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, for example at school or a library.

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.

Your activity might still be visible to:

  • Websites that you visit, including the ads and resources used on those sites
  • Your employer, school or whoever runs the network that you’re using
  • Your Internet service provider

If you sign in to an account to use a web service, such as Gmail, your browsing activity might be saved on sites that recognise that account.

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 Settings.
  5. In the 'People' 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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