If you want to browse in private in Chrome browser, you can start Chrome in safe mode. This post teaches you how to turn on and turn off Chrome safe mode. FYI, MiniTool Software, provides some useful software for you, e.g. MiniTool Power Data Recovery, MiniTool Partition Wizard, MiniTool MovieMaker, etc.

Google Chrome safe mode, namely, Incognito mode, is a stripped-down version of Chrome browser. If you start Chrome in safe mode, you can browse internet privately and Chrome will delete usage history, cookies, etc. in your browsing. If your Chrome browser always crashes, you can also open Chrome in safe mode, extensions and all add-ons will be disabled. This can fix problems caused by Chrome corrupt or incompatible extensions. Check how to turn on or turn off Chrome safe mode below.

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How to Start Chrome in Safe Mode

On Windows, to open Chrome in safe mode, you can open Chrome browser, click the three-dot Chrome menu icon at the top-right and choose New Incognito Window.

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On Mac, you can open Google Chrome browser and click File -> New Incognito Window to enable Chrome safe mode.

Alternatively, you can also open Chrome and press the Chrome safe mode shortcut Ctrl + Shift + N to open a new Incognito window on Windows. On Mac, you can press the Shift + Command + N Chrome Incognito shortcut.

On Android, iPhone or iPad, you can open Google Chrome app, tap More -> New Incognito Tab to start Chrome in safe mode.

By doing this, you run Google Chrome in safe mode and with extension disabled. You can then browse the internet in private when using an Incognito window. You can freely switch between Incognito window and normal window in Chrome.

How to exit Chrome safe mode: to exit Incognito mode, you need to close all Incognito windows in Chrome.

How to Turn on Extensions in Chrome Safe Mode

All extensions and add-ons are disabled in Chrome Incognito mode. If you want to enable specific extension in Chrome safe mode, you can click the three-dot icon at the upper-right corner and click More Tools -> Extensions, and turn on the switch next to the target extension to enable it.

How to Automatically Open Chrome in Incognito Mode

You can set Chrome to open in safe mode automatically, check how to make it below.

  • On Windows, you can create a copy of Google Chrome shortcut, right-click the Chrome shortcut and click Properties.
  • In Google Chrome Properties window, you can click Shortcut tab.
  • Next to Target box, you can add –incognito at the end. Click Apply and click OK.

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You can easily start Chrome in safe mode to browse in private. This post offers a detailed guide.

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