How to lock Google Chrome with a password

How to lock Google Chrome with a password
How to lock Google Chrome with a password
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For security or to prevent certain users from accessing sensitive data, you can create a password to lock your Google Chrome browser on a Windows computer or Mac. Once locked, Google Chrome will need your Google Account password in order to use it. Keep in mind that you cannot lock the mobile app in this way.

Steps

Lock Google Chrome with a Password Step 1

Step 1. Open Google Chrome

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The Chrome app icon looks like a red, yellow, green, and blue sphere.

Lock Google Chrome with a Password Step 2

Step 2. Click on your name

It's the small tab at the top right of the browser window.

Lock Google Chrome with a Password Step 3

Step 3. Select Manage Users

This option is at the bottom of the drop-down menu and opens a new window.

Lock Google Chrome with a Password Step 4

Step 4. Choose Add Person

This is the option at the bottom right of the window that has just opened.

Lock Google Chrome with a Password Step 5

Step 5. Enter a name

Type the name you want to give to the new account in the text field at the top of the window.

Lock Google Chrome with a Password Step 6

Step 6. Activate account supervision

Click the box to the left of Supervise this person to monitor and view the websites they visit from your Google Account at the bottom of the window.

You can clear the Create desktop shortcut for this user check box

Lock Google Chrome with a Password Step 7

Step 7. Pull down the Select an account menu

This menu is at the bottom of the window and allows you to display the accounts available on Google Chrome.

Lock Google Chrome with a Password Step 8

Step 8. Select your Google account

Click the email address associated with the account you use to sign in to Chrome.

Lock Google Chrome with a Password Step 9

Step 9. Click Save

It's the blue button at the bottom right of the window. Click on it to create a second profile.

It may take up to a minute to create the profile

Lock Google Chrome with a Password Step 10

Step 10. Select OK, understand

This gray button is at the bottom of the window. Do not click Browse as [NAME], because you should not use the supervised account.

Lock Google Chrome with a Password Step 11

Step 11. Click your name again

Your name is at the top right of the window and opens a drop-down menu.

Lock Google Chrome with a Password Step 12

Step 12. Choose Close and Enable Child Lock

You will see this option at the bottom of the drop-down menu. Click on it to lock Chrome with a password and then close the browser window.

You can sign in to Chrome again by opening the browser, selecting your account, and then entering your Google account password

Advice

  • Chrome will remember your open tabs. When you unlock it, the tabs should still be open.
  • Choose a secure password. A short or one-word password will be easy to crack.
  • Email accounts that work with Gmail, but end with a different extension (eg ".edu") or have different domain names (eg "wikihow") will not allow you to lock your browser.

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