You can browse quietly in incognito mode, and other users of the same device won’t be able to see your activity. This mode is advantageous for private browsing for a variety of reasons since it wipes all traces of browsing.
But Sometimes you may want to return to a website that was previously opened in incognito mode, but you are unable to do so because incognito history is not kept at all unless you search for it again on Google. Although many of us would believe that the surfing history while using incognito mode is completely ignored, this is untrue. The Windows operating system has a feature that allows us to view incognito history and clear our incognito history. There are numerous third-party programmes accessible online for checking it, but we won’t be utilising any of them; instead, we’ll use the Windows command prompt to check DNS Cache instead.
How DNS works, and What is a DNS cache?
The domain name system is known as DNS. It changes any website’s Uniform Resource Locator (URL) into its corresponding IP address.
We all type web addresses like geeksforgeeks.org or youtube.com to access our favourite websites, but your browser doesn’t comprehend this; it needs to know the IP address of the website you want to access. Therefore, the browser sends a request to the domain name system when we type the website address into the search box. As soon as DNS receives a request from a browser, it converts the site URL to an IP address and sends the IP address back to the browser.
The memory of recent DNS requests saved locally on your computer is known as DNS Cache (also referred to as DNS resolver cache). When you visit the same page again, the DNS server will respond quickly because it has all the records of your most recent visits. In other words, DNS cache handles the names of recently visited destinations before the request is sent out to the internet, speeding up the process of matching IP addresses.
We can inspect and clear the DNS cache using the command prompt since it is kept locally on our computer. Follow the instructions listed below carefully to do this.
How to Delete Incognito History?
Delete Incognito History in Window
To delete that history, you have to perform the following steps:
Step 1: Open Command prompt as mentioned above
Step 2: Type command ipconfig /flushdns to clear the DNS.
Step 3: This will flush the DNS entries and now nobody can view websites that you’ve visited.
How to delete incognito history on Mac
To clear the DNS cache and remove incognito history, Mac users must use Terminal, the operating system’s built-in command-line interface. This is how:
- Click Go > Utilities to open Terminal.
- Select Terminal.
- Type the command sudo dscacheutil -flushcache;sudo killall -HUP mDNSResponder into Terminal’s command-line window.
- Enter your computer password to flush the DNS cache.
How to delete incognito history on Android
Here’s how to delete incognito search history on an Android phone using Chrome:
- Open Google Chrome and enter chrome://net-internals/#dns into the address bar.
- Select DNS from the left panel, then tap Clear host cache to clear the DNS data and delete your incognito history.