Set the User Authentication Type

On a Google or SAML-enabled site, administrators can specify users’ authentication type. For example, which users can access Tableau Online using their single sign-on credentials.

You can assign authentication type at the time you add users to Tableau Online, as well as any time afterward.

  1. When you’re signed in to the Tableau Online site, select Users.

  2. On the Site Users page, select the check boxes next to the users you want to assign an authentication type.

  3. On the Actions menu, select Authentication.

  4. In the Authentication dialog box, select Google or Tableau.


  • If you change users’ authentication from Tableau (default) to Google, the next time they sign in, they will be directed to your identity provider’s site to provide their credentials.

  • If users were signing in using their external Identity Provider credentials, and you change their authentication type to Tableau, if they do not have existing Tableau credentials, they will receive email from Tableau with instructions for creating new Tableau credentials.

  • Tableau recommends that you dedicate a site administrator account that is always configured for Tableau authentication. In the event of an issue with your Identity Provider, a dedicated Tableau account ensures that you always have access to your site.

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