Go Incognito Chrome Extension

“Go Incognito” is a highly useful extension for the Google Chrome browser. It allows users to easily open the current Chrome tab in incognito mode.

When you activate the extension (using its toolbar button, the context menu option, or the Alt + I keyboard command), it opens the current tab in an incognito window. Additionally, it closes the current tab and removes it from your browsing history.

Install Go Incognito from Chrome Web Store.

How to Use This Extension?

After installing this extension, please pin its icon to the browser toolbar. By default, Chrome does not show extension icons on the toolbar, so be sure to pin it for quick access. Follow this tutorial for detailed information on this topic.

pin extension icon on chrome toolbar

To open the current tab in an incognito window, click on the extension’s toolbar button as shown in the screenshot below:


Alternatively, right-click anywhere on any web page and select the “Go Incognito” option from the context menu:


Keyboard Shortcut

The “Go Incognito” Chrome extension provides a keyboard shortcut command: Alt + I. This allows you to quickly open the current tab in incognito mode. If this key combination is not working for you, or you would like to change it to another combination, follow this guide.


Change Extension Settings

By default, this extension closes the current tab and removes it from your browsing history. However, if you prefer, you can configure it to keep the tab open and preserve it in your history. To customize this setting, visit the extension’s Options page. You can modify this option at any time.

To change the above default setting, right-click on its icon in the toolbar, and select “Options” from the context menu that appears, as shown in the screenshot below. This will open the options page for Go Incognito.

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Reverse Functionality: Open Incognito Tab in Normal Browsing Mode

This extension can also be used to open an incognito mode tab in normal browsing mode by granting it the “Allow in Incognito” permission from Chrome’s extension page (chrome://extensions). Once you enable this setting, the extension’s icon will be visible on the toolbar in incognito mode as well. Simply click the icon to open an incognito tab in normal mode.

Note that all Chrome extensions are disabled by default in incognito mode, but you can enable them manually on an individual basis.

allow chrome extension in incognito

Required Permission

This extension requires permission to access your browsing history. While this may concern privacy-conscious users, we would like to clarify that the extension does not actually access your browsing data. The history permission is necessary for the extension to remove URLs from your browsing history. We do not track our users in any way and you can use the extension with confidence.

Incognito This Tab

If you do not want to grant permission for your browsing history, we suggest using our “Incognito This Tab” extension. This extension opens the current tab in an incognito window, but does not close the tab or remove it from your browsing history.

Incognito Mode in Google Chrome

The Incognito mode in Google Chrome is a popular feature that allows users to browse the internet privately without their browsing history or personal data being stored on their device. Read more about incognito mode of Google Chrome.

If you like this extension, please rate it 5★ on Chrome Store. Have any feedback or suggestion? Leave a comment below, or email us at browsernative.apps@gmail.com.

19 thoughts on “Go Incognito Chrome Extension”

  1. how to open incognito tab using this extension, and now a new incognito WINDOW? how to go incognito in the same window?? I don’t want a new window every time.

  2. This is a really good extension. It would be even better if it would open a new tab in the incognito session if one already exists rather than opening a new window. It would also be good to have several tabs moved from regular to incognito in one movement.

  3. Using this extension after Amit Agrawal of Digital Inspiration (LABNOL) recommended this on his blog.
    Great tool for me. I run adblocker with heavy blocking on all websites. Now, if I face any issue due to adblocker on any web page, I click on this extension – and it loads that page in an incognito window where there is no adblocker running. So, it is going to be very handy for me. Thanks for creating this extension.

    I’ve just one request, please port this Go Incognito extension to the Safari browser. Don’t want to copy&paste URLs anymore.

  4. Can you give an additional shortcut to close the tab and delete history (no need to open incognito because I already have it open)?

  5. It would be nice as you enter a certain URL it automatically opens it in incognito mede as you defined it earlier in a list of URLs that you want to acces in incognito mode instead of having to swith yoursel to incognito mode all the times. Thanks.

  6. Great extension, but the shortcut (option + i) conflicts with a global shortcut on mac for ^ accents (â, ê, ô)….

  7. @Adam: Yes, that’s a known issue due to a bug present in Chrome. Please read the above article for more.

  8. It’s a great idea! However, I noticed that when I hit the button it does not clear the site from my browser history. I using Version 52.0.2743.82 on Windows 10.

  9. Can we get an option to remove the context menu option? The button in the menu is mandatory, but I don’t want/need both.


  10. … p.s. thanks for the great work! I recommend “Incognito This” to my friends and I’m sure I’ll be doing the same for “Go Incognito”!

  11. Could we have the icon for “Incognito This” and “Go Incognito” be different? I actually use “Incognito This” a lot for opening a new instance of the same web page with different log-in credentials (since a private session doesn’t share cookies). “Go Incognito” wouldn’t work for that purpose, so I plan to use both extensions simultaneously, only right now they look the same…

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