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Q. How do I open a private browsing window in Safari?

How do I go incognito in Safari? 

Answered By: Beth Juhl
Last Updated: Jul 27, 2022     Views: 281

Most browsers have a private browsing or incognito mode to allow you to avoid clearing your browser cache but still start with a clean browsing history.  Private or incognito mode can help to diagnose technical issues by bypassing any stored credentials or pages. 

Safari for Desktop

In Safari this is called a Private Window.  To open a Private Window in Safari:

  1. Go up to the File Menu
  2. Select New Private Window.

Safari open private window

Safari for iOS / Mobile Devices

  1. Open Safari on your iPhone or iPod touch.
  2. Tap the Tabs button .
  3. Tap [number] Tabs  to display the Tab Groups list.
  4. Tap the Private icon (hand)  then tap Done.

To turn off private browsing on your iOS device:

  1. Open Safari on your iPhone or iPod touch.
  2. Tap the Tabs button.
  3. Tap Private  to show the Tab Groups list.
  4. Tap [number] Tabs with the iphone icon then tap Done.