Learn how to use private browsing mode on your computer, phone, or tablet’s browser.
When you set your browser to private, any browsing data like cookies, search history and passwords, won’t be saved to your device when you’re done. It’s handy when using public computers or someone else’s device. This way, you can protect your information from strangers.
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How you turn on private browsing depends on what browser you’re using. Select your browser from the options below to find out more.
To open a private browsing window in Safari on a Mac:
You can now use the new private window to browse without saving any browsing data. Find out more about Apple browsing in private mode.
To open a private browsing page in Safari on an iPad or iPhone:
When you turn on private browsing, the browser will be black or dark, rather than white or grey.
To open a private browsing tab in Chrome on your Android phone or tablet:
This will open a new private browsing tab. Look out for the icon in the top corner.
You can open a private browser in Microsoft Edge in one of the following ways:
You can then use your new browser window for private browsing.
To open a private browsing window in Mozilla Firefox:
You can use the new window to browse, safe in the knowledge that none of your data will be saved.
To open a private browsing window in Opera:
You can now use the new window to browse privately, and your data won’t be saved to your device.
For internet explorer, you can open in Private browsing window by Selecting tools and the inPrivate browsing.
To confirm private browsing is on, you will see the word inPrivate beside your address bar.