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No incognito mode in Chrome? Here’s how to fix it

The Incognito mode can come in handy in a variety of ways, as it won’t save the following info:

  • Your browsing history
  • Cookies and site data
  • Information entered in forms

Be aware that your website activity will still be visible to:

  • Websites you visit, including the ads and resources used on those sites
  • Your employer, school, or whoever runs the network you’re using
  • Your Internet Service Provider (ISP)

Why is incognito mode not working?

There is one reason why Google Chrome‘s Incognito mode may disappear: a registry file has somehow disabled this function.

Unfortunately, users have reported that Incognito mode becomes unavailable all of a sudden.

What can I do if Chrome incognito is missing?

1. Try a different browser

You can try to fix Chrome or you can just switch to Opera that can offer you the perfect solution for private browsing.

The private mode from Opera hides your browsing activity from further scrutiny because when you close the private windows, the history, cookies, site data, or any other information you entered in forms will be deleted.

However, you will still be visible to the sites you are visiting, to your service provider, and to the network owner you are using.

That brings us to the next level of protection, the built-in VPN from Opera.

For those who are unaware, the Virtual Private Network is completely hiding your identity by routing all your traffic through safe servers from all over the world.



Take privacy to the next level with Opera: a fast, secure browser with built-in VPN.

2. Fix Google Chrome’s registries manually

  1. Press Start.
  2. Navigate towards the Search function (bottom of the window).
  3. Type regedit and press Enter.registry editor Missing incognito mode
  4. Navigate to the directory: HKEY_Local_MachineSOFTWAREPoliciesGoogleChrome
  5. Then, locate the IncognitoModeAvailability file.
  6. Right-click on the key.
  7. Select Delete.
  8. Restart Google Chrome.

Note: The IncognitoModeAvailability file will be located here only if you actually have this issue.

This post was written by Teodor Nechita and was first posted to WindowsReport

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