How to enable and use private browsing in Safari for iOS

Safari for iPhone and iPad will track your search history by default. For users that either share devices with other users or just don't want people nosing through their porn browsing history - hey, we don't judge! - you can enable private browsing which won't track what you're doing and what sites you're visiting.

Here's how:

  1. Launch the Settings app from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Scroll down and tap on Safari.
  3. Under the Privacy section turn the option for Private Browsing to On.

That's all there is to it. Now when you launch Safari, you will notice that the browser has a black interface instead of light blue. This indicates that private browsing is active. If you'd ever like to turn it off, you can do so by following the same steps above.

Allyson Kazmucha

iMore senior editor from 2011 to 2015.