You can browse the internet privately on your iPhone too

Emre Çitak
Sep 11, 2023

Do you ever want to browse the web without your browsing history being saved? Or maybe you want to keep your search results private from others who might be using your iPhone? If so, you can use Safari's Private Browsing mode.

Private Browsing mode prevents Safari from saving the websites you visit, your search history, or your AutoFill information. This means that no one will be able to see what you've been browsing unless you tell them.

But how to go incognito on iPhone? Let us explain.

How to go incognito on iPhone
How to go incognito on iPhone is a frequently asked question among Apple users

How to go incognito on iPhone

To go incognito on iPhone, follow these steps:

  1. Open Safari
  2. Tap the Tabs button in the bottom right corner of the screen
  3. Tap Private
  4. Tap Done

Your Safari browser will now be in Private Browsing mode. Any websites you visit or searches you perform will not be saved.

And if you are using a Chromium browser on your iPhone you can go incognito by:

  1. Open your browser
  2. Tap the three-dot icon located at the bottom or top right of your screen
  3.  Select ''New Incognito Tab''

This will open a new tab launched in incognito mode with a brief description of the mode which works exactly the same way as Safari's Private Browsing mode.

How to go incognito on iPhone
Incognito mode allows you to browse the internet without any digital footprint

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Can you make Incognito mode default on your iPhone?

Unfortunately, it's not possible to set Incognito mode as the default browsing mode on an iPhone. However, you can still take steps to protect your privacy while browsing the web.

To stop cookies from tracking you, go to the Settings app and select Safari. Then, scroll down and toggle the switch next to "Block All Cookies" to the On position. Doing so will also automatically enable the "Prevent Cross-Site Tracking" feature.

Additionally, you can hide your IP address from trackers by tapping "Hide IP Address" and selecting "From Trackers". This will help to further protect your online activity from being monitored.


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  1. Laina Betts-Dunn said on September 1, 2023 at 6:36 pm

    Most people are finding it is related to the newest Pokémon Go! update. If you check control center, Pokémon Go! has accessed location just prior to the vibrations.

    1. Lillian said on September 4, 2023 at 9:17 am

      You are the best I didn’t even think about that being the problem even tho I said to my friend it’s vibrating randomly like Pokémon go does when new Pokémon pop up

  2. John said on September 3, 2023 at 6:33 pm

    It’s happening on beta release isn’t this to be expected? Any beta release is going to have bugs.

  3. Anonymous said on September 17, 2023 at 7:11 pm

    “You can browse the internet privately on your iPhone too”

    No, you can’t. See below.

    “This means that no one will be able to see what you’ve been browsing unless you tell them.”

    No-one you would allow to use your devices. It’s important to remind that online trackers still get almost as much as before in this mode, tracking you for the duration of the session at least. In fact a quick search on whether cookies (and local storage, indexedDB, and so on) are even cleared at exit or not in Apple’s private browsing gives contradictory answers (maybe this has to do with Apple’s habit of conveniently avoiding to get technical with users, even when that means more opportunities to fool them) and your article doesn’t say more, so it’s not even clear to me that there is any protection against online trackers.

    About the other Apple privacy tools you mention, I wouldn’t trust them. They killed the actual privacy tools like ublock origin on Safari that hide the IP address from trackers, to then provide their own fake replacement, like Google and their Mozilla pet company are slowly doing too with their own browsers. From the mouth of such companies, even “blocking cookies” may actually mean something weaker, like having an undisclosed tracker whitelist for bullshit reasons that ublock origin doesn’t seem to need (Mozilla does that for instance), not actually blocking them but just isolating them while still writing they’re blocked (Mozilla did that through inaccurate UI wording for third-party cookies), or keeping in place for years privacy bugs that they are aware of and that don’t remove storage when it’s supposed to be (Mozilla again, and they’re not worse than the others). And it’s only a few examples.

    Is there also need to remind that Safari like all the other big browsers is infested with Apple’s own spyware antifeatures (including for advertisers, unlike what they pretend in their ads) ?

  4. You're welcome said on September 18, 2023 at 6:27 pm

    Sneak PEEK.

  5. Seeprime said on September 20, 2023 at 12:29 am

    It has been weeks where the comments sections are littered with old unrelated comments. Maybe it’s time to say goodbye to ghacks.

  6. makapav said on September 25, 2023 at 7:54 pm

    This should have been an open standard that works across laptops, OSes, and phones. I doubt it will be though and we will just have to wait until the EU drops the hammer in 8-10 years ?

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