iPhone User Guide
- Setup basics
- Make your iPhone your own
- Take great photos and videos
- Keep in touch with friends and family
- Share features with your family
- Use iPhone for your daily routines
- Expert advice from Apple Support
- Models compatible with iOS 17
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- iPhone 11 Pro
- iPhone 11 Pro Max
- iPhone SE (2nd generation)
- iPhone 12 mini
- iPhone 12 Pro
- iPhone 12 Pro Max
- iPhone 13 mini
- iPhone 13 Pro
- iPhone 13 Pro Max
- iPhone SE (3rd generation)
- iPhone 14 Plus
- iPhone 14 Pro
- iPhone 14 Pro Max
- iPhone 15 Plus
- iPhone 15 Pro
- iPhone 15 Pro Max
- What’s new in iOS 17
- Turn on and set up iPhone
- Wake and unlock
- Set up cellular service
- Use Dual SIM
- Connect to the internet
- Sign in with Apple ID
- Subscribe to iCloud+
- Find settings
- Set up mail, contacts, and calendar accounts
- Learn the meaning of the status icons
- Charge the battery
- Charge with cleaner energy sources
- Show the battery percentage
- Check battery health and usage
- Use Low Power Mode
- Read and bookmark the user guide
- Learn basic gestures
- Learn gestures for iPhone models with Face ID
- Adjust the volume
- Find your apps in App Library
- Switch between open apps
- Quit and reopen an app
- Multitask with Picture in Picture
- Access features from the Lock Screen
- View Live Activities in the Dynamic Island
- Perform quick actions
- Search on iPhone
- Get information about your iPhone
- View or change cellular data settings
- Travel with iPhone
- Change sounds and vibrations
- Use the Action button on iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max
- Create a custom Lock Screen
- Change the wallpaper
- Adjust the screen brightness and color balance
- Keep the iPhone display on longer
- Use StandBy
- Magnify the screen
- Change the name of your iPhone
- Change the date and time
- Change the language and region
- Organize your apps in folders
- Add, edit, and remove widgets
- Move apps and widgets on the Home Screen
- Remove apps
- Use and customize Control Center
- Change or lock the screen orientation
- View and respond to notifications
- Change notification settings
- Set up a Focus
- Allow or silence notifications for a Focus
- Turn a Focus on or off
- Stay focused while driving
- Type with the onscreen keyboard
- Dictate text
- Select and edit text
- Use predictive text
- Use text replacements
- Add or change keyboards
- Add emoji and stickers
- Take a screenshot
- Take a screen recording
- Draw in documents
- Add text, shapes, signatures, and more
- Zoom in or magnify in Markup
- Fill out forms and add signatures to documents
- Use Live Text to interact with content in a photo or video
- Use Visual Look Up to identify objects in your photos and videos
- Lift a subject from the photo background
- Subscribe to Apple Arcade
- Play with friends in Game Center
- Connect a game controller
- Use App Clips
- Manage purchases, subscriptions, settings, and restrictions
- Install and manage fonts
- Buy books and audiobooks
- Annotate books
- Access books on other Apple devices
- Listen to audiobooks
- Set reading goals
- Organize books
- Create and edit events in Calendar
- Send invitations
- Reply to invitations
- Change how you view events
- Search for events
- Change calendar and event settings
- Schedule or display events in a different time zone
- Keep track of events
- Use multiple calendars
- Use the Holidays calendar
- Share iCloud calendars
- Camera basics
- Set up your shot
- Apply Photographic Styles
- Take Live Photos
- Take Burst mode shots
- Take a selfie
- Take panoramic photos
- Take macro photos and videos
- Take portraits
- Take Night mode photos
- Take Apple ProRAW photos
- Adjust the shutter volume
- Adjust HDR camera settings
- Record videos
- Record ProRes videos
- Record video in Cinematic mode
- Change video recording settings
- Save camera settings
- Customize the Main camera lens
- Change advanced camera settings
- View, share, and print photos
- Use Live Text
- Scan a QR code
- See the world clock
- Set an alarm
- Change the next wake up alarm
- Use the stopwatch
- Use multiple timers
- Add and use contact information
- Edit contacts
- Add your contact info
- Use NameDrop on iPhone to share your contact info
- Use other contact accounts
- Use Contacts from the Phone app
- Merge or hide duplicate contacts
- Get started with FaceTime
- Make FaceTime calls
- Receive FaceTime calls on iPhone
- Create a FaceTime link
- Take a Live Photo
- Turn on Live Captions in a FaceTime call
- Use other apps during a call
- Make a Group FaceTime call
- View participants in a grid
- Use SharePlay to watch, listen, and play together
- Share your screen in a FaceTime call
- Collaborate on a document in FaceTime
- Use video conferencing features
- Hand off a FaceTime call to another Apple device
- Change the FaceTime video settings
- Change the audio settings
- Change your appearance
- Leave a call or switch to Messages
- Block unwanted callers
- Report a call as spam
- Connect external devices or servers
- Modify files, folders, and downloads
- Search for files and folders
- Organize files and folders
- Set up iCloud Drive
- Share files and folders in iCloud Drive
- Share your location
- Meet up with a friend
- Send your location via satellite
- Add or remove a friend
- Locate a friend
- Get notified when friends change their location
- Notify a friend when your location changes
- Add your iPhone
- Add your iPhone Wallet with MagSafe
- Get notified if you leave a device behind
- Locate a device
- Mark a device as lost
- Erase a device
- Remove a device
- Add an AirTag
- Share an AirTag or other item in Find My on iPhone
- Add a third-party item
- Get notified if you leave an item behind
- Locate an item
- Mark an item as lost
- Remove an item
- Adjust map settings
- Get started with Fitness
- Track daily activity and change your move goal
- See your activity summary
- Sync a third-party workout app
- Customize Fitness notifications
- Share your activity
- Subscribe to Apple Fitness+
- Find Apple Fitness+ workouts and meditations
- Start an Apple Fitness+ workout or meditation
- Create a Custom Plan in Apple Fitness+
- Work out together using SharePlay
- Change what’s on the screen during an Apple Fitness+ workout or meditation
- Download an Apple Fitness+ workout or meditation
- Get started with Freeform
- Create a Freeform board
- Draw or handwrite
- Apply consistent styles
- Position items on a board
- Search Freeform boards
- Share and collaborate
- Delete and recover boards
- Get started with Health
- Fill out your Health Details
- Intro to Health data
- View your health data
- Share your health data
- View health data shared by others
- Download health records
- View health records
- Monitor your walking steadiness
- Log menstrual cycle information
- View menstrual cycle predictions and history
- Track your medications
- Learn more about your medications
- Log your state of mind
- Take a mental health assessment
- Set up a schedule for a Sleep Focus
- Turn off alarms and delete sleep schedules
- Add or change sleep schedules
- Turn Sleep Focus on or off
- Change your wind down period, sleep goal, and more
- View your sleep history
- Check your headphone levels
- Use audiogram data
- Register as an organ donor
- Back up your Health data
- Intro to Home
- Upgrade to the new Home architecture
- Set up accessories
- Control accessories
- Control your home using Siri
- Use Grid Forecast to plan your energy usage
- Set up HomePod
- Control your home remotely
- Create and use scenes
- Use automations
- Set up security cameras
- Use Face Recognition
- Unlock your door with a home key
- Configure a router
- Invite others to control accessories
- Add more homes
- Get music, movies, and TV shows
- Get ringtones
- Manage purchases and settings
- Magnify nearby objects
- Change settings
- Detect people around you
- Detect doors around you
- Receive image descriptions of your surroundings
- Read aloud text and labels around you
- Set up shortcuts for Detection Mode
- Add and remove email accounts
- Set up a custom email domain
- Check your email
- Unsend email with Undo Send
- Reply to and forward emails
- Save an email draft
- Add email attachments
- Download email attachments
- Annotate email attachments
- Set email notifications
- Search for email
- Organize email in mailboxes
- Flag or block emails
- Filter emails
- Use Hide My Email
