How to turn off incognito mode on Android

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Learn how to turn off incognito mode on Android. This is a step-by-step guide to turning off incognito mode and disabling private browsing

As a guardian, I understand the concern of parents who lend their phones to their kids but want to monitor their online activities.

If you are using an Android device and want to disable incognito mode to keep an eye on your kids’ online behavior, you are in the right place.

In this article, we will explore how you can easily disable incognito mode on your Android device, whether it’s possible to disable incognito mode on Android, and what impact it has when you turn off private browsing.

So, let’s jump right in and get started!

How to disable incognito mode on Android

Here is a simple guide on how to disable incognito mode on your Android device:

  1. Open the Settings app on your Android device. You can access it by swiping down from the top of the screen and tapping the gear icon in the top-right corner or by finding the “Settings” app in your app drawer.
  2. Scroll down and tap on “Apps & Notifications” or “Apps” depending on your device’s settings menu.
  3. In the Apps & Notifications or Apps menu, look for the web browser that you use to access incognito mode. It’s usually Chrome, Firefox, or another popular browser.
  4. Tap on the web browser to open its settings.
  5. Next, tap on “App details” or “App info” to access the detailed settings for the web browser app.
  6. In the app details or app info page, you’ll see an option called “Open by default” or “Browser app” depending on your device’s settings. Tap on it.
  7. Finally, in the “Open by default” or “Browser app” settings, tap on “Clear defaults” or “Clear defaults” to reset the browser app to its default settings.

After following these steps, you will have successfully disabled incognito mode on your Android device.

This means that your kids won’t be able to use incognito mode while using the web browser app you just reset.

Can You Disable Incognito Mode in Chrome on Android?

Unfortunately, as of now, there is no built-in option to disable incognito mode specifically in the Chrome browser on Android.

However, by following the steps mentioned above, you can disable incognito mode for the web browser app that you use, which will also apply to Chrome if that’s the browser you use.

What happens if I turn off private browsing?

When you disable incognito mode or private browsing on your Android device, it means that your web browser will no longer allow users to browse the internet without leaving a trace.

This includes disabling features like browsing history, cookies, and search history that are normally not saved when using incognito mode.


Disabling private browsing can be useful for parents who want to monitor their kids’ online activities and ensure they are browsing safely and responsibly.

Disabling incognito mode on your Android device can be a helpful way to keep track of your kids’ online activities.

While there is no direct option to disable incognito mode in Chrome on Android, you can achieve the same result by resetting the web browser app.

This will prevent your kids from using incognito mode and help you monitor their online behavior.

I hope this article has been informative and helpful.

If you have any questions or feedback, feel free to let me know in the comments below. Happy browsing!