Safari is the default browser on your iOS device that allows you to browse the web using your preferred search engine. In Safari, there’s a mode called private browsing it allows you to browse the web without your browsing history being recorded. This means that you can search for what you want without any trace and any recorded history.
Private browsing can be your preferred way of browsing on your iOS device, but the private browsing button can go missing sometimes and this can stop you from browsing the web anonymously. You’ll need to troubleshoot your device for the problem.
The Reason Private Browsing is Missing
The main reason why the private browsing button could go missing on your iOS device is that there’s a bug. A bug is a failure or error in the software of your device that causes unexpected results, and this can result in the private browsing button going missing.
1. Content and Privacy Restrictions
There’s an app called Screen Time on your device that allows you to make different restrictions. If you’ve accidentally restricted the private browsing mode, you’ll need to turn it off using the Screen Time settings.
1. Go to Settings > Screen Time.
2. Click Content & Privacy Restrictions. You’ll need to enter your restrictions password if you want to make changes to your restrictions.
3. Click Content Restrictions.
4. Under Web Content, click Web Content.
5. Click Unrestricted Access. When you enable unrestricted access, it removes all the restrictions in Safari, and this can affect the private browsing button. From here, you can go to Safari and check if you can click the private browsing option.
2. Force Restart iPhone or iPad
The next thing you need to do is to force restart your iOS device or iPad. Since a bug can be causing the issue with private browsing, you’ll need to get rid of the bug in order to fix the problem. When you force restart your device, the software is troubleshot and repaired for any issues while it’s restarting. This get’s rid of any problems that could be affecting the Private browsing button in Safari.
If you have an iPhone 7 or above:
1. Hold the sleep/wake key and the volume down key.
2. Wait for the Apple logo to appear
If you have an iPhone X or 8:
1. Quickly press the release the volume up button.
2. Quickly press the release the volume down button.
3. Press and hold the Power button until you see the Apple logo.
To force restart your iPad:
1. Hold down the Home button and the power button.
2. Keep both buttons held until the Apple logo appears.
3. Let go of the buttons.
3. Update your iPhone or iPad
Since a bug can cause this problem, you’ll need another way to get rid of it if force restarting didn’t work. If the Private button has gone missing, you’ll need to update your device because you’re probably running on an old operating system.
To update your device:
1. Go to Settings.
2. Click General.
3. Select Software Update. Settings will check if there’s an update available for your device.
4. Select Download and Install. Once the update has been installed, you’ll need to check if the private browsing button has returned. If it still hasn’t returned, then you’ll need to simply wait for it to come back because Safari could be experiencing some temporary issues.