How To: Use Private Browsing on the iPad

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Normal Borowsing

Private browsing is a very useful feature for the Safari browser app on the iPad and iOS. In private browsing mode your browsing history is not recorded. So, for example, if you’re secretly browsing around for a perfect birthday gift for your partner (who shares your iPad) and you don’t want them to see your searches you can just switch to private browsing to cover your tracks.

And it’s very easy to turn on private browsing and then swap back to normal browsing whenever you want.

Here’s how:

– Open the Safari browser app

– Tap the + button near the top right of the screen, just to the right of the cloud icon.

– Then press the ‘Private’ button that’s at the bottom left of the screen.

Private button

You’ll then see a popup asking if you want to close all tabs. You can choose to close them all or keep them open.

Close All Tabs

Once you make that choice you’ll be in private browsing mode. One way you can tell you’re in private browsing mode is that the top portion of the screen (where the address bar is) is in black. You can see this in this screenshot below (compare it to the one at the top of this post):

Safari Private Browsing

To switch back to normal browsing again just tap the + button at the top right again and tap on the word Private again.

Happy private and public browsing on the iPad.

Patrick Jordan

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One thought on “How To: Use Private Browsing on the iPad

  1. Hi Patrick
    Private browsing is very useful, I remember when IE first started advertising it, the feature got a few laughs :) Why is it that Apple feel the need to hide features like this, I had the same issue with bookmarks being hidden. I write occasionally for iPad Repair so I wrote an article about it, I was not the only one have issues with Apples hidden features.
    Best wishes
    Brian