How to Dis­able Guest Mode Brows­ing in Chrome

Google Chrome’s Guest mode offers the perfect means to let others browse the internet on your computer. However, it still has the same pitfalls associated with Incognito mode. You just won’t know what your 'guests' were up to since the browser deletes all traces of browsing activity upon exiting Guest mode. That is cause for concern, especially if you have kids around.

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Hence, merely disabling Incognito mode in Chrome won’t cut it, especially if you want to keep a tab on the browsing activity on your computer at all times. Thankfully, it’s relatively easy to turn off Guest mode in Chrome as well. So without any further ado, let’s check out how you can do that on both Windows and macOS.

Disable Chrome Guest Mode Browsing in Windows — Command Prompt

If you use Chrome on Windows, then you must create a registry entry from scratch to disable Guest mode. But rather than diving into the Registry Editor and doing that manually, there’s a much faster way that involves instructing the operating system itself to create the key using the Command Prompt console.

Note: If you prefer using the Registry Editor itself to create the required registry key, head over to the next section further below.

Start by pressing Windows-S to bring up Windows Search. Type in command prompt into the search box, and then click Run As Administrator to launch the Command Prompt console with administrative privileges.

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Type in (or copy and paste) the following command (scroll till extreme right) into the Command Prompt console, and then press Enter:

REG ADD HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Chrome /v BrowserGuestModeEnabled /t REG_DWORD /d 0
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Exit Chrome, and then restart your computer. Relaunch Chrome and click your profile — you won’t find the option to open Guest mode window listed anymore. Other methods to open Chrome in Guest mode also won’t work.

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Note: You will notice a ‘Your browser is managed by your organization’ message atop the Chrome Settings page after disabling Guest mode. This will not impact your Chrome browsing experience in any other way.

If you want to re-enable Guest mode browsing in Chrome at a later time, you must delete the registry entry that you created earlier. To do that, type in (or copy and paste) the following command (scroll all the way to the right) into a Command Prompt console with administrative privileges, and then press Enter:

REG DELETE HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Chrome /v BrowserGuestModeEnabled /f

Remember to restart your computer after. Otherwise, you will not see the change reflect in the browser.

Disable Chrome Guest Mode Browsing in Windows — Registry Editor

If you want to use the Registry Editor to disable Guest Mode in Chrome, then the following steps below should help you do that.

Step 1: Press Windows Key + R shortcut to open the Run box. Next, type regedit into the Search box, and then click OK to launch the Registry Editor.

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Step 2: Insert the following path into the Registry Editor address bar, and then press Enter:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Chrome
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Step 3: Select the folder labeled Chrome on the left-side navigation pane of the Registry Editor window. Next, right-click a vacant area to the right side of the window, point to New, and then click DWORD (32-bit) Value.

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Step 4: Name the newly created registry entry — BrowserGuestModeEnabled.

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Step 5: Double-click the BrowserGuestModeEnabled registry entry. Insert a value of 0 into the field underneath Value Data, and then click OK. Exit the Registry Editor afterward.

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Restart your computer, and then launch Chrome. Guest mode should be disabled.

If you want to re-enable Guest mode, simply navigate to the same location within the Registry Editor as before, and then delete the BrowserGuestModeEnabled registry key. Restart your computer to apply the changes.

Disable Chrome Guest Mode Browsing on Mac

Disabling Guest mode within Chrome on a Mac is pretty straightforward. A simple macOS Terminal command should help you get the job done in record time.

Start by pressing Shift+Cmd+U shortcut to bring up the Utilities folder on your Mac. Next, double-click Terminal.

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Type in the following command into the macOS Terminal, and then press Enter:

defaults write com.google.Chrome BrowserGuestModeEnabled -bool false
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Force-quit Chrome, and then relaunch it. Click your profile, and you will find Guest mode disabled.

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If you want to re-enable Guest mode at a later time, type in the following command into a Terminal window, and then press Enter:

defaults write com.google.Chrome BrowserGuestModeEnabled -bool true

Make sure to exit and relaunch Chrome to apply the changes.

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Letting others surf in Guest mode won't bode well if you want to know what your browser is used for. It’s far better to create multiple user profiles that you can then monitor easily, though it’s always possible for users to delete browsing data manually. Regardless, disabling Guest mode (along with Incognito mode) does go a long way toward getting rid of the convenience factor of unrestricted private web browsing.

Next up: Getting tired of using Chrome in dark mode? Here's how to disable it on Windows and macOS.


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Dilum Senevirathne joined Guiding Tech in 2018, where he writes about products and services by Google, Apple, and Microsoft. Particularly notable for his expertise in iOS, he enjoys breaking down complex tech topics into digestible explainers, action-packed how-tos, and comprehensive troubleshooting guides — without the jargon.

Besides contributing to GT, Dilum studies management accounting (AICPA/CIMA) with an emphasis on areas such as Big Data analytics. He plays around with Python code in his spare time.