Join Nick Brazzi for an in-depth discussion in this video Logging into Chrome, part of Up and Running with the Chrome Browser.
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- There's one important feature that's unique to Chrome that makes it the browser of choice for a lot of people. You can log in to your Google account right in the Chrome browser, which gives you easier access to Google services online and lets you keep important data synchronized across multiple computers. To see how this works I want to go to google.com. If you use Google Search on a regular basis you can customize your experience and access your search history if you set up and log in to your Google account. At the top of the Google web page there's a Sign In button.
From here you can log in to your account or create a new account if you don't already have one. Now I'm not going to log in yet, instead I want to go over to the Gmail website, and of course if you use Gmail this is where you would come to log in to your account. You can either create a new account or you can hit Sign In and we see a login screen that's very similar to what we just saw. And at this point you might notice that all Google services can be accessed with the same account login so if you have a Google account or a Gmail account, they're actually the same thing and you can log in to your account from either page.
How about this, I'm going to go to youtube.com, there's a Sign In button up in the top right and if I click on that, this looks the same as Gmail and the Google web page, the same login option. That's because YouTube is owned by Google. YouTube is one of Google's web services so if I sign in here I can sign in with the same Google account that I would use for any other Google service. So I showed you the login page for each of these sites but I did not log in to any of them.
I could've signed in to any of those pages and it works the same as in any other web browser, Firefox, Internet Explorer, or whatever, but in Chrome we can go a step further. Let's check out the utility of logging in to Chrome, and I just want to have a clean slate here so I'm going to quit Chrome and I'm going to launch it again. When you first launch Chrome you might see this page. This is a Google login page very similar to what we saw in those other websites we were just looking at. Now you might not see this page when you launch Chrome, you might see a Google Search page instead, so if you don't see this page don't worry about it, I'll show you how you can get to this.
But this page is important. It's asking me to log in to my Google account but I'm not logging in to my Gmail, I'm not logging in to the Google Search page, I'm not logging in to YouTube, I'm logging in with my Google credentials in the Chrome web browser itself. So remember when we talked about these Settings pages inside of Chrome, look at the address here, this is a Chrome Settings page, this is not a web page on the internet, so if you log in here you're logging in to the Chrome browser with your email address and password.
Now if you don't see this page you can go up to the Accounts button near the top right and you can click on Sign in to Chrome right here and you get the same login screen. Or you can go into the menu in the top right, go to Settings and then you can hit Sign in to Chrome right here, and again the same option. So let's just close this tab and I'll just sign in right here, so I'll just use my standard Google email address and password.
So now I've signed in to my Google account in the Chrome browser. It gives me this confirmation, I can hit OK and now when I look at the Account button up near the top right it has my name. It drops me here on this Google Search page and I can see my name up at the top, I can see account information right here and I can see my bookmarks displayed here on this page. We're going to talk more about bookmarks later but it's interesting to see that all of the bookmarks that I had synchronized to my Google account from another computer are visible here.
But what's more interesting is now that I've logged in to my Google account in Chrome I don't need to type in my Google name and password every time I want to access a Google website because I'm already logged in through Chrome. So if I go to google.com, just the regular Google front page, I'm already logged in, here's my name, here's my account information. If I go to gmail.com, I'm already logged in, here are my email messages. Now if I go over to YouTube, at first it looks like I'm not logged in, I see the Sign In button here, but if I click on Sign In then it'll just automatically log me in with the credentials that have been saved here inside of Chrome.
So we've just seen a few of the Google services web pages, there are a lot of other Google services and if I access any of them I'll automatically be logged in. And now that I'm logged in, if I quit Chrome, the next time I launch it it'll start me from this Google start page and I'm already logged in to my account. Now there's one more important thing that we should see. I'm going to go back into the menu in the top right and into Settings. Here in Settings the very first line shows me that I'm signed in. I could log out of my account here, and we'll talk about that in a second, or we can take a look at the Advanced Sync settings.
Here you have the option to synchronize important information with your Google account, things like your bookmarks, your history, your saved passwords and other things that we'll talk about later in the course. The benefit of syncing is if you choose Chrome on multiple computers or mobile devices, as long as you're logged in to your Google account in Chrome on all of those other computers, this information will stay synchronized and up to date on all of them. Do you want your bookmarks to always be the same on all of your computers? This is your ticket.
You can see there are a bunch of other options in addition to bookmarks, I'm just going to say OK. And of course if you ever want to completely log out of Google services in Chrome on a certain computer, just come here to Settings, hit Disconnect your Google Account, it also gives you this option to clear your history and bookmarks and other information. Later in the course we'll talk about all of these things and how you can keep them linked to your Google account, but if you're signing out of your Google account in Chrome and you also want to make sure that any of your personal data is wiped when you do it, you should choose this option, and I'll hit Disconnect Account and after a moment I'm completely logged out of my Google account and any synchronized data that was copied to this computer through my Google account has been removed.
So if I go to one of those Google services pages like maybe gmail.com, now I'm not automatically logged in, I would need to put in my email address and password. Now we're going to talk more about those syncing options later as we get into each of those individual features but I think you can see the value here. If you have a Google account and you're using Chrome, it's a great idea to log in, especially if you use multiple computers. If you don't have a Google account, or if you're not sure about what a Google account is good for, you might want to check out one of my other courses, and that course is called Creating and Managing your Google Account.
- Using tabs
- Setting the homepage
- Downloading files
- Sharing links
- Creating and importing bookmarks
- Installing Chrome apps and extensions
- Saving passwords
- Managing history, cookies, and other website data
- Browsing privately
- Using Chrome on mobile devices