If you’re one of those who share a computer in your home, or someone who uses their Chrome on the computer for both work and personal browsing, Google is here to help you better separate work from personal activities and your user profile from the ones other members of the household use in its revamped profiles experience.
Just like you’ve been swapping between Google accounts; keeping personalized extensions, apps, history, themes, and bookmarks for different users on shared computers; and syncing those settings between devices, Google has made it even easier to create, customize or switch to your personal space within Chrome.
Now, if you have multiple profiles you can set up, a “profile picker” that will appear each time you restart Chrome, prompting you to select a user or browse as a guest. You will be able to switch profiles in case you need to separate your workstation from fun activities or create a new one with a different color scheme and background themes, bookmarks organized just the way you want them to be, and their saved passwords in different accounts. Once everyone’s and everything is set up, it’s easy to select the right profile for the right moment.
The new update also includes an expansion to Chrome’s Reading List feature, which was previously limited to the iOS app. For all those articles you want to read later, you can now add them to your reading list in Chrome on Android and desktop.
You can also access your Chrome profile on all your other devices as well. Just turn on sync and get that theme you’ve selected, along with anything else you’ve saved such as your new reading list, your favorite bookmarks, and your saved passwords across your devices. These new features will roll out on the desktop over the coming weeks.