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How to Disable Incognito Mode on Android?

Written by, Nikola Dimovski

Updated July, 20, 2023

If you often lend your kids your phone but still want to keep tabs on what they spend their time on while online, you might want to disable incognito mode on your Android. 

In this blog post, we’ll look at how to disable incognito mode on Android devices, whether you can disable incognito mode in Chrome on Android, and what happens when you disable private browsing.

Let’s dive in.

How to Disable Incognito Mode on Android?

Exiting incognito mode on Android devices is fast and easy, but it may take you a couple of minutes if you’re looking for a way to turn off incognito mode on an Android entirely.

How to disable incognito on Android for yourself

If you don’t want to disable the feature entirely and are only looking for a way to end the private session, then all you need to do is close the incognito tabs that you had opened. 

When you open an incognito tab on your mobile browser, a notification will pop up asking if you want to exit incognito. Depending on the browser, the message will say ‘Close all Incognito Tabs(Chrome) or ‘Close all Private Tab(Edge).’

You can also turn off incognito mode by tapping on the notification in the notification bar, once you’re done with the session. 

How to turn off incognito for your children

If you don’t want your children to browse in a private mode, then you’ll want to disable incognito mode completely.

Here’s how you can remove incognito mode on Android devices:

  • Google Family Link (Parental Control)

The Google family link (Parental Control) tool lets you create a Google account for your child and set restrictions.

You don’t have to disable incognito mode on Chrome on Android or remove the incognito option for your child once you set up an account for them via Parent Control since Google accounts for children don’t have access to incognito mode.

The company will automatically disable incognito for Android when the account is created.

Remember that even if you use the incognito mode, the wifi owner can always see what has been searched on the net.

  • Third-party apps

Many third-party apps can block incognito on Android on the Google Chrome browser app. 

They don’t necessarily remove incognito mode from the Google app but will block the first several attempts to access it and eventually ask for a password, in case an adult is trying to access private browsing on Android.

You can find and download these apps that can turn incognito off in Google’s Play Store or the App Store.

If you’re planning to remove incognito mode on your phone with an app, make sure you lock that app with a password and prevent your child from downloading other browsers. 

Alternatively, you can always get a antivirus service that has a parental control feature

If you’re looking to  disable the incognito mode app:

  1. Go to Google’s Play Store.
  2. Type the name of the app in the search bar. 
  3. Download and install it. 
  4. Set it up.
  5. Hide the app from the screen.

If you want to turn incognito mode off with the Incoquito app:

  1. Open the Play Store.
  2. Look for the app in the search bar. 
  3. Download and install it. 
  4. When you open the app, tap on Mode, and the app will let you choose what happens once an incognito tab is opened on Chrome. The options are:
  • Auto-close: The app will automatically close all the tabs in private browsing on Android when you turn off the screen.
  • Prevent – The app won’t allow anyone to open an incognito window on the phone.
  • Monitor – The app will allow incognito browsing but will keep a separate log of your overall activity. 

The paid version of the Incoquito app also comes with additional options such as Android settings guard, uninstall detection and prevention, block access to YouTube, and a monitoring mode.

  • Use a browser that doesn’t support Incognito mode

If downloading and installing extra apps seems like too much of a hassle, you can opt for a browser that doesn’t offer private browsing at all. 

Bottom Line

Today’s world of technology has a lot to offer, but it also brings a lot of potential issues that you might want to look out for, especially when it comes to your children. If they use your phone, you might want to learn how to disable incognito mode on Android, to make sure you have some control over their online activity. 

My name is Nikola, and I’m an SEO Specialist and a tech enthusiast. I graduated from the Faculty of Economics, the department of E-Business Management. My experiences go from implementing ERP Solutions, CRM practices, and finally, on-page and off-page SEO. I take pride in staying ahead of the curve when it comes to SEO and keeping up with the latest changes to search algorithms. I love experimenting with new strategies and testing the results to see what works best. Outside of work, I enjoy tinkering with new tech gadgets and exploring the latest apps and software programs.