There undercover browsing, also known as anonymous or private browsing, allows you to visit any website without leaving any trace of your activity on the device you are using. By activating this navigation mode, the browser automatically deletes all the data collected, such as history, cookies and other session data, at the end of the navigation itself.
Before devoting yourself to reading this guide and understanding how to browse incognito on iPhone, keep in mind that this browsing method does not replace those tools (e.g. a VPN) that allow you to make your browsing totally anonymous, by masking your IP address or preventing other tracking activities.
Having clarified this, I would say not to waste any more precious time and get to the heart of this tutorial. Make yourself comfortable, set aside five minutes of free time and dedicate yourself to reading the next paragraphs. I assure you that by following the instructions I am about to give you and trying to put them into practice on your iPhone, you will be able to activate incognito browsing without encountering any kind of problem. Happy reading and good luck for everything!
- How to activate Incognito browsing on iPhone
- Incognito browsing Safari iPhone
- Google iPhone Incognito Browsing
- How to see iPhone incognito history
- How to turn off private browsing on iPhone
How to activate Incognito browsing on iPhone
As I mentioned in the introductory lines of this guide, activate incognito browsing on the iPhone allows you to leave no trace of your browsing activity on the “iPhone by” in use. This means that history, cookies, temporary files and other session data (e.g. autofill information) are automatically deleted when the browser panel used is closed.
This navigation method, however, does not prevent the owners of the websites visited and the various third-party services from tracking the browsing activity, accessing information relating to the geographical location, the device and the browser used while browsing the Web and other data of this kind.
To prevent this, you need to use tools, such as one VPN, which allow you to disguise your online identity, by masking your IP address, blocking profiling cookies and implementing other techniques to ensure privacy and online security.
If you are looking for something like this, I recommend you NordVPN (the one I told you about in this review) e Surfshark (which I told you about in depth in this guide).
Alternatively, I also point out the service iCloud private relay for Safari which is included in iCloud +, that is the subscription that allows you to have more space on iCloud Drive and access to numerous Apple services. The iCloud private relay allows you to encrypt DNS records and IP addresses in order to avoid online tracking. More info here.
Incognito browsing Safari iPhone
For activate incognito browsing on the iPhone using Safari, start the browser in question, tap on the icon of two squares located in the bottom menu and press on the item Opening page or, if you have more than one panel open, on the option panels.
On the screen Groups of panels, put the check mark next to the option Private and tap the button +, at the bottom left, to open a new panel and start browsing in private mode. the message Private browsing mode and the dark colored address bar, will confirm that incognito browsing is active.
Please note that even by opening a new panel or visiting one of the sites you have added in Safari’s bookmarks, browsing will continue to be anonymous. Also, it will be useful to know that closing Safari or turning off iPhone does not automatically disable incognito browsing.
If you intend to return to “normal” navigation, first tap on the icon of two squares located in the bottom menu and press the icon of X relating to each panel opened in private mode. Once this is done, you can disable incognito browsing on iPhone manually.
Google iPhone Incognito Browsing
If you are wondering how to activate the Google iPhone incognito browsing, i.e. enable this mode on Google Chrome, all you have to do is start the browser in question, access the relevant settings and choose the option that allows you to browse anonymously.
To proceed, take your iPhone, start Chrome, tap on the icon three dots, at the bottom right, and select the option New incognito tab from the opened menu.
Alternatively, tap the del icon square, to view the open panels, and select the option Incognito browsing (the icon of glasses and hat) located in the top menu. Then press the button +, in order to open a new panel and start browsing in private mode.
In the same way you can proceed to open new “anonymous” panels and to go back to “normal” navigation. For the detailed procedure, I leave you to my guide on how to browse incognito with Chrome.
How to see iPhone incognito history
If your intention is see iPhone incognito history, you should know that this is not saved and, consequently, it is not possible to see the list of sites visited when this mode is active.
However, if you are a parent and want to monitor your child’s browsing activity, even when incognito browsing is active, you can rely on one of the applications that allow you to activate parental control among those that allow you to see the iPhone history. even when private mode is active.
Among the apps of this kind that I recommend you try there is FamiSafe (the one to be installed on the device to be controlled is FamiSafe Jr) which can be downloaded and used for free.
However, to take advantage of additional features, including the ability to view Internet history, you need to activate a subscription starting at € 9.99 / month. To find out more, you can check out my tutorial on how to see incognito browsing history.
How to turn off private browsing on iPhone
Pr disable private browsing on iPhone all you have to do is manually close all the panels opened in private mode and select the option to return to “normal” navigation.
If you have activated anonymous browsing on Safari, open the browser in question, press the icon of two squares placed in the menu below and tap on the icon of X relative to each open panel.
At this point, in the screen Private browsing mode, tap on the item Private located at the bottom and select the option Opening page (or the voice panels), to disable private browsing and return to “normal” browsing.
I point out that you can also completely disable Safari’s incognito mode so that it cannot be activated. If so, go to Settings of iOS by pressing on the icon gear wheel present on the Home screen, tap on the item Usage time and select the option Content and privacy restrictions.
In the new screen that appears, move the lever for the item Content and privacy restrictions from OFF to ON, access the section Content restriction, click on the option Web content and put the check mark next to the item Limit adult websites. In this way, incognito browsing can no longer be activated on Safari.
If, on the other hand, you have activated the incognito mode on Chrome, to deactivate it, simply press the icon square in the menu at the bottom and close all the “private” panels that you have opened by tapping on the relative icon of the X. Once this is done, click on the icon square visible in the top menu and, if you want to open a new panel and resume browsing normally, tap the button +. Simple, right?