How to Disable Guest Mode on Chrome

Using Guest mode on Chrome means that you can use Google without signing into an account. While there are many advantages of using Guest mode, it can also come with safety issues. That’s why Google Chrome gives you the option to disable Guest Mode quickly and effortlessly.

How to Disable Guest Mode on Chrome

In this guide, we will show you how to disable and re-enable Guest mode on Chrome on different operating systems. We will also answer some common questions regarding Guest mode on Google Chrome.

How to Disable Guest Mode on Chrome on Windows?

Contrary to popular belief, Guest mode and Incognito isn’t the same. When you’re using Guest mode on Chrome, you can’t see or change other user’s profile information. Incognito mode means that you are browsing the web privately. Whether you use Guest mode or Incognito mode, all your browsing activity will be deleted after you close the window.

Guest mode is a convenient option when you need to use someone else’s computer, or when someone else wants to use yours. When you wish to leave Guest mode, simply close the Guest mode window. To go even further, you can disable Guest mode altogether.

However, to deactivate Guest mode browsing on Chrome includes a couple of more steps. First, we’ll show you how to do it with the Command prompt.

  1. Click on the magnifying glass icon in the bottom-left corner of your screen.
  2. Enter “Command prompt” next to the magnifying glass.
  3. Right-click on the app.
  4.  Choose “Run as administrator.”
  5. Copy this command:
    REG ADD HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Chrome /v BrowserGuestModeEnabled /t REG_DWORD /d 0
  6. Paste it in the Command prompt.
  7. Press “Enter” on your keyboard.
  8. Turn off Chrome and your computer.

The next time you launch Chrome and go to your profile picture in the upper-right corner. The Guest mode option will no longer be there.

How to Re-Enable?

If you change your mind, or if you want to switch the Guest mode option back on later, you can re-enable it in a few quick steps. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Go to the magnifying glass icon and type in “Command prompt.”
  2. Right-click on the program and choose “Run as administrator.”
  3. Copy this command:
    REG DELETE HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Chrome /v BrowserGuestModeEnabled /f
  4. Paste it in the Command prompt.
  5. Press “Enter.”
  6. Restart your computer.

Next time you open Chrome on your computer, you will see the Guest mode option when you right-click on your profile picture in the upper-right corner of your window.

Via Registry Editor

Another way you can disable Guest mode browsing on Chrome is via Registry Editor. If you want to learn how, follow the steps below:

  1. Click on the magnifying glass icon in the bottom-left corner of your screen.
  2. Type in “regedit” in the search box.
  3. Right-click on the Registry Editor app and choose “Run as administrator.”
  4. Copy this command: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Chrome
  5. Paste it into the Registry Editor’s address bar.
  6. Press “Enter.”
  7. Double-click on the “Chrome” folder in the left sidebar.
  8. Right-click on the right side of the Registry Editor (where there is blank space).
  9. Click “New” and then “DWORD (32-bit) Value.”
  10. Rename the file as “BrowserGuestModeEnabled.”
  11. Double-click on the file – A new tab will pop up.
  12. Type in “0” in “Value data.”
  13. Select “Ok.”
  14. Restart your computer.

That’s all there is to it. You have successfully disabled the Guest mode option on Chrome.

Note: Before you use the Registry Editor, it’s always advised that you back up all your Registry Editor files. That way, if you paste the wrong commands and end up changing something else, you can always import the registry files.

How to Re-Enable?

To re-enable the Guest mode browsing option on Chrome, follow steps 1-11 from the previous section. When you get to the “DWORD (32-bit) Value” pop-up window, change the “0” in “Value data” back to “1.”

You will need to restart your computer once more. The next time you launch Chrome, the Guest mode option will be available to you again.

How to Disable Guest Mode on Chrome on Mac?

