How to Disable Private Browsing Mode on Chrome and Firefox

If you don't want private browsing mode on your browser, then you can disable it.

There is no inbuilt option to turn off private mode feature. But, it can be done on web browsers (Chrome and Firefox) with the steps discussed in this post. Let's get started.

Disable Private Browsing Mode

Firefox

The Firefox private browsing mode can be disabled by using this extension.

Just install it and then restart the browser;

From now on, you can't get the private browser mode anymore.

I've already talked about 3 different methods (shortcut, taskbar, and menu) to enable private browsing mode.

After you installed this extension, none of these methods will work.

And, whenever you try to launch private mode with the shortcut (Ctrl + Shift + P), the browser does nothing.

Alternatively, when you try to launch it with menu or taskbar, you can see the "Private browsing has been disabled" notification.

Private browsing has been disabled

In case, if you want to disable or remove this extension, then you need to launch the Firefox in safe mode.

After you entered in safe mode, just press Ctrl + Shift + A and click on "Remove" button beside the add-on name.

Addons section on Firefox safe mode
Add-on removed on safe mode

Chrome

The steps to do this task on Chrome is a little bit difficult. But, it can be done.

  • Go to this URL.
  • Click on the Windows and Linux option.
  • Download the zip file (first link) and unzip it.
  • Open Run command (Shortcut: Windows key + R) and type gpedit.msc (to open Local Group Policy Editor).
  • Right-click the “Administrative Templates” under the “Computer Configuration”.
  • Select “Add/Remove Templates….” option.
  • Add Remove Templates option
  • In the popup, click on "Add" button.
  • Now go to the following location:
  • policy_templates (the file you've downloaded and unzipped) > windows > adm > en-us

  • You can see the chrome.adm file. Select it and click on "Open" button.
  • Close the popup and you can see Classic Administrative Templates (ADM) now in the right pane.
  • Select the following:
  • Classic Administrative Templates (ADM) > Google > Google Chrome

  • Now you can see a lot of settings. Find and open “Incognito mode availability”.
  • Select "Enabled" radio button.
  • In the “Incognito mode availability” drop-down list, select "Incognito mode disabled".
  • Incognito mode disabled
  • Click on Apply and OK buttons to apply changes.

Now you can see that the incognito mode is gone from Chrome browser. No method will open incognito mode anymore.

No incognito on Chrome

If you want the chrome incognito ever, then follow the below steps:

  • Just follow the above steps and go to the “Incognito mode availability” settings again.
  • Select "Not Configured" radio button and apply the changes.
  • Not Configured selected

Final Thoughts

I kept this feature intact and I recommend you to let it be. If you have a good reason to disable it, then go ahead.

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