Load Chrome websites automatically in Incognito Mode

Martin Brinkmann
Jun 29, 2018
Updated • Jun 29, 2018
Google Chrome

Incognito Mode is Google Chrome's private browsing mode. When you load websites in Incognito Mode, session data that is stored locally is not stored. In other words, Chrome does not save data to the browsing history, cache, or cookie storage among others.

Incognite Mode offers several advantages besides that: extensions are not enabled by default in the mode which blocks potential data leaks and sites handle Incognito Mode independently from the rest of the browser.

If you are signed in to your Facebook, Google, or Twitter account in the normal browsing session, you are not signed in when you open the same site in Incognito Mode. Great for making sure that activity cannot be linked to accounts but also to sign in to another account without interfering with the session of the first.

Google Chrome does not include options to always open certain sites in Incognito Mode. You can install extensions, however, to add the functionality.

Here is a selection of extensions that let you do that

chrome incognito automatic

  • Hidden: Auto Incognito Filter -- Last updated in 2016. Add sites to a filter list to enforce the opening of these sites in Incognito Mode.
  • Incognito Filter -- last updated in 2013 but it works. Use it to add any website to a list maintained by the extension. All sites on the list are opened in Incognito Mode automatically.
  • Incognito Regex Fixed -- last updated in 2013 but it works just fine. Add patterns, e.g. *.google.com, to always open any google.com domain in Incognito Mode.

All extensions have in common that they use filter lists to determine whether a site needs to be opened in the browser's Incognito Mode. Sites that are on the filter list are launched in Incognito Mode regardless of how they are opened. You can type the address and hit the Enter-key in the address bar or click on a link that points to the site: the site gets opened in Incognito Mode regardless.

It needs to be noted that the extensions reveal which sites get always opened in Incognito Mode. While that is not a problem if you are the only user with access to the particular account on the computer or device you are using, it may reveal information if that is not the case.

Closing Words

Should you use a browser extension to always load specific sites in Chrome's private browsing mode? I have to admit that I prefer a different solution. Instead of using a browser extension, I prefer to use a different browser (or profile) to separate tasks.

While that may be a tad less comfortable than using a single instance, the end result, that you work with multiple windows, is the same.

Now You: Do you use private browsing modes?

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  1. winner winner bison dinner said on June 30, 2018 at 12:27 am


    “Yandex Browser”

    Has a shitty privacy policy. Do read up on it.

    Story title:
    “Load Chrome websites automatically in Incognito Mode”

    Ha! Trusting a proprietary app to keep your secrets?

    Look, Incognito Mode only does so much. Were you to really enjoy such a mode which goes even further, try the Tor Browser Bundle and/or Tails Linux OS.

  2. reptilian said on June 29, 2018 at 5:08 pm

    Yandex Browser automatically opens porn pages in incognito mode ;) You can turn it off in the settings but by default it is enabled. And this is a good solution :)

  3. MdN said on June 29, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    For some reason, after I close the Incognito Mode in Chrome on Linux and check the cookies, the cookies from the sites I visited are still there. Does anyone else have this problem? Or an idea what the cause could be? I’m using just a few extensions as it’s not my main browser, could an extension be the cause? Something else?

    1. Yuliya said on June 29, 2018 at 2:47 pm

      I have this problem with Firefox. It is set to always use incognito, I use this browser for general web browsing, without logging in, etc. However, every now and then it keeps some cookies. CCleaner detects them and if I open the cookie manager in Fx I see them there too. Fairly sure it is not supposed to do that.

  4. Chocobito said on August 7, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    Hi Martin, in cnet now exist a article about the private browsing in Chrome and Firefox is exploitable by hackers, can you see it and talking about?


    1. Martin said on August 7, 2010 at 8:49 pm

      Also, the report that Cnet is linking to, is from August 2009. Either they have linked the wrong report, or have rehashed a story from last year.

      1. Chocobito said on August 7, 2010 at 9:04 pm

        Thanks for the quick reply, I was a little concern about that.

      2. Martin said on August 7, 2010 at 9:18 pm

        I have written about it in detail here, just for you :) https://www.ghacks.net/2010/08/07/private-browsing-modes-not-so-private-after-all-report-says/

        The article was rather lurid, do not you think.

    2. Martin said on August 7, 2010 at 8:44 pm

      Chocobito, well it simply means that while the private browsing mode does block the web browser from storing session data, it currently is not preventing add-ons from doing just that. The browser devs are aware of that issue, the Mozilla team for instance has posted a blog post regarding this issue in February: http://blog.mozilla.com/addons/2010/02/23/private-browsing-support-required-for-add-ons/

  5. caschy said on August 7, 2010 at 9:30 am
    1. Martin said on August 7, 2010 at 10:43 am

      Comfort, and it may work if the other computer users are not that tech savvy

  6. Harsh said on August 7, 2010 at 8:10 am

    but if the list of websites in the exception list is visible to all then whats the point? :/

  7. JK said on August 7, 2010 at 5:36 am

    No installation available?

    1. Martin said on August 7, 2010 at 10:47 am

      JK, installation works fine, just tried it again. Not sure why you get that message

  8. Martin said on August 7, 2010 at 10:45 am

    Sachen gibts ;)

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