How to Always Launch Google Chrome in Incognito Mode

Force Chrome to launch in Incognito

by: - Last updated on: August 14th, 2020

Incognito Mode or Private Mode is one of the useful and widely used features (among many) on web browsers that allow users to surf the internet in a way that prevents the browser from saving their sessions, history, cookies, and other private information. While it does come with its own set of pros and cons, for some people, it is an essential and most used feature on a browser. So, in this article, we take you through the steps on how to always launch Google Chrome in Incognito Mode on Linux, Mac, and Windows.

How to always launch Google Chrome in Incognito Mode

Although you can access Incognito Mode in a regular way by opening your browser and opening a tab in incognito/private mode, or using a shortcut for the same, there are still a couple of steps that you need to follow to achieve this. However, using the power of scripts, you can avoid having to go through these steps every time you want to browse privately.


How to Always Launch Google Chome in Incognito Mode

On Linux

1. Right-click on Google Chrome and select Properties.

2. In Google Chrome Properties, go to the Basic tab and in the input field next to Command, enter --incognito. [leave a space between U and -]

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3. Hit Close.

Now, similar to how you would run an application on Linux, you can double-tap the Google Chrome application, and it will open up in Incognito Mode.

On Mac

Create script

1. Open Launchpad, go to the Others folder and run Script Editor. Alternatively, access Spotlight Search with command + space and search for Script Editor and hit Enter.

2. Tap on New Document and paste the following code –
do shell script "open -a /Applications/Google\\ Chrome.app --args --incognito"

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3. Once done, hit command + save or go to File > Save.

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4. Here, rename the file to what you want, and for the File Format, select Application.

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5. Finally, hit Save and close the Script Editor.

Run script

1. Open Finder and go to iCloud Drive.

2. Here, open the Script Editor folder, and you will see the script you just created.

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3. Double-tap on the script, and it will open Google Chrome in Incognito Mode.

Further, you can also move this script to your Desktop or the Dock to avoid the need to go to the Script Editor folder every time you want to run it. To do this, simply select the script and drag it to the Desktop or the Dock.

On Windows

1. Right-click on Google Chrome and select Properties.

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2. In Google Chrome Properties, tap on the Shortcut tab.

3. Now, in the input field next to the Target box, add --incognito at the end of the line. [leave a space between ” and -]

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4. An Access Denied prompt asking for administrator permission will pop-up. Tap Continue.

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5. Finally, hit Apply and save the changes by pressing OK.

Now, to execute it, double-click on the app, and it will open Google Chrome in Incognito Mode.

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  1. I got an error “Syntax Error – Expected “given”, “in”, “of”, expression, “with”, “without”, other parameter name, etc. but found unknown token.”

    1. I’m assuming you are getting the error on Mac — perhaps due to some error in formatting. For the script to work, the Script Editor requires you to enter commands in the correct syntax. So when you create one, make sure you input the command as is.

      Here’s what the command should look like:
      do shell script "open -a /Applications/Google\\ Chrome.app --args --incognito"

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