How to Always Start Any Browser in Private Browsing Mode

Check this guide out if you want to always start any browser in private browsing mode, or you can say Incognito Mode. When you browse the internet privately, your search history, cookies, web pages visited, etc., are not stored by the browser.

Nowadays, everybody wants privacy, so sometimes you prefer to keep others from knowing what you do on your browsers. So, normal browsers usually track all your data like search queries, cookies and others. That’s why you looking for a way to always open your browser in private or incognito mode.

Don’t worry. Now you don’t need to open private mode again and again on your browser. This article will show how you can always start any browser in private browsing or incognito mode by default. We listed browsers such as google chrome, Edge, Apple safari and firefox.

Start Any Browser in Private Browsing Mode

I have covered the detailed steps to start browsing in private mode for all the prominent browser applications used across different operating systems.

1. Enable Private Browsing Mode on Microsoft Edge

  1. Press the Windows key to bring up the search and type Microsoft Edge.
  2. Right-click on the Microsoft Edge icon and select Open File Location.
    open Edge browser file location
  3. Navigate to the application file or .exe file of Microsoft Edge.
  4. Right-click on this file and select Properties [may also use Right-click +Alt Enter]
    edge browser properties
  5. In the Properties dialog box, click on the Shortcut tab.
  6. In the Target field, add the following suffix after a space. -inprivate
  7. Click on Apply > OK to close the dialog box.
    inprivate mode Edge browser

2. Enable Private Browsing on Apple Safari 

  1. Launch the Safari browser.
  2. Click on Safari > Preferences.
  3. Highlight the General tab.
  4. Click the dropdown beside Safari Opens With.
  5. Select the option A New Private Window.

Now, whenever you access Safari, it will open in a private window. If you are signed into the same Apple ID on different devices, you will see the private browsing window open up automatically.

3. Start Chrome Browser in incognito Mode by Default

Chrome is one of the most preferred browsers and offers so many features. Usually, you can start a separate Incognito browsing window by pressing Ctrl +Shift + N.

It won’t start the browser in private mode, though. For that, you have to follow the steps mentioned below.

  1. Press the Windows key to bring up the search and type Chrome.
  2. Right-click on the Chrome browser icon and select Open File Location.
    open Chrome file location
  3. Navigate to the application file or .exe file of Chrome.
  4. Right-click on this file and select Properties [may also use Right-click +Alt Enter]
    google chrome app properties
  5. In the Properties dialog box, click on the Shortcut tab.
  6. In the Target field, add the following suffix after a space. -incognito
    enable incognito mode Chromebook
  7. Click on Apply > OK to close the dialog box.

4. Use incognito Mode on Internet Explorer

Although the oldest among all browsers, Internet Explorer has been retired officially, you could still start the browsing session in private mode. Here are the steps just for the sake of knowledge sharing.

  1. Press the Windows key to bring up the search.
  2. Type Internet Explorer.
  3. Right-click on the Chrome browser icon and select Open File Location.
  4. Navigate to the application file or .exe file of Internet Explorer.
  5. Right-click on this file and select Properties [may also use Right-click +Alt Enter]
  6. On the Properties dialog box, click on the Shortcut tab.
  7. In the Target field, add the following suffix after a space. -incognito
  8. Click on OK to close the dialog box.
  9. Relaunch the browser to start browsing in private mode.

5. Mozilla Firefox Private Browsing Mode

Another popular browsing app Mozilla has an option baked within its settings that allows you to start browsing on a private window. Here is how you can enable it.

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox on your PC.
  2. Click on the menu bar on the right-hand side.
  3. From the menu, select Settings.
    firefox settings
  4. On the left-hand panel, click on Privacy & Security.
  5. Click the drop-down menu beside Firefox will.
  6. Select the option Never Remember History.
    firefox browser enable private browsing mode
  7. Relaunch Firefox to save the changes.

Wrapping Up

That’s all about how to always start any browser in private browsing mode or incognito mode. Remember that even after enabling private browsing mode, your ISP will have a record of your browsing session even though the browser won’t collect any data. So, browse the web wisely.

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