Disable Guest Mode on Chrome (Windows)

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Guest Mode is a feature on Google Chrome that allows someone to browse the web without being signed in to an account. Because Bark's Chrome monitoring follows your child's account, disabling guest mode ensures Bark will be monitoring their Chrome web browsing on your child's computer.

Each platform has different steps, so we've put together guides for Windows, Mac, and Chromebooks:

Instructions for Windows

Watch this video to learn how to disable Chrome Guest Mode on a Windows computer. If you'd like some additional tips — or if the video doesn't play — follow the step-by-step instructions written below.

 

STEP 1: Start by searching for your Command Prompt application in Windows, and select Run as Administrator.

STEP 2: Copy and paste the following command into Command Prompt and press Enter:

REG ADD HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Chrome /v BrowserGuestModeEnabled /t REG_DWORD /d 0

STEP 3: Copy and paste the following command into Command Prompt and press Enter:

REG ADD HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Chrome /v BrowserAddPersonEnabled /t REG_DWORD /d 0

STEP 4: Force-quit Chrome. Then, re-open it from your Applications list.
Now, both Guest Mode and the ability for your child to add additional email accounts/profiles is disabled on Chrome. Success!

 

Re-enable Guest Mode

If you want to re-enable Guest mode browsing in Chrome at a later time, you must follow the same steps above but use slightly different commands in the Command Prompt.

STEP 1: Start by searching for your Command Prompt application in Windows, and select Run as Administrator.

STEP 2: Copy and paste the following command into the Command Prompt console and then press Enter:

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

STEP 3: Copy and paste the following command into the Command Prompt console and then press Enter:

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

STEP 4: Restart your computer for the change to take effect.

 

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