How to Open Private and New Tabs in Safari iOS/iPadOS?

Learn how to open a new private browsing and normal tabs in the Apple Safari on iPhones or iPads. Private mode does not save any data or info about the visit.

The private tab safari that is also known as incognito browsing is a feature that does not store or sync the visited data into a browser or online account. It’s the safest way to browse the internet online, leaving no traces behind.

If you want to search for any personal stuff or use a publicly shared computer device in your organization or at an internet cafe, then I strongly recommend using a private browsing mode.

The day before yesterday, I went to an internet cafe since my WiFi was down and I needed to do important work. While browsing there, I made sure to use the incognito tab safari to not leave any traces behind.

Related: How to Open Private Mode and New Tabs in Safari Computer?

Similarly, the Safari browser for iPhone or iPad has a private browsing safari mode that does not keep the historical record of websites and file data into the cache.

Please note that your ISP provider, school, college, etc. that you’re connected to for web browsing can still track your private sessions. I recommend using a VPN service for complete anonymization.

How to Start a Private Tab in Safari iOS/iPadOS?

The private browsing safari mode is the safest mode of using the internet, especially on public or shared computers. One can easily active the incognito tab safari on the iPhone or iPad device.

Here are the steps to start a private tab Safari on iPhone or iPad:

  1. Launch the Safari browser app on iOS/iPadOS.
  2. Tap on the Tabs icon on the screen.
  3. Select the Private command to enable private mode.
  4. Tap on the + sign to open a new Private tab.

Private Browsing in Safari Browser on iPad OS

This will start a private incognito tab safari that does not store any information about the session and also leaves no history records. It deletes even the cache and cookies after existing on the private browser tab.

How to Close a Private Browsing in Safari iOS/iPadOS?

You can easily manage all the private browsing safari tabs in the grid view mode. Just tap or swipe up on the existing private tabs to kill the session.

Here are the steps to close a private browsing safari tab on iPhone and iPad:

  1. Launch the Safari app on iOS/iPadOS.
  2. Tap on the Tabs icon on the screen.
  3. Select the Private command to view private tabs.
  4. Tap on the X sign to close the existing Private tabs.

Close Private Browsing Tab in Safari on iPad OS

This will close the private tab and also delete the cache and cookies stored within the browsing sessions. Like mentioned, the private mode does not store the visited sites or search history.

How to Open New Tab in Safari iOS/iPadOS?

Just like the private browsing safari tab, we can launch the New Tab in normal mode. Browsing within the New Tab gets recorded on the phone as stored in history.

Here are the steps to open a new normal tab or multiple tabs in Safari on the iPhone or iPad device:

  1. Launch the Apple Safari app on iOS/iPadOS.
  2. Tap on the Tabs icon on the screen.
  3. Tap on the + sign to open a new tab.

New Tab Browsing in iOS Safari

This will open a new tab that will record in the history section and also it stores cookies and cache within the browser.

Just in case if you need to delete the history records and/or cookies and caches, then you do it using the clear data option available on one Safari browser settings page.

Bottom Line: Safari iOS Private and New Tab

The Private Browsing Safari Mode is a helpful feature that can save our data from being tracked. It’s highly recommended to use it when you’re using a shared computer or device.

Apart from private browsing, the New Tab feature within the Safari browser helps in running the simultaneous browsing sessions together. This makes you a productive champ and a great multi-tasker. I use the private tab safari whenever I use a public computer. Like I did when using the computer at an internet cafe. It helps retain my privacy and leaves no traces behind.

Similarly, we can also open new tabs and start Private browsing in Safari on a Mac computer. Features in private mode irrespective of the device are the same.

Let us know how do you feel about private browsing safari? Is it a feature you use often?

Lastly, here are the recommended web browsers for your computer and mobile phone that you should give a try.

WindowsMacOSiOSAndroidLinux
Chrome WindowsChrome MacChrome iOSChrome AndroidFirefox Linux
Firefox WindowsSafari MacSafari iOSEdge AndroidChrome Linux
Edge WindowsFirefox MacEdge iOSSamsung InternetEdge Linux

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