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Open the Incognito and New Tabs in Chrome on Android

Chrome browser supports private browsing or incognito mode, which technically doesn’t save any information such as browsing history, cookies, cache, etc.

You can open multiple tabs and switch between the normal and the incognito tab from the options menu for privately browsing the internet.

In this guide, I have shared written (and video) instructions about:

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How to Open New Tabs and Private Browsing Tabs in Chrome on Android

Open New Tabs in the Chrome app

The new tab is just a normal browsing tab with your Google account signed in. It stores the history as well as cache & cookies when you are browsing websites. You can add unlimited tabs and switch between them easily on Android phones.

  1. Open the Chrome app on your Android device.
  2. Tap on the More vertical 3-dots icon menu and select the New Tab option.
    New Tab under Menu options in Chrome AndroidIt will launch the new tab in the browser.

Alternatively, you can tap the Tabs multi tab icon to open Tab Overview and select the + New Tab command to start a new browsing tab.

Chrome Android Multi-tab icon for Tab Overview

The Tabs Overview option also allows you to manage the open tabs and close the ones that are no longer required.

Open New Tab and Close a Tab in Chrome Android from Tab Overview screen

The tabs will run until you manually close the tab using the X button OR terminate the Chrome browser from the task manager.

Start the Incognito tab

Unlike the standard tab, the new Incognito tab in Chrome will not save any data in the browser. Your browsing history, cookies & cache, etc., are temporarily stored and immediately wiped out on closing the incognito browsing session.

Hence, you can’t even open recently closed tabs in Chrome Android while browsing in incognito mode.

  1. Open the Google Chrome on your Android.
  2. Tap the More vertical 3-dots icon menu for options and select New Incognito Tab from the list.
    Open New Incognito Tab in Chrome for Android option menuIt will open the incognito tab in your browser.

If you want to add more incognito tabs, tap the Multi-tab multi tab icon in incognito mode. Hit the Plus plus add icon icon to add more incognito tabs in the same session.

To close the incognito tab:

  1. Tap on Multitab multi tab icon while in incognito mode to list all running tabs.
  2. To close it, Hit the X button against each incognito tab.

The incognito tab will be closed, and all the history and browsing data will be deleted. You can also kill the Chrome browser app from the task manager to close Chrome’s incognito tab on an Android device.

You can also set a lock for Incognito mode to safeguard your private browsing session.

Switch between Normal and Incognito Mode

  1. Launch the Chrome browser on your Android.
  2. Tap on the Tabs multi tab icon icon next to the menu.
    It will display all the open tabs.
  3. Select the Incognito icon to switch to view all Incognito tabs.
    Switch between New Tab and Incognito Tab in Chrome for AndroidIt will display the list of incognito tabs.
  4. Select the tab that you wish to open.

You can also close a particular tab from the available list.

In the case of the standard tabs, you can revisit the same sites from the history, but in the case of the Incognito tab, all the data will be erased.

Bottom Line

The tabs play an essential role in multitasking and simultaneous browsing. Moreover, if you want to browse or sign in to your online account using someone else’s phone, ensure you use the incognito tab for safety.

As mentioned above, you can enable incognito mode on a Chrome computer. It works similarly to Chrome for the Android browser.

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Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza is a Google Certified Analytics & IT Professional, Digital Content Creator, and Go-To Digital Marketer with an Engineering Degree. He has over a decade of experience solving tech problems, troubleshooting, and innovating digital solutions. Follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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