How to enable extensions in incognito mode in Chrome
Incognito mode is a useful Chrome feature that adds an extra layer of security to your browsing. It prevents websites from tracking you, blocks cookies and disables log features. One downside to this is that not all extensions work by default. You may be able to enable extensions in Chrome’s incognito mode. Here’s how.
Most other browsers have a similar feature. Firefox has a new private window, Edge has InPrivate, Opera has private browsing, and the list goes on. Since Chrome is the most popular browser out there, I’ll focus on that.
Chrome Incognito Mode
By default, the web browser is designed to be as useful as possible. It remembers where you connect to the Internet, the URLs you type, the passwords you enter, the forms you complete and almost everything you do on the Internet. It also allows cookies to be stored so that your browser knows which pages you have visited and which preferences you may have set. All this is designed to make browsing fast and simple.
However, if you use a public computer or share a device, this information will be available for anyone to see. If you’re doing something you’d rather keep to yourself, it won’t work. Enter incognito mode.
Incognito mode in Chrome and its equivalent for other browsers do not save all this information. It doesn’t save URLs, it doesn’t save passwords, it doesn’t log where you go or create a history for you to use later. It also does not allow cookies to be stored. It’s basically an isolated example that gets forgotten the moment the browser is closed.
This has obvious benefits if you don’t want to study your browsing habits but there are also downsides. Most browser extensions are disabled in incognito mode. Any website or social network that you log in automatically when you visit will need to do so manually and your site preferences will not be saved. Simple price to pay more privacy.
Enable Extensions in Incognito Mode in Chrome
You can enable extensions in incognito mode in Chrome. I use some plugins that I always use, like LastPass and the HTML5 AutoPlay blocker. I want both to work regardless of whether I’m using normal mode or incognito mode.
Fortunately, you can enable it with a manual tweak.
- Open Chrome and select the three-line menu icon at the top right.
- Select More Tools and Extensions.
- Select the extension you want to enable and check the box next to “Allow in incognito mode”.
The next time you start an incognito session, the browser extension of your choice should now work as normal.
Just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should. Remember that allowing an extension to run in incognito mode can also allow it to access your browsing habits during that time. There is a good reason why most extensions are disabled while in incognito mode!
Other Safe Browsing Options
Incognito mode helps maintain semblance of privacy from others who use your computer but on its own, it doesn’t add much. You need to use a strategy instead of a single step to browse safely. Use one or all of these to increase your privacy while online.
Use a VPN
We talk a lot about VPNs here on TechJunkie, and for good reason. Now our online activities are a fair game for anyone to track, we need to control our privacy. A VPN is one way to do this. Read “What is a VPN tunnel and how does it protect your data?” If you want to know how VPN improves privacy.
Block ads and tracking
Blocking ads is a personal decision but I do it myself. I am of course whitelisting I can trust like TechJunkie, but many other sites don’t respect how I use the internet or how intrusive their ads can be. Centralized ad servers are also a weak link in Internet security and are often compromised to deliver malicious code.
I find it safer to block all ads from every website and only allow those that I trust.
Block third-party cookies
All browsers have the option to block third-party cookies and enforce Do Not Track options in cookies. use it.