Summary: Incognito mode is a privacy protection. It is also called private mode or private browsing. Here will introduce what can incognito do when going incognito on Mac and how to go incognito in Chrome, Safari and Firefox on Mac respectively.

Browsing web page is a daily activity almost all of you will engage in. You search music, movies or other contents in browsers on your Mac. Perhaps you don't want others know what you've searched online and keep your data private. If so, I think you may need to go incognito on Mac so that the browsers will not remember where you've been online and not record your searching information.


So, what can incognito mode do and how to go incognito on Mac? This guide will show you the answers.

Incognito mode, or Private browsing, is a privacy protection in some web browsers. Under incognito mode, you can browse the web without saving your browsing history on your computer locally. What's more, it will delete cookie data when you close the window and won't track your browsing data.




What Happen When You Go Incognito on Mac

When you visit a web page, cookies required by the website will store your browsing data. What's more, any searches or forms that are filled out may also be stored on your computer. However, if you go incognito on your Mac, all these information will not be stored.

When using a private browsing window, iCloud is not able to store the web pages you open. It won't remember where you've been online and any files you've downloaded from the pages, but your downloaded files are still in your computer. Also, you will not find your browsing history on other iOS devices that your Mac is synced with, such as iPhone, iPad and other Macs. This also protects your privacy when you share your Mac with others, preventing them from knowing what you've searched online.

Web pages you visit and your AutoFill information aren't saved.


How to Go Incognito in Google Chrome on Mac

As one of the major web browsers in the world, Google Chrome does offer this feature. In Chrome, it is much easier to protect your privacy. Here's how to go incognito on Mac in Google Chrome.


Step 1Open Google Chrome in a new window on your Mac.

Step 2Then click on Chrome’s main menu button, represented by three dots in a vertical line and located in the top right corner of the browser window.

Open Incognito Window on Chrome

Step 3When the drop-down menu appears, select "New Incognito Window". (keyboard shortcut Command + Shift + N)

A new window will open and there is a icon on the left of the main menu button, which indicates that you have gone incognito in Chrome.


Go Incognito on Chrome

It is possible to switch between incognito windows and regular chrome windows. To stop incognito browsing simply close the window by clicking the cross.


How to Open Incognito Window in Safari on Mac

Like other web browsers, Safari keeps a record of your browsing history, including every page, every password, every picture and email. You may desire to keep your data private. To do that, you need to turn on private browsing in Safari on Mac. 


  • Open Safari on your Mac and go to the top menu. 

  • Go to File > New Private Window from the menu bar. (keyboard shortcut Shift + Command + N) 

 Open Private Browsing on Safari

A new Safari window will open, symbolized by a darker address bar. And Safari will also indicate that this is a private browsing window under the address bar.


Go Private Browsing on Safari

How to Turn on Incognito Mode in Firefox on Mac

Firefox also allows you to use a private window. To make Firefox safe, follow the steps below. 

  • Click the Firefox menu, three short horizontal lines, at the top right of the website. 

  • Select New Private Window. (You can also use the Ctrl + Shift + P  shortcut) 


Open Private Window on Firefox

The mask locates in the top right of the website indicates that you are in a private window.


Go Private Browsing on Firefox

Clear Browsing History on Mac

If you forget to go incognito on your Mac, you can also protect your privacy by cleaning browsing history in Chrome, Safari, Firefox or other web browsers. Here, I would recommend you the top Mac cleanup utility, MacMaster (fully support Mac OS X 10.11 or above) by FonePaw. It has a fast speed not only to scan web history but also to clean them up to keep your privacy. And all browser's data, such as auto-fill values, HTML5 storage, cookie data, search history and more on your Mac can be checked and you can select what you want to be scanned and cleaned. 

The following step-by-step guide will lead you to clean browsing history in Chrome, Safari, and Firefox on your Mac with MacMaster.


Step 1Launch MacMaster on your Mac and select Privacy in the left side menu.

Step 2Click the Scan button and then web history in all your web browsers will show up

Privacy Homepage

Step 3Click the checkbox to choose one browser's history or click Select All for one-click clean.

Step 4Then click Clean and click Confirm when a box for confirmation pop up. And the process will begin.

Privacy Chrome


With this guide, you can successfully go incognito on your Mac and clean browsing history to protect your privacy. And if you would like to try MacMaster, you can download the software for a free trial.


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What's your thought on private browsing on Mac? Any comment is welcome here.