Incognito Mode in Chrome removes the browsing history, search history, entered information, and cookies when you close the window. It is useful when you want to browse anonymously.
However, if you want to know what others have accessed on your PC, then Incognito Mode could cause a problem. The kids and another user could browse anything on incognito mode, and you won’t know. For that purpose, here in this article, you will know how to disable incognito mode in the Chrome browser.
Browsing on incognito mode gives you freedom. So you might start visiting websites more often that won’t dare to visit without incognito mode. Maybe, for this reason, you might want to remove the incognito mode. On iOS, it is not possible to remove the private mode in Chrome. While, on Windows, Mac, and Android, there are few methods you could use to disable incognito. First, let’s see how to remove it in Windows.
Disable Incognito Mode in Chrome on Windows
There are two ways you can remove the incognito mode in the Windows OS.
Method 1: Using Command Prompt
To stop the Incognito Mode in Chrome, you need to open the Command Prompt with Administrator rights. To do that, type cmd in the start menu. Then Right-click on the Command Prompt and choose Run as administrator.
Now Copy & Paste the below icon on the Command Prompt and press Enter.
REG ADD HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Chrome /v IncognitoModeAvailability /t REG_DWORD /d 1
Now in a few seconds, you will see “The operation completed successfully”. It means that the Incognito Mode from Chrome has been removed. Restart the Chrome browser and then check, you won’t see the incognito mode there.
If you want to revert and enable the Incognito mode, then run the following command,
REG DELETE HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Chrome /v IncognitoModeAvailability /f
Now you will again start using the Incognito Mode on Chrome.
Method 2: Using Registry Editor
Press Window + R button together to open the run box. Now type regedit in the Run box and click OK or press enter.
Now copy the below path and paste it to the Registry Editor address bar and then press enter.
Now you will reach to Chrome’s policy editor. Now we can perform our desired task. Right-click on the IncognitoModeAvailability and choose Modify.
Then enter 1 in the Value Data field and then press the OK button.
Now close the registry editor and restart the Chrome browser and check, the incognito mode option is gone.
Disabling Incognito Mode in Chrome on Android
Disabling Incognito Mode on Android is a little tough than Windows. There isn’t any option to add commands, and incognito mode is gone. In Android, you can do things, but for that, you’ll need third-party apps mostly. There is an app that disables the incognito mode in Chrome also. Follow the below instructions to disable private browsing on Android Chrome.
Download the Incoquito App from the Google Play Store. This app isn’t free but very cheap. You can get it in just $1.99. There isn’t any trial available, but you can ask for a refund if the app doesn’t work on your device. Google refund the amount if you initiate it within few hours.
Open the app, now Incoquito will ask for notification access. It is required because the app will close the incognito window from the notification area. Click on Continue and then enable the notification access using the toggle button.
You can enable/disable the Incoquito with the help of the toggle button, which is on top. There are also a few useful settings.
The Modes lets you choose between three different options.
- Automatically close tabs- It will close the incognito windows when the screen is locked.
- Prevent tabs from opening- It is the default option, and it will not let any Incognito Mode windows open.
- Monitor incognito use- When selected, it will not close the incognito windows but only tracks the usages.
There is an option to lock the settings so that no one can change it. Also, you can hide the Incoquito app from the launcher, and it will open with either via a webpage or the dialer by entering the secret code. With this option, the kids and other people won’t be able to know why incognito isn’t working.
Disabling Incognito Mode in Chrome on Mac
Disabling the Incognito Mode on Mac is much easier than Windows or Android. You need to enter a command on the Terminal, and that’s it the incognito mode in the Chrome won’t show up. Start the Terminal Window, and you can take help of Spotlight search and then type the following command and press enter.
defaults write com.google.chrome IncognitoModeAvailability -integer 1
Now close the Terminal Window and restart the Mac. That’s it the Chrome’s Incognito Mode is disabled. Open the Chrome to Verify.