- Use Mail Privacy Protection
- Change email settings
- Delete and recover emails
- Add a Mail widget to your Home Screen
- Print emails
- Get travel directions
- Select other route options
- Find stops along your route
- View a route overview or a list of turns
- Change settings for spoken directions
- Get driving directions
- Get directions to your parked car
- Set up electric vehicle routing
- Report traffic incidents
- Get cycling directions
- Get walking directions
- Get transit directions
- Delete recent directions
- Get traffic and weather info
- Share your ETA
- Download offline maps
- Search for places
- Find nearby attractions, restaurants, and services
- Get information about places
- Mark places
- Share places
- Rate places
- Save favorite places
- Explore new places with Guides
- Organize places in My Guides
- Delete significant locations
- Look around places
- Take Flyover tours
- Find your Maps settings
- Measure dimensions
- View and save measurements
- Measure a person’s height
- Use the level
- Set up Messages
- About iMessage
- Send and reply to messages
- Unsend and edit messages
- Keep track of messages
- Forward and share messages
- Group conversations
- Watch, listen, or play together using SharePlay
- Collaborate on projects
- iMessage apps
- Take and edit photos or videos
- Share photos, links, and more
- Send stickers
- Request, send, and receive payments
- Send and receive audio messages
- Animate messages
- Change notifications
- Block, filter, and report messages
- Delete messages and attachments
- Recover deleted messages
- View albums, playlists, and more
- Show song credits and lyrics
- Queue up your music
- Listen to broadcast radio
- Subscribe to Apple Music
- Play music together in the car with iPhone
- Listen to lossless music
- Listen to Dolby Atmos music
- Apple Music Sing
- Find new music
- Add music and listen offline
- Get personalized recommendations
- Listen to radio
- Search for music
- Create playlists
- See what your friends are listening to
- Use Siri to play music
- Listen to music with Apple Music Voice
- Change the way music sounds
- Get started with News
- Use News widgets
- See news stories chosen just for you
- Read stories
- Follow your favorite teams with My Sports
- Listen to Apple News Today
- Subscribe to Apple News+
- Browse and read Apple News+ stories and issues
- Download Apple News+ issues
- Listen to audio stories
- Solve crossword puzzles
- Search for news stories
- Save stories in News for later
- Subscribe to individual news channels
- Get started with Notes
- Add or remove accounts
- Create and format notes
- Draw or write
- Add photos, videos, and more
- Scan text and documents
- Work with PDFs
- Create Quick Notes
- Search notes
- Organize in folders
- Organize with tags
- Use Smart Folders
- Export or print notes
- Change Notes settings
- Make a call
- Answer or decline incoming calls
- While on a call
- Set up voicemail
- Check voicemail
- Change voicemail greeting and settings
- Select ringtones and vibrations
- Make calls using Wi-Fi
- Set up call forwarding and call waiting
- Avoid unwanted calls
- View photos and videos
- Play videos and slideshows
- Delete or hide photos and videos
- Edit photos and videos
- Trim video length and adjust slow motion
- Edit Cinematic mode videos
- Edit Live Photos
- Edit portraits
- Use photo albums
- Edit, share, and organize albums
- Filter and sort photos and videos in albums
- Make stickers from your photos
- Duplicate and copy photos and videos
- Merge duplicate photos and videos
- Search for Photos
- Identify people and pets in Photos
- Browse photos by location
- Share photos and videos
- Share long videos
- View photos and videos shared with you
- Watch memories
- Personalize your memories
- Manage memories and featured photos
- Use iCloud Photos
- Create shared albums
- Add and remove people in a shared album
- Add and delete photos and videos in a shared album
- Set up or join an iCloud Shared Photo Library
- Add content to an iCloud Shared Photo Library
- Use iCloud Shared Photo Library
- Import and export photos and videos
- Print photos
- Find podcasts
- Listen to podcasts
- Follow your favorite podcasts
- Use the Podcasts widget
- Organize your podcast library
- Download, save, or share podcasts
- Subscribe to podcasts
- Listen to subscriber-only content
- Change download settings
- Make a grocery list
- Add items to a list
- Edit and manage a list
- Search and organize lists
- Work with templates
- Use Smart Lists
- Print reminders
- Use the Reminders widget
- Change Reminders settings
- Browse the web
- Search for websites
- Customize your Safari settings
- Change the layout
- Use Safari profiles
- Open and close tabs
- Organize your tabs
- View your Safari tabs from another Apple device
- Share Tab Groups
- Use Siri to listen to a webpage
- Bookmark favorite webpages
- Save pages to a Reading List
- Find links shared with you
- Annotate and save a webpage as a PDF
- Automatically fill in forms
- Get extensions
- Hide ads and distractions
- Clear your cache
- Browse the web privately
- Use passkeys in Safari
- Check stocks
- Manage multiple watchlists
- Read business news
- Add earnings reports to your calendar
- Use a Stocks widget
- Translate text, voice, and conversations
- Translate text in apps
- Translate with the camera view
- Connect apps and add your TV provider
- Subscribe to Apple TV+, MLS Season Pass, and Apple TV channels
- Get shows, movies, and more
- Watch sports
- Watch Major League Soccer with MLS Season Pass
- Control playback
- Manage your library
- Change the settings
- Make a recording
- Play it back
- Edit or delete a recording
- Keep recordings up to date
- Organize recordings
- Search for or rename a recording
- Share a recording
- Duplicate a recording
- Keep cards and passes in Wallet
- Set up Apple Pay
- Use Apple Pay for contactless payments
- Use Apple Pay in apps and on the web
- Track your orders
- Use Apple Cash
- Use Apple Card
- Use Savings
- Pay for transit
- Access your home, hotel room, and vehicle
- Add identity cards
- Use COVID-19 vaccination cards
- Add Apple Account Card
- Use Express Mode
- Organize your Wallet
- Remove cards or passes
- Check the weather
- Check the weather in other locations
- View weather maps
- Manage weather notifications
- Use Weather widgets
- Learn the weather icons
- Find out what Siri can do
- Tell Siri about yourself
- Have Siri announce calls and notifications
- Add Siri Shortcuts
- About Siri Suggestions
- Use Siri in your car
- Change Siri settings
- Contact emergency services
- Use Emergency SOS via satellite
- Request Roadside Assistance via satellite
- Set up and view your Medical ID
- Use Check In
- Manage Crash Detection
- Reset privacy and security settings in an emergency
- Set up Family Sharing
- Add Family Sharing members
- Remove Family Sharing members
- Share subscriptions
- Share purchases
- Share locations with family and locate lost devices
- Set up Apple Cash Family and Apple Card Family
- Set up parental controls
- Set up a child’s device
- Get started with Screen Time
- Protect your vision health with Screen Distance
- Set up Screen Time for yourself
- Set communication and safety limits and block inappropriate content
- Set up Screen Time for a family member
- Charging cable
- Power adapters
- MagSafe chargers and battery packs
- MagSafe cases and sleeves
- Qi-certified wireless chargers
- Use AirPods
- Use EarPods
- Apple Watch
- Wirelessly stream videos and photos to Apple TV or a smart TV
- Connect to a display with a cable
- HomePod and other wireless speakers
- Pair Magic Keyboard
- Enter characters with diacritical marks
- Switch between keyboards
- Use shortcuts
- Choose an alternative keyboard layout
- Change typing assistance options
- External storage devices
- Bluetooth accessories
- Share your internet connection
- Allow phone calls on your iPad and Mac
- Use iPhone as a webcam
- Hand off tasks between devices
- Cut, copy, and paste between iPhone and other devices
- Stream video or mirror the screen of your iPhone
- Start SharePlay instantly
- Use AirDrop to send items
- Connect iPhone and your computer with a cable
- Transfer files between devices
- Transfer files with email, messages, or AirDrop
- Transfer files or sync content with the Finder or iTunes
- Automatically keep files up to date with iCloud
- Use an external storage device, a file server, or a cloud storage service
- Intro to CarPlay
