How to Go Incognito or Private Mode on Safari Mac

The private or Incognito browsing mode on Safari allows users to visit websites without Safari remembering the websites that were visited. This is helpful for users who want to keep their browsing history private or avoid seeing advertisements based on past browsing history. 

I am Andreas, and I’m a tech enthusiast and an avid Mac user. When I search the web, and I don’t want my browsing history tracked or saved, I use private mode most of the time when I search on Google.

Step-by-Step Guide on How to Go Private Mode on Safari Mac

There are two methods for going incognito or private mode on Safari Mac.

Method 1: Browse Privately Only One Time

If you want your Safari to browse privately only once, do the following. 

Step 1: Launch “Safari”.

Step 2: Open the “File” dropdown menu and click on the “New Private Window”. This will open up a private window for you to browse safely.

Method 2: Browse Privately by Default

Safari can be set up to open new private browsing windows by default. 

Step 1: Launch “Safari”.

Step 2: Click on the “Safari” menu and select “Preferences”.

Step 3: Go to the “General” tab, click on the “Safari Opens With” menu and choose “A New Private Window”.

That’s it. Simple, right?


Here are some questions related to the topic, I’ll answer them briefly below.

How to Turn Off Incognito or Private Mode on Safari?

 In the Safari program on your Mac, close your private window, click on the red circle icon, and in the File menu, select the new window tab.

Why Safari Won’t Allow me to Open a Private Tab?

Safari starts a new virtual window when you use private mode. As a result, you’ll need to open a new private window by opening a new Private Browsing session. It is impossible to merge regular and private sessions within a single window because they are configured to operate differently. 

Will the WiFi Owner Be Aware of What I Search for?

WiFi router logs are conserved, and WiFi owners can see which sites you have visited, so your WiFi surfing history is nowhere private and secure. Furthermore, WiFi administrators can review your surfing history and even use a network sniffer to look at your private data.


Safari offers a private browsing feature to help you hide your online activity from other people. This is the best way to complete personal purchases, look for responses to tricky inquiries, or avoid making embarrassing discoveries. 

I hope you found this article helpful and that you’ve learned how to browse privately on the web. If you have any questions about this topic, let me know in the comments.

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