The private browsing feature is something that you will find in every popular browser that you use on your computer. It is also found in the Safari browser on your iPhone, and is a great way to browse sites that you do not want to appear in your browser history.
But the private browsing feature does not turn off whenever you close Safari, which means that the tabs you were visiting before you closed Safari will still be open the next time that someone uses Safari. This is one of the reasons why it is important to know how to turn off private browsing on the iPhone, and to do so whenever you are done with your private browsing session.
Turn Off Safari Private Browsing in iOS 7 on an iPhone 5
This tutorial is specifically for an iPhone running iOS 7, and is for the Safari browser only. If you are using a different browser, such as Chrome, then you will need to turn off private browsing within that app instead. Turning off private browsing in Safari will not turn off private browsing in other browsers.
Step 1: Launch the Safari browser.
Step 2: Tap the Tabs icon at the bottom-right corner of the screen. If you do not see the menu bar with the Tabs icon, scroll up on the page until it appears.
Step 3: Tap the Private button at the bottom-left corner of the screen.
Step 4: Choose whether you want to keep all of your tabs open or close them to exit your private browsing session on the iPhone.
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Matthew Burleigh has been writing tech tutorials since 2008. His writing has appeared on dozens of different websites and been read over 50 million times.
After receiving his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Science he spent several years working in IT management for small businesses. However, he now works full time writing content online and creating websites.
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