- Connect to CarPlay
- Use your vehicle’s built-in controls
- Get turn-by-turn directions
- Change the map view
- Make phone calls
- View your calendar
- Send and receive text messages
- Announce incoming text messages
- Play podcasts
- Play audiobooks
- Listen to news stories
- Control your home
- Use other apps with CarPlay
- Rearrange icons on CarPlay Home
- Change settings in CarPlay
- Get started with accessibility features
- Turn on accessibility features for setup
- Change Siri accessibility settings
- Open features with Accessibility Shortcut
- Change color and brightness
- Make text more legible
- Reduce onscreen motion
- Customize per-app visual settings
- Hear what’s on the screen or typed
- Hear audio descriptions
- Turn on and practice VoiceOver
- Change your VoiceOver settings
- Use VoiceOver gestures
- Operate iPhone when VoiceOver is on
- Control VoiceOver using the rotor
- Use the onscreen keyboard
- Write with your finger
- Use VoiceOver with an Apple external keyboard
- Use a braille display
- Type braille on the screen
- Customize gestures and keyboard shortcuts
- Use VoiceOver with a pointer device
- Use VoiceOver for images and videos
- Use VoiceOver in apps
- Use AssistiveTouch
- Adjust how iPhone responds to your touch
- Use Reachability
- Auto-answer calls
- Turn off vibration
- Change Face ID and attention settings
- Use Voice Control
- Adjust the side or Home button
- Use Apple TV Remote buttons
- Adjust pointer settings
- Adjust keyboard settings
- Adjust AirPods settings
- Turn on Apple Watch Mirroring
- Control a nearby Apple device
- Intro to Switch Control
- Set up and turn on Switch Control
- Select items, perform actions, and more
- Control several devices with one switch
- Use hearing devices
- Use Live Listen
- Use sound recognition
- Set up and use RTT and TTY
- Flash the LED for alerts
- Adjust audio settings
- Play background sounds
- Display subtitles and captions
- Show transcriptions for Intercom messages
- Get Live Captions (beta)
- Type to speak
- Record a Personal Voice
- Use Guided Access
- Use built-in privacy and security protections
- Set a passcode
- Set up Face ID
- Set up Touch ID
- Control access to information on the Lock Screen
- Keep your Apple ID secure
- Use passkeys to sign in to apps and websites
- Sign in with Apple
- Share passwords
- Automatically fill in strong passwords
- Change weak or compromised passwords
- View your passwords and related information
- Share passkeys and passwords securely with AirDrop
- Make your passkeys and passwords available on all your devices
- Automatically fill in verification codes
- Automatically fill in SMS passcodes
- Sign in with fewer CAPTCHA challenges on iPhone
- Use two-factor authentication
- Use security keys
- Manage information sharing with Safety Check
- Control app tracking permissions
- Control the location information you share
- Control access to information in apps
- Control how Apple delivers advertising to you
- Control access to hardware features
- Create and manage Hide My Email addresses
- Protect your web browsing with iCloud Private Relay
- Use a private network address
- Use Advanced Data Protection
- Use Lockdown Mode
- Receive warnings about sensitive content on iPhone
- Turn iPhone on or off
- Force restart iPhone
- Back up iPhone
- Return iPhone settings to their defaults
- Restore all content from a backup
- Restore purchased and deleted items
- Sell, give away, or trade in your iPhone
- Erase iPhone
- Install or remove configuration profiles
- Important safety information
- Important handling information
- Find more resources for software and service
- FCC compliance statement
- ISED Canada compliance statement
- Ultra Wideband information
- Class 1 Laser information
- Apple and the environment
- Disposal and recycling information
- Unauthorized modification of iOS
Browse privately in Safari on iPhone
Visit sites privately
You can use Private Browsing to open private tabs that don’t appear in History on iPhone or in the list of tabs on your other devices. Tabs in Private Browsing aren’t shared with your other Apple devices, even if you’re signed in with the same Apple ID .
If you have a passcode set on your iPhone, Private Browsing locks when it’s not in use. Private Browsing may not lock immediately.
Swipe right on the tab bar at the bottom of the screen until Private Browsing opens, then tap Unlock.
Note: Any Safari extensions you have installed that have access to browsing data are automatically turned off in Private Browsing. To turn on an extension in Private Browsing, see Use extensions .
Choose a search engine for Private Browsing
View the privacy report.
Safari helps prevent trackers from following you across websites and viewing your IP address. You can review the Privacy Report to see a summary of trackers that have been encountered and prevented by Intelligent Tracking Prevention on the current webpage you’re visiting. You can also review and adjust Safari settings to keep your browsing activities private from others who use the same device, and help protect yourself from malicious websites.
Use iCloud Private Relay to browse the web with more privacy
When you subscribe to iCloud+ , you can use iCloud Private Relay to help prevent websites and network providers from creating a detailed profile about you. When iCloud Private Relay is turned on, the traffic leaving your iPhone is encrypted and sent through two separate internet relays. This prevents websites from seeing your IP address and exact location while it prevents network providers from collecting your browsing activity in Safari.
See Protect your web browsing with iCloud Private Relay on iPhone to learn how to:
Turn iCloud Private Relay completely on or off for your iPhone.
Turn iCloud Private Relay on or off for a specific Wi-Fi or cellular network.
Turn iCloud Private Relay off temporarily.
Set the specificity of your IP address location.
Temporarily allow a website to see your IP address
If a website relies on IP filtering, monitoring, or rate-limiting, it might require your IP address to be visible. You can turn off iCloud Private Relay temporarily for that website only.
Note: iCloud Private Relay isn’t available in all countries or regions. See the iOS and iPadOS Feature Availability website .
Tap Show IP Address.
Your IP address remains visible to that website until you leave the website or close its Safari tab. iCloud Private Relay remains on for other websites.
To turn off or pause iCloud Private Relay for all websites, see Protect your web browsing with iCloud Private Relay on iPhone .
Control privacy and security settings for Safari
Prevent Cross-Site Tracking: Safari limits third-party cookies and data by default. Turn this option off to allow cross-site tracking.
Hide IP address: Safari automatically protects your IP address from known trackers. For eligible iCloud+ subscribers, your IP address is protected from trackers and websites as you browse in Safari. If this option is off, your IP address isn’t hidden.
Fraudulent Website Warning: Safari displays a warning if you’re visiting a suspected phishing website. Turn this option off if you don’t want to be warned about fraudulent websites.
Camera: Choose whether Safari websites can use your camera without asking you first. Tap Camera, then choose Ask, Deny, or Allow.
Microphone: Choose whether Safari websites can use your microphone without asking you first. Tap Microphone, then choose Ask, Deny, or Allow.
Location: Choose whether Safari websites can use your location without asking you first. Tap Location, then choose Ask, Deny, or Allow.
4 quick ways to open Safari Private Tab on iPhone in iOS 15
Safari does not remember any web pages you visit in Private tabs. This means what you browse in Private mode is not saved in your browser history. In iOS 14 and earlier, tapping the Safari new page button (two overlapping squares) from the bottom right showed the option to go private. But in iOS 15 and later, that’s no longer there.
Therefore, if you wonder how to open a Safari Private tab on iPhone in iOS 15, here are four quick ways to do that. These may seem different but are easy as before.
How to open a Private tab in Safari on iOS 15
When you are in a Private tab, Safari (address bar, buttons, etc.) appears dark gray or black. In normal mode, it is white, light gray, or blue.
Here are four methods to enable Private Browsing Mode in Safari on iPhone.
