How to Use Private Browsing in Safari on Your iPhone or iPad

Maybe you’d like to checkout a website without leaving a record of it on your iPhone or iPad. Safari includes a Private Browsing Mode that allows you to do this.

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Maybe you’d like to checkout a website without leaving a record of it on your iPhone or iPad. Safari includes a Private Browsing Mode that allows you to do this. Lets explore this Safari feature.

While using Private Browsing Mode on your iPhone or iPad, Safari will not save your browsing history, AutoFill form information, cookie changes and recent searches when you close each Private Browsing window. We will cover this later, but its important to note that you must close each window of your private browsing session.

Private Browsing Mode does not protect your browsing history from the host of your network (such as your business or school), your ISP or websites that might use your IP address to track you.

This is for iPhone and iPad using Safari web browser

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Using Safari Private Browsing Mode

First, open Safari. You should see a toolbar at bottom of the screen, if not, tap to reveal the toolbar.

Next, tap the New Window icon in lower right hand corner. Refer to below image:

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The Safari New Window icon

Your screen will display your open browser windows. Now, tap the Private button in lower left-hand corner. See below image:

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The Safari Private button

Your Private Browsing Mode is now setup. At the bottom of the screen, tap the plus “+” button to open a Private window. Note! You will not see the below screen again as long as your device is logged in, you will just go in or our of Private Browsing Mode. See following image:

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To enter Private Browsing Mode., tap the plus button

From here, you can type in an address or tap on a Favorites. In Private mode, you can use Safari as usual but it won’t track you locally. See below image:

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Your Private Mode Browsing Mode entry screen

Exit Private Browsing Mode

First, you need close each Private window you opened by clicking the “X” in upper left-hand corner.

Now, to exit Private Browsing Mode, tap the New Window icon, then tap the Private button in lower-left hand corner. The Private button will be in reverse color. You will be switched to non-Private Mode Browsing. Refer to below image:

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Exiting Private Browsing Mode

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I am Raymond Oglesby, an Information Technology (IT) specialist with 30 years in the field. I have taught Microsoft Applications and troubleshot computers in 15 countries and many States. My career was focused on mainframes and desktops from application development to implementation. I have written hundreds of programs for various architectures. I decided to start a blog to share my knowledge and experiences with you. I plan on updating this blog at least twice a week about smart phone apps to Windows. Please feel free to leave a Comment or Tweet. I would love to hear from you. Do you have a computer tech question? I will do my best to answer your inquiry. Please mention the app and version that you are using. To help me out, you can send screenshots of your data related to your question.

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