How to Activate Private Mode on Dolphin Browser for iOS Devices

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Open the Dolphin Browser App

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(Image © Scott Orgera).

As you surf the Web with Dolphin Browser for iOS, remnants of your browsing session are stored locally on your device for a number of purposes. These include loading pages faster during subsequent visits and allowing you to log in to a site without having to re-enter your credentials. Aside from the obvious advantages, having this potentially sensitive data on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch could pose privacy and security risks -- especially if your device were to end up in the wrong hands.

One way to combat these inherent risks is to browse the Web in Private Mode whenever you want to avoid having certain data saved on your Apple device. This tutorial describes Dolphin Browser's Private Mode as well as how to activate it.

First, open the Dolphin Browser app.

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Private Mode

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(Image © Scott Orgera).

Select the menu button, represented by three horizontal lines and circled in the example above. When the submenu icons appear, select the one labeled Private Mode.

Private Mode has now been activated. To confirm this, select the menu button again and ensure that the Private Mode icon is now green. To disable it at any time, simply select the Private Mode icon a second time.

While browsing in Private Mode, several of Dolphin Browser's standard features are disabled. First and foremost your personal data such as browsing history, search history, Web form entries, and saved passwords are not stored. In addition, browsing history and open tabs are not synchronized across devices using Dolphin Connect.

Browser add-ons are disabled in Private Mode, and need to be manually activated if you wish to use them. If you have opted to reopen previously active tabs upon startup, this functionality is also disabled in Private Mode.

Finally, some other items such as keyword search suggestions are unavailable while Private Mode is active.