Lock Safari Private Browsing Mode with Face ID/Touch ID in iOS 17

There is nothing wrong with stealing something from your rivals, so long as you do it in good spirits and implement the steal in your own style. Well, the reason why I have said it is because Safari has introduced a notable privacy feature that has existed in Google Chrome for quite some time – the ability to lock private browsing mode with Face ID. If you are a privacy-conscious person, there is a good chance you would love to dive right in to learn how to lock Safari private browsing mode with Face ID/Touch ID in iOS 17 and iPadOS 17.

Lock Safari Private Browsing Mode with Face ID/Touch ID in iOS 17 and iPadOS 17

Renowned for offering top-notch privacy, Safari is what you need to browse the web with enhanced privacy guards. When I came across Chrome’s ability to lock the incognito browsing mode with Face ID on iPhone, I found the feature fascinating as it was very much the play that makes Apple’s browser a go-to pick. So, I wanted the stock browser for iOS to get this feature sooner than later.

As if Apple was paying heed to the whispers, the aforementioned feature has made its way to iOS – in the typical Apple fashion.

Now that Safari automatically locks the private mode with Face ID, you don’t have to worry about out-of-the-blue intrusion or bother about unauthorized access to the personal searches. Yeah, there is no point in calling it a private mode if it can’t keep the prying eyes at bay.

  • First off, open Safari on your iPhone or iPad.
  • After that, scroll down and choose Safari in the Settings menu. 
  • Then, scroll down to the Privacy and Security section. 
  • Finally, turn on the toggle next to Require Face ID or Touch ID to Unlock Private Browsing. 
Lock Safari private browsing mode with Face ID or Touch ID

And that’s pretty much it! From now onwards, Safari will automatically lock the private browsing mode to prevent any unauthorized access. You (or for that matter anyone else) must authenticate with the biometric authenticate in order to unlock the private mode. Hence, you can browse the web worry-free knowing that your private searches will stay protected. 

Stop Safari from Locking Private Browsing Mode with Face ID/Touch on iOS and iPadOS

For any personal reason, if you ever decide to remove the lock from the private browsing mode, you can get it done with ease.

  • On your iPhone or iPad, go to the Settings app -> Safari -> navigate to the Privacy & Security section and turn off the toggle next to Require Face ID/Touch ID to Unlock Private Browsing.

Going forward, Safari will no longer lock your private mode. To unlock more such cool features, be sure to check out our most exhaustive roundup of the 100+ best iOS 17 hidden features.

Read more: 14 Best New Safari Features in iOS 17 and iPadOS 17

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Rajesh Mishra

Co-founder/Editor-in-Chief: Rajesh Mishra (Your beloved “R.K” 360 Reader Voice) is a Shakespearean poet at heart who turned a tech nerd while having a secret rendezvous with iPhone 4. When that rendezvous turned obsession, he let go of his hard-core political journalism in favour of the lifelong love-affair with technology. In a career spanning one and a half decades, Mr. Mishra has crafted over 8K articles and around 2K YouTube videos. He is probably the only journalist alive with this unique achievement. When he is not at his desk, you may find him either engrossed in a Deathmatch or chasing Wordsworth!

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