The Incognito mode in Google Chrome lets you browse privately, with blocked browser extensions. Usually, the New Incognito window option can be seen when you click on the three-dot button on the upper right corner of the browser. Alternatively, the private browsing window can be opened by pressing Ctrl, Shift, and N keys simultaneously. If you cannot see it in the menu options or it does not open upon pressing the shortcut key combo, then it is missing from your browser.
A missing Google Chrome Incognito mode does not mean that Google has removed it in an update of the browser or anything remotely such as that. There are many other reasons why it is missing. Did you install any extensions of late? Was the private browsing mode of Google Chrome working fine prior to the installation? If yes, it is very likely your browser is hijacked. Certain malware can exploit the administrative privileges, change Google Chrome’s policies, and disable certain functions of the browser. Besides, you may find it tough to get rid of such browser extensions.
Steps to Remove Malware from Google Chrome
Google Chrome has an inbuilt malware removal utility, which you can use for the same purpose.
- Open Google Chrome, type chrome://settings/cleanup in its address bar, and press the Enter
- When it loads up, click on the Find Wait for the browser to scan your system for malicious extensions or PUPs that might hamper its normal functionality.
- If the browser finds any harmful extensions or items, it will prompt you to get rid of them. Click on the Remove button upon prompt.
Google Chrome will get rid of harmful extension or programs, and revert any settings to a default state. The next time you use Google Chrome, you will be able to open Incognito and browse privately.
Make it a point to install an extension only through Chrome Web Store going forward. Install also by ensuring that it is safe to use by reading user reviews.
Get Rid of Kids from Microsoft Family
Are you a member of the Microsoft Family? Adults can remove kids from it with the following steps, and help them gain access to Google Chrome’s private browsing mode.
- In manage section of your Microsoft Family portal online, click on Content Restrictions.
- Disable any restrictions. You will see a toggle switch next to each Content Restriction. Simply toggle them off.
- Navigate back to the previous window. Then, click on More Options, and choose Remove from Family option from the drop-down.
- Click on Remove again to confirm the same upon prompt.
Configure the System Registry
If both of the above-mentioned steps did not apply in your case, then you have to consider looking into Windows Registry. Certain third-party software may have changed the registry of your system to disable the private browsing mode. The below-mentioned steps would help to revert any modifications made to the registry. If you are unsure about configuring the registry, then you are better off seeking the help of a professional. In any event, you should back up the registry before making changes to it.
Steps to Configure the Windows Registry
- Press the Windows and R keys at the same time.
- In the Run dialog box that opens, type regedit and press Enter. This should reveal the system Registry Editor. To back it up, click on File, select Export, specify a system location and type the file name to Save the registry backup.
- Go to HKEY_Local_Machine\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Chrome in the Registry Editor’s address bar and press Enter.
- Then, choose the subfolder titled Chrome from expanded registry hive. You can see it on the left side of the Registry Editor
- Right-click on the registry key titled IncognitoModeAvailability from its right side, and select Modify from the context menu.
- In the new dialog box, configure the value in the Value data as 0 and click on the OK
- Click on File, and choose Exit in order to close the editor.
- Then, exit Google Chrome using the three-dot menu button and selecting the Exit Reopen the browser, and check whether the New Incognito Window option is shown in the Chrome menu.
Note that in rare cases, one more key titled IncognitoEnabled may be listed along with IncognitoModeAvailability. In case the above-mentioned steps did not fix the issue, go back to the Registry Editor and modify the value of IncognitoEnabled from 1 to 0.
Then check whether the Incognito menu option is shown or whether the private browsing window opens with the shortcut key combo. If not, then get in touch with our browser support professionals through the toll-free contact number for an advanced solution.