2 Ways to Achieve Private Browsing on Android

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Whenever you want to go off the records while browsing on a computer, things are easy (I am talking about Firefox, Chrome and Opera users here). Just open a private or incognito tab and start browsing.

As more and more people are accessing the internet on the move with their smartphones these days, this feature becomes a necessity (almost) for them too. As my area of expertise is Android, I will show you how you can achieve private browsing on your Android device, or you may say the incognito mode on Android. We will talk about two browsers and how you can use them depending upon the version of Android you are using, to accomplish history-free browsing.

Using Chrome Beta For Incognito Mode on Android

Google Chrome for desktop made private browsing very simple for computers, and now they are continuing the trend on Android as well. Whenever you are in a mood to go off the records on Chrome for Android, just open up the settings panel by clicking on the Menu soft key (three dots button on some devices like HTC One X) and select the option New Incognito Tab.

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That’s all, you can now browse freely on the new incognito tab without leaving any browsing history, search history and cookies behind.

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Though the process is very straightforward with Chrome, it’s available only for the devices running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS). For those of you who are yet to get the ICS update and are on Froyo or Gingerbread version, we have a workaround for you using the Dolphin HD Browser.

Using Dolphin HD Browser For Private Browsing on Android

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Dolphin Browser HD is one of the most promising browsers for Android and works on all the devices running on Android version 2.1 or above. Though there is no dedicated feature for going completely off the records like we had in Chrome, with this workaround you can force the browser to stop recording the pages visited in a session on the browser history.

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Once you have installed the app and finished with the initial setup wizard, press the Menu button—>More—>Settings on the home screen. Here navigate to the Private and Security tab and select and de-select the options to make browsing private.

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To make it at par with the Google Incognito mode just toggle the checked options to unchecked and vice versa. The only down side is, there is no shortcut to bring the private browsing option and each time you wish to switch in between regular and private session you will have to toggle these options manually.

My Verdict

If you have an ICS ROM, Chrome is the best you can have, but if you are on a Non ICS version of Android, Dolphin HD is one of the best browsers to work on.

Furthermore, stay tuned while we talk about other amazing features of Dolphin HD Browser soon.

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  1. Well, My favorite browser is OperaMini… though I have installed Google Chrome as well but hardly use it. Now onwards I’ll use Chrome when I have to use private browsing feature. :)

  2. John says:

    I Use Apple Safari, can i Download it for my iPhone 4S?

  3. Fox says:

    In Dolphin HD I’ve created a shortcut via gesture. I just press the gesture button and draw “P” and browser lets me start private browsing. I’m quite surprised this feature isn’t available in Firefox for Android.

  4. Xin Zhao says:

    Just get Full Screen Private Browsing for Android. It will automatically clear history, cookies as soon as you exit the app. Leaves nothing to chance. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=SavySoda.PrivateBrowsing

  5. me says:

    If you think that private browsing is private, you have no clue. It only keeps traces off your local cache. The problem are third party server requests such as fb likes and g plus buttons. Better privacy is only achieved with tools like RequestPolicy and NoScript who block such intruders

    • Alfonso says:

      Would you be kind to explain how can one trace the history if it is not in the cache? I am not sure it is possible.

  6. Bob Burner says:

    I want to be able to hand my phone to my passenger and have them web search while I drive without seeing my recent browsing widows. It is ridiculous that chrome won’t allow a global setting so incognito is the default. I’m dropping chrome. Thanks for the solution and clear advice.!!

  7. Archie says:

    When was this article written? There’s no date on it. Grrr….

  8. Ian Lim says:

    Valuable info here, thanks for the share. If you want to hide what you are doing online then you should be using a VPN. There are some good ones here http://thebestproxyserver.com/overplay-review/