How to Turn On and Disable Safari Private Browsing in iOS 7
The Safari private browsing is only available in iOS 5 and later, which protect your privacy when surfing the internet. This post includes how to turn on and disable iOS 7 private browsing as well as the advantages of Safari private browsing.
What's the Advantage of Private Browsing in Safari
If you are worrying about sensitive data may be left behind in temporary files such as cookies, or you just do not want anyone to know where you have been visited, the private browsing in Safari would be a great help. When you activated Safari Private Browsing on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac, cookies and other files will not be saved. What's more, your entire browsing and search history will be automatically wiped out.
How to Enable and Disable Safari Private Browsing on iPhone 5s
The private browsing feature can be activated in just a few steps. This guide will walk you through the simple steps with iPhone 5s being an example.
- 1) Open Safari in iOS 7 just as you usually do.
- 2) Visit any web page and tap on the URL to make the URL bar and navigation buttons visible.
- 3) Tap the panel icon in the corner, which looks like two overlapping squares.
- 4) Select the "Private" option to enable private browsing mode, then choose one of two options regarding existing web pages: Close All and Keep All. If you wish to keep these pages open, select Keep All. If you'd like to close the existing pages and start a fresh Private Browsing session, select Close All.
- 5) You will then be able to browse all websites as usual with no cookies, history, or cache being stored.
You can disable private browsing at any time by repeating the steps above. This time you need to tap on the "Private" option to unselect it. You will still have the 2 options to choose: Close All and Keep All, which will close or keep all existing web pages and allow you to browse in normal browsing mode.
About Cookies and Other Information You May Need
You might feel strange about some of the terms, such as cookies, mentioned in this post. The additional information below intends to help you better understand this post and Safari.
- 1) Cookies are data that a website puts on the device so the website can remember you when you visit again, and the webpage can be customized for you based on information you may have provided.
- 2) Some pages may not work unless you accept cookies.
- 3) Tips below show you how to clear browsing data on Safari:
To clear your history from Safari, tap Settings > Safari > Clear History.
To clear all cookies from Safari, tap Settings > Safari > Clear Cookies and Data.
To clear other stored information from Safari, tap Advanced > Website Data > Remove All Website Data.
- 4) If you cleared important iPhone Safari bookmarks by accident, you can resort to iPhone Data Recovery for Mac to get the bookmarks back.