Learn how to Go Incognito on iPhone and Mac

You don't always want your browser to remember where you've been. Here's how to go incognito regardless of what you're using.

Go incognito on iPhone and Mac

Do you want to keep your browsing sessions private? One way to do this is by working incognito in your browsers on your iPhone and Mac. This will ensure that your data will not be preserved once you have closed your browser tabs.

Fortunately, most popular browsers support the incognito function or "private surfing" as it is also known. This guide shows you how to work incognito in Safari, Chrome and Firefox on macOS and iOS.

Here's how to go incognito on your iPhone

Most browsers for the iPhone support incognito mode or private browsing mode. This allows you to visit websites without letting other users on your iOS device know about it.

Here are the steps to go incognito in different iOS browsers.

Open private browsing mode in Safari

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  1. Start Safari on your iPhone.

  2. Tap the icon in the lower right corner.

  3. Choose Private from the lower left corner.

  4. The private browser mode should now be activated.

  5. Tap the Add (+) Icon below to open an incognito tab.

Safari does not remember which websites you visit and what information you fill in automatically in this mode.

Related: Ways You Can Be Tracked In Incognito Mode or Private Browsing Mode

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At the bottom left, tap the Private option again to exit private browsing mode.

Open an incognito tab in Chrome

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  1. Open Chrome.

  2. Tap the three-dot menu and select New incognito tab.

  3. Your screen will turn dark gray, which means that you are now in private browsing mode.

  4. Visit the websites that you don't want to be placed in your history.

To exit incognito mode, close your incognito tabs and you will be returned to normal mode.

Open an incognito tab in Firefox

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  1. Start Firefox.

  2. Tap the tab icon at the bottom of the screen.

  3. Tap the mask icon in the lower left corner.

  4. You are now in private mode. Tap to open an incognito tab Add (+) Symbol.

  5. As long as you are in private mode, the mask icon will appear above the usual tab icon at the bottom of the screen.

Aside from incognito mode, there are a few other ways to keep your mobile browsing private.

Here's how to go incognito on your Mac

Most macOS browsers also support incognito mode. This makes it easier for you to browse websites without them being recorded in your browsing history.

Here's how to do it incognito in different Mac browsers.

Open a private window in Safari

Go incognito in Safari on Mac

  1. Start Safari.

  2. Press the file Menu at the top and select New private window. Alternatively, press the button Command + Shift + N. Keyboard shortcuts.

  3. Private browsing mode is now enabled and any tabs you open in this newly opened window will remain private.

  4. You can close the window to exit private browsing mode.

Open an incognito window in Chrome

Go incognito in Chrome on Mac

  1. Open Google Chrome on your Mac.

  2. Click on the three dots in the top right corner and select New incognito window. Or press the Command + Shift + N. Keyboard shortcuts.

  3. Your incognito window will open so you can surf the web anonymously.

  4. Close the window if you no longer want to keep your browsing history private.

Chrome also offers a guest mode that you can use for private browsing. But before you do that, make sure you understand the differences between Guest Mode and Incognito Mode.

Open a private window in Firefox

Go incognito in Firefox on Mac

  1. Open Firefox on your Mac.

  2. Press the file Menu and choose New private window. Or press the Command + Shift + P. Keyboard shortcuts.

  3. Firefox should say that you are in a private window and that it will not save your browsing history.

  4. Close all of your private tabs whenever you want to exit incognito mode.

Keep web sessions private on Apple devices

If you are an iOS or macOS user and you want to keep the websites you visit to yourself, the methods above will teach you how to open private browser windows in different browsers on your devices. Everything that happens in these windows stays in these windows.

If you use Incognito mode a lot, you can make this mode the default mode when you launch your favorite browser.

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Mahesh Makvana
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Mahesh is a tech writer at MakeUseOf. He has been writing technical guides for about 8 years and has covered many subjects. He loves teaching people how to get the most out of their devices.

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