How to Open Private Browsing Mode on Chrome and Firefox

In this post, we’ll see:

What is Private Browsing (Incognito)?

“Private Browsing” (referred as “Incognito” in Google Chrome) is a browsing mode which 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.

The download history will not be saved while in private browsing. However, the downloads will be saved to your device.

The bookmarks will be saved in private browsing.

The extensions are disabled by default in private browsing except for the ones that you’ve allowed.

Your ISP, school or employer can still track the pages you visit.

With that said, let’s see the steps to open private browsing mode on Chrome and Firefox web browsers (in this instance, I’m using Windows 10 PC) and apps (in this instance, I’m using Android).

See: How to Reopen a Closed Tab

Open Incognito Mode on Chrome Web Browser

Open Chrome. Press Ctrl + Shift + N keys. That’s all. All done.

Alternatively, you can do the above with the below ways.

Method #1

Right-click on the Chrome shortcut in the taskbar and then hit “New incognito window” option.

New incognito window option

Method #2

Launch Google Chrome. Hit the Overflow menu (three vertical dots) at the top-right.

Click on “New incognito window” option.

New incognito window option in Chrome

See: How to Make Chrome or Firefox as Your Default Browser in Windows 10

Open Incognito Mode on Chrome for Android

Open Chrome app.

Hit the Overflow menu (three vertical dots) at the top.

Tap “New incognito tab” option.

New incognito tab option

See: How to Pin in Chrome and Firefox

Open Private Browsing Mode on Firefox Web Browser

Launch the Firefox web browser. Press Ctrl + Shift + P keys. That’s it. All done.

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

Method #1

Right-click on the Firefox shortcut in the taskbar and then hit “New Private Window.”

New private window option

Method #2

Launch Firefox. Hit the “Hamburger” icon (three vertical lines) at the top-right.

Hit “New Private Window” option.

New private window option in Firefox

See: How to Launch Firefox in Safe Mode

Open Private Browsing Mode on Firefox for Android

Open Firefox app.

Hit the Overflow menu (three vertical dots) at the top.

Tap “New private tab” option.

New private tab option

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

Hit the “Tab” icon which you can find beside the Overflow menu (three vertical dots).

Hit the “Mask” icon. Hit the “+” icon.

That’s it. All done.

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Also see:

What Version of Firefox Am I Using?

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