Chrome settings show “Managed by your organization”. But there’s no organization!?

After reading some articles about a Chrome update, I looked into my Chrome browser settings to check which version I was using. When I did, an unfamiliar message caught my eye:

Screenshot of the message in Chrome settings that reads
Screenshot of the message in Chrome settings that reads “Managed by your organization”.

An employer can manage software on a computer that you may use for work, applying restrictions and monitoring usage. Since I was on my personal device that isn’t a part of an organization, I found this odd.

I found several articles online discussing the issue, but none had any conclusive advise as to why this happens if your device isn’t supposed to be managed by an outside entity. The general thought is that a recent Chrome update causes this message to be shown if software on your computer controls some Chrome settings. I won’t get into the details here, but links to the articles are at the end of this post for your further reading.

If you’ve seen this message as well and would like to get rid of it, try out some of the suggestions below. (Instructions are for devices running Windows).

  • Browse to chrome://management/ in order to see if you can glean any information about what is being managed. If there’s no help there, go to the next step.
  • Go to chrome://policy/ to see any settings that may be affecting how Chrome operates. When I viewed this page, I didn’t recognize any of the items listed under the “Policy name” column; also, the “Policy value” column was blank.  You can do a search on any policy name you find to see if that gives you any insight into what program may be setting a policy. My searches didn’t yield any good info, so I went to the next step.
  • Check out any extensions you have enabled in your Chrome browser at this link: chrome://extensions/ I recognized all of the items, but disabling them and removing them didn’t get rid of the “managed by your organization message”.
  • I found another solution that involves making changes to your system registry. Making registry changes can be risky, so only proceed if you’re comfortable working with the registry. Make a backup before proceeding.
    • search or run “regedit” to open the registry editor
    • Go to the Chrome folder under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE — SOFTWARE — Policies — Google (Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Chrome)
    • Delete the offending keys there.

The registry edit solved the issue for me. As noted above, I didn’t find any conclusive evidence as to why I was getting the message; it may have been a completely harmless policy. Also, editing the registry is risky. Apply this solution at your own risk.

Articles for further reading:


Published by patricia grace

A wretch saved by the grace of God. John 3:3; 2 Cor 5:17-21.

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