How to activate Private Browsing under any browser

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Private Browsing is a browser feature that allows you to cover your track by preventing other users of the same computer sneaking into your web activity. Once it is activated, temporary files such as cookies, images, downloads history and the list of sites you have visited will not be saved.

There are various reasons why you want to browse the web in ‘Private Browsing’ mode. For example, when you are on your home computer, you may not want your siblings or parents check out later what sites you have visited, or if you are accessing your bank account or shopping online on a non-private computer. No matter what your motive for privacy might be, Private Browsing will get you covered.

In fact, the term “Private Browsing” is usually associated with Firefox and Safari and other browser vendors use similar names that basically mean the same thing. For example, Google Chrome call it Incognito Mode while Internet Explorer refers to this as InPrivate browsing.

Here’s how you activate it in each browser:

Activating Incognito mode in Chrome for Desktop/Android/iOS

Chrome Desktop version:

Click on Settings in the top-right corner and select New Incognito Window or if you prefer browser shortcuts use Ctrl + Shift+ N for Windows/Linux users or if you are using Mac, use the shortcut: ShiftN for Mac users.

How to activate Incognito mode chrome desktop

Chrome Android version:

Open Chrome on your Android device and tap on the menu key panel (the left button on the device) and then select New Incognito tab. Here’s how it looks on my Samsung S4:

Enable Incognito mode on Chrome for Android

 If you are using older Android version such as Gingerbread or Froyo, this feature might not be available on your device.

Chrome iOS version:

Click on the Chrome menu icon in the top-right corner and tap New Incognito* Tab. ipad ios incognito mode

Activating Private browsing in Firefox

Select File > New Private Window or use the keyboard shortcut: Ctrl+ Shift+ P.

Private browsing in Firefox

Activating Private browsing in Safari

Click on the gear icon in the top-right corner of your browser and select Private Browsing.

Private Browsing in Safari

Enable InPrivate Browsing in Internet Explorer

Click on the Gear Icon > Safety > InPrivate Browsing or you may also use the shortcut: Ctrl+ Shift+ P. InPrivate Browsing in Internet Explorer


As you can see activating Private Browsing on Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer is really easy and just a few clicks away. Drop me a comment below if you have any questions or issues.

8 Comments to How to activate Private Browsing under any browser

  1. Just in case some of you here are not aware, Incognito/private browsing feature does not cover your tracks on your ISP server log. So don’t think you can do illegal stuff and think that you your ISP would not know what you were doing.

    • hayderabbass

      Well, incognito mode is not only for this purpose. If you browse the web on a daily basis for hours like me, you might want to enable that to avoid cluttering your browser cache, cookies, history etc which is often the reason why our browser is slow or unstable.

  2. Well, while some people use this for porn .. I use it mainly because it makes my browsing experience faster since all plugins are disabled when incognito mode/private browsing is enabled.

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