How To Disable Incognito Mode In Google Chrome - Turn Off Incognito Mode In Google Chrome



How to Turn Off Private or Incognito Browsing

Five Methods:

This wikiHow teaches you how to disable the "Private" or "Incognito" feature for certain browsers. As of April 2019, the only browser that natively supports disabling private browsing is Safari iOS, though there is a plugin one can install to limit private browsing in Firefox and you can use the Group Policy Editor to disable Incognito and InPrivate browsing in Chrome and Microsoft Edge, respectively. The second Chrome method works for Windows 10 Home Edition, whereas the first method may not.

Steps

Chrome (Windows)

  1. Consider backing up your PC.Since this method involves editing sensitive components of your computer's operating system, backing up your information before continuing will prevent you from losing your data if your computer crashes.
  2. Go to Google's Chrome policies page.It's located at . From here, you can download files that allow you to tweak the Group Policy Editor settings.
    • If your computer is running Windows Home edition, you will not be able to use this method since the Home edition does not support the Group Policy Editor.
  3. Click theWindows and Linuxtab.You'll see this option near the top of the page.
  4. Click the "Zip file" link.This link's full text says "Zip file of Google Chrome templates and documentation"--you'll find it below the chunk of text at the top of the "Windows and Linux" window. Clicking this link prompts the corresponding file to download to your computer.
    • You may first need to select a save location (e.g., your desktop) and then clickOKto begin downloading.
  5. Double-click thepolicy_templatesfolder.It will be in your browser's default save location (or the location to which you saved it).
  6. Double-click theWindowsfolder.It's inside of the policy folder you just opened, below theCommonfolder.
  7. Double-click .This folder is near the top of the window.
  8. Scroll down and right-click the"chrome.admx" file.It's at the bottom of the window. Right-clicking it will prompt a pop-up menu to appear.
  9. Click .This will copy your file; you'll now need to paste it into the proper directory.
  10. Open This PC.You can do so by typing "This PC" into the Start menu's search bar, or you can double-click the "This PC" icon on the desktop if you have it.
    • On some computers, "This PC" is called "My Computer".
  11. Double-click your hard drive's icon.It's in the bottom-half of the "This PC" window; typically, the hard drive's designation is "C:" (e.g., "OS (C:)").
  12. Double-clickWindows.This folder is near the middle of the window.
  13. Scroll down and double-clickPolicyDefinitions.The folders in this section are alphabetically organized, so just scroll to the "P" section to find this folder.
  14. Right-click an empty space in this folder, then clickPaste.Doing so will paste the "chrome.admx" file into thePolicyDefinitionsfolder.
  15. Switch back to thepolicy_templatesfolder.There is one other file you'll need to copy and paste into a This PC directory.
  16. Scroll up and double-clicken-US.It's toward the top of the page.
  17. Copy the"chrome.adml" file.This file is at the top of the page.
  18. Switch back to This PC.It should still be open to thePolicyDefinitionsfolder to which you copied the "chrome.admx" file.
  19. Double-clicken-US.This folder is at the top of the page.
  20. Paste the"chrome.adml" file intoen-US.You're now ready to disable incognito mode in Google Chrome.
  21. PressWin+R.This will open the Run program.
    • You can also right-click the Start icon in the bottom-left corner of the screen and then clickRunto do this.
  22. Typegpedit.mscinto Run.This command opens the Group Policy Editor program.
  23. PressEnteror click .As long as your computer has the Group Policy Editor program installed, doing so will open the program.
  24. Click the arrow left ofComputer Configuration.This option is on the left side of the page.
  25. Click the arrow left ofAdministrative Templates.It's on the left side of the page, belowComputer Configuration.
  26. ClickGoogle Chrome.It's below theAdministrative Templatesfolder on the left side of the page. Doing so will display theGoogle Chromevalues in the window on the right side of the page.
  27. Double-clickIncognito mode availability.This is an option near the middle of the page. Doing so will invoke a new window with various options.
  28. Click the drop-down menu under "Options" and selectIncognito mode disabled.
    • Be sure to click the radio button next to "Enabled" above the "Options" section if it isn't already selected.
  29. Click .At long last, incognito mode should now be disabled on your computer's version of Chrome.
    • You may have to restart Chrome for these changes to take place. If that doesn't work, try restarting your computer and then re-opening Chrome.