1. Long-press the Safari icon
When you are on the iPhone Home Screen or the App Library , long-press the Safari icon and choose New Private Tab . You can even do this from Spotlight Search . (But not from the Siri Suggestions widget.)
The best part about this method is that the iPhone keyboard appears on the screen as soon as the Private tab opens. This lets you type the search query instantly.
Works in : iOS 15 and earlier versions
2. Long-press the new page button
In Safari, long-press the new page button (two small overlapping squares) from the bottom right. Now, choose Private or New Private Tab .
3. From the Tab Groups section
- Open Safari and tap the new page button from the bottom right.
- Tap Start Page or [number] Tabs .
- Tap Private .
- Finally, tap the plus icon or tap Done . You are now ready to browse privately.
Works in : iOS 15
Related : How to use Safari tab groups on iPhone, iPad, and Mac
4. Long-press the Tab Groups button
- Inside Safari, tap the new page button from the bottom right.
- Long-press Start Page or [number] tabs .
- Choose Private > plus icon or Done .
How to turn off Safari Private Browsing in iOS 15
For the most part, the steps to exit Private Browsing Mode are almost identical to entering it. Here is a quick recap.
Method 1 : Long-press the new pages button and choose Start Page or [number] Tabs . You can use this method to switch back and forth between regular and Private Browsing. The web pages stay active.
Method 2 : Tap the new pages button , long-press Private, and choose Start Page or [number] Tabs . From here, tap an open page tab or tap the plus icon or Done .
Method 3 : Tap the new pages button > Private and tap Start Page or [number] Tabs .
Important : If you want to close all open pages before leaving Private Browsing, long-press the new pages button and tap Close All [number] Tabs . (left image below)
You may also tap the new pages button and tap x or swipe the tab thumbnails left to close them. (right image below)
After that, use methods 2 or 3 from above to exit Private mode.
What to do if you do not see an option to open Safari Private tab on iPhone and iPad?
You cannot open Safari Private tab or even see its option if Limit Adult Websites is enabled. To turn it off, go to Settings > Screen Time > Content & Privacy Restrictions . From here, you may turn off the switch for Content & Privacy Restrictions or tap Content Restrictions > Web Content and choose Unrestricted Access .
Note : If you are a child, only your guardian can turn this off for you. You cannot because, most likely, the Screen Time passcode is different from your iPhone passcode.
If Screen Time restrictions are not set up, and still you cannot see Safari Private tab, restart your iPhone. Also, make sure you are running the latest version of iOS.
Related : Safari private browsing button missing on iOS? Here’s the fix
Happy Private Browsing
Now you know multiple ways to enter or exit Private Browsing in Safari on iPhone. I hope this quick guide was helpful.
Additionally, other popular browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Aloha, and Edge also offer Private Browsing in their apps. However, the names might differ. For example, Chrome calls it Incognito. Other browsers use terms like Private Mode or Private Browsing.
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How to use tabs and private browsing in Safari for iPhone and iPad
Become a tab master.
- How to open a new tab in Safari
- How to switch tabs in Safari
- How to close a tab in Safari
- How to view recently-closed tabs in Safari
- How to view websites from your other devices in Safari
How to use Tab Groups in Safari
- How to use private browsing in Safari
Tabs in Safari let you keep multiple web pages open so you can switch between them efficiently or refer back to them whenever you want. You can open links in new tabs, so you don't lose where you're currently surfing, and even go into Private Mode to give you some privacy on the internet.
Safari has been around for a couple of decades now, and there's a lot to learn — especially for power users. As a first-party app, there are some excellent iOS features Apple's browser can offer, and it integrates seamlessly with your other Apple devices, making it the best web-browser to navigate seamlessly between iPhone, iPad, and Mac.
How to open a new tab in Safari on iPhone and iPad
Note: We have our Safari Tab Bar at the bottom of our iPhone screen, but all the steps in this guide work if you have yours at the top except from gesture-based manoeuvring. For more on moving the Safari address bar, check out our guide: How to change the Safari address bar on iPhone .
- Open Safari
- On an iPhone, tap the show pages icon in the bottom right of the screen (it looks like two squares). A quick swipe up from the Bottom Tab Bar on iOS 15 and newer gets you there even quicker.
- Tap the + button.
Alternatively, tap and hold the show pages icon, then tap New Tab . For those who like gestures, a quick swipe to the left on the Bottom Tab Bar opens a new tab while a swipe to the right goes back to your previous one.
You can also open links you come across in a new tab by doing the following:
- Tap and hold (long press) the link you want to open in a new tab.
- Tap Open in New Tab (or Open in Background on iPad).
If you're on an iPad, you can open a link in a new window with Split Screen in Safari . Instead of tapping Open in Background, hit Open in Split Screen to have both tabs side by side -- great for when you're working on an essay for example.
How to switch tabs in Safari on iPhone and iPad
- On an iPhone, tap the show pages icon in the bottom right of the screen (it looks like two squares). On iPad, this looks like four squares and appears in the top right of the screen.
- Tap the tab you want to view.
You'll also benefit from Mac-like tab dividers beneath the URL field on the iPad's larger display. You can tap these to switch between tabs too.
How to close a tab in Safari on iPhone and iPad
- Tap the X in the top right of a tab to close it. (You can also swipe the card to the left to throw it away).
While the above steps work on an iPad, it is easier to tap the X next to your tab in the toolbar to close it and save yourself an extra tap.
How to quickly close all tabs in Safari on iPhone and iPad
- On an iPhone, tap and hold the show pages icon in the bottom right of the screen (it looks like two squares). On iPad, this looks like four squares and appears in the top right of the screen.
- Tap Close All X Tabs .
How to view recently-closed tabs in Safari for iPhone and iPad
- On an iPhone, tap the show pages icon in the bottom right of the screen (it looks like two squares). On iPad, you can skip this step.
- Tap and hold the + button to bring up the Recently Closed Tabs menu.
How to view tabs open on your other devices in Safari on iPhone and iPad
Safari's iCloud Tabs feature lets you quickly and easily access web pages you've already opened in Safari on any of your other Apple devices — iPhones, iPads, or Macs. It's a very useful tool for getting the most out of your Apple ecosystem.
- On iPhone or iPad, tap the URL field in the Bottom Tab Bar .
- Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see tabs open on your other devices.
- Click on the tab you want to access from your other device.
Each device linked to your iCloud account is sorted alphabetically -- if you don't see your iPhone, iPad, or Mac make sure you sign in with the same Apple ID credentials across all devices. Note: tabs created in Private Browsing mode do not appear in iCloud Tabs, so you won't see those.
In iOS 16 , Apple improved upon Tab-Groups in Safari. Tab-Groups are a great way to combine several tabs together and organize them to make them easy to find. The feature also saves you from leaving a ton of tabs open for later reference.
We have a dedicated guide on how to use Tab Groups in Safari , so check that out to get the most out of the organizing tool.
How to use private browsing in Safari on iPhone and iPad
Private browsing works just like regular browsing, except Safari won't cache your search terms or add the pages to your browser history -- this can be useful around the holiday period when gift shopping. Here's how to open private browsing on iPhone or iPad.
- Tap Private or New Private Tab .
To exit private browsing mode, press and hold the show pages icon and tap (number) Tabs to return to your previously open regular tabs.
You can also start and stop a private browsing section from the sidebar menu on the iPad.
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Using Safari on iPhone and iPad is similar to using Safari on Mac , however, the interface has some differences to account for smaller screens and touchscreen input. With the above guidance, you'll be well on your way to browsing Safari like a pro on your iOS devices making sure you're getting the best iPhone and best iPad experience possible.
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iOS 15: How to switch to Private Browsing on iPhone with Safari
Safari got an overhaul with iOS 15, and while there are a number of improvements and changes, some features aren’t found where they used to be. Read along for a look at how to switch to iPhone Private Browsing in Safari with iOS 15.
