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.

Use incognito mode for private browsing

You can open an incognito window on your computer and mobile devices to prevent Chrome from saving your browsing history.

Computer
  1. Open a Chrome window
  2. In the top-right corner of the browser window, click the Chrome menu Chrome menu.
  3. Select New Incognito Window.
  4. A window will open with a grey figure in the top-right corner
  5. To close incognito mode, go to the corner of each of your incognito windows and click the X.

Tip: You can also press Ctrl + Shift + N (Windows, Linux and Chrome OS) and - Shift - N (Mac) to open an incognito window.

Android device
  1. Open a Chrome window
  2. Touch the Chrome menu, which may look like either three dots Menuor a tab Menu.
  3. Touch New incognito tab.
  4. A window will open with a grey incognito icon .
  5. To close incognito mode:
    1. If you have Android 5.0 (Lollipop) or later, swipe from the top and touch Chrome: Close all incognito windows.
    2. If you have an earlier version of Android, go to the corner of each of your incognito windows and touch the X.
iPhone or iPad
  1. Open a Chrome window
  2. Open the Chrome menu icon Chrome menu.
  3. Select New Incognito* Tab.
  4. A window will open with a grey incognito icon .
  5. To close incognito mode, go to the corner of each of your incognito windows and touch the X.

Note: Your iPhone or iPad might store information about some websites that you visit in incognito mode, even though Google Chrome doesn't. This is because regular and incognito mode tabs share HTML5 local storage in iOS devices. HTML5 websites can get this information about your visit in this storage area.

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.

How incognito mode works

What you view

Incognito mode opens a new window where you can browse the Internet without Chrome saving the sites that you visit. You can open many tabs in incognito mode and navigate back and forth between the pages that you visit. When you close the tabs, Chrome won’t save the sites that you’ve visited.

Be careful, because the websites that you visit, your employer or your service provider can still see your browsing activity, even in incognito mode.

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.

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