Being able to choose the desired mode of Web browsing, either regular or private, is something that laptop and desktop computers have offered for a while. if you’re accustomed to having that choice, then you might be wondering how to open a new private browsing tab in Safari on an iPhone 13.
It’s been available on the iPhone for several years, too, although the method for switching between those two modes might not be very obvious if you are new to the browser or haven’t spent a lot of time investigating its settings.
You can start private browsing on an iPhone 13 in Safari by opening the Safari browser, opening the Tab menu, touching the Tabs button at the bottom of the screen, then choosing the private option.
Once you are comfortable using either of these browsing modes then you can easily switch between them based on what your current browsing habits require.
Our article below will provide you with additional information on how to choose regular or private browsing on your iPhone, as well as give you pictures to help you learn how to make this switch.
How to Switch to Private Browsing on an iPhone 13
- Open Safari.
- Touch the Tabs icon.
- Tap the XX Tabs button.
- Choose the Private option.
- Touch the + icon.
Our guide continues below with additional information on how to open a new private browsing tab in Safari on an iPhone 13, including pictures of these steps.
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How to Browse Without Safari Saving History on an iPhone 13 (Guide with Pictures)
The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 13 in the iOS 15.3.1 operating system. These steps will also work on other iPhone models using the iOS 15 operating system, as well as most other recent versions of iOS.
Step 1: Open the Safari app.
Step 2: Touch the Tabs button at the bottom-right corner of the screen.
It’s the button that looks like two overlapping squares.
Step 3: Select the XX tabs dropdown button at the bottom of the screen.
The number shown will vary depending on how many regular browsing tabs are currently open on your phone.
Step 4: Choose the Private option from the dropdown menu.
Step 5: Tap the plus icon at the bottom-left corner of the screen to open a new private browsing tab.
Now that you know how to open a new private browsing tab in Safari on an iPhone 13 you might like to know more about this type of incognito Web browsing.
Our guide continues below with additional discussion about private browsing on an iPhone 13 device using the default Safari Web browser.
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More Information on Safari Private Browsing on an iPhone 13
One of the best parts about private browsing is that your phone won’t save your history or any cookies or browsing data when you are on a private tab.
However, if you have stored history in safari on regular tabs, and you would like to delete that information, then you can do so by going to Settings > Safari > Clear Browsing History.
Note that when you delete browsing history and data you will need to sign back into any accounts that you were previously signed into.
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You can have both private and regular browsing tabs opening Safari. It’s always a good idea to check which browsing mode you are using if you are intending to visit sites that you do not want to save to your history.
Any switch that you make between regular and private browsing in Safari will only impact Web browsing that you perform in that browser. If you have another Web browser on your phone, like Chrome or Firefox, then you will need to switch between private and regular browsing there as well.
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