How to turn on private browsing in Safari, Chrome, Internet Explorer and Firefox

There may come a time where you would like to hide your search history, location or identity online. Whether you’re secretly searching for a present, or would prefer not to leave breadcrumbs of your activity in a public place, there are some easy ways to remain anonymous online.


The private browsing feature on many web browsers saves the hassle of deleting all your search history, cookies, and associated forms and passwords.

Here’s a quick guide on how to activate it on the most popular browsers.



On desktop, simply click the File menu at the top, and select ‘New Private Window’. You know you’re using Private Browsing as the address and search field are dark and the text is white.


On iPhone, click the tabs button and select Private to open a new tab.



On a PC, click the menu on the top-right and click on the ‘New incognito window’.


On mobile, click the three dots and select ‘New incognito tab’


Internet Explorer

Click the new tab button and you’ll notice at the bottom an option called “Start InPrivate Browsing”. This will open a new window for you to privately browse with.



Click the menu option on the right hand side that looks like three bars. Then click the ‘New Private Window’ icon with a mask. You’ll notice this little mask in the tab that you’re now using.


With all of these browsers it’s all possible to right-click any link and choose a new private browsing window too.



If you have any more questions about online anonymity, please comment below.