How To Password Protect Your Chrome Profile

Chrome collects a lot of information about our browsing sessions. We have the option to wipe everything Chrome has saved but that means a lesser browsing experience. On occasion, we can use Incognito browsing to keep some things private but our history and auto-fill data make browsing much easier. Of course, if this information were to fall into the wrong hands, it would mean trouble. Google Chrome has a neat little profile locking feature that lets you password protect your Chrome profile. They’ve hidden this feature pretty well but here’s how you can set it up.

Create A Supervised User

In order to password protect your Chrome profile, you must fist create a supervised user. This is a parental control feature that Chrome has and it lets you keep an eye on what your kids do online.

To enable it, open Chrome’s settings page and scroll down to the ‘People’ section. Click ‘Add Person’ and create a new profile. When creating the new profile, make sure you check the ‘Control and view the websites this person visits’ option. This is how a user becomes a supervised user. Don’t use your main Google account as the administrator account. If you do, the lock option will not show up for it.

Enable The New Profile Manager

Open a new tab and go to;

chrome://flags/#enable-new-profile-management

Enable this flag and relaunch Chrome.

Create A Password

Open Chrome and click the Profile name at the top. The Profile pop-up has a new option ‘Exit and childlock’. Click it and your profile will be locked. To unlock it, enter the password associated with the Google account connected to the profile. You must connect a Google account in order to get the lock option.

If you close Chrome via the Close button, it will not turn on password protection. You must use the ‘Exit and childlock’ option to lock your profile.

The only downside to this method is that you’re forced to connect a Google account with your Chrome profile. The feature to password protect your Chrome profile isn’t available for local accounts.

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About Kelli Smith

Kelli Smith
Kelli runs customer support and creates content for Skillcrush, a digital skills training and education platform with friendly instructors, an active student community, and laser focus on helping you achieve your career goals with technology. She has an MBA and successfully ran an international company and her own freelancing business before pursuing her passion for tech by taking advanced web development classes. Kelli loves listening to tech podcasts at 2x speed, looking for cute Corgi photos online and teaching and performing country line dancing—as a true Texan living in Finland would do. Say hi on Twitter.

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