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Vivaldi tests user accounts in the browser

The next stable version of the Vivaldi web browser, created by Vivaldi Technologies AS, may feature user account management and guest mode support.

Vivaldi Technologies releases snapshots of upcoming browser version regularly. New features land in snapshots builds of the web browser before they appear in Stable versions of the web browser.

One of the recent snapshots of Vivaldi features support for user accounts. The feature works similarly to how Google handles the feature; this should not come as a surprise considering that the two browsers have the same codebase.

Interested Internet users can download the latest snapshot from the Vivaldi blog.

Vivaldi user accounts

vivaldi user accounts

A new icon is placed next to the address and search bar in the interface. The account icon displays the active account on activation and additional option.

The icon reflects the current user as you may select a custom icon for each consecutive user that you add to the browser. It is currently not possible to change the icon for the default user or any other user that you have created.

Pick a name for the person, an icon from the list of available icons, and select whether to add a shortcut for that user to the desktop.

add user vivaldi

The new user account is opened directly in a new browser window. A click on the icon displays all available accounts, an option to exit a session of a user, and another option to open a guest window.

Guest windows are created in anonymous sessions; means, user data such as bookmarks, open tabs, or the browsing history, are not carried over from another account. A guest window always starts as a fresh session that is very similar to a first run session of the browser. Certain activity, e.g. the saving of bookmarks, is disabled during guest sessions.

You may delete accounts again in Vivaldi by opening the management interface (by selecting manage people from the menu).

The only options right now are to open an account or to remove one. Options to change user icons or make other changes are missing currently.

Google Chrome offers nothing more than that. It is unclear if additional functionality will be added to Vivaldi’s implementation or if the browser stays on the same level as Chrome in that regard.

Closing Words

User account support is certainly a useful feature. You may use it to run different profiles for different tasks to separate them from each other, e.g. shopping, banking, research, entertainment, and social media.

The guest account could be useful in situations where someone else wants  to use the browser quickly, for presentation purposes, or any other scenario where you may prefer to use a blank browser profile instead of your actual profile.

Now You: Do you use multiple browser profiles?

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