How to Disable Incognito Mode In Chrome Browser


As we all know, incognito mode is a shortcut to keep your browsing data out of the browsing history. For some strange reason, some of you may want to remove the incognito mode feature of google chrome. The latest version of Chrome doesn’t offer a direct solution to turning off incognito mode. For the same reason, you will have to sneak into the software innards of the computer to perform the task.

Disable Incognito mode In Chrome

We have got two different methods to remove incognito mode from the Google Chrome browser on your computer. You can check both of them from below, read both of these carefully and follow the one which you like the most.

Method 1: Using Registry Editor

The system registry contains information about how a Windows computer runs and the registry editor accounts for making changes in the same data. You can follow the steps given below to disable Chrome incognito mode using it.

  • Step 1: First, you have to simultaneously press Win key+ R to get the run dialogue box (alternatively, you can search for Run in the search field on the start menu).
  • Step 2: Once you get the box, you need to type Regedit into the field and hit enter. At this step, you may be asked to provide the process with the admin privileges. Just hit enter to get the registry editor on the screen.
run regedit on windows
  • Step 3: Have a look at the left panel of the registry editor window. Then, follow HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Policies > Google > Chrome.
  • Step 4: Here, what you should do is creating a new dword with the name IncognitoModeAvailability. Make sure you keep its value as 00000001. Don’t forget to ensure that you created the new “dword” into the path given in the third step.
Using Registry Editor

Step 5: Now, you have to restart the Chrome browser if you have it on the opened state. Even if the incognito mode is visible after restarting the browser, just rebooting the computer will do the trick.

Method 2: Using Incognito Gone

Incognito Gone is a small utility you can use to remove private surfing modes from internet browsers. Download the EXE file from the Incognito Gone webpage. As you run the application, you will see the options to disable incognito on three different browsers (Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Mozilla Firefox). Choose the Disable button right next to Google Chrome and you are done.

Incognito Gone is the best solution if you want to get rid of private browsing altogether from your computer. But you should know that users can still access the same in other lesser-known browsers like Opera, Safari, Maxthon, Vivaldi, etc..

Bonus Tip: Remove Chrome Incognito Mode from Mac

  • Are you a macOS user? Then, you won’t find any of the above two methods useful for you. Don’t worry we have a workaround for Mac users too. So, just follow the steps given below.
  • Step 1: Open the Finder and choose to Go>> Utilities.
  • Step 2: You can see the terminal there. Just open it up.
Open Utilities from Finder

Step 3: To disable the private browsing mode on Chrome, you need to enter the following specific command into the terminal interface and hit enter. defaults write IncognitoModeAvailability -integer 1 Step 4: Finally, restart your Mac machine.

Mac Utilities

Wrapping Up

I hope you know how to disable Chrome incognito mode on both Windows and macOS now. Do you find this useful? Have you experienced any difficulties trying to follow the steps given above? Just drop a comment below. I will try to reply to your comment as soon as possible. Thanks for reading, Have a great day.

1 thought on “How to Disable Incognito Mode In Chrome Browser”

  1. None of these options, including the unmentioned option of gpedit.msc and chrome template, seem to work anymore on the new version of Chrome 59. Are there any other solutions?


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