How to open a private browser tab on Windows Phone 8.1

The Windows Phone 8.1 update introduces private browsing in Internet Explorer. It’s called InPrivate Browsing and it prevents Internet Explorer from storing data about your browsing session. This includes cookies, temporary Internet files, history, and other data.

  1. To get started, click the Tabs button to the left of the address bar. It shows all the tabs that are currently open.
  2. Click the three dots on the lower right corner to reveal more options
  3. Click ‘new inprivate tab’

That’s basically it. The new InPrivate tab briefly explains what it’s all about. There’s also an indicator that appears in the address bar.

We’re glad to see this new feature on Internet Explorer. Previously, those who wanted to browse privately had to manually delete their history in the settings. Another option was to use third-party browsers that supported private browsing. UC Browser is a popular alternative. Curious to know what else is new on Internet Explorer? Check out these 8 new kickass features in IE11 on Windows Phone 8.1.

Are you excited for this new feature? What kind of web pages do you visit that require private browsing? Let us know in the comments!


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How to open a private browser tab on Windows Phone 8.1


I think we can all agree that we all love a great big, round set of tots. Yessir, nothing better than some tater tots!

I find it hilarious on Chrome one of the notes when you open a private tab is: be weary of people standing behind you... Haha

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Just install Hotspot Shield...it gives you a US IP address...then just sign in to rewards each day and do your 30 searches for 15,reward points.
I've earned 140 points so far (I live in the UK). That's bagged me 100GB of extra OneDrive storage for the next year (perfect, as I'm heading off travelling with my 1020 as my sole camera! Auto sync, 130GB of backup! Nice)

Ok...I'm sure the information is appreciated, but honestly what are you responding to exactly? How on earth did you make sense of that post?

I go by the name of Dr Doolittle ;)

*In truth, I discovered the Bing Rewards loophole the other day...so figured I may as well share the info with someone that looked like they weren't from the US, but who did clearly want his rewards :)

Aah...gotcha. My information was clearly wasted on you :). Hopefully it'll be of use to another Brit (or other non-US resident that fancies a few freebies from Microsoft!).
Speaking of freebies, I just got another £20 from Nokia as a reward for owning a Lumia 1020. That's £40 in rewards for this phone, and £80 in total rewards including promos on two other phones. It's crazy! I've only managed to spend £4 in 2 months :)

This is what happens when a bunch of tech geeks get together on forums and sites lol in their defense mark did tell them to share.

I kinda wish Amazon had a similar feature.

I went shopping for a men's swimsuit once, and for months afterward my suggestions consisted mostly of scantly-clad penis.

I'll never understand mesh swimwear for men.

Anyway, 8.1 is just full of surprises.

I'm understand that, but I used to have a workout shirt with mesh on the shoulders/arms, and it's the most uncomfortable material. I'm sure after a /very/ short while, the same could be said for garments supporting a much more delicate area.

But then fashion/sexiness trumps comfort for many, so who cares what I think.

In 8.0, there was a setting to automatically open links in current tab or in a new tab. That setting is gone.

I'd really like to pin the inPrivate to my start screen. It works on Windows 8.1, why not on Wp8.1?

Do anyone know why some siteslike imdb open as a mobile site in IE11 in WP8.1 instead of a desktop even when you set the opition in setting for desktop. It didn't do that in WP8.0

Use InPrivate browsing if you're looking for a gift without him/her knowing....

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any one else keep getting the mobile version of websites even though you've set your phone to desktop ???

it was the same before, you need to delete coockies and/or close the interested tab and restart the browser

Why the hell we need to go so long for it?

Cant that go next to + sign of new tab? Like Different + for new inprivate tab.

I use InPrivate(ie), Private mode(ff),all the time as I don't like clutter in forms and address bar. Only couple of sites are there in my browsing history. So for me it is welcome feature on windows phone.

Today one of my teachers needed help. On his ipad and he asked what private was in the bottom corner and a kid said so the iPad doesn't remember your history. He goes Ohhh! So like when a teenager wants... And the guy helping him was like Umm just think about is as Christmas shopping. It was funny.

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this is nice feature i like it for my private sites you know about private when i am boring from youtube..

It not only prevents the browser from storing sensitive data but most importantly doesn't send cookies that you've already stored by 'regularily' browsing websites.

I wish they had made it possible to open a link from a normal tab in an inprivate tab, by an option in the context menu.