Go Incognito Chrome Extension

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

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

Install Go Incognito from Chrome Web Store.


How to Use?

To open the current tab in an incognito window, click on the toolbar button as shown in the above screenshot. Alternatively, you can right click any where on the web page and select the “Go Incognito” option present in the context menu.



Tip #1: Go Incognito offers a keyboard shortcut command: Alt + I. Use it to quickly open the current tab in the incognito mode. If this keys combination is not working for you, or you want to change it to some other combination, follow this guide.


Tip #2: By default, this extension closes the current tab, and removes it from the browsing history. But, if you like, you can set it to not close or remove it from the history. Visit extension’s Options page for setting up your choice. You can always change it later.

To change extension’s default options, right click on its icon on the toolbar, and select “Options” in the appeared context menu, as shown in the following screenshot. This should open the options page of Go Incognito.


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Tip #3: Users can allow this extension in the incognito mode from Chrome’s extension page (chrome://extensions) to enjoy the reverse functionality. Using this feature, you can open an incognito tab as a normal tab just by clicking the extension’s icon on the toolbar.


This extension requires History permission from the users, which means technically it has access to your browsing history. This can worry some privacy-concerned users, but we would like to mention that this extension doesn’t access your browsing data. It needs history permission because it removes URLs from browsing history. None of our extensions track our users in any possible way. So, use it without any doubt.

Incognito This Tab

If you don’t want to grant history permission, we would suggest you to use our Incognito This Tab extension, which also opens the current tab in an incognito window, but doesn’t close the tab or remove it from history.

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.

Posted by Arpit Gupta

Arpit maintains several browser-based tools including many popular extensions. Follow him on Twitter, or email at editor@browsernative.com.

12 Responses

  1. Danny says:

    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…

  2. Danny says:

    … 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”!

  3. Amit Paul says:

    cool extension. I was looking for this functionality for long. thanks.

  4. Joe says:

    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.


  5. Nate Martin says:


    I wish if you could add keyboard shortcut for Go Incognito. That would be awesome.

  6. Arpit says:

    @Nate: Added keyboard command. Thanks for the suggestion.

  7. Adam says:

    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.

  8. Arpit Kumar says:

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

  9. Lucas Costa says:

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

  10. Tony says:

    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.

  11. Anush says:

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

  12. Arpit says:

    @Anush: Try our “Close and Forget This Tab” extension: https://browsernative.com/close-and-forget-this-tab/

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