Fix Chrome only works in Incognito Mode on Windows 10

One problem which a Google Chrome may face is finding out that the browser works in Incognito Mode and not in the normal mode. After narrowing down the cause of this issue, we feel that the most probable culprit could be the User Account Profile for Google Chrome. Let us see what you can do about it.

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Chrome only works in Incognito Mode

We will be taking a look at the following fixes to get rid of this issue-

  • Delete your User Profile for Google Chrome
  • Reset Google Chrome.

1] Delete your User Profile for Google Chrome

First, you need to kill every single process for Google Chrome from the Task Manager.

Chrome only works in Incognito Mode

Next, navigate to the following location in Explorer-

C:\Users\<Your Username>\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default

Press CTRL + A on your keyboard to select all the files inside of the location mentioned above.

Then press Shift + Delete to delete all these selected files permanently.

Now, open Google Chrome and check if your issue is fixed.

2] Reset Google Chrome

To reset Chrome browser, navigate to the following folder path-

%USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data

Select the folder named as Default and hit the Shift+Delete button combination. Click on Yes for the confirmation prompt.

After deleting the Default folder, open Google Chrome and click on the Menu button denoted by three vertical dots in the top right corner.

Click on Settings. and then scroll down and click on Advanced to reveal the Advanced Settings.

Again scroll down to the Restore Settings to their original defaults button and click on it.

Click on Reset.

Now check if your issue is fixed or not.

Trust this helps!

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Ayush has been a Windows enthusiast since the day he got his first PC with Windows 98SE. He is an active Windows Insider since Day 1 and is now a Windows Insider MVP. He has been testing pre-release services on his Windows 10 PC, Lumia, and Android devices.

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