How to Always Start Safari in Private Browsing Mode on a Mac

Apple Mac Safari browser logo

If you are using Safari on a Mac and want to keep your browsing history private but don’t always want to think about enabling it, there is a way to open a new one private navigation every time you launch Safari. Here’s how.

What is private browsing in Safari?

Private browsing is a mode where Safari does not save your browsing history, auto-fill information, changes to cookies, recent searches, and download history between sessions. The mode also includes Apple-centric privacy features, such as preventing sharing of browsing information through iCloud. And if you have Discount activated, the navigation windows are not transmitted to your other Apple devices.

Even with all of these features, you should know that private browsing mode does not hide your browsing history from websites on the Internet that might use your IP address to follow you on several sites, hosts in your network (such as a school or business) or your ISP.

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How to always launch Safari with a new incognito window

First, launch Safari. In the menu bar at the top of the screen, click on “Safari” and select “Preferences”.

Click Preferences in the Safari menu on Mac

In the Preferences pop-up, make sure you are in the General tab. Look for the option titled “Safari opens with:” next to a drop-down menu.

Find Safari opens with in Preferences on Mac

Click on the drop-down menu and select “A new private window” from the list of options.

Select a new private window from the Safari for Mac drop-down menu

Close the Preferences window, quit Safari and relaunch Safari. You should see a window with a “Private browsing enabled” notice at the top.

A private browsing window in Safari

You are now free to use the window as you usually would. Make sure to close it when you’re done.

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It should be noted that the option we just set only works when you open Safari for the first time. By default, new windows that you open afterwards will not be private. If you want to open additional private windows, you must select File> New private window in the menu bar or use the shortcut Shift + Command + N. Good luck and good navigation!

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