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How to Add a User to Google Search Console in 2024

Are you looking to add a user to Google Search Console for a property you manage?

There are a few situations where you may need to add a new user to your Google Search Console (GSC) property:

  • You’re a business owner and you need to share your website’s traffic data with an agency or a freelancer.
  • You’re a business owner and you need to share the Google Search Console data with your staff and marketing team.
  • You’re an agency or a freelancer and you helped set up Google Search Console for your client.

Whatever the reason may be, you can follow this guide to learn how to quickly add a user to Google Search Console and make sure you provide the user with the correct permission level for their needs.

Provide Access to Your Google Search Console Property to a New User

Step 1: Log in to your Google Search Console account

The first thing you need to do is log in to your Google Search Console account to be able to add a new user.

You can log in using the following link: https://search.google.com/search-console/

Make sure you log in with the account that is the owner of the website. In Google Search Console, the website’s domain is referred to as a property.

Step 2: Select the property (website) you want to give access to

In some cases, you may have access or have created multiple properties within Google Search Console for various websites that you manage or own.

In this step, you will need to select the property that you would like to provide the user access to. You can select the correct property by navigating to the top-left corner of your screen where you will find the property drop-down button.

Take a look at the following image to learn how to select the property:

Changing Properties in Google Search Console

Step 3: Access the “Settings” menu

Once you have selected the correct property, navigate to the settings menu located on the bottom-left side of your screen. Depending on your computer’s screen size, you may have to scroll down to find it or minimize some of the drop-down options on the left-hand side.

Google Search Console Settings

Step 4: Click on the “Users and Permissions” setting

Once in the general settings, click on the rectangular button labeled “Users and Permissions”. It’s within this tab that you will be able to add and remove users to your property.

Users and Permissions in Google Search Console

Step 5: Access the Add User window in your settings

In the “Users and Permissions” tab, you will need to click the blue “Add User” button on the top-left side of the menu.

How to add a user to Google Search Console

Step 6: Add a user to Google Search Console property

Once the blue “Add User” button is clicked, a window should pop-up. In this Add User window, you will need to type in the email address of the person that you are providing access to as well as the user’s permissions on the property.

Once the person’s email has been typed in and the permission lever has been set, you can click the “Add” button on the bottom-right of the window to add the user to the Google Search Console property.

It’s important to note that this only provides that user with permission to access the specific property that was selected in step 2. If you’d like to give the user access to other properties, you will need to repeat these steps for each property you’d like to add them to.

User info GSC

Google Search Console Property User Permissions

Giving new users the correct permission level within your property is important to make sure they have access to all of the information they need, or to avoid them accessing data you don’t want to show them.

There are 3 permission level options you can give a user:

1. Owner

Every Google Search Console property has one Verified Owner. Each additional user that is added as an owner after the primary verified is considered a Delegated Owner in the users menu.

Although they are labeled differently, they have the exact same permissions within the property.

2. Full Permission

Users with Full Permissions are able to access and view all of the data for the property and are able to perform all of the actions available within Google Search Console. These actions may include things like requesting page indexing and verifying fixes.

3. Restricted Permission

Users with Restricted Permissions are allowed “view-only” access to most of the property’s data.

You can find a full list of actions for each permission level by visiting Google Search Console’s Users and Permissions Documentation page.

How to Change an Existing User’s Permission Level

What if you need to change the permission level for an existing user on your property?

You can navigate back to the “Users and Permissions” button in the settings menu to change the user’s permission. Once in the Users and Permissions menu, look for the user you want to change the permission for and click on the three dots on the right side of their row.

How to change a user's permissions on Google Search Console

After you click on the three dots, select the option that says “Change permissions”. This will allow you to change the user’s permissions on the property, as long as they are not the owner.

Can’t I Share my Google Account Instead?

No! Never share your personal or business Google Account information with anyone, let alone someone external from your team, even if they are an agency working with you.

Google Search Console has implemented the Users feature to avoid having to share account information. This way you can keep your account information safe while providing access to specific tools to the people that need it. Plus, if anything goes wrong with the agency’s engagement or you no longer employ the staff member, you retain ownership of your property and can remove them as users.

There are very specific people that would need access to Google Search Console: SEOs, marketing team, DevOps, etc. If any of them ask you to share your Google Account’s information, they likely should not be working for you or with you on SEO.

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