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Sign in on a device that's not yours

To sign in temporarily on a computer, phone, or tablet that doesn't belong to you, use a private browsing window.

Browse in private to help protect your account

If you sign in on a device that's used by other people, follow the steps below. That way, others won't be able to:

  • Use your Google Account
  • Find out what searches you did or sites you visited
  • See that your account was signed in
  1. On a computer, open a browser, like Chrome.
  2. Open a private window. To learn how and find out more, select a browser:
  3. Go to a Google service, like www.google.com, and sign in to your account.
  4. When you're done using the web, close all private windows or sign out. To sign out:
    1. Go to a Google service, like www.google.com.
    2. On the top right, select your profile image, initial, or email address.
    3. Choose Sign out.
How private browsing works

When you sign in on a private window in Chrome:

  • Searches you do, sites you visit, and other activity aren't saved to the browser's history.
  • Cookies are deleted after you close all private windows.

Note: Private windows in other browsers might work differently. Read the details when you follow the instructions to browse in private.

When to browse privately

Use a private window on any device that's not yours.

For example, we recommend that you browse privately if you use:

  • A public computer that's available to lots of people, like at a library or Internet cafe
  • A device that you've borrowed from a friend or family member

If you share a device or browser with people you trust, you can set it up for multiple people. Learn how to share Chrome with others.

If you can't browse in private

  1. Open a browser, like Chrome.
  2. Follow these steps before you sign in and after you sign out:
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