How to Use Google Search in Incognito Mode on iPhone and iPad

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“Incognito mode” is a common feature of web browsers that allows you to use the web somewhat anonymously. On an iPhone or iPad, if you use the Google app as your web browser instead of Safari or Chrome, you can browse in incognito mode. Here’s how.

The Google app for iPhone and iPad offers an all-in-one experience. All search and browsing results happen within the app. It’s basically a mini-browser that includes Discover, but you might not want your activity recorded.

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First, open the Google app on your iPhone or iPad. Use Apple’s Spotlight search to locate the app if you can’t find it on your homepage or app library.

Tap the Google app on your home screen.

Next, tap your profile icon in the upper right corner.

Now select “Enable Private Browsing” from the drop-down menu.

Select "Enable Private Browsing" from the menu.

A banner at the top of the screen will say “Incognito mode is on”. Now you can search and browse the internet without the activity being saved to your account.

User interface in incognito mode.

To turn off incognito mode, return to the Google app home page and tap the “Turn off” button.


Press the "Switch off" button.

That’s all we can say about it! Just like incognito mode in a browser, your search and browsing history will not be saved to your account. This is a good little trick to know if you use the Google app a lot as a browser.

To keep your information in order without as much manual entry, check out Google’s automatic deletion options.

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