If you don’t like clearing cache files or don’t want your browsing history saved, turn on Private mode in Safari. This Mode will not save your browsing history, cookies, or Autofill information.
So, let’s learn more about Safari’s Private Browsing mode and how to enable or disable it.
What Happens When I Use Safari’s Private Browsing Mode?
If you want to keep your data secure, you should enable this free feature in Safari. So, this is what happens when you enable Private Browsing mode in Safari.
- Safari does not save web pages to iCloud.
- When you use the Smart Search field, Safari will not save your searches.
- The downloaded files are saved on your computer but not in the downloads list.
- When using Handoff, your Private window will not appear on another iOS device.
- Safari will not save any new cookies or website data.
How Do I Enable Safari’s Private Browsing Mode?
Turning on Private mode in Safari on all iOS devices is a simple process. Let’s take a closer look:
- On the iPhone and the iPod touch
- Launch Safari and select the Tabs option.
- To open the Tab Groups list, press the downward arrow button.
- Select Done after tapping on Private. If you have the most recent iOS version, you’ll see a hand logo for the Private option beneath the number of tabs.
- When the Private Browsing mode is enabled, the Safari address bar turns black or dark. The buttons will also be displayed in black rather than blue.
On the iPad
- Start Safari.
- Keep the Tabs button pressed.
- Select the option for a New Private tab.
You can browse privately only once or make it a permanent setting. If you only want to use it once, follow these steps:
- Launch the Safari app and select File.
- Select New Private Window. Shift + Command + N is also a keyboard shortcut.
If you want to always have Private mode enabled, follow these steps:
- Launch Safari and select Preferences.
- Select General.
- When you click on Safari, a pop-up menu appears. Select A New Private Window.
- If you can’t find it, click the Apple logo and select System Preferences. Select the option “Close windows when quitting an app” under General.
How to Disable Safari’s Private Browsing Mode
Although using the Private browsing mode has advantages, it can also be inconvenient. If you lend your computer to someone else, you may want to monitor what they are doing on the internet. Whatever the reason, here’s how to disable Safari’s Private browsing mode on all iOS devices:
On the iPhone and the iPod touch
- Launch Safari and select the Tabs option.
- Open the Tab Groups list by tapping the Private button.
- Tap on Tabs, then Done.
On the iPad
- Select the Tabs option.
- To open the Tabs Groups list, tap the downward-pointing arrow symbol.
- Turn off Private by tapping on it.
Launch Safari and close all Private tabs. You can also go back to a regular tab.
Another option is to use the Screen Time feature, which disables apps and websites after a certain amount of time. As a result, Private browsing will be disabled. Here’s how to go about it:
- Click the Apple logo on your Mac’s home screen to access System Preferences.
- Choose Screen Time by clicking the hourglass logo.
- Click Options in the bottom-left corner of the new window.
- Now, select Turn On.
- Choose Content & Privacy, then click Turn On.
- Turn on Limit Adult Websites.
You can now relaunch Safari. If you want to enable Private Browsing mode later, use the same methods described above and select Unrestricted Access.
Please keep in mind that if you have other iOS devices with the same Apple ID, your Private browsing mode will be synced. So, if you don’t want the Private mode to be synced, you can change a setting to prevent it from happening. What you’ll need to do is as follows:
- Using the methods described above, navigate to the Screen Time option.
- Select Options.
- Uncheck the box next to Share across devices.
How Do I Turn Off Private Browsing in Safari in Guest Mode?
Private browsing is disabled by default when in Guest Mode. However, if it isn’t working and Private Browsing is still enabled, here’s what you can do.
- Click on the Apple logo to open the System Preferences window.
- Select Users & Groups from the list of devices and programs.
- Click the padlock logo in the new window and enter your user password.
- Then, from the left panel, select Guest User.
- Then, check the Allow guests to log in to this computer box.
- Select the Limit Adult Websites option as well.
As a guest user, your Private Browsing mode is now disabled.
Why am I unable to use Private Mode in Safari on my iPhone?
If you can’t seem to use Safari’s Private Browsing mode, it’s possible that the option is disabled due to Screen Time settings. Please follow the steps outlined above to disable the Screen Time option. Return to Safari and see if you can use the private mode now.
If you can’t find the Private option in Safari, try the following steps:
- Go to Screen Time > Settings.
- Choose Content and Privacy Restrictions.
- Select Content Restrictions.
- Choose Web Content.
- Choose Unrestricted access.
Is the Private Browsing Mode truly private?
Safari will not record your activity while in this mode. You will not, however, be invisible to third parties such as your internet service provider or government agencies. This is done to ensure online safety and to track down any evidence of illegal online activity. However, if you’re only using it for personal reasons, you shouldn’t be concerned.
Is Chrome’s Private Browsing Mode available?
Unfortunately, this mode is only available on the iOS Safari browser. However, you can use Chrome’s Incognito Mode to access a similar feature. Simply go to Chrome’s three-dot menu and select New Incognito Mode. Similarly, in Firefox, click the three lines in the upper-right corner. Then, select New Private Window.