How to open links from Mail app in incognito?

mrgill92

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Original poster
Dec 21, 2016
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When I open links from the mail App, it automatically opens them in a normal window in Chrome. How can I open them in an incognito window instead?
 

NoBoMac

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Simplest, imo, copy the link from the email and paste into incognito tab/window. Otherwise...

A couple of things to try.

First, launch Chrome in Terminal using the incognito switch, keep it running. Click email link and see if it goes to that instance of Chrome.

Code:
open '/Applications/Google Chrome.app' --args --incognito
If that does not work, can try messing around with the application bundle and have Chrome always launch in incognito (don't really recommend this, but if desperate):
  • Go to /Applications/Google Chrome.app/Contents/MacOS
  • Rename 'Google Chrome' to 'Google Chrome.exe'
  • Create a shell script named 'Google Chrome' in same folder that will run the 'Google Chrome.exe'
    Code:
    #!/bin/sh
    
    '/Applications/Google Chrome.app/Contents/MacOS/Google Chrome.exe' --incognito &
    exit 0
  • chmod a+rx 'Google Chrome'

With this, can probably install two copies of Chrome, "real" and then the modified one (can probably name it something else), and then select the default browser in Settings to be the modified Chrome. Unfortunately, do not think there is a way to set default browser for just mail.
 

mrgill92

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Dec 21, 2016
11
1
Simplest, imo, copy the link from the email and paste into incognito tab/window. Otherwise...

A couple of things to try.

First, launch Chrome in Terminal using the incognito switch, keep it running. Click email link and see if it goes to that instance of Chrome.

Code:
open '/Applications/Google Chrome.app' --args --incognito
If that does not work, can try messing around with the application bundle and have Chrome always launch in incognito (don't really recommend this, but if desperate):
  • Go to /Applications/Google Chrome.app/Contents/MacOS
  • Rename 'Google Chrome' to 'Google Chrome.exe'
  • Create a shell script that will run the 'Google Chrome.exe'
    Code:
    #!/bin/sh
    
    '/Applications/Google Chrome.app/Contents/MacOS/Google Chrome.exe' --incognito &
    exit 0
    With this, can probably install two copies of Chrome, "real" and then the modified one (can probably name it something else), and then select the default browser in Settings to be the modified Chrome. Unfortunately, do not think there is a way to set default browser for just mail.

Thanks.

I actually downloaded Choosy and it works great. Whenever you click on a link it asks you which browser to open it in (Chrome, Chrome Incognito, or others). It's fast and simple.

Not sure about their privacy policy though.. but for now I'm using it.
 
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Fishrrman

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1. Don't use Chrome.

2. Download the "EPIC privacy browser":
https://www.epicbrowser.com
It uses the "Chrome engine" but has all "the google stuff" stripped out of it.
It also establishes an automatic "proxy connection" that hides your IP address from the sites you visit.

3. In Mail.app, RIGHT-click on the URL and choose "copy" from the contextual menu

4. Open Epic and paste the URL into the URL bar and hit return.

Done.