How To Capture Screenshots In Chrome And Firefox’s Incognito Tabs On Android

capture screenshots for chrome and firefox incognito tabs in android

Most of you who browse the internet through Chrome and Firefox browsers should be familiar with their Incognito modes. Typically, you use the Incognito mode of your browser whenever you want your browsers not to store your cookies, browsing data and make your browsing sessions private. 

Incognito modes are a very useful addition to your everyday browsing activities. However, when you try to take screenshots from your Android device in Chrome, or Firefox’s Incognito modes, you cannot. So, now we discuss how you can bypass this issue and capture screenshots in Chrome and Firefox’s Incognito tabs on Android. 

Can’t Take Screenshot Due To Security Policy

Why do Chrome and Firefox browsers not allow you to take screenshots in Incognito mode?

The purpose of the Incognito mode in Chrome or Firefox is mainly to keep your internet browsing sessions private. If you were able to take screenshots in the Incognito mode of your browsers casually, then your sessions can no longer be termed as ‘private.’ As your sessions are no longer private, the incognito tabs have lost their purpose. 

cannot take screenshot in incognito tab

So, both Chrome and Firefox do not allow you to take screenshots in Incognito mode on your Android device. However, you can use several ways to bypass this restriction and take screenshots on Chrome’s Incognito mode or Firefox’s Private mode on Android. 

Capture Screenshot in Chrome Incognito Tab on Android

By default, Chrome will disable the feature to take screenshots in its Incognito mode in Android. However, you can disable this feature and enable the screenshot feature on Chrome Incognito mode through the flags menu. 

The flags in Chrome are experimental features that are not the default part of the browser. But you can easily enable or disable them on your Chrome browser. They are very useful when browsing the web and significantly change your browsing experience.  

Here is how you can use Chrome flags to take screenshots in Incognito mode. 

  1. Launch Chrome on your Android device. 
  2. On the address bar of Chrome, type “Chrome://flags” (without quotes).
  3. The Chrome flags screen with a list of different flags will open.
  4. Scroll down and search for the Incognito Screenshot, or,
  5. On the search bar, type “Incognito Screenshot.”
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  1. Tap on the drop-down menu beneath the “Incognito Screenshot” option.
  2. Select “Enabled” from the three options of “Disabled,” “Default,” and “Enabled.” 
enable incognito screenshot in chrome
  1. Tap on the “Relaunch” button on the bottom right.  
  2. The relaunch will bring the necessary changes into effect. 
relaunch chrome

Now, you should be able to take screenshots while in incognito mode. If you want to disable the screenshot, you can again select “Disabled” from the list of options, just like in step 7. 

However, there are a few things to keep in mind while using this process. 

First, the “Incognito Screenshot” does not appear on older Chrome versions. So, make sure you update your browser to the latest version before using this process. 

Second, since the flags are only experimental features and are still in testing, they might not be reliable and are less secure. So, you should only use this feature when you are sure of what you are doing. 

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Capture Screenshot in Firefox Private Tab on Android

 Firefox also has its private tab used specifically for private browsing. It works the same as the Chrome Incognito tab. However, unlike Chrome, Firefox has the feature of enabling the screenshot for private browsing on its normal settings. 

Here is how you can enable the screenshots while using private tabs for browsing on Android. 

  • Launch Firefox on your Android device.
  • Tap on the menu (three dots) icon in the bottom-right corner of your screen. 
three dots menu in firefox
  • Select “Settings.”
firefox settings
  • Scroll down and tap on “Private browsing” under “Privacy and security.
private browsing setting
  • The private browsing will open along with different options. 
  • Toggle on the “Allow screenshots in private browsing” option.
allow screenshots in private browsing

Now, you need to restart the Firefox browser on your Android smartphone to make sure the changes work properly. You should be able to take screenshots in Firefox’s private tabs now.

If you want to disable the screenshot feature in Firefox’s Private tab, you can simply turn the “Allow screenshots in private browsing” off from the privacy settings. This will stop you from taking any screenshots on the Private tab of Firefox on Android. 

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Now, you should be able to capture screenshots in Chrome and Firefox’s Incognito mode on your Android device. Both the Chrome Incognito mode and Firefox Private mode are good options for browsing the web privately. Moreover, with the techniques discussed above, you do not need third-party screenshot apps to take screenshots on your Android device. This will help you reduce unnecessary wastage of time and resources and increase your overall browsing experience. We hope you find this article useful, and for any queries or suggestions, please mention them in the comment section below. 

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