How to Sign Out of Chrome

Log out of Chrome so others can't see your information

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When you log into your Gmail or Google account, that also signs you into many of Google's products including the Chrome browser. So even if you didn't actively sign into Chrome, you might have already.

Why You Might Want to Sign Out of Chrome

It's important to log out of Chrome and other programs, like Gmail, when using a public computer or even a friend or family member’s since the browser stores an array of private information which can include credit card numbers, passwords, browsing history, and more.

You might also want to log out of Chrome before letting someone else borrow your device since the autofill on the browser search bar can also be revealing, showing your search history. Just type “what is” into your search bar and see what it fills in (it’s likely to be at least a little embarrassing).

Finally, since you can log into multiple devices at once, it’s good to do an audit of where you’re signed in, such as an old work computer or a device you no longer own.

Here’s how to sign out of Chrome whether you have access to the device or not.

Sign Out of Chrome on Your Desktop or Smartphone

On a computer, you can sign out of Chrome, and your Google account, from most Google websites (look for your Google profile photo on the top right of the page) or by opening a blank tab.

Chrome browser with account window open, where you can sign out.

From a blank tab, click your profile photo on the top right, then click Sign out. To sign out from your smartphone:

  1. Tap the More menu (three vertical dots) on the top right of any webpage.

  2.  Tap Settings.

  3. Tap your profile picture at the top of the Settings page.

  4. Tap Sign out of Chrome.

Turn Off Syncing for Chrome

Another method is to turn off sync, which backs up a range of data to your Gmail address, such as browser extensions, passwords, browsing history, and bookmarks. While it’s convenient to carry this information from device to device, you can turn this functionality off, or limit the types of data that are saved.

Chrome browser menu with Settings selected.
  1. From any tab in Chrome, click the More menu (three vertical dots) on the top right next to the search bar.

  2. Click Settings.

    Chrome browser’s Settings page.
  3. Click the small arrow next to Sync.

  4. Toggle off Sync everything.

Disabling sync also signs you out of Google Account services.

You can also turn off syncing for Chrome from your smartphone.

Chrome's smartphone menu.
  1. Tap the More menu (three vertical dots) on the top right of any webpage.

  2. Tap Settings.

  3. Tap your profile picture at the top of the Settings page.

  4. Tap Sync.

    Chrome's mobile sync settings page.
  5. Toggle off Sync everything.

Turn Off Chrome Sign-In

When you sign in to your Google Account from any app, such as Gmail or Google Drive, you’re automatically signed in to Chrome by default. If you don’t want this to happen, you can adjust the settings on your computer.

  1. Open Chrome.

  2. At the top right, click the More menu > Settings.

  3. At the bottom of the screen, click Advanced.

    Chrome's Privacy and Security settings.
  4. Under Privacy and security, turn off Allow Chrome sign-in.

  5. Disabling sign-in also turns off sync.

Log Out of Chrome Remotely

Finally, it’s possible that you’ve signed into Chrome on one or more devices that you don’t have access to anymore. Luckily, you can remotely sign out of Chrome from your computer by removing access to it.

When you remove access from Chrome, that signs you out of any computer or device you’ve used, including the one you’re using now. You can allow access again next time you launch Chrome.

  1. Go to myaccount.google.com/permissions.

    Chrome settings page where you can remotely sign out of Chrome and other Google apps.
  2. Scroll down to Google apps and click Google Chrome.

  3. Click Remove access.