You can use incognito mode if you don’t want the history on your Chromebook to be saved. In addition, this feature can also be handy when you’re using the browser on someone else’s laptop.
Incognito mode can be a good solution for private web browsing. However, it does not erase all traces of your activity. The websites you visit still receive your and your ISP’s data. So if you’re worried about privacy, incognito mode won’t work.
However, the incognito mode does have some positive aspects. For example, if you want to make a gift for your loved one and don’t want them to know that you were looking for something.
So, here’s how it works.
How to turn on an incognito mode on Chromebook
If you want to turn in an incognito mode on your Chromebook, you have to follow these steps:
- First, open the Chrome web browser on your Chromebook.
- Then click on the three dots icon at the top right corner of the screen.
- Select the New Incognito window from the drop-down menu. Alternatively, you can press the Ctrl + Shift + N key combination to open a new incognito window.
- Finally, this is what the incognito window does look like.
Once you have completed these steps, you will open the new tab in incognito mode on your Chromebook.
What is the incognito mode in more detail?
Incognito mode is a browsing mode set in Google Chrome to provide more privacy and protection for the user when surfing the web. There are many versions of incognito mode in different web browsers, but they all work similarly.
When you enter incognito mode, a separate window opens to view web pages, which works the same as in regular Chrome, except for a few key differences. When Chrome is in incognito mode, it doesn’t save your browser history, cookies, website data, or the data you enter into website forms.
While using this mode prevents other users of your computer (or Google Account) from seeing what you do, the websites you visit, your school or office administrator, and your Internet Service Provider can still see your activities. In addition, any bookmarks you have saved or downloads you have made will remain intact after you exit incognito mode.
Why do you need to use incognito mode on your Chromebook?
You might want to use incognito mode on your Google Chromebook for many reasons, and they certainly don’t have to be illegal. As mentioned earlier, using incognito mode on a shared PC is probably best for buying gifts or organizing events for another Chromebook user if you want to keep it a secret.
Incognito mode means they’ll never guess you were looking for the perfect gift or booking a vacation until you tell them. This is handy in the run-up to birthdays and holidays or if you don’t want to clog up your browser history.
What happens to browser history when you exit an incognito mode on Chromebook?
History is completely erased from your Chromebook. In other words, no matter what sites you visit or search engine queries you make, no record of that activity will remain on your Chromebook or your Google account.
While your ISP and the websites themselves may technically have access to this activity, any other user of your computer or Google Account will not be able to see your browsing history while in incognito mode.
Can you install the Tor browser on your Chromebook?
The Tor website says that there’s no official Tor client for ChromeOS. There’s a Tor app for Android, and since the Chromebook can run Android apps, you can use it on your Chromebook.
However, it’s not ideal. The websites you visit think you’re using a mobile device (such as a smartphone). The version of the website you’ll see is adaptive. They’re designed for small screens in portrait mode.
Fortunately, there’s an easy way to install a real Tor browser on your Chromebook. It uses the Linux subsystem for ChromeOS. If you haven’t activated Linux on your Chromebook, you’ll need to do that.
Unfortunately, the Linux subsystem may not be available on older Chromebooks.