Admin Accounts

This page describes how to allow other people to collaborate on your search engine by adding them as admins.

  1. Overview
  2. Restrictions


Custom search engine owners can allow other users to configure their search engine. To invite other users, go to the Google Custom Search control panel, click Admin accounts, and then click Add. Type the email address of the user you want to invite, and then click OK. The email address you used must be associated with a valid Google Account opens in a new window.

The email address should be the one associated to the user's Google account. Once you have done so, your search engine will appear on the user's list of search engines.

You can also create a custom search engine using Search Console opens in a new window. When you do this, you'll be the owner of that search engine, and you'll be able to edit it using both Search Console and the Custom Search control panel. (If you're using a free custom search engine with ads, you'll also be able to delete it in both places.) If you've added other verified site owners opens in a new window to your Search Console account, those site owners will be able to edit related search engines in Search Console. However, they won't be able to view or edit the search engine in the Custom Search control panel unless you add them as an admin account.


You can add up to 200 admin accounts. Users you add will be able to view and edit almost any data associated with the search engine. However, they won't be able to:

  • Delete the search engine
  • Add or remove admin accounts
  • Access the Make money tab.

Once a user has been removed from the Admin accounts list, she or he will no longer be able to access any information associated with the search engine.

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