How to Recover Incognito History on PC, iPhone/iPad, Android Phone &Tablet
Incognito history is a monster to recover and check, but here are a few tips to make it easier.Last Updated on November 1, 2023 by Ian McEwan
The main reason for browsing in incognito mode is to keep users' online activities a secret. When people use incognito mode, the browser will leave no trace of their online history. It is a useful feature, especially when people want to hide their weird browsing history or maintain privacy for security reasons.
At times, you may want to see the incognito history of your child, your BF/GF, or even your employees. Also, people may wish to recover their incognito history. Because they want to revisit a particular website that they had discovered while browsing in incognito. Some of you are here cause you lost that good p**n link, right? Just kidding XDDD. Some of you may keep all your tabs remain open and press the back button to restore your incognito tabs. However, as the browser deletes all your browsing activities once you close your incognito tabs, it becomes a challenge to retrieve your Incognito history.
What is Incognito mode? And how does it work?
Before recovering incognito history, you should know what Incognito means and how it works exactly.
Incognito Mode, the Private Browsing Function
How Private Browsing Works and What does incognito mode do
First, look at this infographic about data transmission of web browsing.
Browsing in Incognito Mode, Your browsing history/information/activity will be:
|Invisible to||Visible to|
|Yourself and other people who use the same device||
Methods to Recover and See Incognito History
With the above information, you can know where to recover your Incognito history first. Yes, recovering on the network level, where your browsing history, no matter regular or private, is visible and accessible. Also, there are some useful tips/tools that can help find out the Incognito history from your PC, iPhone/iPad, or Android Devices. Just read on and choose the best to fix your problem.
1. Recover/Monitor Incognito History on Network-Level
Most routers, like Netgear or Cisco, will maintain a log of all the websites visited through the shared network. So, after losing those links you want to revisit, you can recover the Incognito history by accessing your router log.
Here are 2 easy-to-follow steps that should point you in the right direction.
Track Android phone and tablet, iPhone and iPad remotely and secretly! All information is visible to you!
Monitor all social media apps, FB, IG, Twitter, Snapchat, etc
View SMS/IMs, call logs, contacts, emails, browser history
Record every keystroke and set alarm for specific keywords
How to use incognito spyware to check the private browsing history
And that’s how you can view your private browsing history.
Likewise, we can also use a computer monitoring software like FlexiSpy to check the incognito history and other user activities on the computer in real-time remotely.
To monitor private browsing history, record or view the computer screen and web camera, click the button below to learn more.
The most assured way of recovering incognito history is by using the Chrome extension for recording browsing activity.
The extension keeps your incognito history and makes it easy for you to recover it when the need arises. You can access all the records of your online activity from the extension even when you close the browser. To use the extension, you will first need to download it.
Here are the steps on how to recover incognito history using the chrome Off The Record History extension.
The extension can help you recover your history whenever you require it. You can also delete the browsing history from the extension. The reason behind the use of incognito is to hide your history. You wouldn’t want to leave your private browsing records on the browser for long. Someone else can access it easily via the extension.
If you can’t find the ‘Off The Record History’ Chrome extension, other extensions listed below will do the same job for you.
2. Recover Incognito History on Your Handset/Computer
In this chapter, we will show you how to recover Incognito history from your computer with Windows Command Prompt as well as how to recover Incognito history with third-party software.
Recovering your browsing history can also be easily done on your Windows PC by using CMD.
Here are a few steps to follow:
Then you can go to the desktop and find the output.txt, which contains all the details of browsing history.
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3. Check Incognito History by searching clues from Downloads files and bookmarks
According to the explanation from Google, even if people use incognito mode to browse with Chrome, the files they downloaded and bookmarks they created will be saved.
Mac users may feel at ease knowing this because they can track where a download file came from on macOS. Simply locate the download file in the Finder, right-click it and select “Get Info” or press “Command⌘+I”. Then a pop-up window will show the website from which the downloaded file originated.
However, it doesn’t work in incognito mode.
Anyway, we still have a chance to look up the private browsing history by checking the properties of download files and bookmarks recently made. If the download file is an installation package, you can also run it and check the link within the program interface to find out the website visit in private windows.