[Chrome OS] Incognito mode (browse in private)
For times when you want to browse the web without saving certain info you can use incognito mode in Google Chrome. Here's how incognito mode works:
- Webpages that you open and files that you download while you're incognito aren't recorded in your browsing and download histories.
- All new cookies are deleted after you close all incognito windows that you've opened.
- Changes you make to your Google Chrome bookmarks and general settings while in incognito mode are still saved.
Tip: If you're using a Chromebook, you can use the guest browsing feature as an alternative to incognito mode.
You can have both incognito mode windows and regular windows open at the same time, and switch between the two.
Open an incognito window
- On your computer, open Chrome.
- At the top right, click More New Incognito Window.
- A new window appears. In the top corner, check for the Incognito icon .
You can also use a keyboard shortcut to open an Incognito window:
- Windows, Linux, or Chrome OS: Press Ctrl + Shift + n.
- Mac: Press ⌘ + Shift + n.
Exit incognito window
Incognito mode runs in a separate window from your normal Chrome windows.
If you have an Incognito window open and you open another one, your private browsing session will continue in the new window. To exit Incognito mode, close all Incognito windows.
If you see a number next to the Incognito icon at the top right, you have more than one Incognito window open. To close an Incognito window:
- On your computer, go to your Incognito window.
- Close the window:
Windows or Chrome OS: At the top right, click Close .
Mac: At the top left, click Close .
Information stored by other sites
Browsing in incognito mode only keeps Google Chrome from storing information about the websites you've visited. The websites you visit may still have records of your visit. Also, any files saved to your computer or mobile devices will still remain.
For example, if you sign into your Google Account while in incognito mode, your Google searches will be recorded in your Google Web History. In this case, to prevent your searches from being stored in your Google Account, you can turn off your Google Web History.
Differences on iOS
On Chrome for iOS, due to platform limitation, regular and incognito* tabs share HTML5 local storage, which is typically used by sites to store files on your device (client-side caching) or to provide offline functionality. This means the same sites can always access their data in this storage in both regular and incognito* tabs. Incognito* tabs will still keep browsing history and cookies separate from regular tabs, which are cleared once those tabs are closed.
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Source : Chromebook Help - Browse in private