As a refresher, here’s how Apple describes Private Browsing mode:
Safari won’t remember the pages you visited, your search history, or your AutoFill information after you close a tab in Private Browsing Mode.
Private Browsing in iOS 15 may be a “who moved my cheese?” moment for a lot of users as it’s more buried than in iOS 14 and earlier – unless you know the shortcut.
And going beyond what Private Browsing offers, Apple also launched iCloud Private Relay with iOS 15 , which is available on iPhone, iPad, and Mac .
Switch to iPhone Private Browsing in Safari with iOS 15
- On your iPhone running iOS 15, open Safari
- Do a long-press on the two-square icon in the bottom right corner (top right corner for landscape view)
- Choose New Private Tab
- In iOS 15, open Safari
- Tap the two-square icon in the bottom right corner (top right corner if using landscape view)
- Tap the “1 Tab” button (or “X Tabs”)
- Choose Private
- Tap the + icon in bottom corner
- You can tell you’re using Private Browsing as the address/search turns dark
- Follow the same steps and tap Private again to stop using the feature
Here’s how that looks on iPhone:
Now, just tap the + icon. When using light mode in iOS 15, the address/search bar will turn from white to gray, and when using dark mode, it will turn from gray to black while using iPhone Private Browsing.
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How to Enable Incognito Mode in Safari for iOS 15, iPadOS
We will show you how you can use Safari in incognito mode in iOS 15 and iPadOS running iPhone and iPad, respectively.
Learn to Enable Incognito Mode (Private Browsing) in Safari for iOS 15 and iPadOS in a Few Easy Steps
If you are absolutely brand new to the iPhone or iPad, then things might look a different compared to the platform you're coming from. And if you are getting yourself acquainted with Safari for iOS 15 and iPadOS, then you are obviously wondering how you can turn on incognito mode for a private browsing session.
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In today's tutorial we will walk you through how you can enable the feature and even turn it off so you can return browsing back to normal.
There are two ways you can jump into incognito mode. Either you can open up a tab quickly right from the Home Screen or by opening up a new private browsing session from inside Safari. Let's start with the Home Screen method.
Find the Safari icon and then tap and hold on it until you see a list of options. Simply tap on New Private Tab and you'll jump straight into a new tab and browse completely privately.
Second method involves going into incognito mode from inside Safari. Here's how it goes:
Step 1. Launch the Safari app from the Home Screen.
Step 2. Now tap on the tabs icon as shown below. The icon can be found on the top right if you're using iPadOS.
Step 3. You'll see an option that says Start Page . Tap on it to open.
Step 4. Tap on Private .
Step 5. Now tap on the + sign to open a new private browsing tab.
Once you're done with incognito mode, tap on the tabs button , tap on Private and then select Start Page . Remember, Safari will keep your private tabs in memory if you do not close them. But of course, it won't record anything in history. Therefore it is highly recommended that you close all your private tabs before ending your private browsing session.
If you're coming from Chrome in Android to Safari then you have to re-learn a few things to get into incognito browsing mode in iOS 15 and iPadOS. But interestingly, Chrome for iOS and iPadOS works in the same way as its Android counterpart.
Which browser you end up using it entirely your choice though. Both offer similar functionality but you get more cross-platform syncing features especially if you stick with Chrome.
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How to use safari private browsing on an iphone or ipad.
Browse the web without leaving a local record on your iPhone or iPad with Private Browsing mode. Here's how to use it.
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Sometimes, you'd like to check a website without leaving a record of it on your iPhone or iPad. Luckily, Safari includes a Private Browsing mode just for this purpose. Here's how to use it.
While using Private Browsing mode on your iPhone or iPad, Safari will not save your your browsing history, AutoFill form information, changes to cookies, and recent searches when you close each Private Browsing window.
However, Private Browsing mode does not protect your browsing history from the host of your network (such as your business or school), your ISP, or websites that might use your IP address to track you across sites .
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First, open Safari. If you don't see the toolbar at bottom of the screen, tap once to reveal it. Then tap the "New Window" button. It looks like two squares overlapping each other.
You'll see a window management screen with a list of thumbnails representing all your open browser windows. On this screen, tap the "Private" button in the lower -left corner.
Private Browsing Mode is now enabled. Tap on the plus (+) button at the bottom of the screen to open a new Private window.
From there, you can type in any address you want in the bar at the top or navigate by tapping on your favorites. In Private mode, you can use Safari as you usual, but it won't keep a local record of what you're doing.
When you're done and want to exit Private Browsing mode, tap the "New Window" button again, then tap the "Private" button in the lower-left corner. You will switch back to non-Private mode.
Keep in mind that switching back does not close your Private Browsing windows. To get rid of your Private Browsing windows, you will need to enable Private Browsing mode again and click the "X" on the upper left corner of each window thumbnail until they all disappear.
Private browsing on the iPad works the same as on the iPhone, but the buttons that enable it are in different locations on the screen. To activate Private Browsing, first launch Safari. If you don't see the toolbar at the top of the screen, tap anywhere once to reveal it. Then tap on the "New Window" button in the upper-right corner.
On Safari's window management screen, tap the "Private" button in the upper-right corner.
After Private Mode is enabled, tap the plus (+) button in the toolbar to add a new window. From there, you can operate Safari as usual.
If you want to exit Private Browsing on an iPad, just tap the new button window again (the two overlapping rectangles) and tap "Private."
But be aware: if you just switch out of Private mode, Safari will keep your Private windows open in the background until you launch Private Browsing mode again. If you want to get rid of all of your Private Browsing windows, switch back to Private mode, tap the New Window button, and close each window with the small "X" in the corner of each thumbnail. Happy browsing!
How to Go Incognito in Safari on iPhone, iPad & Mac
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3. Tap Done or the “+” button to open a new private tab in Safari.
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2. Tap [numbers] Tab to exit private browsing mode in Safari on iPhone.
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3. You will know that you’re browsing privately in Safari as the address bar will turn dark or black, and the buttons also turn black (instead of blue).
How to Exit Incognito Mode in Safari on iPad
How to Go Incognito in Safari on Mac
1. Open Safari and click on File in the menu bar at the top.
How to Make Incognito the Default Mode in Safari
If you are a privacy-concious user, you can choose to always start Safari in incognito mode for private browsing. When you do this, Safari is going to open a private window by default on your Mac. Here’s what you need to do:
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How to enable private browsing on safari in ios 15.
By following these simple steps, users can easily enable private browsing on Safari for iPhones that have been updated to iOS 15 and above.
Apple made several changes to Safari in iOS 15, and among these was the way iPhone users can enable private browsing. Understandably, people were puzzled when the ability to switch to a private tab seemingly disappeared on their browsers. The good news is that private browsing is still easily accessible on Safari, although the option is even more hidden now than it was on iOS 14. A private or incognito tab lets users surf the internet without saving their browsing history. It also prevents the browser from saving any fields that might be filled in and is a handy feature to hide search history on a shared device.
With iOS 15, Apple completely redesigned its Safari browser . The most significant design change was the address/search bar, which was moved from its usual place at the top of a tab to the bottom. Fortunately, Apple offers the ability to go back to the old design through the settings menu. Apart from this, Safari also got new features such as customizable tab groups and the ability to swipe between tabs. Unfortunately for Apple, the release of iOS 15 was also riddled with bugs. Safari in particular was susceptible to a major security vulnerability, which allowed hackers to view users' browsing history via the browser's IndexedDB API. This issue was quickly fixed with the release of iOS 15.3.
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On iPhones running iOS 15 , there are two ways to enable private browsing on Safari. The easiest way to open a new private tab is by long-pressing the Tabs button ( two overlapping square icons) located at the right end of the address bar. From the pop-up that appears, click on "New Private Tab." An alternative way to open a private tab is by tapping once on the Tabs button. On the button that says "1 Tab," click to expand the view, tap on "Private" and then "Done."
