How to enable Private Browsing on BlackBerry 10

By Alicia Erlich on 8 May 2014 02:12 pm EDT

As we navigate the web, whether it be on our device or on our computer, the browser stores certain information for you. For example, logins and passwords, history, and cached files are all items that the BlackBerry browser keeps track of as you browse the web. If, on the other hand, you do not wish others to have access to this information or you would like to view websites without saving this information, sort of like incognito mode in Google Chrome, this is accomplished by turning on Private Browsing.

Now we touched upon this option in our Top Ten Browsing Tips but for those of you unfamiliar with the feature you can find the full rundown and limitations below.

Once enabled, this option prevents your smartphone from keeping this data and only keeps the information while you have the browser. When you close the browser or turn the feature off, the data is automatically wiped. All you need to do is complete these steps to turn on Private Browsing on BlackBerry 10:

  • Launch the BlackBerry Browser
  • Tap the overflow / action menu (three dots on the bottom right and select Settings
  • Tap Privacy and Security
  • Using the toggle switch, switch the Private Browsing option to ON

Keep in mind that when using this option Adobe Flash is automatically disabled, any tabs you had open will be saved and re-established once it is disabled, and those using BlackBerry Balance will not be able to enable this feature from the workspace browser.

In addition, any saved passwords and usernames will not be accessible so you will have to re-enter your login information when Private Browsing is turned on. However, please note this option does not stay on permanently. If you close your browser it is automatically turned off and you will have to re-enable upon launching the application again.

Private Browsing helps people avoid leaving tracks behind by erasing your browsing and search histories and any cookies you may come across during your browsing session.

For more tips and tricks, check out our BlackBerry 10 help page.

Reader comments

How to enable Private Browsing on BlackBerry 10


You're saying I shouldn't secretly buy a trip to Paris to surprise her without her knowing? Ah damn, I thought surprises were a cool thing.

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Google knows, and a subpoena can reveal it. Use or something else for that stuff, whatever it is....

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

Thanks Alicia, I didn't know some of this and I will take advantage of this feature more.

 BlackBerry Q10  Keep The Faith 

Developers/BlackBerry listen up. I'd love to see a separate icon for privacy browsing. Too many steps involved.

Is there anyway to make it default to private. It appears to reset each time browser is closed.

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I would like to see another icon for private browsing on the home screen or maybe if you press and hold the normal browser icon it asks whether you want a private session.

Z10 STL100-2 DTAC 3G

would like to have private browsing default even after you close the browser much like playbook...

Posted via CB10 with my Q10 / Playbook 64GB

Private browsing does not mean anonymous.
Would like to see that ability at some stage. Blackphone is getting it?

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

There is an option in the bowser settings right above the Private Browsing toggle to specify the frequency you want for removing history items. The lowest option seems to be "After one Day". If this option is used, does it mean that all history data is erased similar to Private Browsing, but after one day instead of immediately as in the case for Private Browsing? Or, are there further differences between the two related to privacy and security? If the only difference is the timing of deletion of history data, providing a lower time frame than "After One Day" (for example: "Immediately Upon Closing of the Browser") would do the same thing as Private Browsing, no? I just don't understand why the lowest setting is "After One Day", and the difference between the two!

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So what when BlackBerry OS10 knows your keyboard inputs. Do any websites have access to this very critical information?

"Private Mode", as I understand this, there is nothing really Private in that Mode. It just doesn't store visited websites, cookies, logins etc.

And why do I have to enable it over and over again after my browser is closed? I'm using 10.3 Browser and still feels like a 10.0 browser.

Not even a decent bookmark mgmt.

OK it's fast, but that's anything about it.

Come on BlackBerry, it isn't really that hard or?

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Message notifications don't come on my z10 mobile but caller tone pls help me.

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Hello peeps, please help me out :
I have saved two pages to browse them later offline, now there is no way to delete the HTML file and other files svaed in a folder. Any ideas how to delete the files?

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