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How to disable incognito mode in Chrome on Windows, Android and iOS [Safari]

How to disable incognito mode in Windows, Android and iOS

All browsers have an incognito browsing mode that enables users to browse the web without generating a record of their online activities on the computer they are using. It also stops websites from monitoring or tracking you, expires all logged in sessions on the computer automatically and does not store cookies.

In some situations, it is helpful. You cannot deactivate incognito browsing by default, however, to avoid this restriction, you can use other hacks. This is how incognito mode can be disabled in Chrome on Windows and Android.

Windows

You have to edit the Windows registry, which requires access to the administrator account or its login credentials if you want to disable incognito mode in Chrome. If not that, there is a second way to disable incognito through the Command Prompt. It requires a single line command and is an easy process but also involves administration access or permissions.

Using Registry Editor

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Chrome

Close the Registry Editor and restart Chrome. If everything is done right, there will be no option to launch Chrome in incognito mode.

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Using Command Prompt

REG ADD HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Chrome /v IncognitoModeAvailability /t REG_DWORD /d 1

You will see a message that says ‘The operation completed successfully’, close cmd and open Chrome, you will find the Incognito mode disabled.

REG DELETE HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Chrome /v IncognitoModeAvailability /f

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Android

Disabling Incognito mode in Chrome on Android is a task. It cannot be done natively and requires third-party applications to be disabled. These free apps stop Chrome from opening new incognito tabs and hence doesn’t let you use them.

Here’s how to disable Incognito Mode in Chrome on Android

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iOS

We couldn’t find anything good enough to suggest you to restrict the access of incognito mode on Safari in iOS. But if you’re looking to limit access to certain websites for someone else using your iPhone/iPad or on your kid’s device, we’ve got you covered.

If you select Limit Adult Websites, the device will automatically disable access to websites that Apple has tagged adult. You can also manually add websites that can’t be accessed.

If you’re looking to allow only a few websites on the device — say on your kids’ iPad — you should choose Allowed Websites only. Using this option, you’ll have control over which sites can be accessed on the device as you manually control the list of sites.

Also read: How to remove data that websites store on your iPhone or iPad?

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