How to Enable Chrome Extensions in Incognito Mode


Modern browsers have a great feature known as “incognito” or private mode which allows you to browse the web without saving a record of the sites you visit, storing cookies, or saving your search queries.

By default, Google Chrome disables all your extensions when you open an incognito window. This is because while Chrome does not keep track of your surfing in incognito mode, it cannot vouch for what these extensions do with your data while you’re surfing the Internet.

However, browsing the web without some extensions like Adblock Plus or Ublock Origin can be painful, and there are several other valid reasons why you might want to allow certain third party extensions to run even when you’re in incognito mode.

This article will show you the exact procedures to follow to get your favourite Chrome extensions working in incognito mode.

Note: the following steps will also work in Chromium and Vivaldi which are built on the same underlying infrastructure as Google Chrome.

It’s pretty easy to setup. You don’t need to install anything or enable special flags to get them to work. Just follow the steps below and you should be up and running in a minute or two.

1. Launch Google Chrome and click the “three dots” hamburger icon at the far right-hand corner of the top bar.

2. From the drop-down menu select “More Tools” and then “Extensions.” This will take you to the extensions manager where you can view all your installed extensions.


You can also enter chrome://extensions/ in the address bar to reach the same page.


3. A list of all extensions will appear on the page. Check the “Allow in incognito” box under your preferred extensions.


For some extensions Chrome will display a warning that it cannot prevent extensions from recording your browser history or storing other data, so you should make sure you only enable extensions that you trust and that they aren’t using your personal data wrongfully.

4. Launch a new incognito session (“Ctrl + Shift + N”), and verify that the extension works.

I hope this article has helped you figure out how to enable extensions in Chrome’s incognito mode. Let us know the Chrome extensions you can’t do without while surfing the Web in the comments below.

Ayo Isaiah
Ayo Isaiah

Ayo Isaiah is a freelance writer from Lagos who loves everything technology with a particular interest in open-source software. Follow him on Twitter.

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