How to Turn On Private Browsing in Safari for iOS

You don't have to store browsing data, history, or cookies on iOS

Sign with a checkbox selected on private and left open on public, representing private browsing

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When Private Browsing is activated, Safari doesn't save browsing history, cookies, or local user data. Here's how to open a Private Browsing session in Safari iOS for iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch devices.

How to Turn on Private Browsing in Safari for iOS

Private Browsing does not withhold data from your internet service provider or the websites that you visit. It only prevents local data (that is, information stored on your device) from being saved.

  1. Open Safari. On the iOS home screen, select the Safari icon.

  2. Select the Tabs icon, indicated by two overlapping boxes in the lower-right corner.

  3. At the bottom of the screen, select Private.

    Safari iOS Private Browsing
  4. To open a new tab select the + icon. You are now in Private Browsing. Safari will not save any browsing history, cookies, or other user data during your session.

  5. To return to standard browsing mode, select Private so that the white background disappears.

Pages that were visited during Private Browsing close when you return to standard browsing mode, but these pages return the next time you open Private Browsing. To exit the pages permanently, navigate away from the page while in Private Browsing, or select the X icon found in the upper-left corner of the tab you want to close.