How To Use Extensions in Incognito Mode?

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Allowing extensions in Incognito mode

1. Brave

Brave automatically disables extensions in Private browsing mode.

To enable them, you’ll need to find Preferences under the Brave menu.

Then select Extensions > Manage Extensions, and find the extension you want to allow.

Click “More Details” under that extension, and you should see an option to “Allow in Private browsing.”

You will also see a warning, notifying you that any extension you allow will have the ability to see your activity.

2. Chrome

In Chrome, your extensions as a general rule do not work in Incognito mode. Because extensions are a third-party addition to your browser, and most are tracking your browsing history for better performance, Incognito mode automatically disables them.

Both Brave and Chrome require users to explicitly enable extensions for private windows.

You will need to adjust the settings in your browser.

Open Chrome > Menu > More Tools > Extensions.

From the Extensions page, you can select the extension you wish to use in Incognito mode and enable it.

Note that not every extension will have that option. If there is not an option to enable the extension in Incognito mode, then the extension may not work.

3. Firefox

Firefox, just like Chrome and Brave, does not automatically allow your extensions to work in Private Browsing mode (Firefox’s version of Incognito).

To give permission for your extensions to work, you’ll need to open Firefox.

Select Menu > Add-ons > Extensions > Run in Private Windows > Allow

4. Edge

Microsoft Edge calls Incognito “Private browsing” and requires that you enable extensions to work in private browsing.

To change this feature, you’ll need to open Edge, select Menu > Extensions > Installed Extensions.

To turn on Private Browsing for each extension, you’ll need to select Details under each extension and choose “Allow in Private”.

Turning on an extension to work in private mode does not change the extension itself. If it is insecure, your browsing will be compromised whether you are in Private Browsing mode or not. It is important you know exactly what extensions you have downloaded and given permissions to.

Turn Incognito mode on and off

Use one of these methods to open a window in Incognito mode:

  • Click  → Incognito mode .

  • When you're on the page, open the context menu and select Open link in Incognito mode .

  • Press the following keys: Ctrl + Shift + N (in Windows) or ⌘ + Shift + N (in macOS).

The Incognito window is marked with the Switching to Incognito mode Window in Incognito mo icon.

  • Switching to Incognito mode
  • Window in Incognito mode

Just close the window to exit Incognito mode. Then Yandex Browser deletes all cookies created in this window.

? How to enable extensions for Incognito Microsoft Edge?

Open your Microsoft Edge web browser. Click on the 3 horizontal dot icon, to open the menu. And select the item Extensions. Choose the extension in the list, and enable here the checkbox Allow in InPrivate.

How private is Incognito?

If you are using Incognito mode in Chrome, and you believe yourself perfectly protected from prying eyes, think again. Even when using Chrome is privacy mode, your ISP can still see your traffic; so the idea that you are completely anonymous, simply by clicking a button on your Chrome browser, is a mistake. If you’re looking for that level of privacy, I would highly suggest you take a look at Tor Browser (a browser that works in conjunction with a proxy server, such that your traffic is anonymous to your ISP). Even with Tor, not all is perfect, but it’s a considerable improvement over using Incognito mode and expecting it to be 100% anonymous.

I will also add this, for those that assume Chrome incognito a be-all, end-all solution: I have witnessed, first hand, Chrome Incognito saving browser history. I’ve tested this on a number of instances (and different platforms) and have been surprised to see my browsing history “stick”, even when in incognito mode.

That’s right, Incognito cannot always be relied upon. Don’t believe me? Check out Figure A.

Figure A

The lesson? If you do use Incognito mode, do yours

The lesson? If you do use Incognito mode, do yourself a favor and never assume it is always doing what it should. This is exacerbated when you have multiple devices, connected to your Google account, that sync your data and history. The web grows ever larger and stickier.

? How to enable extensions for Private Firefox?

Openyour Firefox web browser and open the add-on page. Search for the extension, for example, “Turn Off the Lights”. And click on this rectangle box. Scroll to the bottom of the web page, and at the topic “Run in Private Windows” choose the “Allow” radio button.

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