Last updated on July 21st, 2020 at 07:10 pm
How to Disable Chrome Incognito Mode on Windows, MacOS, and Android
Disable Chrome Incognito Mode On Mac, Disable Chrome Incognito Mode On Window, and on an Android device – Chrome Incognito mode is a private browser on Chrome where you can surf in privately and also prevent your browser from website hackers and keep your details safe also on a shared device. But there are several ways where the presence of Incognito mode can be counterproductive.
On Incognito mode, you can search for stuff online that you will not dare to do in a regular browsing section. You can also surf on the unprotected website when in Incognito mode, this lets your browsing to be private, safe and secure.
To Disable Chrome Incognito Mode functionality is not easy to do on some platforms. It is even impossible to do on platforms like iOS. For users on Windows, macOS or Android users, you will have to make use of workarounds in order to stop yourself or other users from surfing privately.
Disable Chrome Incognito Mode On Windows
You will need to dive into the Registry Editor on Windows 10/8.1/8/7 to perform a simple tweak in order to disable Incognito mode on Chrome. Although, selected devices may not have the registry keys or values that are required to perform the modification at first. If that is the case, no worries, there is an alternative, this involves running a command-line by using the command prompt.
Disable Chrome Incognito Mode Using The Registry Editor Method
If you prefer using the Registry Editor method, follow the steps below:
- Click on Ctrl-R to open the Run box.
- Go to the search bar and enter regedit then click OK.
- Copy and paste the following path below into the address bar on the Registry Editor window:
- Click Enter and select the registry key labeled Chrome located on the left-hand side of the navigation pane.
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Please note that; if you cannot find the registry key labeled Chrome, just exit the Registry Editor and skip to the workaround which involves the Command Prompt console.
- Right-click on the registry entry labeled IncognitoMode Availability and tap on Modify.
- Type in ‘1’ into the field under Value Data and tap OK.
- Exit the Registry Editor, restart Chrome and bring up the Chrome menu. And that’s it.
To re-enable Incognito mode later, all you have to do is to go back to the location with the IncognitoModeAvailability registry entry and modify the value to ‘0’.
Disable Chrome Incognito Mode Using The Command Prompt Console Method
If you prefer using the Command Prompt method: follow the steps below:
- Click on the start menu and type in cmd in the search bar. Then right-click on Command Prompt among the search results and choose Run as Administrator to launch an elevated Command Prompt console.
- Copy and paste the following path below into the Command Prompt console and click on Enter.
REG ADD HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Chrome /v IncognitoModeAvailability /t REG_DWORD /d 1
- Once you see the message “The operation completed successfully” message on the screen, just exit the Command Prompt console, restart Chrome. And that’s it.
Please note that what has been done here involved generating the registry keys that you found missing within the Registry Editor. The command did that also with the required modifications straight off the bat.
If you wish to undo your action, you can use the following command on an elevated Command Prompt console:
REG DELETE HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Chrome /v Inco