On Chrome I use several profiles to manage my personal and work life. There is one handy option to open a link to a page with a different profile. You just right click on the link and then select open as and then you selects the other profile. This is neat, but it useless when you already have the tab opened. What I want to do is open the current tab with a different profile. Is that possible with just chrome? Is there any extension that can be used for this purpose?

Thanks and regards

  • I also looked and couldn't find a way to do that
    – Blitz
    May 7 '20 at 8:12
  • I've been looking for the same thing for ages. Can't find a way to do it. Its especially annoying when you have a whole window of tabs that you'd want to open as a different profile.
    – Raman
    Jun 20 '20 at 15:33
  • Would love to know this as well. I find myself having a large tab-group, and then wanting to transfer that to another profile in a few clicks. Mar 22 at 16:14

I was able to quickly accomplish this using the Session Buddy extension. You will need to use the Export/Import function to transfer between profiles. If you just use Save, you won't be able to see the saved session from the other profile.

  • Install the Session Buddy extension in both Chrome instances.

  • Open up SB in the profile instance that has the open tabs you want to transfer.

  • If you have a lot of tabs open and only want to transfer a few, save your current session (so you can restore it after the transfer) and then close all the tabs you don't want to transfer. You could transfer everything, but it can take a very long time to reload all those tabs if you have a gazillion.

  • Click on the Settings (Gear) icon to find the Export option. Save the URLs to a text file.

  • Go to SB in the new profile and click on Import under the Settings icon. Open the file you just saved and voila, there are your tabs opened in the new profile instance.

  • Restore your saved session in the original profile if you closed a bunch of tabs before exporting.


You can pre-open other profiles and whenever you need to open a link in another profile just select and drag the link into other profile's new tab area.

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