Google Chrome: Turn on the Incognito Mode

Incognito mode is the way to privately browse online offered by all major web browser platforms. Obviously, Google Chrome offers this mode, and it can be activated easily.

This article will show you how to open a new incognito window in Google Chrome, so you can browse online without leaving any traces.

In this guide, you’ll find:

  • Incognito Mode: General Information
  • Opening a New Incognito Window on Google Chrome
  • New Incognito Window: Shortcut
  • Turning Off Incognito Mode on Google Chrome
  • Conclusion

Incognito Mode: General Information

Like many other web browsers, Google Chrome gives you the option to open incognito windows. When you turn on incognito mode in Google Chrome, you start a private browsing session. During this session, you’ll be able to surf the net without leaving any traces on your computer. In simpler terms, if you’re using someone else’s laptop to check your bank account or to visit some private and confidential web pages, incognito mode will allow you to browse privately on Chrome, and automatically gets rid of all web pages you visited from “History”.

As outlined by Google, Chrome won’t save the following information:

  • Your browsing history
  • Cookies and site data
  • Information entered in forms

However, you must be aware that your activity might still be visible to:

  • Websites that you visit
  • Your employer or school
  • Your internet service provider

Opening a New Incognito Window on Google Chrome

If you want to enable incognito browsing on Google Chrome, first you will need to open a new incognito window. Don’t worry, this sounds more complicated than it actually is. In fact, it’s a very quick and simple procedure.

First, start a new Google Chrome session. Then, click the three dots at the top right of Google Chrome screen.

After clicking the three dots, a new dropdown menu will appear on screen. You want to click “New Incognito Window”.

A New Tab will show up on your screen. It will look like a normal Google Chrome window, but darker. You’ll notice a little symbol on the left of the Tab’s name. It looks like a hat and a pair of glasses. It means that the incognito mode is on. Keep an eye on the top panel of your Chrome window. The symbol will be there the whole time, showing that you are browsing privately successfully.

New Incognito Window: Shortcut

As with every feature offered by Google Chrome, there’s a quick combination of keys that allows you to open an incognito window quickly.

In this case, all you’ve got to do is start a new session on Google Chrome.

Then, press Ctrl+Shift+N. A new incognito window will appear on your screen, and you’ll be able to browse privately.

Turning Off Incognito Mode on Google Chrome

Turning off the incognito mode on Google Chrome is the quickest and easiest thing. In fact, all you have to do is close the session by hitting the cross on top right of your screen, as with shutting any other software on your computer.

Once your Incognito session has ended, the Incognito symbol won’t appear in the top panel anymore.


We’ve just shown you how to activate incognito mode on Google Chrome. Incognito mode can play a crucial role when you’re sharing your device with other people but want to hide your activities. In fact, it allows you to browse privately and delete all trace of your searches at the end of your session.