A lot of folks love the incognito mode, InPrivate browsing or Private Window as the case may be, but it’s funny that you could get into a private browsing mode and you may find it difficult to get back to normal browsing mode.
For some other guys, they want to permanently disable private browsing so they can monitor their kids. This way, their browser history is intact so they could advise them appropriately if their kids fail in certain areas of life by the using the internet wrongly.
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In this tutorial, you are basically going to learn all the approach to disable incognito mode in Chrome for Windows 10 or Windows 7. The procedure here will also guide you to disable incognito mode in Chrome for Mac users.
extra bonus in this guide explains the steps to permanently disable incognito mode for Chrome in Android devices.
So, let’s get straight at it.
Disable Incognito Mode In Chrome: What Works (Windows Users)
The practical steps examined below are specifically for Windows users. If you are not a Windows user, you should proceed to the next step where your platform is listed. If it is not listed, drop a hint on the comment area and we will find a way around it and update this article if appropriate.
Alright, Windows users – here is how to disable private browsing in Chrome browser:
- Press and Hold the Windows Key, then hit the “R” key.
- You will see the Run box dialog at the bottom-left area of your display.
- Type “regedit” without the quotes and hit the Enter key.
- Go to “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE” > “SOFTWARE” > “Policies” > “GOOGLE” > “CHROME”.
- When you get to “Chrome”, right-click on it and select “New” > “DWORD 32-bit value”.
- Name the value “IncognitoModeAvailability”.
- Set the value data “1”.
- Restart your Windows PC.
For some reasons, you may have to create a “Google” and “Chrome” folder when you get to step 4 if the folders have not been automatically created.
Disable Incognito Mode In Google Chrome: Mac Users
For Mac users, simply follow the steps below to get started immediately.
- Finder > “Go” > “Utilities”.
- Access the Terminal application.
- Type the text below without the quotes and hit the Enter key.
- “defaults write com.google.chrome IncognitoModeAvailability -integer 1”
- Reboot your Mac.
When your Mac has restarted, the option for Incognito Mode in Chrome will no longer be available. You have successfully and permanently disabled Incognito Mode in Chrome Browser.
Nevertheless, if you want to revert back to the original settings and enable he Incognito Mode in your Chrome browser is to perform the same guides, step after step and change the value “1” to “0”, then restart your PC or Mac.
For Android users, there is currently no specific working method that will produce accurate result. We are still looking for ways to make this happen, although Google has blocked several requests. Whatever happens in future and Google eventually make the option available on Android, we’d be the first person to let you know.
We have come to the end of this guide, I am sure it worked for you, if you don’t get any positive result, do not hesitate to drop a comment. Cheers