Chrome (Windows 10 Home Edition)

  1. Use this method if you’re running Windows 10 Home Edition.This method edits the Registry and provides a solution on many Windows versions, but won’t initially work on Windows 10 Home Edition. However, if you run Chrome Canary, it will pick up the Registry change and make it work in Chrome as well.
    • You then have the choice to either keep both Chrome and Chrome Canary, or to uninstall one of them.
  2. Consider backing up your PC.Since this method involves editing sensitive components of your computer's operating system, backing up your information before continuing will prevent you from losing your data if your computer crashes.
  3. Hold down theWin+Rto bring up theRunbox.
  4. Typeregedit, then pressEnter.
  5. Navigate toHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE>Policies>Google>Chrome.
    • Note: You will possibly have to create the “Google” and “Chrome” folders manually.To do this...
    • Right click onPolicies, then click on and .
    • Name this new KeyGoogle.
    • Now right click onGoogleand create a new Key and name itChrome.
    • Check that the new Keys appear in the folder list under Policies.
    • If you click onChromethe following file path will appear in the address bar:Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Chrome
  6. Right-clickChromeand select >DWORD 32-bit value.
  7. Give the value a name ofIncognitoModeAvailability.You can copy and paste this text to make sure there are no errors. HitEnter.
  8. Double-click on the nameIncognitoModeAvailability.A box will appear where you can set the value data to1. Leave the Base set toHexadecimal. HitEnteror click .
  9. Restart your computer to activate the Registry change.
  10. Check to see if Incognito Mode is still available in Chrome.
    • Click on the three dots (top right corner). If Incognito Mode is still functioning it will appear withNew TabandNew Window.
    • If Incognito Mode does not appear, you can stop here. Otherwise, you need to continue.
  11. Download Chrome Canary (which is a Chrome developer / test version of Chrome) from .
    • Make sure you note where the file is saved (probably in Downloads).
  12. Install Chrome Canary.
    • Locate the fileChromeSetup.exeand double-click it, then follow any other instructions that pop up.
    • This does not replace your existing Chrome, and the two can be opened side by side.
    • Restart your computer.
  13. Open Chrome Canary from your desktop.This is an orange coloured icon similar to Chrome.
  14. Check that Chrome Canary has recognised the Registry change.Make sure it does not include the Incognito option.
  15. Open youroriginal copy of Chromeand check that it too has recognised the Registry change.Make sure it no longer includes the Incognito option.
  16. Uninstall Chrome Canary if desired.If this method has worked, you can now choose to keep Chrome Canary alongside Chrome, or uninstall one of them. Once you have uninstalled Chrome Canary, your original Chrome should still recognise the Registry change and you will still have Incognito disabled. If you choose to uninstall one you will probably have to open Task Manager and stop all Chrome and Chrome Canary processes, otherwise Windows will keep prompting you to "shut down Chrome" and not allow the uninstall.
    • To do this, hold downCtrl+Alt+Del(all three keys at once) and then select Task Manager
    • Under theProcessestab click onGoogle Chrome.
    • Click onEnd Task(bottom right corner).
    • Proceed with uninstalling Chrome Canary.
    • Press and typePrograms.
    • Click onAdd and Remove Programs.
    • Find and click onGoogle ChromeorCanaryand click onUninstall.

