Recent Google Chrome update version 76 hide and disappear Gmail sign out. Users are distress with missing signout feature and feeling unsafe with ChromeBook if there is no sign out button to secure their Google Account.
However, the workaround here for the users to bring back the old sign out button. But at the moment users only see Manage Account instead of an old button.
Why the signout from Chromebook disappeared?
The concept of holding your smartphone, when you sign in with Google Account and keep. You hold your phone always with you and when left in your home. However, you don’t worry because there is a lock on your phone.
In addition, the lock option is numerous depend on the phone you are using. Such as fingerprint, face-lock, passcode, password and voice command lock. In other words, your phone is secured and you don’t need to worry about the sign-out option. Therefore you don’t even need to have a sign-out option in Gmail App.
You sign in with your smartphone and you kept your Gmail App with no sign out option. similarly the concept of ChromeBook is for individual only and to use by the original owner. Like the smartphone, you don’t need to sign out from the Apps instead of your Chromebook.
Bring back Gmail sign out button in Chrome
This is not a permanent solution but to consider a workaround for the time being. You can use Chrome flag link to disable Chrome OS, Account Manager. After you disable and restart the device; you will found the previous button to sign out from Gmail account.
Here are the steps to follow.
- Open your Chrome browser (Using Chromebook)
- Then open a new tab and type chrome://flags/ and search for OS Account Management
- Select Disable option from the dropdown menu
- Restart the Chromebook to Gmail sign out button is back now
Note: You can also use a direct link to the flag experiment chrome://flags/#enable-chromeos-account-manager
What are flags Experiments
These are advanced features on chrome under testing and development. Turning on any feature will enable on your Chrome browser. They ahead feature when passing the beta test than getting onto Chrome by default in next updates.
WARNING: EXPERIMENTAL FEATURES AHEAD! By enabling these features, you
could lose browser data or compromise your security or privacy.
Enabled features apply to all users of this browser.
Users are warned with this experimental features due to fact; the user may lose browser data. And sometimes compromising user security and privacy. it is advised not use for a personal account and try these features with developer Google Account.
Reset All to default
If you go wrong with any experiment; you can use the option to Reset All to default. Open the browser, and type chrome://flags/ and click the Reset All to default button. Now restart the browser to return the normal state from the experimental stage.
How to get sign out button officially
Google is always building products with the help of feedback around the world and from the developer. They are receiving features feedback to adopt in their product. Any feature receiving more criticism to the developer team, they are considering.
In conclusion, the fact is the product users are not the developer but you are the one using Google Products. However, following your feedback, we strongly recommend you to send your feedback from Gmail and ChromeBook. Here is video illustration; how to send feedback from Gmail.
Received queries requesting some more information to this missing feature. While adding the link below to Chrome Bug (However, actually not a bug but missing feature reporting by users) and furthermore, Google Employee statement on Google Chromebook help forum.
- Link to Reporting Chrome Bug: https://bugs.chromium.org/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=999505
- Google Employee statement: https://support.google.com/chromebook/thread/13066440?msgid=13659585