Normally, to use a Chromebook you will need a Google account and password. However, Chrome OS offers a “guest user” feature that allows anyone to use the computer without having a Google account. You might wonder why you would want to use a Chromebook without having access to your account, but using a guest user offers several advantages. When logged in as a guest, your browser history will not be recorded. Additionally, any cookies created by any websites you visit will be deleted when you sign out. Any files you download or any bookmarks you create will also be deleted when you sign out. In essence, every time someone signs out of the guest user, it is “wiped clean” and left to use for the next user. This is quite useful if you want to let someone else use your Chromebook, for instance, or if you are using someone else’s Chrome OS device and do not want to sign into it with your Google accounts.
(Note that it is possible to disable guest access on a Chromebook entirely.)
To access a Chrome OS device as a guest user, from the logon screen click on the “Browse as Guest” button, located at the bottom of the screen next to the “Add User” button. Click on the “Browse as Guest” button, and you will be signed in as a guest.
Once you are finished with your guest session, you can sign out by clicking on the Status button. The Status button is located in the lower right-hand corner of your screen, at the far right area of the Shelf. When you click on the Status button, a larger Status menu appears. Click on the Exit Guest button at the top of the menu, and the guest session will end and return you to the logon screen.