Using Private Tabs On Safari
When private browsing is enabled on Safari, the color of the address/search bar changes to let users know they're in incognito mode. If an iPhone has the light mode enabled, the address bar in a private tab will change from white to gray. On the other hand, if it's using dark mode, the address bar switches from gray to black. As per Apple, in Private Browsing Mode, Safari won't remember the pages visited, search history, or even any autofill information after the tab is closed. Apple also doesn't keep cross-site tracker statistics in this mode. This adds another layer of security to Safari's existing anti-tracking protection.
While private browsing on an iPhone running iOS 15 , clicking on the Tabs button displays all of the open private tabs at a glance. After this, users can tap the "x" icon on each tab to close the ones they no longer require manually. Alternatively, long-pressing on "Done" brings up the option to close all open private tabs at once.
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You can browse the internet privately on your iPhone too
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
To go incognito on iPhone, follow these steps:
- Open Safari
- Tap the Tabs button in the bottom right corner of the screen
- Tap Private
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:
- Open your browser
- Tap the three-dot icon located at the bottom or top right of your screen
- 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.
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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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How To : Safari's Private Browsing Mode Just Made Your Private Tabs Way More Private on iOS 17
Private Browsing mode finally lives up to its name in Apple's huge Safari 17 update for iPhone, iPad, and Mac. So whether you search for things you don't want anybody to know about or want to ensure websites and trackers aren't eavesdropping on your activity, you'll want to update your devices pronto.
By default, each tab in Safari's Private Browsing mode on iOS, iPadOS, and macOS is its own environment, isolated from your other tabs, so websites can't track your activity from the current tab to another session. You also won't see any recent private searches suggested when performing new searches in other tabs.
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Private tabs do not sync with iCloud, so they won't show up on your other Apple devices, and they won't work with Handoff or show downloaded files in Safari's downloads list. Once you close a Private Browsing tab, Safari forgets the pages you visited, your search history, your AutoFill information, and any new cookies or website data from the session.
But incognito browsing in Safari has even more protection available with the iOS 17 , iPadOS 17 , and macOS 14 Sonoma software updates. Here's everything you get with the new for-you-eyes-only browsing experience:
1. Face ID, Touch ID, or Password Protection
Safari's Private Browsing mode is now protected behind biometric authentication or your device passcode or password. So whenever you switch to Private Browsing from regular browsing or return to it from another app or window, you'll need to authenticate yourself using Face ID or Touch ID on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac.
If the biometrics scan doesn't work or your device is not equipped with biometric protection, you can use your device's passcode or password instead.
While it's more useful on iPad and Mac, devices frequently shared between family members or housemates, it can also ensure no one can access your locked incognito tabs on your iPhone whenever someone borrows it or hacks into it.
If Private Browsing is not locked on your device or you want to disable it, you can quickly turn it on or off.
- On iPhone/iPad: Go to Settings –> Safari –> Privacy & Security, toggle on or off "Require Face ID to Unlock Private Browsing" or "Require Touch ID to Unlock Private Browsing," and confirm with Face ID, Touch ID, or your passcode. ( Shown below. )
- On Mac: Go to Safari –> Settings –> Privacy, then check or uncheck "Require Touch ID to view locked tabs" or "Require password to view locked tabs."
2. A Separate Search Engine
You could already change Safari's search engine on iPhone, iPad, and Mac, but now you can choose separate search engines for regular and private browsing.
For example, you may like Google as your regular search engine, but you may want something like DuckDuckGo, which does not build user profiles and aims to prevent online tracking, as your search engine for Private Browsing mode. This can make Private Browsing even more private.
- On iPhone/iPad: Go to Settings –> Safari –> Private Search Engine, then choose the one you want. ( Shown below. )
- On Mac: Go to Safari –> Settings –> Search, click the browser next to "Private Browsing search engine," and choose the one you want.
You can choose between "Use Default Search Engine" or any available search engine, including Google, Yahoo, Bing, DuckDuck Go, and Ecosia. If you have additional languages installed on your device, you may see other options, such as Baidu, Sogou, Yandex, and 360 Search.
3. Protection Against Extensions That Access Page Content
Before, any Safari extensions you had turned on for regular browsing also applied to Private Browsing mode. Now, "extensions that inject scripts or can read information about the pages [you visit]" are disabled by default in Private Browsing mode on iOS 17, iPadOS 17, and macOS 14 Sonoma, according to Apple.
In contrast, content blockers and other extensions that don't access any content on webpages are allowed in Private Browsing mode by default. This is because they don't pose any additional privacy or security concerns.
4. Customization Options for Extensions
As you could probably guess from the previous section, Safari 17 now lets you toggle extensions on or off for Private Browsing mode without affecting their status in regular browsing mode. So if you ever want to turn on an extension that Safari automatically disabled for Private Browsing, you can do that. And you can turn off any extension in Private Browsing you don't want or need when searching incognito.
- On iPhone/iPad: Go to Settings –> Safari –> Extensions, tap an extension, and toggle the "Private Browsing" switch on or off. ( Shown below. )
- On Mac: Go to Safari –> Settings –> Extensions, click on an extension, and toggle "Private Browsing" on or off.
When an extension is completely disabled, you won't be able to turn it on for Private Browsing alone. But when enabled on your "Personal" profile , you can turn it on or off for Private Browsing and any of your other profiles .
5. Automatic Tracker Blocking on Websites
Safari 17 has more advanced tracking and fingerprinting protection. In Private Browsing mode, it completely blocks known trackers from loading on pages.
6. Automatic Removal of Tracking IDs in Links
Safari 17 also includes Link Tracking Protection automatically for Private Browsing. Link Tracking Protection disables known tracking parameters appended to URLs that websites use to monitor your movements across the web and build profiles on you. For example, it may turn this:
To ensure it's enabled for Private Browsing, follow the applicable instructions below.
- On iPhone/iPad: Go to Settings –> Safari –> Advanced –> Advanced Tracking and Fingerprint Protection, then choose either "All Browsing" or "Private Browsing." ( Shown below. )
- On Mac: Go to Safari –> Settings –> Advanced, click "in Private Browsing" next to "Use advanced tracking and fingerprinting protection," and change it to "in all browsing" or "in Private Browsing."
Link Tracking Protection is an improvement in privacy, for sure, but it's not going to stop all marketing companies as there are ways to bypass parameter removals.
Other New Safari Features Also Work in Private Browsing
While the above features improve privacy when using Private Browsing mode, you can also use many of the other new features Safari has to offer when browsing incognito. Features that work in regular browsing that also work in Private Browsing include speedier Tab Group switching, faster and more relevant search suggestions, the new screen reader, and more.
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How to Turn on Incognito Mode in Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Safari and Opera
Incognito mode doesn't block or mask your IP address but it does prevent a browser from recording session data
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- Turn on Incognito Mode in Google Chrome
- Use InPrivate Browsing in MS Edge
- Turn on Private Browsing in Firefox
- Enter Incognito Browsing in Apple Safari
- Open a Private Window in Opera
- Frequently Asked Questions
This article explains how to turn on incognito mode for private browsing in the five most popular browsers.
Incognito mode prevents a browser from recording session data but it doesn't block or mask your IP address. To do that, you need to use a VPN, a proxy server, or the Tor Browser.
How to Turn on Incognito Mode in Google Chrome
While surfing the web incognito in Google Chrome, the browser doesn't save your history or other private data. To open a private browsing session in Chrome, follow these steps:
Select the Chrome Menu (three vertical dots) from the upper-right corner and then select New Incognito Window .
Alternatively, from the Chrome menu, select File > New Incognito Window . Or, press Ctrl + Shift + N (Windows) or Command + Shift + N (Mac).
