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Sign in on a device that's not yours

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

Browse in private

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

In Chrome

  1. On a computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click the button with a name or People People.
  3. Click Guest.
  4. Go to a Google service, like www.google.com, and sign in to your account.
  5. When you're done using the web, at the top right, click Guest and then Exit Guest. You'll be signed out.

Learn more about using Guest mode in Chrome.

In other browsers

  1. On a computer, open a browser, like Safari.
  2. Open a private window. To learn how, select your 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, click your profile image, initial, or email address.
    3. Click Sign out.
How browsing as a guest works

When you use Guest mode in Chrome and sign in:

  • Searches you do, sites you visit, and other activity aren't saved to the browser's history.
  • Cookies are deleted after you leave Guest mode.

Note: Browsing in private might work differently on other browsers. 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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