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Signing into Chrome ensures that all your Chrome data--such as bookmarks, history, and other settings--are synced to your Google Account and available on any device where you sign into Chrome. You can also use Chrome to manage and use multiple Google Apps accounts. This is the preferred method of signing into and managing multiple Google accounts using Google Chrome.
Benefits of signing into Google Chrome
The benefit of signing into Chrome is that your data is available on any device where you sign in to Chrome with the same account. Any changes you make to your data on one device sync to all the devices where you're signed in to Chrome. If your device is stolen or broken, you can get back your bookmarks, history, and other settings just by signing in to Chrome again on your new phone or computer.
Signing into Chrome signs you into other Google services, such as Gmail, Calendar, Drive, YouTube, and Search.
Keep your data safe
Do not sign into Chrome if you are using a public or untrusted computer. A copy of your data is stored on the computer you are using when you sign in, and other people who use the same computer can see it. To keep your information secure, synced data is encrypted when it travels between your computer and Google's servers.
You are in control of what gets synced; additionally, you can choose to also encrypt all your synced data. You can remove your synced data from your account at any time.
Web and app activity
If Include Chrome browsing history and activity from websites and apps that use Google services is checked on the Web & App Activity controls page, Google uses your synchronized browsing data to provide personalized Google products and services to you. You can change your preference any time, and manage individual activities associated with your Google Account.
Create a profile to sign into Chrome
- Open Chrome for the first time and click Sign-in at the top right.
- Enter your email address as DirectoryID@umd.edu.
- Click the Next button and select Organizational Google Apps.
- You will be redirected to the Central Authentication System (CAS) login page.
- You will be asked if you wish to Cancel, Link Account, or Create New Profile. Click Link Account or Create New Profile depending on your preference.
- You have now created a Chrome Profile. Your name will appear at the top right of your browser, indicating the profile you are currently using.
- Click OK, Got it.
Adding and using additional Profiles
- To sign in to Chrome using a different profile, (i.e. a personal Gmail account), click your Profile name at the top right of the screen and choose Switch Person.
- Click Add Person.
- On the Sign In page, enter the login information of the account you wish to add, and click Sign In.
- You will again need to choose Link the Account or Create a new Profile. The account will open in a new Chrome Window, and will now appear as an additional account in the Switch Person window. You can now switch between multiple Google accounts without creating problems for Google Apps related to permissions and file ownership.
- After signing in, to access Google Apps, click the Grid icon at the top right of your screen and choose the icon of the app you wish to access.
Sign in from a Chromebook
Learn how to sync your account settings from a Chromebook.