How to Turn Off Private Browsing on Mac

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

Private browsing is a useful feature on Mac that allows you to browse the internet without leaving any traces behind. It can be handy when you want to keep your browsing history, cookies, and other data private.

However, there may come a time when you want to turn off private browsing and go back to normal browsing mode. In this tutorial, we will explore how to turn off private browsing on Mac.

Step 1: Open Safari

To begin, open the Safari browser on your Mac. You can find it in your Applications folder or by searching for it using Spotlight.

Step 2: Access the Preferences

Once Safari is open, click on the “Safari” option in the top menu bar and then select “Preferences” from the dropdown menu. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut “Command + ,” (comma) to directly access the Preferences.

Step 3: Disable Private Browsing

In the Preferences window that appears, click on the “Privacy” tab at the top.

  • Bold: Click on the “Private” checkbox under the “Web Content” section to uncheck it. This will disable private browsing in Safari.
  • Underline: You can also press “Command + Shift + N” as a keyboard shortcut to enable or disable private browsing quickly without accessing Preferences.


If you have multiple windows or tabs open in Safari while private browsing is enabled, closing them will not automatically disable private browsing. You need to manually turn off private browsing by following Step 3 above.

Step 4: Close and Reopen Safari

After disabling private browsing, it is recommended to close and reopen Safari for the changes to take effect. You can do this by clicking on the “Safari” option in the top menu bar and selecting “Quit Safari”. Then relaunch Safari from your Applications folder or using Spotlight.

Step 5: Verify Private Browsing is Disabled

To confirm that private browsing is indeed turned off, follow these steps:

  1. Bold: Open Safari again and click on the “History” option in the top menu bar.
  2. In the dropdown menu, you should see that “Private Browsing” is no longer listed. This means private browsing has been successfully disabled.

Important Tip:

If you frequently switch between private and regular browsing modes, you can customize your toolbar to include a button for private browsing. To do this, right-click on the toolbar area and select “Customize Toolbar”. Then drag and drop the “Private” button onto your toolbar for easy access.

Congratulations! You have now learned how to turn off private browsing in Safari on your Mac. Remember to be mindful of your privacy settings and switch between browsing modes as per your needs.

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