The main point of browsing in incognito mode is to avoid saving any history or any data from the websites you visit. But what if you want to find the history and other data that you may have used while in incognito mode? Well, there are ways to recover data on your device, even data that was not means to be shared with others.

Having a backup of the data on your device even in incognito mode can help you recover the data by simply restoring the backup. But restoring a backup does have its disadvantages, the main of which being the fact that you can lose the new data on the device permanently. So you may wonder a way which can recover incognito history without restoring backups and here are the solutions.

1. Recover Incognito History by Scanning Your iPhone

One of the easiest ways to get your incognito history from your iPhone is to use a data recovery tool to scan the iPhone and find the history on the device. But not all data recovery tools can be useful in this regard. One of the best is iMyFone D-Back for the simple reason that it can be used to scan an iPhone and recover different types of data in the shortest time possible.

D-Back’s features in essence allow you to easily recover data from your device even if you don’t have a backup for this data. At the same time, you can use D-Back to extract data from an iTunes or iCloud backup file. In this way, you can also easily view the contents of an iTunes or iCloud backup and then extract the data from the backup.

To use D-Back to scan the iPhone for the missing data, download and install the program on computer and then follow these steps:

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1.1 Recover Incognito History from iPhone Directly without Backup

Step 1. From the main window on the program, select “Recover from iOS Device” and then click “Start”. Next, connect the iPhone to the computer using USB cables and wait for the program to recognize the device. Click “Next”.

connect your device

Step 2. In the next window, select the type of data you would like to recover. If you want to recover all data, ensure “Select All” is checked. Click “Scan” to continue.

select data types

Step 3. Once the scanning process is complete, select the files you want to recover in the results page and then click “Recover” to save the to your computer. You can click “Show only Deleted Files” to filter the results.

preview Safari history

Like we mentioned before, it is also possible to use D-Back to extract data from an iCloud and iTunes backup. D-Back scans the backup to find the data you need and allows you to simply scan the backup.

1.2 Extract Missing Incognito History from iTunes Backup

If you do have an iTunes backup, but do not want to restore it using the official way, then you can follow the steps within this section:

Step 1. Select “Recover from iTunes Backup” in the main window and then click “Start”. Select the most relevant backup file from the list of backups in the next window and click “Next”.

Select iTunes Backup

Step 2. Proceed to choose the type of data you would like to recover and then click “Scan”.

select file types

Step 3. Finally, choose the files you want to recover from the results page and then click “Recover” to save them to your computer.

 preview and recover the safari history

1.3 Extract Missing Incognito History from iCloud Backup

If you do not want to erase all data and settings of your device to restore an unknown iCloud backup, you cannot miss this option:

Step 1. Choose “Recover from iCloud Backup” and click “Start”. Sign in to iCloud to access the iCloud backup files.

Fill in your iCloud account

Step 2. Once signed in, select a backup file from the list and then click “Next” to allow the program to download and scan the file.

Select iCloud Backup

Step 3. Then, in the next window, choose the type of data you need and click “Scan” to continue.

Select the files you wish to recover

Step 4. You should then see all the files in that backup file in the next window. Select the ones you would like to recover and then click “Recover”. Choose a location on computer to save them. You can then transfer the recovered data back on the device.

Preview the Safari history

1.4 Advantages of using D-Back to Scan iPhone, iTunes or iCloud Backup

  • It has been recommended by CNETtechradarPCWorld and other professional websites.
  • You can recover incognito history from iPhone without backup or restoring.
  • You can view incognito history in your iTunes/iCloud backup before restoring or recovering.
  • D-Back performs a deep scan of your iPhone or backup file to find both available and deleted data on the device or the backup file. The scan is complete and gives an accurate assessment of the data on the device.
  • D-Back can scan up to 22 different types of data which means that you can recover nearly every type of data on your device such as photos, contacts, messages, voice memo, notes and etc.
  • It is easy for non-tech users to handle with clear instructions and interface.
  • It is compatible with all iOS devices and iOS versions.
  • Many users send us the feedback of their experience.


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2. Check the Settings

You might also be able to find some of your incognito history on your iPhone’s settings. Here’s the steps of this free method:

Step 1: Open the settings on your iPhone.

Step 2: Scroll down to find Safari and then tap on it to open the “Safari” settings.

Step 3: Here, scroll down to the bottom of the page and then click on “Advanced”.

Step 4: In the next window, you should see “Website Data” tap on it and you should see some of your deleted history listed here.

check safari website data from settings

3. Check Recently Deleted Folder for Incognito History Data

The “Recently Deleted” folder stores your recently deleted photos and notes for up to 30 days. You can go to the “Recently Deleted” folder to recover photos and notes that you may have accidentally deleted within the incognito history. Here’s how it works for free:

Step 1: Launch the “Photos App” on your iPhone or iPad.

Step 2: Tap on “Albums” located at the bottom right of the screen.

Step 3: Tap on “Recently Deleted.” You may have to swipe up and down to find the folder.

Step 4: To select a number of photos to recover, tap “Select” at the top of the screen and then tap on each photo that you want to recover. The photos are notes recovered this way will be placed back on your photos or notes app.


We really hope all the above methods can truly help you, so feel free to leave your comments below for us and other readers.