Disable Incognito Mode in Chrome (Windows & Mac)

In this guide, we will be listing the steps to disable the Incognito Mode in Chrome browser for Windows and macOS. For the privacy freaks out there, Chrome provides a handy way for browsing privately. Just open an Incognito tab and you’re good to go. During this session, nothing will be stored. These include caches, cookies, data, and more importantly your browsing history. As long as you are the rightful owner of that PC, it makes sense making full of use of this Incognito Mode for a safer and private browsing experience.

However, consider this scenario. Suppose you have given your PC to your friends, colleagues, or younger siblings. In those cases, you would never know what types of websites they have opened using your PC. And if you have your children sharing your PC as well, then it becomes even more important to keep a tab on the websites they visit every now and then. Therefore, the best way to deal with those cases is simply disabled the Incognito Mode in Chrome. If you want to learn how you can clear cache for individual websites, read our guide.

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In this guide, we will be listing just that. There are two methods to do so. The first one is much easier and only requires a copy-paste of command in the Command Prompt window. But those who are on a geeky side could try out the second method which is a tad longer and requires some changes in Window’s Registry Editor files. Furthermore, we will also be listing the instructions to re-enable the same using both these methods. With that said, here are the required instructions to disable  the Incognito Mode in Chrome browser on Windows and Mac.

Disable Chrome Incognito Mode on Windows

Method 1: Using Command Prompt

  1. Launch the Start Menu and type cmd to open up the Command Prompt window. Make sure you have administrative rights over it. For that, right-click on it and select Run as Administrator.
    run cmd as admin
  2. Next, execute the below command and hit Enter:
    REG ADD HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Chrome /v IncognitoModeAvailability /t REG_DWORD /d 1

    disable incognito command

  3. The message ‘The operation completed successfully signifies that you have successfully disabled the Incognito Mode in Chrome.
  4. Head over to the Chrome browser, relaunch it and then click on the overflow icon.
  5. The Incognito Mode option will now be disabled. If you still find it, then head over to Task Manager and kill off all the processes related to Chrome. Reopen Chrome and check, Incognito Mode will have been disabled now.

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Re-Enable It

You could also re-enable it anytime you wish. For that, just paste the below command in the command prompt (with administrative privileges):

REG DELETE HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Chrome /v IncognitoModeAvailability /f

So this was all from this section of the guide to disable Chrom’es Incognito Mode via Command Prompt. Let’s have a look at the steps to do so via Registry. On that note, also check out the steps to effectively manage website notifications in Chrome.

Using Registry Editor

  1. Click on the Windows icon and hit Windows+R to open the Run dialog box. Type regedit and hit Enter.
    run regedit
  2. Type in the below location in the address bar of the Registry Editor and then select the Chrome option from the left menu bar.
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Chrome
  3. Now right-click on IncognitoModeAvailability file and select Modify. However, if there isn’t any such file, you could manually create the same. To do so, right-click on an empty space, select New > DWORD (32-Bit) Value. Now name this file as IncognitoModeAvailability and proceed ahead to disable Incognito Mode in Chrome.
    incognito mode value
  4. Edit DWORD (32-bit) Value dialog box will now open. Enter 1 under the Value Data field and hit OK.
    value data
  5. Go ahead and restart the Chrome browser (make sure to kill all Chrome background processes from Task Manager). Incognito Mode will no longer be there.

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Bring Back Incognito Mode

To re-enable it, change the Value Data field’s entry from 1 to 0 in the IncognitoModeAvailability file. That’s it!

With that, we conclude this tutorial on how to disable Chrome’s Incognito Mode via Command Prompt and Registry method. Even the Ctrl+Shift+N shortcut will be disabled as well.

Disable Chrome’s Incognito Mode on macOS

If you are a Mac user, you can follow the steps given below to disable the Incognito Mode in Chrome Browser using the following terminal command.

  1. Make sure you have already closed the Chrome Browser.
  2. Navigate to Finder > Go > Utilities.macOS: Go > Utilities
  3. Open the Terminal app.
  4. Now type the following command to disable the Incognito Mode and press the Enter key.
    defaults write com.google.chrome IncognitoModeAvailability -integer 1
  5. Restart your Mac.
  6. When your computer boots up, the Incognito Mode option in the Chrome Browser will be unavailable.

Enable Incognito Mode

In case you decide to revert the changes you made and bring back Chrome’s Incognito Mode on your Mac, you can execute the following command via the Terminal and restart your computer.

defaults write com.google.chrome IncognitoModeAvailability -integer 0

Do let us know which method you end up using. Likewise, we would also love to hear your views on this tutorial. Do drop in your opinions in the comments section below.

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