Private mode or Incognito mode on a browser is a very useful feature. If you do not want to store cookies/history for your browsing activity, the private mode is the way to go. Or, maybe you do not want to sign out from your session but still have to sign in using another account – incognito mode will help.

Similarly, depending on your personal requirement, you would want to turn on the private mode on every browser you use (mobile and desktop).

However, do note that – with this feature, only the browser forgets your activity not your Internet Service Provider (ISP) or anyone else snooping on your network (Spy agencies).

If you want to keep your Internet activity private from your ISP, you should consider using a VPN. In either case, the private mode comes in handy. So, let us take a look at how to turn on private browsing mode on all browsers.

How To Turn On Private Browsing On Google Chrome (Desktop)?

On Google Chrome, the private browsing mode is otherwise termed as the “incognito mode”. Irrespective of the platform you are on (Windows/Linux/macOS), the following set of steps should help you go incognito.

1. Launch the browser to proceed to enable the private browsing mode or you can simply right-click on the icon on your taskbar (if you’re on Windows/Mac) to head right into the incognito mode quickly.

google chrome incognito

2. Assuming that you launched the browser, you can simply press CTRL + SHIFT + N to launch a private session. In either case, click on the options and select ‘Incognito Mode‘.

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How To Launch A Private Window On Mozilla Firefox? (Desktop)

It is quite similar to Google Chrome, here’s what you have to do:

1. If you want to open the private windows quickly, I suggest you keep the Firefox browser in the taskbar and just select the private window after performing a right-click on the icon as shown in the image below.

firefox private window

2. In either case, you can just launch the Firefox browser normally and press CTRL + SHIFT + P to open a private window. You can also go to the options to select the private session as shown below.


That was quite easy, right? No matter what browser you utilize, it will be all the same thing. So, you need not panic if you are using a different browser.

As another example, let me show you how you can do this on Microsoft Edge.

How To Start InPrivate Window On Microsoft Edge? (Desktop)

To launch it from the taskbar, take a look at the following screenshot:

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If you are directly launching the browser, you can do try the shortcut CTRL + SHIFT + P or just go to the options to start private windows as shown below.

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In case you are using Safari, you can follow the steps below to launch the private mode.

How To Turn On Private Mode On Safari?

You can choose to start it by right-clicking on the icon on your Mac to launch the private windows. Or, you can simply navigate through File->New Private Windows to turn on private browsing (as shown in the image above).

How To Enable Private Mode On Your Smartphone? (Android/iOS)

Technically, you will have to find the same option from the settings to launch a private window. For instance, here, we show how you can do that on Google Chrome (on Android).


You can follow the same method to turn on private browsing on any browser for Android and iOS. However, it is slightly different for Safari on the iPhone.

How To Turn On Private Mode On iPhone (Safari)?

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Once you launch Safari on iPhone, just tap on the icon at the bottom right corner and then hit “Private” to start the private mode. Refer the image above, in case you are not sure.

Wrapping Up

Now that you have known the steps to enable private mode on almost every browser, you can easily do that on any browser you want to utilize.

No matter whether it’s UC Browser, Opera, Vivaldi, or something else. The method will remain the same – you just have to look for the keywords “Incognito” or “Private” on any of their options to launch a new private window.

Let us know your thoughts on this and if there’s an issue finding the option, feel free to ask about it in the comments.

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