Google and send the URLs of the pages you visit to Google (Figure C).

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Figure C How to set up and use different profiles in Google Chrome.

Click the left arrow to return to the previous screen. Select the Import bookmarks and settings option. In the pop-up window, choose a browser from which you want to import the selected content. Deselect any items you don’t want to import, including browsing history, favorites/bookmarks, saved passwords, and autofill form data. Click Import (Figure D).

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Figure D How to set up and use different profiles in Google Chrome.

Then you can view and edit specific settings for that profile. Select the Autofill category if you want to configure autofill options for passwords, payment methods, or addresses. Select the Privacy & Security category to control cookies, site settings, and more. Select the Appearance category to modify the theme, fonts, and other visual features. Select the Search Engine category to set the default search engine (Figure E).

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Figure E How to set up and use different profiles in Google Chrome.

Once done, it’s time to create and configure a second profile. Click the Profile icon in the top right, then click Add (Figure F).

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On the next screen, click the Continue Without Account button. Type a name and select a theme for this account. Click the pencil icon on the profile picture to select an avatar. Keep the Create desktop shortcut option checked if you want to easily launch Chrome with this account. Click Done (Figure G).

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Figure G How to set up and use different profiles in Google Chrome.

To further edit this profile, click the Profile icon, then click the pencil icon. You can now browse each category to customize the various settings (Figure H).

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Figure H How to set up and use different profiles in Google Chrome.

Completely close Chrome, then reopen it. You are prompted to choose the profile you want to use. Select either (Graph I).

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Figure I How to set up and use different profiles in Google Chrome.

To use the same profiles on other devices with Chrome beyond your current computer, click the Profile icon and click the Enable Sync button. Sign in with the account you want to use, then click the Yes, I’m in button to sync your bookmarks, passwords, history, and other content for that profile. When the synchronization is complete, click the Profile icon and select the other profile (Figure J).

Figure J

Return to the Profile icon and click the Enable Sync button. Follow the same steps to sync this profile’s content and settings (Figure K).

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Figure K How to set up and use different profiles in Google Chrome.

Finally, close Chrome once more. Reopen it. Click the Add icon if you want to create a third profile. Click the three-dot icon of any existing profile to edit or delete it (Figure L).

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Figure L How to set up and use different profiles in Google Chrome.

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