Many people use incognito mode or private browsing features in their web browsers to hide their online activity from others. However, this can also pose a challenge for parents, employers, or anyone who wants to monitor or filter the content that is accessed on their devices.
In this article, you will learn how to disable incognito mode in popular browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and Safari. By doing so, you can prevent users from bypassing your content filtering and traffic monitoring settings and ensure a safer and more transparent browsing experience.
Considering other privacy features like guest mode
In addition to incognito mode, we also recommend disabling other similar features that some browsers provide.
For example, some browsers, like Google Chrome, sync browser settings and browsing history to user profiles.
This means that a user can add a new profile and potentially gain access to something similar to incognito mode. Although there are better ways to monitor websites visited on your WiFi network, checking browser history is one of the easiest.
Disable Incognito Mode on Windows
If you are using a Windows computer, you may want to disable incognito mode for different browsers such as Chrome and Microsoft Edge. The easiest way to do this is using the Command Prompt application and entering commands that customize your browsing experience.
In this section, we will show you how to disable incognito mode on Windows for each browser step by step.
How to disable incognito mode in Google Chrome on Windows 10/11
How to disable private browsing in Microsoft Edge for Windows 10/11
Disable Incognito mode on Mac
If you are using a Mac computer like a Macbook, you can disable incognito mode for popular browsers like Google Chrome, Safari, and Microsoft Edge. The fastest way to do this is using the Terminal application and entering commands that customize your browsing experience.
In this section, we will show you how to disable incognito mode on MacOS for each browser step by step.
How to disable incognito mode in Google Chrome for MacOS
How to Disable Private Browsing in Safari
It’s not possible to disable Apple’s Safari browser private browsing features using Terminal like we did for Google Chrome and Edge.
Instead, there are two approaches to disabling private browsing in Safari:
- Enable Screen Time parental controls to block adult content . This will remove the private browsing option in Safari.
- Disable Safari entirely and use Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge with their private browsing features disabled.
How to Remove Safari Browser from MacOS
Disable InPrivate Browsing in Microsoft Edge on MacOS
Disable Browser Privacy features on Managed Mac
If you have set up a managed MacOS device External link icon , you can enforce disabling these privacy features so that a user cannot re-enable them.
Disable Incognito mode in Google Chrome on a managed Mac
On a managed Mac device, it is much easier to enforce browser settings using a device manager. A good example of a device manager is iMazing, which allows you to custom-configure a device.