Google Chrome says it’s «managed by your organization» if system policies control some Chrome browser settings. This can happen if you’re using a Chromebook, PC, or Mac that your organization controls, but other apps on your computer can also set policies.
What is Control in Chrome?
Management is a feature that allows administrators to control Chrome browser settings. Whether you’re using a Chromebook or just the Chrome browser at work, your employer may have hundreds of policies in place that control how Chrome works.
For example, an organization can use policies to set a home page that you cannot change, control whether you can print, or even blacklist certain web addresses. On Chromebooks, policies can control everything from screen lock delay to access to USB devices from web apps. Organizations can also enforce the installation of Chrome browser extensions through a policy.
Chrome isn’t the only app that can be controlled in this way. For example, administrators can manage Windows itself using Group Policy, and even the iPhone using mobile device management (MDM) software.
But I don’t have an organization!
In some cases, you may see this message even if Chrome is not managed by an organization. This is due to changes in Chrome 73. If your system software has corporate policies in place that affect how Chrome works, you’ll see this message even if it’s not entirely managed by your organization.
This message may be caused by legitimate software. As of April 3, 2019, quite a few people seem to be seeing the message due to software on their systems. Of course, it’s also possible that malware on your system can change your Chrome browser settings. There is no need to panic, but Google is showing you this message so you know something is going on and you can look at it.
How to Check if Chrome is Managed
You can check if Chrome is managed in several places. If you just open the Chrome menu, you’ll see the message «Chrome is managed by your organization» at the very bottom of the menu — under the Sign Out option — if it’s managed.