How to Enable Extensions in Incognito Mode on Google Chrome

Do you feel concerned about your privacy when surfing the internet?

Google Chrome’s incognito mode works like a charm to counter this problem. It let you browse the net without saving your passwords and forgets about any previous caches.

In other words, it would be like opening Chrome for the first time.

However, there is also a drawback. The incognito mode disables any extensions by default. You might think, why? It is because some extensions can track user behavior which directly opposes the idea of privacy.

Still, some trustworthy extensions help you decrease the risk of being tracked online.

In this article, we will discuss how to enable extensions in Google Chrome while using the incognito mode.

So, without any further ado, let’s get started.

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Enable Extensions in Incognito Mode using Extension’s Icon

You can see the extension icons beside the URL bar if they are active. Follow the steps to enable them in incognito mode as well.

1. Open Google Chrome

2. Right-click on the preferred extension icon and select “Mange Extensions.”

Right click on extension icon

3. Now, scroll down and toggle the “Allow in Incognito” button.

Allow extension in incognito mode

And done, the selected extension would now work in the incognito mode as well.

Enable Extensions in Incognito Mode using Extension’s Page

Tip: Enter chrome://extensions into the address bar and press Enter to directly open to the Extensions settings.

1. Open Google Chrome

2. Click on the “Customize and control Google Chrome” (More) button.

3. Then, tap on “More tools,” and click on “Extensions.”

Open extension page

4. Now, select details for the extension you want to enable/disable in incognito mode.

Click details on extension

5. Scroll down and toggle “Allow in Incognito” switch to Enable/Disable the extension in incognito mode.

Allow extension in incognito mode

You can quickly allow the incognito mode to use the preferred extensions by following the above methods.

How Does Incognito Mode Works?

Google explains everything about incognito mode on its website

Whenever you open a new incognito window, you create a new session. Any further activity will be a part of that session unless you close all open windows and restart your browser. 

In incognito mode, none of your browsing history, cookies and site data, and information filled in forms are saved on your device. That means the browser won’t keep a record of any activity. So, no other person would be able to see your history if they are using the same account. Moreover, all website you visit will treat you as a new user unless you sign in.

Again, if you are using the incognito mode, you are by default logged out of any website and accounts. However, keep in mind, your school network, internet service provider or third-party apps like parental control can still access your activity.

How Incognito Mode Protects your Privacy?

Let’s see what Incognito mode can do and can’t to know our limitations.

What Incognito mode does

  • Browsing in incognito means your data is not saved on your device or your Google account if you are not signed in.
    • For example, you can search for a surprise gift, and no one from your family would be able to see your browsing activity on the device. (Note: If you are purchasing something online, then the e-commerce site would keep the record if you sign in to it.)
  • Chrome clears any site data or cookies associated with a particular session as soon as you close all the windows in incognito mode.
  • Other websites, including Google, don’t know that you are using the incognito mode.

What Incognito mode doesn’t do

  • It can’t stop any site from recording your behaviour if you sign in to the site.
  • Prevent your activity or location from being noticeable to the websites you visit, your school, employer, or your Internet Service provider.
  • Websites will be able to show you ads based on your searches in the same session. However, you won’t receive the same ads once you complete the session.


Goggle Chrome’s incognito mode can come handy whenever you want to browse privately. It enables you to protect yourself from a few dangers, like tracking your browsing habits or getting annoying ads based on your search. Now, since some extensions can record your behaviour, Chrome disables all extension by default. Still, there are some extensions that you should use irrespective of the fact that you are using the incognito mode or not. Be aware of which extensions you are allowing, or you might end up compromising your privacy.

I hope you find this article helpful. For any queries, feel free to comment down below. 

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