Chrome OS To Get User Switching Without Logging Out

Multi-user support on Android tablets was big news. On Chrome OS, it will not be. Because it is feature that every operating system on a desktop or laptop computer must have. All the other desktop operating systems have it. It is finally Chrome OS’ turn.

Chrome OS will soon get the option to switch users without logging the current user out. Just like your Windows PC or the Mac.

Currently, if you want to let a friend of family member to login to your Chromebook, you must log off from your account and then let them login using their account or the guest mode. But when this feature is ready, you can let them use the Chromebook without completely logging off from your account.



Here is what I found on the Chromium code base.

Issue 14139003: Chrome OS multi-profiles backend and UI.

Chrome OS multi-profiles backend and UI.
* Tray – launch login UI for multi-profiles
* UserManager: GetLoggedInUsers(), SwitchActiveUser(),
add GetActiveUser() which will later replace GetLoggedInUser()
* Login UI: support “sign in to add” mode

* Pass chromeos::User* in details for
* Add NOTIFICATION_ACTIVE_USER_CHANGED (only when switching users for now)

Multi-profile hacks
* Initialize BrowserPolicyConnector only for primary user
* Redirect logging only once
* OAuth2LoginManager tracks only last logged in user

This just shows that they are working on this feature. We might need to wait for some more time before this feature lands on our Chromebooks and Chromeboxes.

Speaking of Chromebooks, I now own a Chromebook Series 5 550 3G!


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Dinsan made Google Chrome his default browser within hours of its release. He fell in love with Chromebooks from the day he first touched one and is currently obsessed with Chromecasts.

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  • Rainabba 04/10/2013, 12:54 am

    1) You need date/time stamps on your entries so we can determine how relevant (if at all) your entry might be. If it’s here and I’m overlooking it (after 3 tries), then perhaps it needs to be repositioned or enlarged. Generally they exist near the title.

    2) Nice find, and the entries would lead me to think that it’s at least mostly done, but I still can’t find any option other than signing-out and in as another user on my Chromebook Pixel that’s updated as of 2013-10-03. Any chance you would be willing to look into the issue and update your entry?

    • Dinsan Francis 04/10/2013, 8:17 am

      Month and Year is on the URL. Date stamp… have to look at theme options again..