How to use the Incognito mode

Using the Incognito mode on your browser can help test or troubleshoot different apps, as it will allow you to check a browser page that doesn't have any saved cookies or cache. It will emulate how someone visiting for the first time will see your store.

If you are curious to learn more about what browser cookies are and what they do, you can find a full article here: What Is a Browser Cookie?

As for browser cache, it works similarly. Whenever a web page is accessed, its contents are downloaded in temporary storage on your device, which is then used to load the page a lot faster the second time you access it, as it is mostly pre-downloaded. This is common practice in the industry, and virtually every website out there is using caching to improve performance and significantly lower loading times and used resources (data usage).

You always have the option to delete your browser's saved cookies and cache from its settings. However, opening an incognito window is a much quicker and practical way of using your browser without any stored cookies or cache.

Incognito mode is an option that you can use across all major browsers, such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Safari, or even Microsoft's Edge browser, and below you will find how to access it for each of them, for desktop browsers:

  • Google Chrome: Ctrl+Shift+N (Windows) or Cmd+Shift+N (macOS)
  • Mozilla Firefox: Ctrl+Shift+P (Windows) or Cmd+Shift+P (macOS)
  • Opera: Ctrl+Shift+N (Windows) or Cmd+Shift+N (macOS)
  • Safari: Cmd+Shift+N (macOS)
  • Microsoft Edge: Ctrl+Shift+N (Windows)

As for mobile or tablet devices, you can open a new incognito window from the browser's menu - choose either "Open Incognito tab" or "Private browsing mode", depending on your device and preferred browser.

Be aware that multiple incognito sessions (pages or tabs) will save cache and cookies between them. If you wish to test apps in Incognito mode, you should close all previously opened sessions and open a new one.
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