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Switch Between Chrome User Profiles on the Computer

Are you looking to switch between different user profiles in Google Chrome? Learn how to switch between multiple user profiles in Chrome seamlessly.

Google Chrome allows creating Chrome profiles to avoid mixing different accounts and their purpose. We can keep our personal Google account separate from our work account under various profiles.

We can easily switch between these Chrome user profiles from the profile switcher menu or select from the Profiles menu.

Switch Between Chrome User Profiles

In this guide, we have shared the different methods and steps to switch between Chrome Profiles on a computer.

What is Chrome User Profiles?

The Chrome Profile feature allows you to create standalone user profiles corresponding to multiple Google accounts for the unaware. You could create one for official purposes, the other for managing personal accounts, etc.

The best part about this feature is that all your data would remain encapsulated within your profile.

Hence, your saved passwords, bookmarks, favorites, and browser settings would be non-conflicting, i.e., they wouldn’t interact with the other profiles.

We already have a detailed guide on using multiple Google Accounts with the Chrome Profiles feature.

Method 1: Selecting the Profile at Chrome app’s Startup

The Chrome app offers the profile selector screen whenever you open the browser. It makes switching between Chrome profiles easy- all you have to do is select the desired profile on the start-up screen, and that’s it.

Chrome Profile Selector window at Startup

However, some users didn’t appreciate Chrome’s approach of showing the profile selection menu at every boot-up.

As a result, they have disabled the Chrome profiles picker screen. If you cannot see the startup selection screen, you can enable it from the Profile settings menu. Otherwise, follow the other methods mentioned below.

Method 2: Switching under the Profile menu in the Chrome app

Every new profile is automatically added under the Profile icon, and we can click on the icon and choose the desired Profile from the available list. Here are the steps to switch Chrome profile:

  1. Launch the Chrome browser on the computer.
  2. Click on your Profile icon at the top right, next to the address bar.
    Switch Chrome User Profile from Profiles menuIt will open the profile pop-up screen on the browser.
  3. Select the desired profile under the Other Profile section.

The selected profile will open in the foreground, and the older profile window will be moved to the background.

You can use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Tab on Windows OS or Cmd + ` on Mac to switch between active profile windows.

Method 3: Creating the Desktop Shortcut for Chrome Profile

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Note: Desktop shortcut option is available only on Windows PC.

You could directly launch in a Chrome profile of your choice by creating a desktop shortcut for that profile. Here are the steps to do:

  1. Launch the Chrome browser on a Windows PC.
  2. Bring up the Profile selection using Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + M shortcut.
  3. Select the desired profile from the available list.
    Select Chrome Profile in Google Chrome
  4. Copy-paste the location below in the address bar and hit Enter on the keyboard.
    chrome://settings/manageProfile

    It shall open the Manage Profile page.

  5. Enable the toggle next to the Create Desktop shortcut option.
    Create Desktop Shortcut option in Chrome Profiles page

A Chrome profile shortcut will be created on your desktop screen with a small badge of your Google account profile image.

Chrome User Profile Desktop Shortcut

Anytime you launch Chrome using this shortcut, it will automatically launch with the associated Chrome Profile.

Moreover, you may create shortcuts for all the user profiles on your browser. Each will have its badge and name as its distinctive identity.

Bottom Line

We can quickly choose the desired profile to open using the Profile Picker screen. If the screen does not appear, we can open the Profile menu and switch to the desired Chrome Profile.

Creating a desktop shortcut for a profile is another way that we can use in Windows PC.

However, Mac users have a dedicated Profiles menu on the menubar that allows a quick switch between available profiles.

Google Chrome Menubar with Profiles menu

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Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza is a Google Certified IT Professional, Digital Content Creator, and Go-To Digital Marketer with Engineering Degree. He has over a decade of experience solving tech problems, troubleshooting, and innovating digital solutions. Follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn.

4 comments and feedback

  1. I have three profiles set up already. I cannot set up the desktop shortcut – the toggle in the chrome settings does not exist (even when I search for it by text).

    1. Hi La, is it your work machine that an organization manages? IT admin can disable the option from system settings.

      If not, then please upload the screengrab on Imgur.com and respond back.

    1. Hi Fiona, I am currently using the Macbook; I can confirm that it’s still working in the latest version.

      I hope you already have two or more chrome profiles already set up to make the profile switching work.

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