Safari (Mobile)

  1. Open your iPhone's/iPad's Settings.It's a grey app with gears that you'll likely find on the Home Screen.
  2. Scroll down and tapGeneral.This option has a picture of a gear to its left.
  3. Scroll down and tapRestrictions.If Restrictions are already enabled on your iPhone or iPad, you'll be prompted to enter a passcode.
    • If you haven't enabled Restrictions, tapEnable Restrictionsand create a passcode, then skip the next step.
  4. Enter your Restrictions passcode.This passcode may be different than the passcode with which you lock your iPhone or iPad.
  5. Scroll down and tapWebsites.It's in the "ALLOWED CONTENT" group of options just below the groups of switches on this page.
  6. TapLimit Adult Content.This option is near the top of the page. When you tap it, you should see a blue checkmark appear to the right of it.
  7. Tap the "Back" button.It's in the top-left corner of the screen. Doing so will save your changes; private browsing will no longer be an option in Safari.
    • If you're trying to limit another user's access to incognito mode, consider also sliding theInstalling Appsswitch left to the "Off" position. This option, which is in the second group of switches on the "Restrictions" page, will prevent other users from downloading different browsers (as well as any other apps).

Microsoft Edge

  1. PressWin+R.Doing so will open the Run utility, from which you can run the program that allows you to disable Microsoft Edge's InPrivate Browsing.
    • You will not be able to disable InPrivate Browsing on Windows 10 Home edition.
    • You can also right-click the Start icon in the bottom-left corner of the screen and then selectRunfrom the ensuing pop-up menu.
  2. Typegpedit.mscinto the search bar.Make sure you spell it correctly and don't add any spaces.
  3. Click .Doing so will open the Local Group Policy Editor.
    • If you aren't on an Administrator account, you may not have this option.
  4. Click the arrow left of theComputer Configurationfolder.This folder is in the left-hand pane of the Local Group Policy Editor window.
  5. Click the arrow left of theAdministrative Templatesfolder.You may first have to scroll down to find it.
  6. Click the arrow left of theWindows Componentsfolder.You may need to scroll down before doing so.
  7. Click theMicrosoft Edgefolder.Doing this will display the folder's contents in the pane on the right-hand side of the window.
  8. Double-click theMicrosoft Edgefolder on the right.This will open the folder.
  9. ClickTurn off InPrivate browsing.It's near the top of the folder's contents.
  10. Click the radio button next to "Enabled".This enables the "Turn off InPrivate browsing" setting, which--counterintuitively, perhaps--disables InPrivate Browsing.
  11. Click .Doing so will save your changes. Now anyone using Microsoft Edge on this computer or any networked computers won't be able to activate InPrivate Browsing.

Firefox (Desktop)

  1. Open the Firefox browser.Firefox is a blue app with an orange fox encircling it.
  2. Go to the "Disable Private Browsing Plus" plugin page.You can find it at .
  3. ClickAdd to Firefox.Doing so will prompt a pop-up menu in the top-left corner of the page.
  4. ClickInstall.It's in the pop-up menu.
  5. ClickRestart Now.Firefox will install the plugin, close, and then restart; once this process is complete, you will no longer be able to access private browsing.
    • You will first need to clickStart in Safe Modeif prompted to do so.
    • This plugin disables history deleting.
    • You also won't be able to delete bookmarks with this plugin active.

Community Q&A

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    How do I turn off private browsing on my iPad?
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    Community Answer
    If you choose "Limit Adult Content," under Settings/General/Restrictions/Websites it will not allow the history to be cleared until it is changed back to "All Websites."
    Thanks!
  • Question
    How can I block an Android device from my Netgear router?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Create a private network passcode, or limit the bandwidth allocation on outgoing data, adjustable by IP.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    How do I turn off private browsing on an Android device?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Close the private tab on your device. The first tab is under the options on the bottom left.
    Thanks!
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  • To remove the Firefox plugin, delete and re-install Firefox on your computer.

Warnings

  • Most browsers don't support disabling of private or incognito browsing. Your best course of action when attempting to prevent unauthorized private access is to install a set of parental controls that can monitor Internet use while in incognito/private mode.

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