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How to Access Private Browsing Mode in Your Browser

All browsers today provide a private browsing mode. Today we show you how to browse privately in Chrome, Firefox, Chromium-based Edge, and Safari.

Private browsing allows you to surf the web without leaving any traces behind. In private browsing mode, browsing history, cookies, temporary internet files, site preferences, and passwords are not saved. But you can save bookmarks in private browsing mode and keep downloaded files.

Be aware that while private browsing prevents the information from being stored on your computer while browsing, it does not make you anonymous on the web. Your internet provider and websites you visit may still be able to track you.

All browsers today provide a private browsing mode. The idea is the same in each browser, but it’s named something different and operates a bit differently in each browser. Today we show you how to access private browsing mode in Chrome, Firefox, Chromium-based Edge, and Safari.

Chrome – Windows and Mac

To access private browsing mode in Chrome on Windows and Mac, click the menu button in the upper-right corner of the browser window. Then, select New incognito window.

On Windows, you can also use the Ctrl + Shift + N shortcut, or Shift + Command + N on Mac.

Select New Incognito Window in Chrome

If you have Chrome on the taskbar in Windows, you can right-click on the icon and select New incognito window.

Select New Incognito Window for Chrome on the taskbar

Note that you can also make Chrome launch InCognito by default.

Chrome – iOS

In Chrome on your iPhone, tap the menu button in the lower-right corner of the screen and then tap New Incognito Tab.

Tap New Incognito Tab in Chrome for iOS

You can also long-press on the Chrome icon on your Home screen and then tap Incognito Search.

If you use widgets, you can add a Chrome widget to the widgets screen by tapping Add Widget.

Tap New Incognito Tab from Chrome app icon on iOS

Swipe right on the Home screen to get to the widgets screen. Then, tap Incognito Search on the Chrome widget.

Tap Incognito Search on Chrome widget on iOS

Firefox – Windows and Mac

To access private browsing mode in Firefox on Windows and Mac, click the menu button in the upper-right corner of the browser window. Then, select New Private Window.

On Windows, you can also use the Ctrl + Shift + P shortcut, or Shift + Command + P on Mac.

Select New Private Window in Firefox for Windows

If you have Firefox on the taskbar in Windows, you can right-click on the icon and select New private window.

Select New Private Window on Firefox on taskbar

Firefox – iOS

In Firefox on your iPhone, tap the tab button at the bottom of the screen.

Tap tab button in Firefox for iOS

Your open tabs display. At the bottom of the screen, tap the mask icon.

Tap Private Browsing button in Firefox on iOS

Private Browsing is now activated. If you have any private browsing tabs open, they would display here.

To open a new private browsing tab, tap the plus icon.

Tap New Tab button in private browsing mode in Firefox on iOS

A purple mask icon displays on the tab button to indicate you’re in private browsing mode.

Private browsing indicator in Firefox for iOS

You can also long-press on the Firefox icon on your Home screen and then tap New Private Tab.

If you use widgets, you can add a Firefox widget to the widgets screen by tapping Add Widget.

Long press Firefox icon on iOS and select New Private Tab

Swipe right on the Home screen to get to the widgets screen. Then, tap New Private Tab (the mask icon) on the Firefox widget.

Tap New Private Tab on Firefox widget in iOS

Chromium-based Edge – Windows and Mac

To access private browsing mode in Chromium-based Edge on Windows and Mac, click the menu button in the upper-right corner of the browser window. Then, select New InPrivate Window.

On Windows, you can also use the Ctrl + Shift + N shortcut, or Shift + Command + N on Mac.

Select New InPrivate Window in Edge

If you have Edge on the taskbar in Windows, you can right-click on the icon and select New InPrivate window.

Select New InPrivate Window on Edge icon on taskbar

Note that you can make Microsoft Edge launch into InPrivate Mode by default on your PC, too.

Chromium-Based Edge – iOS

In Edge on your iPhone, tap the tab button at the bottom of the screen.

Tap tab icon in Edge for iOS

Then, tap InPrivate at the top of the screen to enter Private mode.

Tap New tab to open a new private browsing tab.

Tap InPrivate, then tap New Tab in Edge for iOS

A message displays on a new tab saying you’re browsing in private mode.

To exit private browsing mode, tap the tab button again and then tap Tabs as shown on the above image.

Browsing InPrivate in Edge for iOS

You can also long-press on the Edge icon on your Home screen and then tap New InPrivate Tab.

If you use widgets, you can add an Edge widget to the widgets screen by tapping Add Widget.

Select New InPrivate Tab from Edge icon in iOS

Swipe right on the Home screen to get to the widgets screen. Then, tap New InPrivate Tab on the Edge widget.

Tap New InPrivate Tab on Edge widget on iOS

Safari – Mac

To access private browsing mode in Safari on Mac, go to File > New Private Window, or press the Shift + Command + N shortcut.

Select New Private Window in Safari on Mac

Safari – iOS

In Safari on your iPhone, tap the Tabs button at the bottom of the screen.

Tap tab button in Safari on iOS

All your open tabs are shown. Tap Private in the lower-left corner of the screen.

Turn on Private in Safari on iOS

You’re now in Private Browsing Mode. Tap to the plus icon to open a new private browsing tab.

Tap plus icon in Safari on iOS

A message displays on a new tab saying you’re in private browsing mode.

To exit private browsing mode, tap the tabs button again.

Private browsing mode in Safari on iOS

Tap Private again to exit private browsing mode.

Turn off Private in Safari on iOS

 

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