If you want to disable Guest mode on Chrome on your Mac, follow these steps:

  1. Press the “Shift + Cmd +U” keys at the same time.
  2. The Utilities folder will open on your screen.
  3. Find “Terminal” on the list and double-click on it.
  4. Copy the following command:
    defaults write com.google.Chrome BrowserGuestModeEnabled -bool false
  5. Paste it into the macOS Terminal.
  6. Press “Enter” on your keyboard.
  7. Force-quit Chrome.
  8. Turn off your computer.

Once your computer is restarted, the Guest mode option will be removed from Google Chrome.

How to Re-Enable?

If you change your mind, you can always re-enable Guest mode on Chrome on your Mac. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Press “Shift + Cmd +U” to open the Utilities folder.
  2. Find “Terminal” and double-click on it.
  3. Copy the following command:
    defaults write com.google.Chrome BrowserGuestModeEnabled -bool true
  4. Paste it onto the MacOS Terminal.
  5. Press “Enter.”
  6. Restart your computer.

That’s all there is to it. You can switch Guest mode on Chrome on and off as many times as you need. Just follow these instructions, and make sure you copy the right commands.

How to Lock Google Chrome?

To protect your Google account and to prevent other users from accessing your Google Chrome, you have the option of locking it. This involves installing a Google extension that will set a password on your Google account, which you will need to enter every time you access your profile.

This is especially useful if you have multiple Google profiles signed in on your computer. You can use this extension to limit other users’ options on Google Chrome. The process of locking your Google Chrome is the same on all operating systems.

Lock Chrome

To lock your Google Chrome, follow the steps below.

  1. Open Google on your computer.
  2. Click on the three dots in the upper-right corner of your window.
  3. Go to “More Tools.”
  4. Click on “Extensions.” – You will be taken to a new window, where you can see all the Google extensions that you are currently using.
  5. Click on the three horizontal lines in the upper-left corner of your screen.
  6. Go to “Open Chrome Web Store.”
  7. Type in “LockPW” in the search box.
  8. Select the “Add to Chrome” option.
  9. Click “Add extension” and confirm – The extension will immediately be opened in a new window.
  10. Select “Next.”
  11. Type in your password.
  12. Click “Save.”

You can also add a hint for your password, in case you forget it. You can also add other features, such as a limit to how many times you can enter the password incorrectly.

Note: Don’t forget to disable this option for Incognito mode.

Now every time you open Google Chrome, a pop-up window will appear and ask you to type in your password.

Set Up Profiles

You have the option of adding multiple profiles on your Google Chrome. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Open Google Chrome on your computer.
  2. Click on your profile picture in the upper-right corner of your window.
  3. Under “Other People” click “+Add.”
  4. Choose a name and a picture for the other user. You can even add a desktop shortcut for them.
  5. Choose “Add.”
  6. Turn off sync in Chrome if you want to.

You can add as many profiles on Google chrome as you want. If you choose to sync your profiles, it means that you will share bookmarks, search history, passwords, and other information. Keep in mind that this is optional and you can change it at any time.

Additional FAQs

In this section, we’ve added some more answers to your questions about Chromebook profiles.

How to Manage Multiple Profiles on Google Chrome?

One way to manage multiple profiles on Google Chrome is to use Google’s built-in Account Switcher. When you want to switch from one google account to another, simply click on your profile picture in the upper-right corner of your screen.

A pop-up window with all your google profiles will appear. You can easily switch from one to another by clicking on the profile icons. This way, you can work from a different profile in each new tab or window.

If the multiple accounts belong to different people, then setting up a password for your Google profile is a good idea. If you are interested in learning how; go back to the previous section where we outlined the entire process.

Handle Google Chrome Like a Pro

Now you know how to enable and disable Guest mode on Google Chrome on Windows and Mac. You also know how to lock your Google account, manage multiple profiles on Google Chrome, and many more.

Have you ever disabled Guest mode on Chrome? Did you use any of the methods outlined in this article? Let us know in the comments section below.

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