Private Browsing in Firefox for iOS

Firefox's Private Browsing lets you browse the Web on your iPhone or iPad without saving your history. Open as many Private Tabs as you'd like, and switch between Private and regular browsing easily.

About Private Browsing

Private Browsing does not save history, cookies, passwords, site preferences, or temporary Internet files. It does keep bookmarks you've saved while in Private Browsing.

Private Browsing does not make you anonymous on the Web. Your Internet provider and websites themselves may still be able to track you.

Use Private Browsing

To use Private Browsing, simply open a Private Tab by following these steps:

  1. Tap the tab icon at the bottom of the screen.

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  2. Tap the mask button at the top center of the screen to switch to Private Browsing.
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  3. Tap the plus sign at the bottom of the screen to open a new Private Tab.
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Tip: To open a link in a Private Tab, press on the link until the menu opens, then choose Open in a New Private Tab.

When you are using Private Browsing, the tabs icon at the bottom of the screen will have a purple mask on it. Additionally, the search bar will be highlighted purple. These are helpful indicators that will let you know whether or not you are in Private Browsing mode.

Tabs:

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Search bar:

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View open Private Tabs

To view a list of your open Private Tabs:

  1. Tap the tab icon at the bottom of the screen.

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  2. If you are not already in Private Browsing mode, tap the mask button at the top center of the screen to switch to Private Browsing
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  3. You'll see a list of open Private Tabs.
  4. Tap a tab to view the page, or tap the x to close the tab. Tabs will remain open until you tap x to close them.

Exit Private Browsing

To switch to regular browsing, tap the black mask button at the top center of the screen again.

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Your private tabs will remain open until you close them. To automatically close all Private Tabs when you switch to regular browsing, see Automatically close Private Tabs when leaving Private Browsing.

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