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Open Private Mode and New Tabs in Firefox on Android

Do you want to browse privately in the Firefox browser? Learn how to use the Private browsing mode, open multiple tabs, and switch between them.

Mozilla Firefox offers a Private browsing mode that does not store any of your browsing information or site visit records. Closing the private browsing mode also deletes the cookies and cache, keeping your data completely private.

To start private browsing on Firefox, tap on the Mask icon on the start page OR switch to the Private tab screen to add a new Private session. You can also create a browser shortcut to always open in Private mode and even set up links to open in private browsing.

In this guide, we have shared the steps to start private mode on the Firefox browser and switch between private mode & normal browsing.

Start a Private Browsing

To initiate private browsing on the Firefox app on your smartphone:

  1. Launch the Mozilla Firefox browser app.
  2. Tap the Mask icon at the upper right corner of the start page.
    open private mode browsing in Firefox Android
  3. A private browsing session will start immediately.

Alternatively, you can open a private browsing session using the Multi Tabs icon in Firefox on Android:

  1. Launch the Firefox app on your Android phone.
  2. Tap the Multi Tabs icon next to the URL bar.
    It will open the tabs pane.
  3. Switch to the Mask icon tab, and tap the + Private button.
    launch private browsing window in Firefox android

Either way, the Firefox private browsing mode will be active, and you can use the browser app without leaving any traces.

If you want to add more Private browsing tabs, tap on + Private command again.

Switch to Normal Browsing Mode

If you want to change the browsing to the normal mode from private mode, then

  1. Open the Firefox browser on your Android.
  2. Tap the Multi Tabs icon in the private browsing window.
  3. Switch to the Square Tab icon to see the active browser tabs.
    switch to general browsing mode from private browsing in Firefox
  4. To open a New Tab in Firefox, tap the + button.
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Note: The Square Tab icon indicates normal browsing, whereas the Mask icon signifies browsing via incognito or private mode.

Add the Private Browsing Launcher icon

Firefox lets you launch the browser directly in private browsing mode from the homescreen shortcut. For that, you need to create the shortcut first. Follow these steps to enable that feature:

  1. Launch the Firefox Android app, and tap the More vertical 3-dots icon for the options menu.
  2. Select the Settings menu and choose Private browsing settings.
    firefox private browsing settings
  3. From the set of options, select the Add private browsing shortcut command.
    Add to Home screen popup dialog box will appear.
  4. Tap the Add Automatically command to place the Private browsing icon on your phone’s home screen.
    add private browsing icon to home screen
  5. A Private browsing shortcut will be created with the Mask icon.

You can now tap the Mask icon from the home screen to launch private mode directly in Firefox on Android.

Open All Links in Private Mode

If you want to open web links in a private window in Firefox on Android, follow these steps:

  1. Launch the Firefox Android app, and tap the More vertical 3-dots icon for the options menu.
  2. Select the Settings menu and choose Private browsing settings.
  3. Now, enable the toggle switch for Open links in a private tab option.
    open links in a private tab on Firefox android scaled

Enabling the options will open all the links in private browsing rather than the normal mode as earlier.

Close All Private Tabs command

If you want to close your browsing session and terminate all the tabs active in the private mode,

  1. On your Firefox app, tap the Multi Tabs icon.
  2. Switch to the Mask icon to view private tabs.
  3. Select the Close All Tabs command on the More vertical 3-dots icon menu.
    close all private browser tabs in Firefox android
  4. It will terminate all the active private browsing tabs in the browser.

You can even use the same Close all tabs option to kill multiple open tabs in normal browsing mode.

Final Thoughts

That’s all in this guide. You can now use private browsing on the Firefox Android app to safeguard your data and browsing history.

If needed, you can open multiple new browsing tabs in both standard and private mode.

If you use Firefox on your computer device, private browsing mode is also available on the computer system.

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Swayam Prakash

Swayam Prakash

Swayam is a professional content creator with 6-years of experience in conceptualizing, creating, and managing tech-based content for notable online publishing firms. He troubleshoots the technical issues and loves to write about it. Connect him on LinkedIn.

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