Don't let anyone see what you do in Safari! This is how your private mode works — 2022

When browsing the internet, a lot of information it ends up being stored locally on the device. On many occasions, it is important that all this information is not recorded and the Safari browser has the necessary tools: browsing in incognito mode. We tell you all the details you should know in this way as well as how to activate it in this article.

Private Browsing Mode Features

When activating private browsing on your Mac, iPhone or iPad, you have to take into account what affects your experience. Next, we break down all the characteristics that it can have in this regard.

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One of the main things that can be given to hidden browsing on any device is prevent your web activity from being recorded. Access to all the websites you make while browsing with this mode active will not be recorded in the public web history that you have in your browser. In this way, anyone who wants to know where you have been browsing will not be able to know it in any case.



This allows any user to browse any web page without fear of being found out later. This is where web pages focused on adults mainly come in, although also those related to gifts or trips, avoiding at all times that it is possible to know where you have browsed, especially if you share the device with another person and they are somewhat gossipy.

Cookies and website data

Another feature to take into account is that the cookies and the different data that are stored on the websites will not be registered. This fully affects, for example, the advertisements and it is that when you are browsing in private browsing You will not have content that is personalized to your personal searches. This means that you can go completely unnoticed by these web pages, always by not leaving any type of trace with the visit you have made.

In addition to advertisements, some websites may also use this information to be able to record your interest in certain topics concrete. The clearest example is the websites of travel agencies or airlines that may end up adapting the price of your package to the visits you have made. That is why in many situations it is interesting to activate the hidden navigation mode in order to have the best possible experience.

Permissions granted to web pages

When visiting a web page, it is possible that access to different features of the Mac itself is requested. The most common in these cases is to have access to the notification system so that when there is a relevant update on a website, it ends up giving the notification. necessary information through a notification or even the necessary permissions to access a webcam or the microphone itself.

When these permissions are given on these web pages, this does not end up applying to when they are visited without the hidden browsing mode. That is why when you are in normal navigation you must activate it again in all cases. It also applies in the case totally opposite . When the necessary permissions are given in normal browsing and you want to access the website in question again in private, you must also give the permissions since, as we have previously mentioned, the browsing data is not stored.

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Downloads allowed

Something in which many doubts can be generated is specifically in the downloads that can be made with this active mode. Contrary to what you may end up thinking, in this mode you can carry out any type of download. Keep in mind that although you are browsing in this mode you are running the same risk of downloading content that is not safe s for the device in question.

That is why you always have to be very careful with all the downloads that are made with this mode. In addition, knowing where you have been browsing at all times is also a risk, since these downloads are identical to those made in the classic browsing mode. The only difference is that it will not be present in the list of Safari downloads, being stored only in the corresponding folder.

Disadvantages of browsing this way

Unfortunately, private browsing is not totally perfect and there are some drawbacks to take into account when using this mode, since it does not completely camouflage you from your time on the internet.

Web activity cannot be camouflaged

Keep in mind that browsing in incognito mode means that Safari does not store web history and other data such as cookies locally. But this does not mean that another important information may be visible to the eyes of others. For example, the web pages that you are going to visit with this mode can display the location as well as the activity that you have carried out or also the sites where you log in with your personal account.

In addition, if you are connected to an institutional network, such as at the university, its administrator may also know this information or the private internet service provider that you have contracted in your home. It is important that in this case the location and activity will be stored in the incognito browsing session, but once it is closed in 'normal' browsing this information is not applied.

Some information may still be visible

Both browsing and incognito browsing make use of the same internet connection and for your internet dealer there is hardly any secret. Specifically, websites, the search engine or the internet provider itself can see the IP adress, the activity in a web service, as well as your own personal identity with your own account as we have commented previously.

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You have to be especially interested in the address that can be used to track your location at all times. This means that you cannot go completely unnoticed while you are browsing in this way, being quite limited as we have seen, not being able to go completely unnoticed while you are on different web pages.

Browsing incognito and using a VPN are not the same

There are many drawbacks that exist as we have seen and this means that you can end up doubting the incognito mode. Keep in mind that the mission of incognito mode is not to make you go unnoticed on the website, but rather to prevent data storage. If you were hoping that no one would know your IP address or the location you are in, then you have confused yourself with a VPN.

The VPN service complements this incognito mode in Safari so that no one can know your IP address or camouflage itself in another location. This is the only alternative that can exist to this mode in question for to avoid being tracked while you are browsing Although there are also many problems with free services, these VPN providers can have access to everything you are looking for.

Activating stealth mode on your devices

Once all this is taken into account, you can now activate the hidden mode in the Safari browser of your devices. Specifically, it can be done on iPhone, iPad and also on Mac. We will tell you how to do it below.

Activate on iPhone

In the case of the iPhone, the process is really simple and above all if you are familiar with controlling all tabs that you may have open on your device. The steps you must follow are the following:

  1. Open Safari on the iPhone.
  2. Click on the new page button which is represented as two overlapping squares at the bottom right.
  3. At the bottom click on ‘Nav. Private' and click on 'Ok'.

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Have incognito mode on the iPad

On the iPad you can also activate this mode and although It is very similar to the iOS system the system will change since it is not in the same layout. Specifically, the steps to follow are the following:

  1. Open Safari on the iPhone.
  2. Click on the new page button that is represented as two overlapping squares in the upper right.
  3. At the top click on 'Nav. Private' and click on 'OK.

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Activate on Mac

The Mac is undoubtedly the place where Safari's incognito mode can be used the most, since searching on this device is much more comfortable than on others. Keep in mind that on Mac you can have entire windows that are incognito or just a specific tab. To perform this activation you simply have to follow the following steps:

  1. Open Safari on the Mac.
  2. In the toolbar click on 'File'
  3. Then select 'New private window'.

From this moment on, the window you are using will be in a dark tone, including the upper search bar, which is indicative that you are in this navigation mode, as is the case on iPhone or iPad, where this same tone will indicate that you are browsing incognito.