Whenever I try using Chrome, I get a message saying "Not signed in to Chrome".

Is it necessary to have a user profile in order to use Chrome?

  • Why not just ignore it?
    – gronostaj
    Mar 21, 2013 at 10:15

8 Answers 8


Yes you can.



And then select Sync And Google Services

Turn off Allow Chrome sign-in

new allow chrome sign in location

Currently you can also jump directly to chrome://settings/syncSetup

Current as of Version 99.0.4844.74 (Official Build) (64-bit)

For older versions of chrome, view prior answer text:

But [starting with version 70][1], if you logged into any google service (e.g. gmail) via the Chrome browser, it will automatically sign you into the google accounts for chrome browser also. But there is a way around this:

  1. Navigate to chrome://settings/privacy (Privacy and Security sub menu under Advanced settings)

  2. and turn off
Allow Chrome sign-in
By turning this off, you can sign in to Google sites like Gmail without signing in to Chrome

  1. You will be prompted to relaunch the browser for the settings to take place.

This screenshot of Version 77.0.3865.75 (Official Build) (64-bit) will help.

Disable forced login to chrome browser

  • That fix doesn't last. Google will have that person signed in again before they realized what hit them. Mar 19, 2022 at 2:02
  • I don't use Chrome much (Brave is the new daily driver, with Waterfox as mozilla alternate) But the last time I used it, there is no auto-login to google services for the browser. Sessions are still saved via cookies. But I would use another Chrome-based browser if google cannot be fully trusted to behave themselves. @NothingToSeeHere
    – Jon Grah
    Mar 20, 2022 at 5:51
  • also to add: If you login to a google service ,then the cookies for that login session will be saved. But that would be any browser that allows cookies to be saved (which is every browser). This is not the same as the browser itself being logged into google. To get around this, all you have to do is either use a Private/Incognito browser window OR clear cookies on exiting the browser. And also do not save that computer as a trusted computer in google accounts. Which forces you to login each time a session expires. @NothingToSeeHere
    – Jon Grah
    May 16, 2022 at 7:13

Yes and no. There's a local user profile which stores your bookmarks, cookies and other preferences, and you need this to be able to access them. The Google login lets you sync these things between systems and is optional, but google tends to nag you about it. Logging out has no effect outside disabling sync.

You can create new users without linking them to a Google account, I believe, or just not sign in at all if you mean the Google login.

If you totally do not want to use a profile, I guess Incognito mode is the closest thing to that. You'd probably need to use this all the time though.


Updated answer since Chrome v69 (when they automatically logged you into Chrome if you logged into gmail):

Set chrome://flags/#account-consistency to Disabled.

Then you will be able to login to gmail without being logged into Chrome.


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    2021: this flag no longer exists
    – Manu
    Feb 12, 2021 at 9:15

@Jon 's answer is correct, but on newer Chrome versions, the option is chrome://settings/people under Sync and Google services

Here are some Screenshots with freehand circles: You and Google Sync and Google services

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    To add to your answer: you will need to relaunch chrome for this take effect. When you change that setting, there is a prompt at the bottom left (for mac) to relaunch the chrome.
    – SilentGuy
    Sep 9, 2021 at 22:26

There is a "No Thanks" link under the sign-in form. This will stop it from asking whenever Chrome starts.


Yes, it is possible to use Chrome without signing in. The only problem, though, would be that whenever you open Chrome, you won't be taken to your homepage. You will be taken to the Chrome Sign-In page every time!

  • not true. Without logging into the browser, chrome (and brave, firefox, etc) can still save cookies so that it can save gmail and other google services login. The browser and google desiring to track everything the browser user is doing is 2 separate functions.
    – Jon Grah
    Dec 23, 2021 at 7:42

No but you are missing a better experience, if you have multiple computers you can not only share bookmarks but also tabs open. On my Android phone I can open pages I left open on my home computer.


Yes you can use chrome without logging in, but if you log in you can sync all your browser history, bookmarks, and cookies. so when you use another system or mobile device , log in with the same account, you will get all your personal data back, that browser will behave like your home system browser. Reason why you should sign in

  • This didn't answer the question. And if the user wants to sync his/her browser history et al with google, they can temporarily login, perform sync, and then remove the login.
    – Jon Grah
    Dec 23, 2021 at 7:40

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