How To Turn On Extensions In Incognito Mode

How To Turn On Extensions In Incognito Mode

Incognito mode in Chrome allows you to visit a site without being tracked. It is very helpful when you want to maintain your privacy. For me, it is less about privacy, but more about testing and logging into different accounts on the same site.

For example. I am logged into Amazon all the time under my private account because I use my Prime Membership a lot from music to buying stuff I need like microphones, lighting, and cameras. I digress. I also have a separate account tied to the affiliate program.

Each time I need a link, I have to log out of my personal account. Not fun. So instead, I use an incognito window so I can be logged in under two accounts at the same time. Same thing with Youtube. I have separate accounts for my established Youtube channels. To log out of Google is even more of a pain because I am logged into multiple Gmail accounts. Each account has the necessary evil 2-step authentication and Youtube doesn’t allow me to log into my channels because my primary is a Google Apps account.

Yeah. I know. Confusing. You don’t have to understand it. Just know. It’s not possible. My solution is to use an Incognito window. There’s only one problem.

You see, I make it a habit not to remember more than I have to. I don’t keep all my hundreds of passwords in my head. I rely on LastPass to do that for me. But… extensions are not available in Incognito mode. Or at least you think they aren’t.

The solution is super simple. Just allow the extension to run in incognito mode! Simple as that. Go to your extensions, check the Allow incognito mode box. To make it easier for you, here’s a short video how to do this.

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  1. Cara R. on August 16, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    I use LastPass and LOVE it! Thanks for the tip about using incognito to manage two logins. I have a feeling I will use that a lot once I get used to it! 🙂

    • Lynette on August 16, 2016 at 5:52 pm

      We are welcome. Good thing is, you only need to enable it once and you’ll always be able to use LastPass in Incognito mode.

  2. Dana Cassell on August 16, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    I have the same problem with multiple accounts, Thanks for the tip, Lynette.

    • Lynette on August 16, 2016 at 5:53 pm

      Happy to help Dana. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Britt Malka on August 16, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    Excellent tip.

    I’ve stopped using LastPass, though. It nagged me because I used the same login to LastPass as some of the places, so I changed the LastPass password. Aaaaand LastPass in its wisdom switched out a lot of my passwords with the main password or a random string of letters.

    • Lynette on August 16, 2016 at 5:55 pm

      Oh no! Yes, it does not like you using the same logins in multiple places.

  4. Sandra on August 16, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    I had to laugh when I read this because my husband was just telling me about this last week. Incognito will definitely will make things easier for me too.

    • Lynette on August 16, 2016 at 5:57 pm

      Haha! Well… you got yourself a smart one there!

  5. Samantha Lewers on August 16, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    Great tip Lynette. I’ve been looking for an alternative password manager, so will get LastPass. Plus, I usually work in two browsers so I can use different accounts, which can be a pain. I love Chrome! Everything is now sorted. Thank you.

    • Lynette on August 16, 2016 at 10:50 pm

      Yay! Hope LastPass works out well for you. I switched from Roboform a number of years back but they work too if LP is not your cup of tea.

  6. Saz Bailey on August 17, 2016 at 3:18 am

    HI Lynette. This seems a good solution for me. I’m wanting to set this in Lastpass settings but your video won’t play for me, I can’t see how to set it in Lastpass, and I can’t find any relevent help files with them. Can you offer any other guidance? Thanks, Saz.

    • Lynette on August 22, 2016 at 5:11 pm

      Hi Saz! I’m sorry the video failed you 🙁 I also have the video on YouTube. Maybe that will work better for you?

      If the one on YouTube still doesn’t play, what you want to do is go to your Settings >> Click Extensions. Then under every extension, you should bee a checkbox that says “Enable in Incognito mode” you want to check that box under your LastPass extension. Let me know if that helped.


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