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Browse in private with incognito mode

If you don’t want Google Chrome to save a record of what you visit and download, you can browse the web in incognito mode.

How to go incognito

You can open an incognito window on your computer and mobile devices to prevent Chrome from saving your browsing history. You can switch between an incognito window and any regular windows that you have open. You'll only be in incognito mode when you're using the incognito window.

Computer

Incognito mode isn't available if the account is a part of Window 10's "Family Mode."

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. In the top right, click the icon you see: Menu Menu or More More.
  3. Select New Incognito Window.
  4. A new window will open with a grey incognito icon Incognito mode.

Tip: You can also use a keyboard shortcut to open an incognito window. Press Ctrl + Shift + N (Windows, Linux and Chrome OS) or ⌘ + Shift + N (Mac).

To close incognito mode, close each of your incognito windows:

  1. Go to your incognito window.
  2. At the top, tap Close Close.​
Android device
  1. Open the Chrome app Chrome app.
  2. Tap More More.
  3. Tap New incognito tab.
  4. A new window will open with a grey incognito icon Incognito mode.

To close incognito mode, close each of your incognito windows:

  1. Open the Chrome app Chrome app.
  2. At the top right, tap Switch tabs Tabs. You'll see your open Chrome tabs.
  3. At the top right of your incognito tabs, tap Close Close.
iPhone or iPad
  1. Open the Chrome app Chrome app.
  2. Tap More More.
  3. Select New Incognito Tab.
  4. A new window will open with a grey incognito icon Incognito mode.

To close incognito mode, close each of your incognito windows:

  1. Open the Chrome app Chrome app.
  2. At the top right, tap Switch tabs Tabs. You'll see your open Chrome tabs.
  3. At the top right of your incognito tabs, tap Close Close.

How incognito mode works

What you view

Incognito is a mode that opens a new window where you can browse the Internet in private without Chrome saving the sites that you visit. You can switch between an incognito window and any regular Chrome browsing windows that you have open. You'll only be in incognito mode when you're using the incognito window.

Be careful. Incognito mode only prevents Chrome from saving your site visit activity. It won't stop other sources from seeing your browsing activity, including:

  • Your Internet service provider
  • Your employer (if you're using a work computer)
  • The websites you visit themselves

What you've downloaded

Chrome won’t save a record of the files that you download in incognito mode. However, the downloaded files will be saved to your computer’s Downloads folder, where you and any other users of your computer can see and open them, even after you close your incognito tabs.

For more information about what's stored in incognito mode, visit the Chrome Privacy Policy.

Exit and turn off incognito mode

Incognito mode runs in a separate window from your normal Chrome browsing sessions. To exit incognito mode, you'll need to close all incognito windows. Select your device below to find out how. 

Computer

To close incognito mode, close each of your incognito windows:

  1. Go to your incognito window.
  2. At the top, tap Close Close.
Android phone or tablet

To close incognito mode, close each of your incognito windows:

  1. Open the Chrome app Chrome app.
  2. At the top right, tap Switch tabs Tabs. You'll see your open Chrome tabs.
  3. At the top right of your incognito tabs, tap Close Close.
iPhone & iPad

To close incognito mode, close each of your incognito windows:

  1. Open the Chrome app Chrome app.
  2. At the top right, tap Switch tabs Tabs. You'll see your open Chrome tabs.
  3. At the top right of your incognito tabs, tap Close Close.

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