Google Chrome supports multiple profiles, but if you wan’t to keep the two profiles completely unrelated to each other, there isn’t any inbuilt function for this purpose. However you can create multiple profiles in Google Chrome and keep them totally unrelated to each other by following a slightly unconventional method.
Before that, what is the need of multiple profiles in Chrome, you might ask. If you have a common computer at home and if all are using Chrome, the history, bookmarks and others can get cluttered. So, you might want to keep them completely separate. You can use different browsers, which is a much simpler alternative. If you are so sure about getting the Chrome experience to all at your home without affecting each other’s privacy, then this tip will help you.
Creating Multiple profiles will let each member of your family have separate browsing history, bookmarks, apps for them.
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Creating Multiple Profiles in Google Chrome
#1 Open Google Chrome and press Ctrl+Shift+Del to delete your entire browsing history so far.
#2 Open Windows Explorer. Now navigate to the User data folder of Chrome. You can find it at
C:Users[Your Username]AppDataLocalGoogleChromeUser Data
#3 You’ll see a Default folder inside it, Make a copy of that folder inside the Use Data folder itself. The Default folder holds all the settings in chrome.
#4 Rename the new copy, say your profile_name, this will be used as your profile.
#5 But, the problem is, the copied folder to has the same settings as the default as it is basically the copy of it. So we’ll reset the new profile to factory defaults, so you can have a fresh start. For that, Open the Command Prompt [Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> Command Prompt] and enter the folder in which Chrome is installed using the “cd” command. It will be generally installed in the Program Files folder of the C drive.
#6 Once you’ve moved into that folder, enter this command on the command prompt.
chrome.exe –user-data-dir=”..User Dataprofile_name” -first-run
#7 That’s it, we’ve created a new profile in Chrome, which has the default settings. But you need to follow one more step before this is over. We’ve to create a new shortcut in your desktop or anywhere else for Chrome. Right click where you want the shortcut and click on New -> Shortcut.
#8 In the dialog box, that pops up, there’ll be a field named location. Enter the following the path in it.
C:Users[Your Username]AppDataLocalGoogleChromeApplicationchrome.exe –user-data-dir=”..User Dataprofile_name
That’s it, you are done ! If you want to keep your profile out of reach of others, than keep the shortcut in a safe place. You can give a different name than the obvious one and a differnt shortcut logo to keep it more secretive.
Note: Windows XP users, will have the User Data folder in the following path
C:Documents and Settings[Your Username]Local SettingsApplication DataGoogleChromeUser Data
So, you’ve got to change the command accordingly.
Now you can create multiple profiles in Google Chrome by following the same procedure, for others in your family. Hope this guide helped you to achieve what you are looking for.
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