How to browse privately in Safari

To protect yourself from tracking and regain some control over your privacy, you use private browsing windows in Safari with a few configuration steps.

To protect yourself from tracking and regain some control over your privacy, you use private browsing windows in Safari with a few configuration steps.

Private browsing stops Safari from remembering the websites and pages that you visit, autofill information in forms, your download history, changes to cookie information, and it requests that websites Do Not Track you. This doesn’t stop websites or your employer from tracking which pages you visit – you are not anonymous when using the private browsing mode.

You can see if you are in a private browsing window when the smart search field at the top of your browser window is dark.

Note: You will need to start a new private browsing window each time you use Safari.

Open a new private browser window in Safari

  • Click File -> New Private Window.

Turn cookies off in Safari

You can disable cookies in Safari by changing a setting in the preferences.

  1. Click Safari -> Preferences, then click Privacy.
  2. Under the Cookies and website data option, choose Always block.

If you want to allow some (often useful) cookies, make sure the Website tracking option is selected to Ask websites not to track me.

Read more about using private browser windows in Safari here.