Private browsing is an important option to know how to toggle on and off. Whether you are doing some birthday shopping for a loved one or checking a site that you don’t want someone snooping on your computer to find, private browsing allows you to tell the browser that it shouldn’t remember anything that you have done. We have previously discussed the Private Browsing setting in the Safari app on your iPhone, but a lot of people prefer the Chrome app over the default option. The process for private browsing in the Chrome app is similar to the process for doing so in the desktop program, so you will be familiar with the working of Incognito tabs if you have browsed privately on your computer.
Using an Incognito Tab in the Chrome iPhone App
Many browsers give you an “all or nothing” setting when you are using private browsing, which is why the idea of Chrome’s specific Incognito tabs might seem a little foreign. You are basically opening a new tab where Chrome will not remember any of your history or cookies once that tab is closed. So you can have other, non-Incognito tabs open at the same time as your private browsing tab, then close the Incognito tab and get back to regular browsing.
Step 1: Launch the Chrome app.
Step 2: Tap the Chrome Settings (the button with the three horizontal lines) button at the top of the screen, to the right of the address bar.
Step 3: Select the New Incognito Tab option near the top of the menu.
Step 4: This will open a new tab like the image below, which includes a brief explanation of how Incognito tabs work.
Basically nothing will be remembered, unless you choose to create new bookmarks. Additionally, cookies will not be cleared until all Incognito tabs are closed. So if you have multiple Incognito tabs open, be sure to close all of them to get rid of any cookies that were saved to your device.
If you also have an iPad, there are some helpful security measures that you can take to keep the information on that tablet private as well. One good option is to set a passcode to unlock the device. This will require someone to know your password before they can start using your iPad.
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