How do I turn off private browsing on Mac?

Answered by Robert Dupre

To turn off private browsing on your Mac, you have a few options. Let’s go through each one step by step.

1. Close the private window: If you currently have a private browsing window open in Safari, you can simply close it to disable private browsing. To do this, click on the red “X” button located at the top left corner of the private window. This will close the window and switch you back to a non-private Safari window.

2. Switch to a non-private Safari window: If you have multiple Safari windows open, including a non-private window, you can switch to the non-private window to stop browsing privately. To do this, click on the non-private window you want to use. You can easily identify private windows by the dark appearance of the search bar.

3. Open a new non-private window: If you don’t have any non-private Safari windows open, you can open a new one to disable private browsing. To do this, click on “File” in the menu bar at the top of the screen, then select “New Window.” This will open a new Safari window that is not in private browsing mode.

It’s worth mentioning that private browsing is a useful feature if you want to browse the web without leaving traces on your Mac such as search history, cookies, or cached data. However, it’s important to note that private browsing does not make you completely anonymous online and does not hide your internet activity from your internet service provider or the websites you visit.

Now that you know how to turn off private browsing on your Mac, you can easily switch between private and non-private browsing modes based on your needs. It’s always a good idea to be mindful of your privacy and take appropriate measures to protect your personal information while browsing the internet.