Safari Private Browsing Not Showing, Grayed Out on iPhone

Last Updated on Mar 26, 2021

With the latest update, Apple has tightened the security alongside adding numerous features in favor of users. However, Private Browsing isn’t new, you’ll find this feature mostly in all the browsing apps like Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, etc. When you don’t want to leave any trace of Browsing history, or cache, using Private Browsing is recommended. Some iPhone users have reported that the Safari Private option missing and there are plenty of reasons why it is happening with you. Often an incorrect change leads to such problems.

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In this tutorial, I’ll list all the possible workarounds that could help you fix the Safari private browsing not showing or grayed out on iPhone. Within few minutes the Private mode will start working if there’s no big issue with your iPhone or Safari.

Safari Private Mode Not Working on iPhone

How to Enable Private Browsing on Safari iPhone

  1. Launch the Safari App.
  2. Hit the Pages icon on the bottom-right corner.
  3. Select Private option.
  4. Once the private mode in enabled, the Safari’s browsing interface will turn black.

Video to Enable Private Browsing on Your iPhone and iPad

Fix Safari Private Mode Not Working

Disable Screen Time for Safari App

When Screen Time restrictions are disabled for the Safari, you won’t be able to use it. Therefore, make sure the it is turned off. Here are the steps to check it.

  1. Go to the Settings app.
  2. Tap Screen Time.
  3. Open Content & Privacy Restrictions.
  4. Make sure Safari is under Allowed Apps.

Check this Setting Too

It might be possible the websites are blocked due to Parental Control, and that’s the reason, why Safari Private option is not appearing. You must disable the website restrictions on Safari.

  1. Open the Settings app on iPhone.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Select Restrictions.
  4. Enter the passcode if asked.
  5. Select Websites.
  6. Make sure All Websites is selected.

Disable and Enable Screen Time Restrictions

For some users re-enabling the Screen Time restrictions on iPhone. I’d recommend you to do the same.

  1. Go to the Settings app on iPhone.
  2. Scroll down and select Screen Time.
  3. Turn Off Screen Time.

Again refer the same steps and enable the Screen Time restrictions.

Video to Show Private button in Safari on iPad and iPhone

Update Safari and iPhone

Last but not the least, check the Safari and iPhone for the latest updates. Updating the app and iOS fixes a lot of minor issues like this. Connect the iPhone to the Wi-Fi and follow the below steps.

To update Safari App,

  1. Open the App Store.
  2. Tap on your profile icon.
  3. Scroll down and tap Update button next to Safari.

To update iPhone,

  1. Go to the Settings app.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Select Software Update.
  4. Download and Install software update if available.

Jaysukh Patel is the founder of howtoisolve. Also self Professional Developer, Techno lover mainly for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and iOS, Jaysukh is one of responsible person in his family. Contact On: [email protected] [OR] [email protected]

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