How to Disable Incognito Mode of Chrome in Windows 10 – 2020

Want to disable Incognito mode of Chrome in Windows 10? In this post, you will read step by step guide on how to do that.

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Whenever you visit any website in Google Chrome, it keeps the vital data on the page on your hard drive. These files are used for various purposes varying from storing the history of the website which you have visited in a text file called cookies.

Although, this data is used to improve the browsing experience. On the other hand, if you’re concerned about your privacy, then it also a privacy breach. To help users with this, all the modern browsers offer Incognito mode including Google Chrome.

Google Chrome Incognito mode protects your overall privacy by not keeping local data that could be regained later. This mode disables web cache and browsing history in the Chrome browser. Incognito mode is also known by various names like Private Browsing, Private Window, InPrivate Browsing, Porn mode, and Private mode.

Incognito Mode is a handy feature of the Chrome browser. To open Incognito mode in Chrome:

1. Click on the three-dot menu icon available at the top right side of the screen.

2. From the menu click on New Incognito Windows.

new incognito window chrome

Alternatively, you can press CTRL + SHIFT + N keyboard combination to open it quickly.

You might also want to learn about How to Start Google Chrome in Safe Mode.

But some users want to disable Incognito Mode of Chrome in Windows 10. There might be a variety of reasons why they want to disable Incognito mode. Maybe their smart kids taking advantage of Incognito mode to visit websites that are not suitable for them. Or there might be other strong reasons about which I’m not aware of.

Disable Incognito Mode of Chrome in Windows 10

Whatever is the reason behind disabling Google Chrome incognito mode, the truth is there is no official setting available in the browser to disable chrome the Incognito mode. But that doesn’t mean you can’t do that.

There is a workaround which you can use to disable Incognito mode in Chrome browser. Here’s what you need to do:

Things to Keep in mind:

  • We have tested this workaround in Chrome v80 and its working flawlessly.
  • You need to have the administrative right for the account or the credentials of the admin account.
  • If you’re using the Registry hack for the first time, it is recommended to create a backup of the registry before modifying it.

1. Launch Registry Editor. For that, type regedit in the Start menu search bar. When the same result appears in the search results, click to open it.

Launch Registry Editor in Windows 10

When the UAC dialog box comes up, click Yes to continue.

2. Next, in the Address bar of Registry editor, you need to copy-paste the following address and hit Enter.

Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies
Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies

3. Here on the left panel, Right-click on the Policies > New > Key.

Note: If Google Key is already available under Policies, then skip this step.

You need to name it Google.

4. Now you need to create a new subkey under Google key. For that, right-click on the Google > New > Key.

chrome subkey

You need to name it Chrome.

4. Select the Chrome subkey and head over to right pane, here you need to create a new DWORD (32-bit) value with the name IncognitoModeAvailability.

chrome key-dword value

Note: In case, you’re running 64-bit machine, still you need to create 32-bit DWORD value.

chrome dword value

5. You need to set Value data 1 for the IncognitoModeAvailability DWORD value. For that, double-click on the key, type the value and click OK.

chrome dword value data

6. Close the Registry editor.

In case, Chrome browser is already running, then close and relaunch it. You will notice that the “New Incognito Window” option is not available in the Chrome menu.

remove chrome incognito mode

At any point, if you want to bring back the Incognito mode in Chrome browser, then you need to repeat the same steps and change the Value data of IncognitoModeAvailability from 1 to 0.

Frankly speaking, if you follow the steps correctly, this workaround will disable the Incognito mode of Chrome in Windows 10. We have personally tested this workaround and it worked flawlessly.

You can also disable Incognito mode in Microsoft Edge browser, learn how to do it: How to Disable Microsoft Edge InPrivate Browsing Mode in Windows 10

Check out YouTube video for step by step instructions:

Find this workaround useful? What is your reason behind disabling Incognito mode in Chrome? Let me know your thoughts in the comments?

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33 Replies to “How to Disable Incognito Mode of Chrome in Windows 10 – 2020”

    1. Sorry to hear that you’re running Windows 10 home edition. But I got a solution for you why don’t you check out the most post on how to get Group Policy Editor in Windows 10 Home edition (https://goo.gl/TgEBvH). Once done, you can easily employ the same workaround to disable incognito mode of Google Chrome. I hope this helps you 🙂

      1. This Windows Home workaround didn’t work for disabling incognito mode, unfortunately. I was able to perform all the steps and it shows the mode to be set as disabled, but it’s not.

      2. Update: Found elsewhere that installing Google Canary (dev version of Chrome) will work with Win 10 Home and the gpedit workaround to disable incognito mode. I can confirm that’s the case. In fact, you don’t need to leave Canary installed. I initially installed it side by side with standard Chrome and found Incog mode was gone. I uninstalled Canary, and it is still gone.

    2. I needed to disable incognito on the work computer to help keep receptionists more focused and accountable. This worked perfectly! Thank you!

  1. THANK YOU!! After much searching, *this worked* when the “IncognitoModeAvailability” regedit would not work for windows 10 and chrome.

    1. I second this comment. I am so relieved to have found a workaround. I *thought* I had completely locked-down the internet for my kids until I found out they could bypass my filters with Incognito Mode . I am beyond thankful that you offered this solution. My main reason for wanting Incognito Mode blocked is because of all of the porn that is everywhere on the internet, and will even show up during otherwise innocent Google and YouTube searches. My children deserve to have their innocence protected as long as possible. Thanks for helping with that!

  2. At step 8 I cannot open it. I got an error:
    The file that you specified it is not valid or too long
    Am I supposed to install the program?

  3. Forgot how to do it so Googled, came to your site, followed the directions, and it worked on every customer machine so far.
    Awesome, thanks!

  4. I have the registry key installed (Windows 10 Home 64-bit)) and the Incognito mode option is not available in Chrome controls (v76).

    However, I still get notifications from Norton Family that our daughter is using Incognito mode. How is this possible?

    Jim

  5. Hey this was really helpful I found other unreliable sources and they failed me this one actually worked thanks so much!

  6. Worked perfectly Thanks so much!! Not super proficient with the Windows operating system and you guys made it easy!

  7. A non-porn reason for deleting the bloody thing: I used the Stayfocusd extension to…well…Stay Focused. And the incognito window is an end-around. Lately, I find myself clicking on it a hundred times a day to play Websudoku and read freakin’ CNN. All the bloody time. Now? Not so much. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to stay on task!

  8. This disables it from the chrome menu, but does not disable it from the windows search results or from the taskbar chrome icon when right clicking. Can you provide keys to disable it in those two areas also? Otherwise your solution is only for one of three ways to launch it. Thanks!

    1. The button is indeed still on the taskbar, but when I click it, it waits a second and then launches a normal chrome tab

  9. Just tried this. Didn’t work. I also tried installing Canary to see if that worked. Negativo. Any suggestions?

    Window Home 10
    Version 10.0.18363

    1. Nevermind! I figured it out. I have multiple Google accounts in my browser. One is managed by the school district I work for. When I removed that account, I was able to go back into Regedit and followed these steps. Worked like a charm. I’ve since added that account back to Chrome and it still works. Thanks.

  10. Before I try this workaround I want to know if I will be able to log in to the apps that wouldn’t let me log in to without being in “Incognito” mode.

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