Previously when using the Chrome browser, users could sign into various Google websites like Gmail, Docs, or Drive without needing to sign into the Chrome browser itself. Starting in Chrome 69, however, Google quietly introduced an “auto sign-in” feature that would automatically sign you into Chrome when you signed into a Google website.
This was frustrating for many users, as some users prefer to use only a local account in Chrome. Or they may share the browser with other users and don’t want to leave their account signed in. Worst of all was the fact that auto sign-in couldn’t be turned off. At least, until now.
Google thankfully listened to user feedback and, starting in Chrome 70, users can disable Chrome auto sign-in. Here’s how.
Disable Chrome Auto Sign-in
First make sure that you’re on Chrome 70 or newer. You can check your Chrome version by clicking the icon with the three dots in the upper-right corner and selecting Help > About Google Chrome.
To disable Chrome auto sign-in, click that three dots icon again and select Settings. Alternatively, enter chrome://settings into the address bar. Scroll down to the bottom of the Settings page and click Advanced. Then find the option labeled Allow Chrome sign-in and click its toggle switch to disable it.
Relaunch Chrome as instructed and when the browser reopens, you should find yourself logged out. If you’re not, head back to the Settings screen and click Turn Off next to your account, which is Google’s way of saying “turn off syncing and sign out.”
With Chrome auto sign-in disabled, you can sign into Google sites like Gmail or Docs and, just like in older versions of Chrome, remained signed out of the browser. Keep in mind that auto sign-in appears to be enabled by default in the current version of Chrome, so while you can turn it off, you’ll need to remember to do so when setting up a new browser to avoid unintentionally linking your account.
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