How to Turn Off Private Browsing on Safari

In Short
  • To close a Private Browsing window on Mac, use the Command + W shortcut.
  • If you want to close all private Safari windows, go to Menu Bar > File > Close All Windows.
  • On an iPhone, tap on tab icon > swipe left on tabs to close them, or long press on a tab and select specific tabs to close.

Safari calls its incognito mode Private Browsing and, just like on other browsers, it helps you hide away your browsing history and cookies. However, if you are new to the Apple experience and are trying to wrap your head around the ins and outs of the preloaded Safari browser, knowing how to use Private Browsing is a must. While we do have a dedicated guide on how to go into Incognito in Safari, here’s one to let you in on how to turn off Private Browsing. Let’s take a look!

Turn Off Safari Private Browsing on Mac

Starting off with the Safari browser for Mac, just like Google Chrome’s PC app, it allows you to create separate Incognito windows. Now, you can choose to either close specific such windows and tabs or close all of them at once. Here’s a rundown of it all:

Close Individual Private Browsing Windows and Tabs

  1. Navigate to any Private Safari window and click on the tabs icon at the top right.
Google Chrome tab icon on macOS
  1. This will open an overview of your opened Safari Private tabs.
  2. Here, you can simply click on the small X icon at the top of each of these tabs to close them.
Closing Incognito Chrome tabs on Mac
  1. Alternatively, when on a Safari Private Browsing window, use the Command + W shortcut to instantly close the window and all of its tabs.

Now, if you want to get rid of all the clutter at once and close all your Private windows and their tabs, take a look at the section below!

Close All Private Browsing Windows and Tabs

  1. When on a Private Browsing window on Safari, drag your mouse to the very top to reveal the Chrome toolbar.
  2. From here, navigate to File > Close All Windows. This will close all your Safari Private windows and tabs.
Closing all Incognito Windows at once on Chrome for Mac
  1. Alternatively, you can use the Command + Option + W shortcut to carry out the same action.

Turn Off Safari Private Browsing on iPhone

On iOS, instead of getting to open multiple Private Browsing windows, you can open as many tabs as you want. Now, once opened, the Safari app for iOS lets you get rid of either one tab or clear all tabs. If you’re looking to do either of those, take a look at the dedicated sections below:

Close Individual Safari Private Browsing Tabs

  1. Head over to any private browsing tab on your iPhone’s Safari and tap on the tabs icon at the bottom right.
  2. In the tab overview, simply tap on the small X icon at the top of each of these tabs to close them. Or, you can simply swipe left on the tabs to close them.
  3. You can also long press on any tab and select Close Other Tabs to keep that specific tab open and close the rest.
Closing Incognito tabs on Chrome for iOS

Close All Safari Private Browsing Tabs

  1. Head over to your tab overview again and, here, long press on any tab.
  2. Then, tap on Select Tabs and select all the opened tabs individually by tapping on them.
  3. Once done, tap on Close at the bottom and hit Close X Tabs to clear it all in one go. Here X is the number of tabs currently open.
Closing multiple Private Browsing tabs on Safari on iPhone

And, that’s how you can turn off Incognito Mode, aka Private Browsing on Safari. While that brings us to the end of this guide, you can check out our dedicated guide on how to disable Incognito Mode completely on all major browsers. If there are any other queries, do take to the comments down below!

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