How to Open Incognito Browsing Mode in Chrome (and More)

In this post, you’ll see:

In this instance, I’m using Windows 10 PC and Android. Let’s get started.

What is Google Chrome Incognito, Firefox Private and Edge InPrivate

Note: The following applies to Firefox “Private” browsing mode and Edge “InPrivate” browsing mode too.

Incognito is a browsing mode that doesn’t save:

  • Browsing History
  • Form data
  • Cookies and site data

Also, remember that this browsing mode has some limitations. Let’s see what they are.

  • Your download history doesn’t show the download you’ve made in incognito browsing mode. However, the downloads got saved to your device.
  • You can create a bookmark in incognito.
  • Your ISP, school, or employer can still track the pages you visit.

With that said, let’s see the steps to open it.

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How to Open Chrome Incognito Mode

PC

Open the Google Chrome browser.

Now, press this keyboard shortcut: CTRL + Shift + N.

That’s all.

Alternatively, you can do the above in the following ways:

Method #1

Right-click on the Chrome shortcut in the taskbar.

Hit the “New incognito window” option.

Method #2

Launch Google Chrome.

Hit the three vertical dots at the top-right.

Click on the “New incognito window” option.

Android Device

Open the Chrome app.

Hit the three vertical dots at the top.

Tap the “New incognito tab” option.

That’s it.

Alternatively, you can complete the above task using the steps below:

Hit the “Tab” icon, which is beside the three vertical dots at the top right.

Hit the three vertical dots at the top right.

Tap the “New incognito tab” option.

How to Open Firefox Private Mode

PC

Launch the Firefox browser.

Press CTRL + Shift + P keys.

That’s it. You can see the private browsing window now.

Alternatively, you can do the same task using the following methods:

Method #1

Right-click on the Firefox shortcut in the taskbar.

Hit “New private window.”

Method #2

Launch Firefox.

Hit the three vertical lines at the top right.

Hit the “New Private Window” option.

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Android

Open the Firefox app.

Hit the “Mask” icon at the top right.

That’s all.

Alternatively, you can complete the above task with the following steps:

Hit the “Tab” icon, which you can find beside the three vertical dots at the bottom.

Hit the “Mask” icon.

Tap the “Private” button.

How to Open Edge InPrivate Mode

PC

Open Edge browser.

Press CTRL + Shift + N keys.

That’s all.

Alternatively, you can do the above in the following ways:

Method #1

Right-click on the Edge shortcut in the taskbar.

Click on the “New InPrivate window” option.

Method #2

Start Google Chrome.

Hit the three horizontal dots at the top-right.

Click on the “New InPrivate window” option.

Android

Open the Edge app.

Hit the three horizontal dots button at the bottom.

Tap “New InPrivate tab” option.

That’s it.

Alternatively, you can perform the above task using the steps below:

Click on the “Tab” icon located next to the three horizontal dots button at the bottom.

Hit “InPrivate.”

Tap the “+” icon.

How to Start Chrome, Firefox or Edge in Incognito, Private or InPrivate Browsing Mode by Default

Note: The steps apply to Chrome, Firefox and Edge.

In this instance, I’m using a Windows 10 PC. Let’s see the steps.

Right-click on the shortcut of the browser. If you don’t have one, create it and right-click on it.

Click on “Properties.”

In the “Target” field, go to the end, hit the “Space bar” key, and then type:

  • -inprivate (for Edge browser)
  • -incognito (for Chrome browser)
  • -private (for Firefox browser)

Hit the “OK” button.

In the “Access Denied” pop-up, click on the “Continue” button.

That’s it.

If you want to go back, remove the command you added from the shortcut.

Remember that there are still some instances like double-clicking on an HTML file, clicking on the URL, or opening site from Run Command opens the Edge in normal mode.

Note that this isn’t the case with the below alternative methods which are only for the Mozilla Firefox browser.

Method #1

Open Firefox browser.

In the address bar, type about:config and then hit the “Enter” key.

Hit the “Accept the Risk and Continue” button.

Type private in the search box at the top.

Now, you can see “browser.privatebrowsing.autostart.”

Double-click on it, and you can see its value changed to “True.”

That’s it. Restart your browser to see the changes.

To revert: follow the above steps.

Method #2

Launch the Firefox browser.

Click on the three vertical lines at the top right.

Hit Options > Privacy & Security.

Scroll down until you see the “History” section. In it, you can see a drop-down list beside “Firefox will.”

Open it and then choose “Use custom settings for history.”

Now, select “Always use private browsing mode.”

In the pop-up, click on the “Restart Firefox now” button.

That’s all. Firefox will be opened in private browsing mode by default from now on.

If you want to revert, open the above-mentioned drop-down list and then select “Remember history.”

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