When you browse privately, other people who use the device won't see your history.
Chrome doesn't save your browsing history or information entered in forms. Cookies and site data are remembered while you're browsing, but deleted when you exit Incognito mode. You can choose to block third-party cookies when you open a new Incognito window. Learn more about cookies.
What happens when you browse privately
Some information will not be seen or saved
Once you exit all your Incognito browsing windows, Chrome won’t save:
- Your browsing history
- Your cookies and site data
- Information that you entered in forms
- Permissions that you give websites
To exit Incognito mode, close all Incognito windows.
Your activity might still be visible
Incognito mode stops Chrome from saving your browsing activity to your local history. Your activity, like your location, might still be visible to:
- Websites that you visit, including the ads and resources used on those sites
- Websites that you sign in to
- Your employer, school or whoever runs the network that you’re using
- Your Internet Service Provider
- Search engines
- Search engines may show search suggestions based on your location or activity in your current Incognito browsing session. When you search on Google, Google will always estimate the general area that you're searching from. Learn more about location when you search on Google.
Some of your info might still be visible
A web service, website, search engine or provider may be able to see:
- Your IP address, which can be used to identify the general area that you're located
- Your activity when you use a web service
- Your identity if you sign in to a web service, like Gmail
You can still find and use your payment, password and contact info, but you can’t change your saved info in a Chrome Incognito window.
Downloads and bookmarks are saved
Chrome won’t store the files that you download while browsing in private. But they're still saved to your downloads folder, even after you exit Incognito. You and anyone who uses your device can see and open the files.
All bookmarks that you create are saved to Chrome.
Some of your preferences, including accessibility choices and bookmark settings, may also be saved to Chrome.
You can switch between incognito tabs and normal Chrome tabs. You only browse in private when you use an incognito tab.
You can also choose to block third-party cookies when you open a new incognito window. Learn more about cookies.
Lock incognito tabs when you leave Chrome
Anyone who uses your device can access incognito tabs that you leave open. To keep your incognito tabs open and not viewable by other device users, you can lock them.
Important: Some of these steps only work on Android 11 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.
- On your Android phone, open Chrome .
- Tap More Settings .
- Tap Privacy and security.
- Turn on Lock incognito tabs when you leave Chrome.
Close Incognito mode to stop private browsing
Incognito mode runs in a separate tab from your normal Chrome tabs.
If you have an Incognito tab open and you open another one, your private browsing session will continue in the new tab. To exit Incognito mode, close all incognito tabs.
- On your Android phone or tablet, open Chrome .
- At the top right, tap Switch tabs . On the right, you'll see your open incognito tabs.
- At the top right of your incognito tabs, tap Close .