How to Open the Incognito Tab and New Tabs in Chrome Android?

Learn how to open incognito or private tab in Google Chrome for Android also New Incognito Tab. Launch unlimited tabs and switch between them with a swipe.

I generally keep all the working tabs open while I am working on them and close them once I am done. Hence, the new tab options within Chrome is really helpful. It keeps all the tabs open and running.

One of the features available in all browsers irrespective of mobile or desktop is the ability to open separate tabs for browsing. These tabs make life easier and help in multi-tasking. In the case of a desktop, you can also open new windows instead of tabs.

Generally, there are two types of tabs that one can use – New Tab & Incognito Tab. The basic difference between these two is privacy. The Incognito mode won’t save any information or data anywhere on the machine after closing unless you’ve downloaded something.

A week back, I was out with my friends when my mobile stopped receiving signals. I had an important meeting to attend and my friend generously lent me her phone to do so. To prevent any data loss, I decided to switch to Incognito Tab chrome which leaves no trace of information behind. It would also mean that I didn’t have to manually delete anything after I finish browsing.

Related: How to Open Incognito Mode and New Tabs in Chrome Computer?

The incognito tab is really useful when you’ve borrowed someone’s else device. The chrome incognito mode is also available on a computer browser.

Open New Tab in Chrome Android

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 an unlimited number of tabs and switch between them easily on Android phones.

Follow these steps to open a New Tab in Chrome for Android:

  1. Open Chrome Android app.
  2. Tap on the multi tab icon tabs.
  3. Tap on plus add icon the command to open the new tab.
  4. You’ll be able to see two tabs and switch easily on selection.

New Tab Icon and Switch Tabs in Chrome Android

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

New Incognito Tab in Chrome Android

Unlike the normal tab, the new Incognito tab chrome will not save any data in the browser.

Your browsing history, cookies & cache, etc. are stored in temporary storage which is immediately wiped out on closing the incognito browsing session. Hence, you cannot open recently closed tabs in chrome android while browsing on Incognito mode.

Follow these steps on how to open Incognito Tab in Chrome:

  1. Open Chrome for Android app on mobile.
  2. Tap on vertical 3dots icon the menu for options.
  3. Select New Incognito Tab from the list.
  4. In case if you want to add more incognito tabs, then tap on multi tab icon.
  5. Hit on the + icon to add more incognito tabs in the same session.

New Incognito Tab Chrome Android

To close the incognito tab in Chrome Android:

  1. Tap on multi tab icon while in incognito mode to list all running tabs
  2. Hit on the X button against each incognito tab
  3. 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 the incognito tab chrome.

Switch between Normal and Incognito Mode

If you tap on the tab icon, you will be able to see a list of all the existing normal tab and incognito tab chrome. You can choose whatever you desire from the list.

Chrome Android New Incognito Tab

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

New Tab and New Incognito Tab Video Tutorial

Watch the video demo of how to open the incognito tab and new tab within Chrome for Android. It’s easy to switch between both types by just swiping between tabs. Incognito chrome is a great feature.

How to Open the Incognito Tab and New Window in Chrome Android? 😎

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Bottom Line: Chrome Android Incognito and New Tabs

The tabs play an important role when it comes to multi-tasking and simultaneous browsing. Moreover, if you want to browse or sign in to your online account using someone else’s phone, then make sure that you’re using the incognito tab for safety.

As mentioned before, I used the incognito tab chrome while I used my friend’s phone. Since it left no trace of information including browsing history, cache, cookies, and so on, I was stress-free about my privacy and data loss. I could just close the incognito tab and return the phone to her just that moment.

As mentioned above, you can also enable incognito mode in chrome computer. This works similarly to chrome android.

Let me know how you use the Chrome Android tabs in your daily life! Do you use incognito private browsing on your android phone?

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2 Responses

  1. Krishna says:

    How to prevent incognito tabs from closing down automatically.
    On my phone the tabs stay for a few hours and close down automatically later on.
    How do i fix this on my android phone?

    • Editor Staff says:

      Hi Krishna, I don’t think this is the issue with Chrome. Perhaps this is how the new Android is working. It will try to kill the old running sessions to make RAM space available for new tasks and apps. I don’t think you got an option to disable this auto-kill.

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