How to Use Incognito Mode in Google Search on iPhone and iPad

Incognito Mode is a common feature in web browsers that allows you to use the web somewhat anonymously. On an iPhone or iPad, if you are using the Google app as a web browser instead of Safari or Chrome, you can browse in Incognito.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
October 6, 2021

Incognito Mode is a common feature in web browsers that allows you to use the web somewhat anonymously. On an iPhone or iPad, if you are using the Google app as a web browser instead of Safari or Chrome, you can browse in Incognito.

The Google app for the iPhone and iPad offers an all-in-one experience. All of the searching and browsing results happens within the app. It’s essentially a mini-browser of its own but you may not want your activity recorded. Let’s setup this feature.

This is for iPhone and iPad

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First, open the Google app on your iPhone or iPad. Use Apple’s Spotlight Search (your first screen) to locate the app if you can not find it on your Home page or App Library. Refer to below image:

Search 1
Accessing Google app

Next, tap your Profile icon in the top right-hand corner. See below image:

Search 2
Accessing your Profile

Now, select Turn on Incognito from the drop-down menu. See following image:

Search 3
Enabling Incognito

Next, you will see a screen saying you are in Incognito Mode . You can now do searches and browse the Internet without the activity being saved to your account. Refer to below image:

Search 4
In Incognito Mode

To reset Incognito Mode, return to the Google App’s home page and tap the Turn Off button. See below image:

Search 5
Turn off Incognito Mode

And that’s it. Just like Incognito Mode in a browser, your search and browsing history will not be saved to your account. This is a nice little trick to know if you find yourself using the Google app like a browser a lot.

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