A window opens, explaining the Chrome Incognito mode.
To open a link in an Incognito window, right-click it (or press Control + Click on a Mac), and then select Open Link in Incognito Window .
To exit Incognito mode, close the browser window or tabs.
To activate Chrome Incognito Mode on an iOS device , tap Menu > New Incognito Tab . On an Android device, tap More > New Incognito Tab .
How to Use InPrivate Browsing in Microsoft Edge
The Microsoft Edge browser in Windows 10 allows incognito browsing through the InPrivate Browsing function.
Open the Edge browser and select the More Actions menu (three dots).
Select New InPrivate Window .
On a Windows computer, use the Ctrl + Shift + P keyboard shortcut to enter an InPrivate Browsing window quickly.
A window opens, explaining the Edge InPrivate Browsing mode.
To open a link in the Edge InPrivate Browsing mode, right-click it (or press Control + Click on a Mac) and select Open in InPrivate Window .
To enter InPrivate Browsing mode in Edge on an iOS or Android device, select the Tabs icon and then tap InPrivate .
How to Turn on Private Browsing in Firefox
Incognito browsing in Mozilla Firefox is called Private Browsing mode. Here's how to activate the feature:
Select the Firefox Menu (three vertical lines), and then choose New Private Window .
A Firefox private browsing window opens.
To quickly open a Firefox Private Browsing window, press Shift + Command + P on a Mac or Control + Shift + P on a Windows PC.
To open a link in Private Browsing mode, right-click it (or press Control + Click on a Mac), then choose Open Link in New Private Window .
To enter Firefox Private Browsing mode on an iOS device, tap the Tabs icon at the bottom of the screen, and then tap the Mask icon. On an Android device, tap the Mask icon at the top of the screen.
How to Enter Incognito Browsing in Apple Safari
Safari is the default browser for macOS. Here's how to enter the Safari Private Browsing mode:
Open Safari on a Mac.
From the menu bar, select File > New Private Window .
Press Shift + Command + N to quickly open a private browsing window.
A window opens with a darker search bar and a message that Private Browsing is enabled.
To open a link in a private window in Safari on a Mac, hold the Option key and right-click the link (or hold the Control and Option keys and select the link), then choose Open Link in New Private Window .
How to Open a Private Window in Opera
The Opera web browser's incognito mode is called Private mode. Here's how it works:
Open Opera on a PC or Mac.
To quickly open a private window in Opera, press Ctrl + Shift + N on a Windows PC or Command + Shift + N on a Mac.
A window that explains Opera's Private mode appears.
To open a link in Private mode in Opera, right-click it (or press Control + Click on a Mac) and select Open in New Private Window .
To enter Private mode in the Opera iOS mobile browser, tap the More (three horizontal lines) menu and select Private Mode .
Private browsing prevents other users from seeing your internet history. It also blocks websites from tracking your online activity with cookies . Therefore, you're unlikely to see online ads related to websites you visit during private browsing sessions.
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How to Go Incognito on Mac, iPhone or iPad
Incognito mode — known as Private Browsing in Safari — lets you browse the internet without your computer storing any traces of where you’ve been. Safari won’t log your history or store any cookies from a private browsing session. Learn how to activate Private Browsing in Safari on macOS and iOS, then find out how to enjoy true online privacy with a dedicated secure browser.
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While Safari’s Private Browsing (incognito) mode won’t keep you completely anonymous — for example, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and employers can still see what you’re up to — it will keep your activity private if you share your device with other people.
Usernames, passwords, and other data crumbs aren’t saved on your device when you browse in Private Mode. Read on to learn how to go incognito in Safari on Mac, iPhone, and iPad.
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How to access incognito mode in Safari on Mac
To open a private browsing window in Safari — that is, to go incognito on Mac — use the keyboard shortcut Command + Shift + N ( Ctrl + Shift + N on Windows). Or, open Safari, select File in the task bar, and click New Private Window . Find more detailed steps below.
How to go incognito on Mac
Here’s how to enable “incognito mode” on Safari if you’re using a Mac.
With Safari open on your Mac, select File from the top menu bar, and then choose New Private Window . You can also input the keyboard shortcut Shift + Command + N .
Safari will open a new Private Browsing window. You’ll know that you’re browsing privately based on the black background and Safari's confirmation.
Any tabs that you open within this Private Browsing window will function as individual private sessions — Safari won’t share any browsing data between private tabs.
How to always browse privately in Safari for Mac
You can also set Safari to open Private Browsing windows by default. Here’s how:
In the top menu bar, choose Safari , then select Preferences . You can also input the keyboard shortcut Command +, .
In the General tab, click the Safari opens with menu and choose A new private window . This setting means that Safari will open with a Private Browsing window whenever you start Safari.
If you don’t see this option available, here’s what to do:
Click the Apple icon in the top-left corner of your screen and open your System Preferences .
Click General .
Confirm that Close windows when quitting an app is checked.
You should now be able to set Safari to open with a Private Browsing window as described above.
How to open a link in a private window
Sometimes you may want to open a link directly in a private window. To do so, right-click on the link and select Open Link in a New Private Window .
How to turn off incognito mode on Mac
When you’re done browsing privately, simply close the window to exit Private Browsing. Click the little red circle in the top-left corner to disable Private Browsing and go back to normal browsing.
If, for whatever reason, you want to keep your Private Browsing window open but browse normally on a new tab, simply switch to a normal browsing window. If you don’t have one currently open, click File , then select New Window . You can also input the keyboard shortcut Command + N .
Why can't I open a private tab on Safari?
When you use private mode, Safari creates a completely new browser session with different settings that prevent any browsing data from being stored. That’s why you need to open a completely new Private Browsing window. It’s not possible to mix private and normal tabs within the same browsing window , since they operate with different settings.
But, you can always run multiple private tabs within the same private window. Simply press Command + T to open a new private tab while you’re in a private window, just like you would in normal browsing mode.
How to access incognito mode on Safari on an iPhone
Opening up Private Browsing or “incognito mode” on an iPhone is just as easy as it is on a Mac, and you’ll enjoy all the same benefits. Safari won’t store any local session data on your iPhone, nor will it sync anything from your private session to iCloud.
Here’s how to activate Safari’s Private Browsing on iPhone.
How to turn on Private Browsing on iPhone
Open Safari on your iPhone and tap the new page icon in the lower-right corner.
Tap Private in the lower-left corner.
Tap the + symbol or tap Done to begin browsing in private mode.
You’ll know that you’re in Private Browsing mode because Safari will look darker than it usually does.
How to remove Private Browsing on iPhone
To turn off Private Browsing, just repeat the same steps as described in the section directly above on turning on Private Browsing. Except that now, when you open a new page and tap Private , you’ll deactivate Private Browsing. Then tap Done to browse the internet normally.
How to access incognito mode on Safari on an iPad
To activate Private Browsing in Safari for iPad, follow the same steps we went through for Private Browsing on iPhone . The iPad and iPhone both use the iOS operating system, so the steps for using Private Browsing are the same on both devices.
What is Safari’s Private Browsing mode?
Safari was the first major browser to introduce a private browsing mode , adding it all the way back in 2005. Private Browsing in Safari works by creating a temporary browsing session — a session is a single use of your browser, from the time you open it to the time you shut it down.
Safari’s Private Browsing mode creates a completely new session for each private tab — or “new private window” — you open. These temporary private sessions are completely isolated from one another as well as from your primary browsing window. That means:
You won’t be signed in to any of your accounts.
Safari won’t store your browsing or Smart Search history, nor will it log the contents of any forms you’ve filled out.
Session data is wiped — and cookies are cleared — when you close your Private Browsing window.
Private browsing modes conceal your internet activity on a local device level , so there won’t be any record of what you’ve done on your computer. Anyone else using the same device won’t be able to see where you went or what you did while you were there. Safari’s “incognito” mode also means that your activity from your private browsing session won’t be logged to your iCloud account and synced to other devices you use.
