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How To Use Incognito Mode

In this guide we will be sharing how to browse your PC browsers which allow you to surf publicly or privately. Some call it Privacy Mode, some Private Browsing, or Incognito Mode—all names serve the same purpose. The feature was found in the top browsers in the year 2005. From there, it was copied with different names, although with miniature advancements. Basically, you use Incognito mode to wipe out local traces of the sites you visit, browsing history, cookies, what you have searched for, your credentials, content of forms you have filled. However, a few things to keep in mind – even in incognito mode, your internet providers, the authorities, the advertisement companies can access all the information if they want to. And the browser may not contain the data of the file you just downloaded, but it will appear in the downloads section to the other users.

For two years, most browsers have added additional advanced anti-tracking privacy tools known as “Anti-Trackers,” to make private browsing more promising. The tools get rid of all the big chunks of code that authorities and advertising companies use. Moving further, we will look at how to turn on Incognito mode in the top four browsers: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, and Microsoft Edge.

How To Use Incognito Mode In Google Chrome

There are two methods to use incognito mode in Google Chrome the easiest way with keyboard shortcut combination Ctrl+Shift+N in Windows and Command+Shift+N in Mac OS.  Step by step instructions are also available from Google.

Now let’s look into another way.

  1. Open Google Chrome on your system.

  1. You will see a three-dot icon at the upper-right corner, click on it
  2. Click “New Incognito Window” from the drop-down menu

You will recognize a new incognito window with a dark background and a “spy” icon left of the three dots at the upper right corner. One more step to do here is.

Toggle on “Block Third-party cookies”, so the sites don’t use cookies to follow your footsteps. Furthermore, Google Chrome also mentions what incognito mode offers and whatnot, every time you get into the mode. A reminder every time might get frustrating for some users, but it is life-saving. It reminds you of what incognito mode does and what it doesn’t.

Note: Incognito mode turns off all the extensions automatically. To run ads-on extensions in incognito mode, head over to the Extension page—under more tools. Click the details box and find the toggle alongside the text “Allow in Incognito”. Toggle the slider to run extensions in Incognito Mode. 

How To Enable Incognito Mode In Mozilla Firefox

From the keyboard shortcut, a private browsing window will emerge using the combination Ctrl+Shift+P in the Windows system and Command+Shift+P in Mac OS. Alternatively, you can also open a private window from the menu.

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox on your system

  1. At the upper right corner, you will see a menu button (three horizontal lines) click on it
  2. Click “New Private Window” from the list

Moreover, you can open a link in “New Private Window”. Right-click on any link and choose “Open Link in New Private Window.”

A private window is marked by a distinguishable purple mask at the right of the title bar. On Mac, you will see the mask at the far right of the title bar, and in Windows, the icon to the left of minimizing/maximizing buttons.

Similar to Google Chrome, Firefox also warns its users that private browsing is no precise cure for privacy ills. However, it is limited. It just makes it easier to keep your browsing private from others who use this computer.

How To Turn On Incognito Mode In Microsoft Chromium Edge

Microsoft uses the same name for its Incognito mode as the old Internet Explorer—InPrivate browsing. To open an InPrivate session from the keyboard shortcut, use the combination Ctrl+Shift+P. There’s also another slower way to get into InPrivate session

  1. At the upper right corner, click the menu button (three vertical dots)

     2. In the Menu that is shown, click “New InPrivate Window.”

Microsoft Edge also uses a mark to indicate the InPrivate session. To the top right of the address bar, you will see a blue-colored mark, which reads “In Private” with a fully dark screen. To make sure that users are aware of the InPrivate session. Furthermore, like Firefox, you can also open a link directly in the InPrivate session of Microsoft Edge. Right-click a link and click “Open Link in new InPrivate Session.”

How To Browse Incognito Mode In Apple’s Safari

To quickly open a private session in Safari, use the shortcut combination: Command+Shift+N. Opening a private browsing window in Safari is slightly identical to Google Chrome.

  1. Open Safari browser on your system

  1. Click at the “File” tab from the upper-left corner
  2. From the drop-down menu, select “New Private Window.”


You will see a similar browsing window, although the dark theme. Your private browsing session is enabled.

However, the top browsers known for Private browsing are Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Edge. Actually, private browsing was first introduced by Apple’s Safari in 2005. Safari version 2.0 was packed with Mac Os 10.4 and came with support for private browsing.

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