How to disable incognito mode in Google Chrome for Android

Every web browser has an incognito mode that allows users to browse the Internet without recording any history. It also prevents websites from tracking you by automatically deleting cookies once the session ends. While incognito mode is useful in some situations, there are times when you may want to disable incognito mode in Google Chrome for Android. For example, when you want to keep a close eye on your children or stop watching adult content on your Android.

While there are several ways to disable incognito mode on Mac and Windows using the terminal, there is no native way to disable incognito mode. But you can still use a third-party app called Incoquito. The app is available on the Google Play Store and costs just $ 1.

Disable incognito mode in Google Chrome for Android

To disable incognito mode in Chrome for Android, download restless($ 1) from Google Play Store. Unfortunately, there is no free trial version of the app, so you will have to purchase it. Although, thanks to Google Play refund policy, if you don’t like the app or it doesn’t work on your device, you can return it in the first 2 hours. Alternatively, you can also try the Incognito Absent app that costs the same.

When you open the Incoquito app for the first time, you must grant it permission to access your notification.

Once you grant the necessary permissions, go back to the app and enable it by pressing the toggle button at the top right. Then select a mode from the following 3 options.

  • Auto close: close tabs incognito when screen is off
  • Prevent – Prevents tabs from being opened incognito.
  • Monitor: allows incognito browsing, but records events and activities.

For our use case, make sure the Mode is selected to Prevent eyelashes from opening.

And that is. Now whenever you try to open incognito mode, it will automatically close in a fraction of a second. We tested this in the latest version of Google Chrome (version 66). However, according to the developer, it also works with Chrome Beta (version 77), Chrome Canary, and Chrome Dev.

If you want to hide the app from the app drawer, you can do so from Launcher visibility. Once hidden, the application can only be started from the following web page. 

Or through the bookmark by writing a secret code like * # * # 4626 # * # *.

There is also an option to monitor incognito mode. That helps you log events like Chrome’s incognito opening and closing. It also gives you the option to register the media player and downloads, etc. However, in our tests, these options did not work as intended.

In case of any issues you can contact the developer, from the Google Play review the team seems to be quite responsive.

Also read: How to block adult content in Windows

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