For these reasons, private browsing is a convenient way to quickly log in and use a shared computer. You can also use private browsing to log in to the same website with multiple accounts at once — one account in your primary browsing window, and other accounts while browsing privately.
How private is Private Browsing on an iPhone or Mac?
While browsing privately on an iPhone or Mac, your IP address is still visible to any website or service you use, and your internet service provider can still see which websites you’re visiting. The same goes for browsing privately while at school or at work — a private browsing session will still leave your internet activity exposed to your school or employer.
While Private Browsing mode preserves your privacy on your device , it won’t conceal your behavior or protect you against identity theft , help you hide your IP address , or prevent advertisers (or other third-parties) from tracking your activity online. And, crucially, it won’t stop websites from using browser fingerprinting techniques to identify you with a remarkable degree of accuracy. For true privacy online, you’ll want to consider two other options: a secure browser and a VPN.
Secure browsers are web browsers built with specific features to protect your privacy and enhance your security online. Avast Secure Browser features a built-in password manager that lets you securely create and store unique passwords for all your accounts, while the Hack Check feature will alert you if any of your passwords have been exposed or compromised.
Plus, Avast Secure Browser protects you against web tracking by blocking ads, cookies, and other types of online trackers — and it even stymies advanced browser fingerprinting techniques.
VPNs , or virtual private networks , encrypt your internet connection and hide your IP address from websites and services you use. Since a VPN encrypts your traffic all the way from your device itself, your internet activity will remain hidden from anyone on your network as well as from your ISP. Avast Secure Browser for iOS and Android conveniently includes a free, built-in VPN.
Do other browsers have an incognito mode?
Though the name might vary from browser to browser, most modern browsers permit private browsing. Like in Safari, private browsing in Firefox is simply called Private Browsing . If you want to browse privately in Google Chrome , you’ll be going Incognito , and Microsoft Edge’s private mode is known as InPrivate . With Avast Secure Browser, you’ll be using Stealth Mode to browse privately.
All of these private browsing modes function the same way: they all let you browse the internet without your browser storing any of the data (history, login credentials, cookies, and so on) from your session.
Private searching vs private browsing: is there a difference?
There’s absolutely a difference between private searching and private browsing . Private browsing affects the data your browser stores on your computer, but it doesn’t have any effect on what other websites do. A private search refers to using a search engine that doesn’t track you online or log any information about your activity.
Compare Google — which tracks your searches unless you change your Google account settings — to DuckDuckGo, a popular alternative search engine that doesn’t track your queries.
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Powerful anti-phishing technology protects you against malicious websites and downloads that could otherwise steal your personal information or install malware on your device. And with a built-in password manager, webcam protection, an automatically encrypted connection to any website, and even a free mobile VPN , Avast Secure Browser ensures that your personal data remains safe from prying eyes.
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Incognito tab on Safari does not work.
My safari app is not working properly, it seems my google chrome has dine something or I have once again been hacked
It appears my incognito tab on Chrome does not work, nor does my Safari… what could be the issue?
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We see you came to us from If Safari isn't loading websites or quits on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch - Apple Support , which has the best steps to help resolve this:
"Connect to a different network
Try to load a website, like www.apple.com , using cellular data. If you don't have cellular data, connect to a different Wi-Fi network and then load the website.
If you're using a VPN (Virtual Private Network), check your VPN settings . If you have a VPN turned on, some apps or websites might block content from loading.
Restart your device
Turn off your device and turn it on again.
- Restart your iPhone
- Restart your iPad
- Restart your iPod touch
Clear website data
You can clear website data occasionally to improve Safari performance.
- Go to Settings > Safari.
- Tap Clear History and Website Data.
- Tap Clear History and Data to confirm.
- Go to Settings > Safari > Advanced.
Get more help
If the issue continues and only affects a certain website or webpage, check if you have Private Relay turned on. You can temporarily turn off Private Relay in iCloud Settings . If Safari still doesn't load websites and you tried all of these steps, contact the website developer for more help."
If that doesn't help, you may want to provide some additional information about the situation.
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How To Go Incognito On Phone: A Comprehensive Guide
Incognito mode, often known as private browsing, provides a way to surf the internet without leaving a trace of your online activity on your device. Whether you’re using an Android or iOS phone, here’s a step-by-step guide on how to go incognito:
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How to Go Incognito on Android Phone
- Open the Google Chrome app on your Android device.
- Tap the three dots in the top-right corner to open the menu.
- Select “New incognito tab.”
- You are now in incognito mode, as indicated by the icon in the top-right corner.
- Launch the Firefox app on your Android phone.
- Tap the three horizontal lines in the top-right corner.
- Select “New Private Tab.”
- You’ve entered private browsing mode.
- Open the Samsung Internet app.
- Tap the tabs icon in the bottom-right corner.
- Select the mask icon labeled “Turn on Secret mode.”
- You are now in Secret mode.
How to Go incognito on iPhone
- Open the Safari app on your iPhone or iPad.
- Tap the two squares icon in the bottom-right corner to open the tabs view.
- Tap “Private” in the bottom-left corner.
- Select “New Tab” to open a private browsing window.
- Launch the Google Chrome app on your iOS device.
- Tap the three dots in the bottom-right corner.
- You are now in incognito mode, as denoted by the icon in the top-right corner.
- Open the Firefox app on your iPhone or iPad.
- Tap the mask icon in the bottom-right corner.
- When using incognito mode, your browsing history, search history, and site data will not be stored.
- However, your activity might still be visible to websites you visit, your employer or school, and your internet service provider.
- Remember that incognito mode doesn’t provide complete anonymity. It’s designed to keep your local browsing private.
Going incognito on your phone can be beneficial when you want to browse without saving your history, passwords, or form data. Whether you’re researching a surprise gift or simply want a more private browsing experience, incognito mode is a useful feature to explore.
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Chrome for iphone, but not android, now lets you have a bottom address bar.
Visually, Chrome on iOS is pretty different from the Android version. That disparity continues to grow today with the new ability to move the Chrome address bar on iPhone to the bottom of your screen.
Chrome already has a split bar design on the iPhone. The URL appears at the top, while a toolbar at the bottom is home to back/forward, New Tab (which you can long-press for various search options (Lens, Incognito, and voice), the Tab Switcher, and a three-dot menu. (That overflow menu opens as a full bottom sheet, while the Tab Grid is also rather different compared to Android.)
In moving the address bar to the bottom, it gets combined with the toolbar, just like post-iOS 15 Safari. While there’s no UI at the top of the screen, you can still pull to refresh.
To change, simply long-press the URL to bring up “Move Address Bar to Bottom/Top.” You can also go to Settings > Address Bar in Chrome 119 . The iOS browser also recently introduced a 1×1 homescreen widget that acts as a shortcut to the Google Password Manager.
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How isn't this a feature in chrome for Android yet? I can't believe how anti-user chrome on Android is compared to literally any other browser. Been using Samsung browser for years now and haven't looked back for reasons just like this.
Google says this has been a “highly requested feature” and is aware that “people prefer different address bar positions depending on the size of their hands and devices.”
Of course, the question now is whether this will ever come to Android. In 2016 , Google started testing a design that simply moved the address bar (with the tab switcher and overflow menu) to the bottom of the screen. In 2018 , Google ended that “experiment” (Chrome Home) for a split toolbar approach ( Chrome Duplex ). That was later renamed to Chrome Duet , but also never launched and abandoned by mid-2020.
In 2021, we learned that Chrome Home was abandoned because “mainstream users” said the redesign “felt disorienting.”
It’s easy to explain this bottom address bar as Chrome’s response to Safari for iPhone. Hopefully, the feedback from iOS owners will result in this change coming to Android as it will greatly help with one-handed usage and reachability.
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