Use a Chromebook as a guest

To use a Chromebook without signing in, you can browse as a guest. Guest mode is useful if you want to:

  • Let someone borrow your Chromebook.
  • Borrow someone else’s Chromebook.
  • Use a shared or public Chromebook, like at school or a library.

Tap here to see an interactive tutorial

Sign in as a guest

  1. If you’re signed in to the Chromebook, sign out.
  2. At the bottom, click Browse as Guest.

Note: If you’re using your Chromebook at work or school and don't see "Browse as Guest," your administrator has turned off guest browsing. Only your administrator can turn it back on. For more help, contact your administrator.

Sign out

  1. At the bottom right, select the time.
  2. Select Exit guest.

Note: Your files, cookies, website data, and browsing activity will be deleted.

Others can see some information

Guest mode stops Chrome from saving your browsing activity.

  • Websites you visit, including the ads and resources used on those sites
  • Websites you sign in to
  • Your employer, school, or whoever runs the network you’re using
  • Your internet service provider
  • Search engines
    • Search engines may show search suggestions based on your location or activity in your current Incognito browsing session. When you search on Google, Google will always estimate the general area that you're searching from. Learn more about location when you search on Google.

Fix problems with guest browsing

You don't see "Browse as Guest"

The Chromebook may have guest browsing turned off. To turn on guest browsing:

  1. If you're signed in as a guest, sign out.
  2. Sign in to your Chromebook using the owner account.
  3. At the bottom right, select the time.
  4. Select Settings .
  5. In the "Security and Privacy" section, select Manage other people.
  6. Turn on Enable Guest browsing.

Note: If you’re using your Chromebook at work or school, you can't turn guest browsing on or off. For more help, contact your administrator.

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