Google Chrome updates arrive quite often, and it’s best to let that happen to your Mac automatically. Normally, anyone will let Chrome update itself and continue browsing. Many Chrome users complain of seeing a strange message that says ‘Managed by your organization’ under the Chrome settings menu. Everyone’s first instinct is to find out how to delete ‘Managed by your organization’ from Chrome.
When I see that message in Chrome on my Mac, I’m confused because it’s not part of any business network. That led me to the rabbit hole looking for a way to get rid of it. Random reset and reinstalling Chrome cannot delete messages. However, I followed this solution, and it helped me delete ‘Managed by your organization’ in Chrome on Mac.
Why Chrome Shows the Message ‘Managed by Your Organization’
Google Chrome browser update 73 brings the message ‘Managed by your organization’ on the menu for all platforms.
There are only three reasons why Chrome shows the message on your Mac:
- Your Chrome is managed by your organization.
- Malware, adware, or applications have unknown policies or profiles that are injected in Chrome.
- You have enabled or disabled certain features such as Incognito Mode, Guest Mode, or others.
Enter chrome: // management in Chrome and you will see a message – Your browser is managed. That confirms the policy of managing Chrome. Fortunately, there are several solutions to completely eliminate this annoying message. Let’s get started.
Check for Malware or Adware Potential
The first action is to check whether malware or adware has infected your Mac. It purely adheres to the basics and ensures that no software or other adware is causing problems.
We recommend using the Malwarebytes application to scan Chrome and the rest of your Mac to search for malware, malware, adware, or rogue applications.
Make sure you exit all other applications and services when running Malwarebytes Scan.
After completing the scan, the application will indicate whether your Mac has malware. If available, you can save it in quarantine or delete everything. If there is no adware or malware that infects your system, then you should check the next solution.
Remove Chrome Policy on Mac
If your Mac is provided / owned by your organization, IT admins can use several policies to manage Chrome settings for all employees. The policy can be as dangerous as disabling Incognito mode in Chrome on Mac and Windows. In addition, third-party software may have secretly installed policies to track your online activities. If Malwarebytes succeeds in removing or fails to display any results, then you must improve Chrome’s policy further.
You must follow the steps below to remove such policies from your Mac.
Step 1: Launch Chrome and type chrome: // policy in the address bar.
Step 2: Check whether there are policies listed under the Chrome Policies header. On my Mac, Chrome has an ‘Incognito Access Mode’ policy that is registered with policy value 1 – which means active. If the policy value is 0, it means that the policy is active, but there are conditions for activating it.
Step 3: Launch the Terminal application. You can press Command + Space shortcut to launch Spotlight, type the terminal in the search bar, and press enter to start the application.
Step 4: Make sure you are logged out of Chrome. Then, use the default command tool in Terminal to delete the respective policies.
In my case, I use the following command and press Enter:
defaults delete com.google.Chrome IncognitoModeAvailability
It should remove the Incognito Mode Availability policy as seen in Step 2.
defaults delete com.google.Chrome [policy name]
Use the exact policy name instead of the parentheses shown in the command above.
Reset Google Chrome
After removing the suspicious policies, you must reset Chrome settings to default.
Step 1: Type chrome: // settings in the address bar and scroll down on the page to click Advanced at the bottom.
Step 2: Scroll down and click on options – Reset settings to their original defaults.
You can also delete all search data from chrome: // settings / privacy menu. After that, exit Chrome and start again. Or, you can delete and reinstall Chrome on your Mac just for your sanity. That doesn’t make much difference, but you try it.
It should free Chrome from displaying the message ‘Managed by your organization’ on Mac.
This solution will help you remove malware or unwanted Chrome policies from the browser and make the browser function again. Or, you should deactivate or delete the suspicious extension to check whether it helps, as suggested by our guide on removing your organization managed from Chrome on Windows.