Force Enable or Disable Google Chrome Incognito Mode

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How to Force Enable or Disable Google Chrome Incognito Mode

A lesser known feature of Google Chrome is the ability to disable or force enable its built-in Incognito mode feature. It can be managed via Chrome policies. Today, we will see how it can be done.

Google Chrome's  Incognito mode allows opening a special window that doesn't save your browsing history and personal data. It is a window that implements the private browsing feature. While it doesn't save things like your browsing history, cookies, site and forms data, it allows you accessing your profile, bookmarks, etc. Actually, cookies remain saved during your Incognito session, but will be deleted once you exit Incognito mode.

It is also important to note that if you have an Incognito window open and then you open another one, Chrome will continue using your private browsing session in that new window. To exit and terminate Incognito mode (e.g. to start a new Incognito browsing session), you need to close all Incognito windows that you have currently open.

Normally, you can open a new Incognito window from the menu, or with a Ctrl + Shift + N shortcut.

By applying a policy, you can prevent users of your computer from using Google Chrome Incognito Mode, or force them using it. Before proceeding, ensure that your user account has administrative privileges. Now, follow the instructions below.

To Force Enable or Disable Google Chrome Incognito Mode,

  1. Open the Registry Editor app.
  2. Go to the following Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Chrome
    See how to go to a Registry key with one click.
  3. On the right, modify or create a new 32-Bit DWORD value IncognitoModeAvailability.
    Note: Even if you are running 64-bit Windows you must still create a 32-bit DWORD value.
  4. Set its value data to
    0 -> Enable (default)
    1 -> Disable. In this mode, pages may not be opened in Incognito mode.
    2 -> Force. In this mode, pages may be opened ONLY in Incognito mode.
  5. Re-open the browser to apply the policy.

You are done!

To save your time, you can download the following ready-to-use Registry files.

Download Registry Files

The undo tweak is included.

That's it!

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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