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Chrome Profiles

These days, many people have multiple Google accounts. For example:

  • a personal Gmail account
  • your LPS Google account
  • a (non-LPS) club or volunteer account?
  • your children's accounts?

If you are in this situation, you will benefit from having two (or more?) "profiles" in Google Chrome. The big benefit of this approach is the ability to separate out your content between work and personal accounts, while being logged into both simultaneously. You can bring an end to the endless login-logout-login-logout cycle you might be experiencing, 

Each profile is tied to a different Google account, and keeps the bookmarks, extensions, plug-ins, themes, cookies and other browsing data separated.

Most importantly, it can eliminate many errors when attempting to open Google Drive, Hapara, or other resources that require your LPS Google account. 

Add a person or profile

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click the button with your name or People People.
  3. Click Manage people.
  4. Click Add person.
  5. Choose a photo and a name.
  6. Click Save. A new window will open and ask you to sign in.
  7. Sign in to Chrome with a Google Account for the new profile. Their bookmarks, history, passwords, and other settings will automatically sync.

Switch to another person or profile

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click the button with your name.
  3. Choose the person or profile you want to switch to.

When you select another person, the window you are using does not close. Instead, an additional Chrome browser window is opened. This is great! You can now leave a window open with your LPS profile and your personal profile at the same time!

TIP: Toss your cookies

Best practice would be to create a BRAND NEW profile for each account you have, then REMOVE any original profile you have remaining. NOTE: When you remove a profile, all cookies, including bookmarks, go away with it. For this reason, make sure that your NEW profile(s) are complete before removing the old ones. If you were experiencing any login issues because of the old cookies, the problems should go away with these changes..

Remove someone from Chrome

Multiple people can use Chrome on the same computer using multiple "Chrome profiles." After you remove someone from Chrome, their Chrome data is erased from the device.

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click the button with your name or People.
  3. Click Manage People.
  4. Point to the person you want to remove.
  5. At the top right of the person, click More.
  6. Click Remove This Person.
  7. Confirm by clicking Remove This Person.


TIP: Be Colorful!

Choose a theme with a distinct color for each profile you have. This will make it easier to tell which window you are looking at.

Choose Themes