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Let others browse Chrome as a guest

Available on computers (Windows, Mac, Linux) and Chromebooks only.

You can let friends and family browse the Internet on your computer and still keep your account information private by using Guest mode.

How Guest mode works

When friends and family members browse as guests on your computer, none of their browsing history or cookies are saved. They also can’t see or change your Chrome information or settings.

Use Guest mode

Turn Guest mode on and off
  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More More and then Settings.
  3. Under "People," next to "Enable Guest browsing," check the box.

To turn Guest mode off, next to "Enable Guest browsing," uncheck the box.

Browse as a Guest
  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click the button with your name or People People.
  3. Click Manage people and then Browse as Guest.

To exit Guest mode, at the top right, click Guest and then Exit Guest.

Manage Guest mode for supervised users

If you want to share your computer with someone and control what sites that person visits, you can create an account for a supervised user. This might be useful, for example, if you want to monitor what pages a family member sees online.

Since Guest mode is generally available to all users, including supervised users, and allows access to an unsupervised browsing session, you’ll need to turn it off to manage what supervised users do on the Internet.

Differences between Guest mode and Incognito mode

Both Guest mode and Incognito mode are temporary browsing modes, but there are some basic differences between them.

  • Guest mode: A user in Guest mode doesn't leave any browsing history or cookies on the computer.
  • Incognito mode: You don't leave any browsing history or cookies on the computer, but you can still see your existing history, bookmarks, passwords, Autofill data, and other Chrome settings.

Important: Neither Incognito mode nor Guest mode makes you invisible on the web. Websites you visit, your employer, or your service provider can still see your browsing activity.

For more information about what's stored in both modes, visit the Chrome Privacy Policy.

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