Let’s quickly go through – how to turn off private browsing mode on iPad and iPhone and what it really is.

To get out of Incognito mode on iPad in Safari, click on the group tab on the top left corner and switch from “Private” to “Tabs” Section. If you want to close the Incognito tabs, go back and close them.

Below, you will find a step-by-step guide with screenshots.

What is Private Browsing Mode(Incognito)?

Let’s discuss this phantom menace, the private browsing mode. It’s a stealthy tool that keeps your internet shenanigans on the down-low.

It won’t save your browsing details, the pages you visit, your search history, or your AutoFill information. In short, it’s like browsing in Incognito mode on steroids! It’s mainly used to appear as a new user on a website. It also won’t appear in browser history, and no one will know what you did.

Incognito Mode in Safari

Let me show step-by-step how you can enable and disable incognito mode(private browsing mode) on your iPad in Safari browser, which happens to be the most popular and safest browser for iPads.

How To Turn Off Private Browsing on iPad in Safari

“But how?” I hear you cry. Fear not, my digital adventurers, here’s a step-by-step guide on how to turn off private browsing mode on your iPad:

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1. Tap the Tabs button.

2. Tap “Private” to show the Tabs Groups list.

3. Tap on the [number] Tabs at the top of the Tabs Groups list.

Boom! You’re out of private browsing mode. Wasn’t that a breeze?

Here’s a YouTube short video that shows exactly how to disable and enable incognito mode on iPad in Safari Browser:

What Now?

And just like that, you’re back in the realm of regular browsing. Now, your browsing details, pages visited, search history, and your AutoFill information are back to being saved.

Your Safari address bar will revert to its usual white or gray, and those buttons will return to their comforting blue.

How To Turn On Private Browsing Mode in Safari

“How did I end up here?” You might be asking yourself. Well, entering the world of private browsing on your iPad is as easy as pie. 

1. Open Safari.

2. Touch and hold the Tabs button (left corner)

3. Tap “New Private Tab”.

Now you’re in private browsing mode! You can tell because the Safari address bar looks black or dark instead of its customary white or gray. And those buttons? They’re black too, instead of the standard blue. 

But don’t worry, it’s not a trap. You can always get out. 

Incognito Mode in Google Chrome

Each browser is a little different. Here’s how to enable and disable private browsing on Google Chrome.

Enable Private Browsing in Google Chrome

  • Open Google Chrome
  • Click on the “Tabs” button
  • Click on the “Incognito button”
  • Click on the “plus button”

Now you are browsing Google Chrome in private browsing mode.

Disable Private Browsing in Google Chrome

If you can see the incognito icon in the URL bar that means you are still in private mode to leave it:

  • Click the “Tabs” button
  • Click “X” on the tabs or just switch back to the normal mode by clicking the middle button on the top of the toolbar

Related: How To See and Delete Google History on iPad & iPhone

Why Would You Leave Incognito Mode?

Great question! While private browsing can be useful (like when you’re shopping for a surprise birthday gift), there are perks to regular browsing.

For example, your browsing history and autofill data are saved, making it easy to return to the pages you love or fill out online forms. Plus, your open tabs and browsing data are shared across your devices signed in with the same Apple ID.

Wrapping Up

So, there you have it! All the tricks you need to enter and exit private browsing mode on your iPad are now at your fingertips.

Remember, every time you find yourself stuck in private browsing, just follow the exit signs to return to regular browsing. Stay tuned for more techy tips and tricks.

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I'm a writer and editor in iPads & Android Tablets, Windows Tablet section. I'm passionate about technology, especially about tablets. I'm on a mission to assist people in discovering their ideal tablets. In addition, I'm dedicated to producing helpful how-to guides and sharing top-notch tips and tricks. In my early carrier I founded and became and editor at worldoftablet and have been a guest author at many other tech blogs. In wolfoftablet I'm focusing on iPads, Tablets, Apple Pencil, Apps, Reviews, Buyers Guides and Tablet Accessories. In free time I like to play games on my PS5 or iOS.