How private browsing works
When you browse privately, other people who use the device won't see your activity.
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 close Incognito mode.
You can switch between Incognito windows and regular Chrome windows. You'll only browse in private when you're using an Incognito window.
Your activity might still be visible
Incognito mode stops Chrome from saving your browsing activity. But your activity might still be visible to:
Your activity might still be visible to:
- Websites you visit, including the ads and resources used on those sites
- Your employer, school, or whoever runs the network you’re using
- Your internet service provider
Downloads and bookmarks are saved
Chrome won’t remember the files 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 you create are saved to Chrome.
Stop private browsing
Incognito mode runs in a separate tab from your normal Chrome tabs. To exit Incognito mode, close all Incognito tabs.
- On your Android phone or tablet, open the Chrome app .
- 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 .
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