How to Lock Safari Private Tabs in macOS Sonoma

The importance of Safari Private browsing is increasing day by day, thanks to its ability to disallow browsers from storing browsing history, cookies, and web caches. However, if you want to enhance your security & privacy further, with macOS Sonoma, you can add password protection for opening your Safari private browsing tab on Mac. In this how-to guide, we’ll introduce you to the steps to lock private browsing in Safari on Mac. Along with the Keep your Browsing Data Saperat with Create Safari Profile on Mac.

Steps to Lock Safari Private Tabs on Mac

Remember to lock private browsing in Safari. You’ll need your Mac updated to macOS Sonoma & later; for this, read our article on how to update macOS.

How Do Safari’s Locking Private Browsing Work?

For instance, you’re trying to find a gift for your beloved brother on the occasion of his birthday, and you want to browse securely and privately without being tracked via Safari private browsing. But what if your brother borrowed your laptop? And you’ve forgotten to close your private tab, and your gift isn’t a surprise now. 

Thanks to Apple, with macOS Sonoma, you can opt to have a password for your Private Browsing Tab. 

Earlier, you were forced to close the Safari Private Browsing Tab whenever you had a whiff that someone was going to borrow your Mac computer, which is a nerve-racking situation. 

Safari Private Browsing works more like your private chamber, where you smartly keep your privacy at the top. 

Steps to lock private browsing in Safari Tab

1→ Open Safari on your Mac. Click on Safari from the menu bar.

2→ Select Settings…(Command + ,)

Open Safari Settings on Mac
Open Safari Settings on Mac

3→ Go to the Privacy Tab.

4→ Check the Box next to the Require Password to view lock tabs.

Enable Touch ID to View Locked Tabs on Mac
Enable Touch ID to View Locked Tabs on Mac

5→ Now, Open Private tabs in safari (File > New Private Windows). After this, select Windows from the menu bar and select Lock All Private Windows.

Lock All Private Tabs in Safari Mac
Lock All Private Tabs in Safari Mac

Now, Private Window Only Show password protected window screen, Private Browsing is locked. Use Touch ID or Mac Login Password.

Unlock Private Windows in Safari Mac using Touch ID or Password
Unlock Private Windows in Safari Mac using Touch ID or Password

If you want to turn off the lock in the future, follow the same steps 1-4 and uncheck the box next to Require Password to view lock tabs and enter the Mac login password to save changes.

Unlock Private Tabs,

Call Locked Safari Tabs on Mac from the Safari menu, Windows > Unlock All Private Windows. Scan your Fingerprint on a Touch ID-enabled Mac or Use your Mac login password.

View Locked Safari Private Tabs on Mac
View Locked Safari Private Tabs on Mac

Keep your Safari Tab Private!

With this update to Safari, you no longer need to worry about someone accessing your Safari private browsing tab. Did you really find this feature helpful? If yes, share it with your friend and family member. Also, don’t forget to read our article on Best Safari alternatives for Mac.

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Karly Wood

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