How to Disable Incognito Mode on Android

Before you start to worry about how to disable incognito mode on an Android device, you need to understand what an incognito mode is in the first place.  Each web browser has an incognito mode that allows users to browse the internet without registering any records.

It also prevents websites from tracking you by automatically deleting cookies as soon as the session ends.  Although the incognito mode is useful in some situations, there are times when you may want to disable incognito mode in Google Chrome for Android.

For example, when you want to closely monitor your children or prevent yourself from watching adult content on an Android device.

Although there are several ways to disable incognito mode on Android and Mac using Terminal, there is no original way to disable incognito mode.  However, you can still use a third-party app called Incoquito.  The app is available on the Google Play Store and costs only $ 1.

How to disable incognito mode on Android
How to disable incognito mode on Android

  Why do you need to use private browsing?

  1. If you want to browse more privately and more safely, switching to incognito mode is the easiest way. With many privacy settings, the browsing process will be smoother.
  2. Find out more secrets. Do you want to download some private videos, but it’s blocked?  Use a special search engine, and you can find more unexpected content in incognito mode.
  3. Untraceable browse history. In incognito mode, not all browsing history and cookies will be saved.  Never worry about seeing your little secrets from others anymore.
  4. Speak anonymously. Do you want to discuss sensitive topics but are afraid of being tracked? Some private browsers provide anonymous support to help you hide your identity information.
  5. Track protection. Sometimes you just want to see the hot chatter, but you find that there are a lot of shopping ads appearing on your web page. Is there a way to prevent spam tracking?  Go to incognito mode and turn on “Do not track.”
  6. High-level encryption. How do you avoid people checking your bookmarks?  Is there a way to quickly exit the browser when someone suddenly approaches?  With more privacy features, privacy-focused browsers such as the Agile Private Browser can help you easily reach higher levels of privacy encryption.

How to use Private Browsing on Android

Use private browsing mode on a shared Android browser (like Chrome &  Firefox).  If you just want to use private browsing sometimes, you can do this easily with the most popular browsers.  Here we take Chrome and Firefox as examples to illustrate how to use it.

How to use incognito mode on Google Chrome

Following the procedure below you will be able to disable incognito mode in your Android phone in the Chrome browser.

  1. Turn on incognito mode
  2. Open Chrome> press the menu button (three vertical dots) in the upper-right corner> New Incognito tab> Done.
  3. Switch between tabs
  4. Click the square icon in the upper left corner> scroll up and down to select Tabs> Done.
  5. Turn off incognito mode
  6. Click the square icon in the upper-left corner> click the three vertical points> close incognito tabs> done.

How to use Private Mode on Firefox

For Firefox users, here is how to disable private mode.

  1. Turn on the special mode
  2. Open Firefox> press the menu button (three vertical dots) in the upper-right corner> new special tab> done.
  3. Switch between tabs
  4. Click the square icon in the upper left corner> scroll up and down to select Tabs> Done.
  5. Turn off the special mode
  6. Click the square icon in the upper-right corner> tap the three vertical points> Close special tabs> Done.

Notice: The bookmarks are not private.  Since these regular browsers have both private and standard modes, bookmarks are also synced in both modes, and others can view them.

How to disable incognito mode in Chrome

Chrome’s Incognito mode removes your browsing history, search history, information entered, and cookies when the window is closed.  Useful when you want to surf anonymously.

However, if you want to know what others have entered on your computer, the incognito mode may cause a problem.  Kids and another user can browse anything in incognito mode, and you won’t know.  For this purpose, here in this article, you’ll learn how to disable incognito mode in Chrome.

Incognito browsing gives you freedom. So you might start visiting websites more frequently, which you wouldn’t dare visit without incognito mode.  Perhaps, for this reason, you might want to remove the incognito mode.  On iOS, Chrome’s private mode cannot be removed.  Whereas, on Windows, Mac, and Android, there are a few methods that you can use to disable incognito.  First, let’s see how to remove it in Windows.

Disable incognito browsing in Chrome on Android without root

To do this, install Incoquito from Google Play.  This is a free app that allows you to completely block access to incognito mode in Chrome for Android version 51.0.2698.0 or later.  The app requires media access in order to work.  Comes with two modes – Prevent tabs from opening and closing tabs automatically (when the screen turns off or after a specific delay time).

We prefer the “Block” tab, which can also display a popup message with custom text that appears when you switch to an incognito mode or the tab.  There is a settings lock option that allows you to set the Pin lock to prevent unauthorized changes.  There is also a one-click toggle switch to enable or disable Incoquito functionality.

After setup, when a new incognito tab opens, Chrome will simply display a popup message (if enabled), and it won’t go into incognito mode.  Chrome’s “Incognito Tab” option usually appears.

  Note: It is recommended that you hide the application or prevent Incoquito from uninstalling to make sure it is running actively.  A paid version of the app is also available with additional features like uninstall detection and prevention, guarding Android settings, blocking access to the YouTube app, and monitoring mode.


There is little doubt regarding the diversity that incognito mode Chrome brings to the table.  It automatically removes your browsing history upon exit, thus frustrating website trackers from getting a bean on you on subsequent visits.  Most importantly, it helps you to browse privately, which is crucial on shared devices.  However, there are several reasons why an incognito mode can be counterproductive.

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