If you’re someone who uses Chrome for both work and home use—especially while working at home during the pandemic, you might have experiences a few issues like accidentally accessing something in the wrong profile. To avoid those issues, Google has announced that they are rolling out a revamped profile experience to help make it easier for you to use different profiles in Chrome.
“You spent the previous day hand-picking your favourite browser colours and theme, only to discover that someone changed everything up. Or, you’re trying to login to a retailer site to buy a saved pair of shoes, but autofill keeps suggesting the wrong password (your partner’s, you guess?),” wrote Google in their blog.
According to Google, the update is starting to roll out today. It might not be available worldwide yet, but you will know when it will be available to you when you re-open Chrome to find that the profile selection screen automatically pops up.
So, instead of finding your different Google profiles on the top right corner, you’ll be able to find the available profiles in the middle of the screen. To make a new profile, you can click ‘Add icon’ and then give the new profile a name and colour theme to go along with it.
This new update also makes it easier for guests to use Chrome without bothering your profiles. They can click the ‘Guest Mode’ option at the bottom of the new profile page.
You can currently swap between Google accounts, keep personalised extensions, apps, history, themes, and bookmarks for different users on shared computers, and sync those settings between devices as well. You’re also able to switch theme designs to personalise your profiles.
However, the addition of a new more obvious way to switch profiles let you personalise them with colours and themes without it bothering the other profiles. This can immensely help if several people in the household use the same computer as well.
Google also announced that they are including an expansion to Chrome’s Reading List feature—which was previously limited to the iOS app. This means that you can save articles to read later in the Android, and desktop versions of Chrome as well.