How To Open a Private Web Browser

When you browse privately or enter 'incognito mode', your web browser does not store your browsing history, cookies, site data, or other personal information, providing a level of privacy and anonymity.
03.04.24 Charles Griffiths

What is a Private Browser and Why Use It?

A private browser is a mode of browsing the web that does not store your browsing history, cookies, cache, or other data on your device. This can help you protect your privacy, avoid unwanted ads, and access content that might be blocked by your network or location. A private browser can also prevent other users of your device from seeing your online activity, which can be useful if you share your computer, phone, or tablet with others.

How to Open a Private Browser on Different Devices

The steps to open a private browser may vary depending on the device and the browser you are using. Here are some common ways to open a private browser on different devices:

  • On Windows or Mac, you can use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+N (for Chrome, Opera, or Edge) or Ctrl+Shift+P (for Firefox or Safari) to open a new private window.
  • You can also click on the menu icon (usually three dots or lines) on the top right corner of your browser and select:
    • “New incognito window” (for Chrome)
    • “New private window” (for Firefox or Safari)
    • “New window with VPN” (for Opera)
    • “New InPrivate window” (for Edge)
  • On Android or iOS, you can tap on the menu icon on your browser and select:
    • “New incognito tab” (for Chrome)
    • “Private” (for Safari)
    • “Private Browsing” (for Firefox)
    • “InPrivate” (for Edge)

You can also switch between normal and private tabs by tapping on the tab icon on the bottom of your screen and selecting the mask icon (for Chrome, Firefox, or Edge) or the two overlapping squares icon (for Safari).

  • On other devices, such as smart TVs, gaming consoles, or streaming devices, you may not have the option to open a private browser. However, you can try to clear your browsing data after you use the web browser by going to the settings or options menu and selecting “Clear browsing data”, “Clear history”, or similar options.

How to Open a Private Browser on Specific Browsers

In this section, we will provide more detailed instructions on how to open a private browser on some of the most popular browsers: Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Opera, and Mozilla Firefox.

How to open a private browser in Google Chrome

To open a private browser on Google Chrome, follow these steps:

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click the menu icon (three dots).
  3. Select New incognito window.
  4. A new window will appear with a grey incognito icon in the top right corner.
  5. You can also use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+N to open a new incognito window.

To close a private browser on Google Chrome, follow these steps:

  1. On your computer, close the incognito window.
  2. You can also click the menu icon (three dots) and select Close all incognito windows.

How to open a private browser in Microsoft Edge

  1. To open a private browser on Microsoft Edge, follow these steps:
  2. On your computer, open Edge.
  3. At the top right, click the menu icon (three dots).
  4. Select New InPrivate window.
  5. A new window will appear with a blue InPrivate icon in the top left corner.
  6. You can also use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+N to open a new InPrivate window.

To close a private browser on Microsoft Edge, follow these steps:

  1. On your computer, close the InPrivate window.
  2. You can also click the menu icon (three dots) and select Close all InPrivate windows.

How to open a private browser in Internet Explorer

To open a private browser on Internet Explorer, follow these steps:

  1. On your computer, open Internet Explorer.
  2. At the top right, click the menu icon (gear icon).
  3. Select Safety and then InPrivate Browsing.
  4. A new window will appear with a blue InPrivate icon in the address bar.
  5. You can also use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+P to open a new InPrivate window.

To close a private browser on Internet Explorer, follow these steps:

  1. On your computer, close the InPrivate window.

How to open a private browser in Opera

To open a private browser on Opera, follow these steps:

  1. On your computer, open Opera.
  2. At the top right, click the menu icon (O icon).
  3. Select New window with VPN.
  4. A new window will appear with a blue VPN icon in the address bar.
  5. You can also use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+N to open a new window with VPN.

To close a private browser on Opera, follow these steps:

  1. On your computer, close the window with VPN.
  2. You can also click the menu icon (O icon) and select Close all windows with VPN.

How to open a private browser in Mozilla Firefox

To open a private browser on Mozilla Firefox, follow these steps:

  1. On your computer, open Firefox.
  2. At the top right, click the menu icon (three lines).
  3. Select New Private Window.
  4. A new window will appear with a purple mask icon in the top right corner.
  5. You can also use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+P to open a new private window.

To close a private browser on Mozilla Firefox, follow these steps:

  1. On your computer, close the private window.
  2. You can also click the menu icon (three lines) and select Close all private windows.

How to Close a Private Browser

To close a private browser, you can simply close the window or tab that you are using. This will automatically delete any data that was stored during your private browsing session. You can also close all private windows or tabs at once by clicking on the menu icon and selecting “Close all incognito windows” (for Chrome), “Close all private windows” (for Firefox or Safari), “Close all windows with VPN” (for Opera), or “Close all InPrivate windows” (for Edge). On Android or iOS, you can also swipe up on the private tabs to close them individually or tap on the menu icon and select “Close incognito tabs” (for Chrome), “Close Private Tabs” (for Firefox), or “Close all InPrivate tabs” (for Edge).

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