Want to browse the Internet on your iPhone or iPad anonymously? Sometimes, you might not want your Internet browsing activity to be saved to your browser history – especially if you’re using a shared device. Luckily, there’s an easy way to surf the Internet privately and anonymously on an iPhone or iPad, and in this article, we’ll show you how to do it. Both iPhone and iPad run the same iOS operating system, so the instructions will work exactly the same for both. The images in this article are screenshots from an iPhone 6S running iOS 10.2.1.
The first step in anonymous browsing on your iOS device is to open up your web browser app.
This will allow you to see more options at the bottom of your screen.
This will switch your Safari browser over to private browsing mode. Your browsing activity will not be saved to your browser history when using this mode. Once turned on, you’ll notice the border of the browser window turn from white to black.
You can open a new page by tapping on the Plus Sign button. You can even have multiple tabs open at the same time.
That’s it! You have your browser set to private mode, and you can now surf the Internet without your history being saved.
This way you can exit private browsing mode in case you don’t want anyone else knowing you were browsing the web anonymously.
Now that we’ve covered the instructions for how to browse privately, we have a few tips for you to keep in mind when using private browsing mode on your iPhone or iPad.
Even if you use private browser settings so that your history is not saved, your Internet provider will still be able to see your activity, and likely your boss can as well if you’re browsing at work. Having your iPhone/iPad browser set to private does not guarantee that nobody will know what you’ve looked at online.
To make sure that your iPhone/iPad doesn’t save information like credit card numbers, addresses, and passwords, make sure you have the “Auto-fill” setting turned off. You can access these settings by going to Settings > Safari > Auto-fill.
If you share your device with a family member and you don’t want them to see that you used private browsing, be sure to set it back to normal when you’re done browsing anonymously.
That’s all you need to know about how to surf the Internet anonymously on your iPhone or iPad. If you’d like to learn more about Internet privacy and safety, check out our free Internet privacy course and our Internet safety course. In these courses, we have more tutorials where you can learn how to browse privately on your desktop computer with Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Internet Explorer.
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