How to manage multiple Google Chrome profiles

Chrome constantly surprises me with its great collection of options.

For example, you can:

And that’s just the surface.  Today I want to show you how easy it is to manage multiple profiles in Chrome.

If you have more than one Google account then you’ll find this trick particularly relevant.  Most people don’t know about this feature so you’re about to join a rarefied coterie of Chrome experts.

To start your profile fun, open Chrome and type the following in the address bar:

chrome://settings/

When your Settings whirls onto the screen, scroll down to the bottom and click the Add new user… button.

 

Google Chrome Settings for Adding a new User

 

You’ll see a list of Chrome user icons you can use.  I was tempted to go with the Ninja but then I wanted to be the slice of Pizza… Ultimately, my ambivalence resulted in me choosing the picture of the black guy since he looks pretty cool.

If you leave Create a desktop shortcut for this user checked, Chrome slaps a shortcut on your desktop that gives you direct access to that users specific account and preferences.

I love this feature so I always leave it enabled.

Google Chrome Settings for Adding a new User 2

The moment you click Create, Chrome instantly whips open a new window donning the avatar icon you chose earlier.

Google Chrome New Profile

Now you can sign-in and sync your profile for that account.

You can also switch profiles on the fly by clicking the avatar graphic in the upper left corner of the browser.

Google Chrome change profile

That’s it!

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  • fredphoesh

    Any idea how to make the User account shortcut on the desktop AFTER creating the account? I cant seem to find this info anywhere…

    • Michael Erebos

      Go to chrome directory in AppData. (On my Win7 this is C:Users[USER]AppDataLocalGoogleChromeUser Data )

      Make a note of all dirs that have similar contents to “Default” – those are the directories for the user profiles.

      Next, create a shortcut to chrome.exe anywhere and add the following:

      –profile-directory=”Default”

      “Default” being your default profile or any other that you choose, matching the directory name. For example my second profile’s dir is named “Profile 1”.

      Running that shortcut should start chrome under the user specified.

  • vegan

    no way to manage multiple user accounts over 20 because the icons disappear under the windows task bar at the bottom of the screen – therefore a useless feature unless they change the menu launcher to reveal all the icons in an expanded menu or reduce the icon size as more are added – yes people , some of we need more space for user icons in the menu!

  • Kevin Vincent

    Is there any way to save a list of profiles to keep as a back up or to set up another computer (work/laptop etc)???

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