How To Enable And Use Guest Browsing in Google Chrome and Why

A friend, or colleague, or guest comes to your place asking very politely for accessing internet through your browser. You could say No, also very politely. Or you could be very friendly by offering the service to them, through a Private Browsing Session. But wait, a Private Browsing actually has no protection to the privacy from a loaner prospective. A guest granted to use your browser, even in a Private Browsing Session, still has the access to your bookmarks, browsing histories, or more scary, the saved passwords.

And that’s when the idea of Guest Browsing kicks in.

Here is how you can enable it in Google Chrome.

Go to Chrome’s Flags page, chrome://flags, search for “Enable new profile management system“, and click Enable link. Then restart your Chrome by simply clicking Relaunch button that appears at the bottom of the page.

Chrome Flags - Enable new profile management system

Now, click the Profile icon at the top left corner of your Chrome browser, and choose Browse as guest.

Chrome - Browse as guest

A complete new Chrome session pops up, with a guest-like icon indicating that you are browsing like a Guest. As you can see, it’s a brand new session that has no access to any of my other profiles’ data at all.

Chrome - Guest browsing

With this Guest Browsing feature available, I guess we can dump the idea of Private Browsing and only use Guest Browsing from now on, whether you are a loaner or renter.

Ok, now let’s see how fast Internet Explorer can catch up with this feature. Or, let me know if I had missed anything.

Kent Chen

Microsoft MVP, IT Professional, Developer, Geek, and the co-founder of Next of Windows.

Last updated: 08/04/2014

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