If you’re like me, you’ve probably accidentally turned on incognito mode on your iPhone at least once. And if you’re also like me, you’ve probably wondered how to turn it off. Well, wonder no more! Here’s a quick and easy guide to turning off incognito mode on your iPhone.
How to turn off incognito mode on iPhone
Private browsing, also called incognito mode, is a feature in some web browsers to disable browsing history and the web cache. This allows a person to browse the web without leaving any trace of which sites have been visited. Private browsing is often used for sensitive tasks such as online banking and shopping, where users do not want their activity to be tracked.
In Safari, private browsing is enabled by default. To turn off private browsing, open Safari and tap the Tabs icon (two squares) in the bottom right corner. Tap Private, then tap Done.
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How to disable incognito mode on iPhone
To disable incognito mode on your iPhone, simply follow these steps:
- Open the Settings app.
- Tap Safari.
- Tap the switch next to Private Browsing to turn it off.
That’s all there is to it! Once you’ve disabled private browsing, all of your web activity will be visible to anyone who has access to your iPhone.
How to stop using incognito mode on iPhone
If you’re using Safari in Incognito mode a lot, you might want to disable the feature. Here’s how to do it.
- Open Safari.
- Tap the Pages icon (it looks like two overlapping squares) in the bottom right corner of the screen.
- Tap Private in the upper left corner of the screen.
- Tap the X in the top left corner of the Private browsing window to close it and return to normal browsing mode.
How to make sure incognito mode is turned off on iPhone
There are a few different ways to make sure that incognito mode is turned off on your iPhone. One way is to go into your Settings app and scroll down to the Safari section. Tap on Safari, then scroll down to the bottom of the page and make sure that the Private Browsing toggle is turned off.
Another way to turn off incognito mode is to simply close all of your Safari tabs. When you do this, a prompt will appear asking if you want to keep your current tabs open or close them. Choose “Close All” and then “Private” to exit incognito mode.
You can also turn off incognito mode by deleting your history. To do this, go into the Settings app and scroll down to the Safari section. Tap on Safari, then scroll down to the bottom of the page and tap on Clear History and Website Data. This will remove all traces of your browsing history from your iPhone, including any data that was collected in incognito mode.
How to ensure incognito mode is disabled on iPhone
There are a few different ways to ensure incognito mode is disabled on your iPhone. One way is to go into your Settings app and tap on Safari. From there, you will want to ensure that the “Private Browsing” setting is turned off.
Another way to disable incognito mode is to simply delete the Safari app from your device. This will prevent anyone from being able to use Safari at all, so be sure that this is something you really want to do before taking this step.
If you’re still seeing evidence of incognito browsing on your device, it’s possible that someone has downloaded a third-party web browser that offers this feature. In this case, you’ll need to delete that browser in order to disable incognito mode completely.
How to make sure you’re not using incognito mode on iPhone
When you use Private Browsing, you can visit websites without creating a search history in Safari. A Private browsing window is denoted by the dark color scheme and a tiny Private icon in the upper-right corner.
Here’s how to make sure you’re not using incognito mode on your iPhone:
- Tap the Safari app to open it.
- Tap the tabs button in the bottom-right corner of the screen (it looks like two overlapping squares).
- If you see “Private” next to any of the open tabs, that means you’re using incognito mode. Tap “Done” to exit the tabs view.
How to ensure you’re not in incognito mode on iPhone
Assuming you’re using Safari, open the app and tap on the tabs icon (two overlapping squares) in the bottom right corner. On the tab view, you should see a thumbnail of your current page with a blue outlined circle in the top left corner. If that circle is white, it means you’re in Private mode. Tapping on it will turn off Private mode.
How to make sure you don’t have incognito mode on iPhone
When you use Incognito Mode in Google Chrome, Safari, or any other private browsing window, your browsing data—sites you visit, things you search for, and files you download—isn’t saved to your browser and isn’t logged by your ISP. That’s the whole point of private browsing.
Unfortunately, there’s no such thing as “Incognito Mode” for your iPhone. However, there are a few ways you can make sure your browsing history isn’t being recorded.
In Safari, you can turn on Private Browsing by opening the Settings app and tapping Safari > Private Browsing. In Chrome, open the hamburger menu and go to Settings > Privacy > Browse in incognito. Edge and Opera have similar settings.
Once Private Browsing is enabled in your browser of choice, your browsing history will not be saved locally on your device. However, it’s important to note that this only prevents your device from saving a record of your activity. Your ISP will still have a record of the sites you visit (though they won’t be able to see what specific pages you’re looking at). And if you’re signed into any services—like Google or Facebook—they’ll still be able to track your activity while you’re in private browsing mode.
If you want to completely prevent anyone from being able to see what sites you’re visiting, you’ll need to use a VPN. A VPN encrypts all of the traffic between your device and the VPN server, so even your ISP won’t be able to see which sites you’re visiting. We recommend ExpressVPN as the best VPN for iPhone; it’s speedy, easy to use, and it has a great iOS app.