Missing incognito mode in Chrome? Here’s how to fix it

Teodor Nechita
by Teodor Nechita
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  • Google Chrome is a great browser, but even great browsers have issues.
  • As for Chrome errors and issues, users reported that Incognito mode is missing in Chrome.
  • To fix this problem modify the Chrome’s registry and check if that solves the problem.
  • Are you having additional problems with Google Chrome? If so, be sure to check our Chrome hub for more in-depth guides.
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Plenty of browsers nowadays have implemented a browsing method that is advertised as being far more secure.

In the case of Google Chrome, if you don’t want it to remember your activity, you can browse the web privately in Incognito mode.

Incognito 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

Keep in mind though 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)

What can make Incognito Mode disappear?

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

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

For a safe and secure browsing experience, we strongly advise you to try out UR Browser.

What can I do if there is no Incognito mode on Chrome?

1. Fix Google Chrome’s registries manually

In order to fix this, you will need to follow the steps listed below:

  1. Press Start
  2. Navigate towards the Search function (bottom of the window)
  3. Type in regedit and press Enter
  4. Navigate to the directory:
    • HKEY\Local_Machine\SOFTWARE\Policies\GoogleChrome
  5. Find IncognitoModeAvailability
  6. Right-click on the key
  7. Select Delete
  8. Restart Google Chrome

Note that the IncognitoModeAvailability file will be located here only if you actually have this issue.

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2. Clean your PC of faulty registries

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Faulty registries can appear due to faulty installations, the influence of malware or just plain old junk data piling up on your disk.

For more information on how to get rif of junk files on your computer, check out the guides below:

These methods are usually what you can do using Windows 10’s native tools and features.

However, more often than naught these will not suffice, and you will need some outside help.

That is where a good third-party registry cleaner may come in handy.

Need to clean your registry quickly and easily? Try one of these registry cleaners!

3. Try a different browser

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If the issue is still there, perhaps it would be best to switch to a different web browser, for the time being.

If you want a secure and private browser, we suggest you try out UR Browser. This browser is built on Chromium engine, so it’s quite similar to Google Chrome, but unlike Chrome, it won’t send any of your data to Google.

Regarding the features, UR Browser has its own Incognito mode, called Ninja Mode, and you can set certain websites to open as soon as you start it.

There’s also a powerful tracking, malware, and privacy protection, and if you need extra layer of security, there’s even a built-in VPN.

If you found this article helpful, let us know in the comment section below.

FAQ: Learn more about Google Chrome

  • How do you go incognito on Chrome?

To access Incognito mode in Chrome, go to Chrome Menu and chose New Incognito window or use Ctrl + Shift + N shortcut.

  • What is Chrome incognito used for?

Incognito Mode in Chrome doesn’t leave any cache or browsing history, so it’s great if you want to keep your privacy secure while sharing Chrome with other users.

  • Is Incognito really safe?

Incognito mode is safe and it provides an additional layer of security since it won’t store cache or browsing history on your PC.

  • How do I go incognito permanently?

To go to Incognito mode permanently in Chrome, right-click the Chrome shortcut and choose Properties. Now add -incognito in the Target box at the end and save changes.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in September 2019 and has been since revamped and updated in April 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.