Private Browsing mode in Safari lets you view sites without adding anything to your history on your iPhone and iPad. Here are four different ways to open a private tab in Safari when you need it.
When you use a private tab, Safari doesn’t store your browsing history, AutoFill your information, suggest recent searches, or save cookies once you close the tab.
With iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 arrived several changes, including how you can use private browsing mode in Safari. That said, there are easier and lesser-known ways to quickly open a private tab in Safari on your iPhone or iPad.
To get started, open Safari on your iPhone or iPad. On the iPhone, tap the “Pages” button (cascading squares icon) in the bottom-right corner.
You’ll see a windows or webpages management screen with the grid of thumbnails representing the open tabs. The toolbar at the bottom will show the “Tab Groups” option with a drop-down button next to it. Tap the drop-down button.
Select the “Private” option from the menu that pops up to switch to the private browsing mode.
Select the “+” icon in the bottom-left to open a new private tab. Or tap “Done” in the bottom-left corner if you’re opening a private tab for the first time.
On the iPad, you’ll need to tap the “Sidebar” option on the upper-left corner.
When the sidebar panel slides open, choose the “Private” option to turn on the private browsing mode and open a new private tab.
A quick way to open a private tab in Safari is to use the “Pages” button on the bottom toolbar on your iPhone.
Fire up Safari. Long-press or hard-press the “Pages” button (cascading squares icon).
Select the “New Private Tab” option with a hand icon next to it from the menu that pops up.
You’ll need to follow the same method on the iPad by tapping the “Pages” button (four squares) in the top-right corner and then select “New Private Tab.”
You can open a private tab directly from the Safari app icon using the hard-press or long-press gesture powered by 3D Touch or Haptic Touch feature. The 3D Touch is available only on the older (pre-iPhone 11) modes.
Long-press or hard-press the Safari app icon on the homescreen.
Select “New Private Tab” from the menu that pops up.
Follow the same on the iPad.
Note: The iPhone models from iPhone 6s to iPhone X (including XS) support 3D Touch. All iPhone models from iPhone XR and higher support Haptic Touch.
Another neat method to launch a private tab in Safari is to use Siri commands on your iPhone and iPad. This method works if you have the “Listen For ‘Hey Siri'” option enabled from the Settings app.
While your iPhone or iPad is unlocked, say “Hey Siri” and ask it to open a private Safari tab. Here’s an example of what you can ask Siri:
- Open a private tab in Safari
That’s it! Have fun opening the private tab quickly in Safari on iPhone and iPad.