Using Chrome, there is a little icon indicating that I am in Private mode. Maybe I am missing something, but how do I know in Safari? I don't see any indication.


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In Mojave, the address bar has different shades of gray/black depending on whether you're in private mode or not.

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In light mode it's light gray for not private, and a dark gray for private mode.

In dark mode it's black for private, a fairly medium gray for not private.

  • The same color scheme is used in iOS 13+ dark mode.
    – bjb568
    Commented Jun 26, 2019 at 17:21
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    The difference is very subtle in dark mode, barely noticeable.
    – Siddhartha
    Commented Jun 26, 2019 at 21:34
  • @Siddhartha, You definition of "subtle" is not the same as mine as one can plainly see the difference between normal and private in each mode, especially the dark mode a private tab/window address bar is black vs medium gray. In either mode there is considerable contrast in color of the address bar and nothing subtle about it. Commented Jun 26, 2019 at 22:03
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    @user3439894 there's contrast for sure, but I wouldn't be surprised if someone thought that a dark address bar came with the dark mode, and didn't remember what shade of gray its supposed to be. (Gray vs almost white) on white is far more obvious than (gray vs dark gray) on dark gray.
    – muru
    Commented Jun 27, 2019 at 6:40

Right click on any link, see if it says Open Link in New Tab or Open Link in New Private Tab. The latter means you're in private mode.

  • To me, the question is more about how on tell a given Safari window or tab is in private mode just by looking at it, not to have to click a link; however, for those that feel the contrast is too subtle to tell at a glance, your answer gives them a way to confirm. +1 Commented Jun 26, 2019 at 22:07

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