Google Chrome is the favorite browser of many internet users these days. The user interface is so simple and there are plenty of features in a minimalistic interface; there is no reason to not love the Google Chrome internet browser. Even though computers with lower hardware resources might struggle to accommodate RAM for Chrome at times, but that’s a lot dependent on the websites you visit. However, if you ever need to let someone else use your computer but don’t want them to look into your computer’s browsing history and personal preferences, you could just hide your footprints by setting them up into a guest account. Google Chrome allows guest users just as a normal feature – no extraordinary techie geek is required.
Why is a Guest Account Needed?
With our personal laptops, we just keep our social network and emailing accounts logged in. When someone else accesses the laptop and surf the internet using the same Google Chrome browser, they would get access to all your accounts as well. Even if they don’t intend to do any mishap using these accounts, it’s still an embarrassing issue.
On the other hands, everyone sets up their own internet browser in their own terms. There are bookmarks, downloaded stuffs and predefined settings which none of us want to be changed all on a sudden by some other users. Getting the settings back is not difficult but how many of us would be pleased to do that? Probably none!
Cloud computing is awesome but there are drawbacks as well. Say your computer, smartphone and tablet all are signed into the same Google account for Google Chrome. Someone other than you gets access to your laptop’s Google Chrome and removes an important bookmark. As a result to syncing and cloud computing, the bookmark will disappear from all your devices. Whoosh! It’s gone just like that and you just regret allowing other people to use your own account on Google Chrome.
If you use the guest account feature on Google Chrome, you would probably not face any of the above scenarios.
How to Activate Guest Mode in Google Chrome?
Accessing the Guest Mode on any computer running Windows or Mac is pretty easy.
- Start Google Chrome first. Notice the top right corner.
- The user name is there on a button. That’s the name of the browser Google Chrome is signed in with. Clicking that button opens up a drop down menu.
- Select Switch Person there.
- Another window opens with a ‘Browse as Guest’ button in the bottom left, click on that to open the guest browsing window. This mode is more like browsing in incognito, however, guest mode doesn’t even show the saved bookmarks in Google Chrome.
In Android tablets, the procedure is somewhat complicated.
Launch Google Chrome and tap on the three vertical dots and tap on Settings.
- Tap the Google account name you have logged in with and tap on Manage Accounts.
- On the next stage, tap on Use Chrome without a Google Chrome account.
- However, this will simply turn the sync off; not a guest mode to be exact.
On iOS; simply tap on the blue button on the Google account page to stop syncing.
Accessing the guest mode is very simple on the latest version of Google Chrome’s desktop version. The iOS and Android versions still don’t offer much of a convenient guest account access but there might be one soon.