Safari private Mode Hidden App Switcher

When you open the App Switcher in iOS 9, Safari will automatically blank out the preview page if you happen to leave off while browsing in Private mode. In iOS 8, Safari would show the preview card, regardless of whether or not a Private browsing session was last engaged.

There is already an API available for third-party developers to blur out App Switcher previews to protect sensitive data. Some banking apps and other apps with sensitive customer data do this already. But Apple’s method for going about obscuring potentially sensitive web browsing sessions is a bit different. Instead of blurring out the page, Safari simply blanks out everything when the App Switcher is opened.

As you can see from the screenshot above, this change prevents prying eyes from scoping out what you were last viewing in the Safari browser. This will only work, however, if you’re currently switched to another app and you open the App Switcher.

If you open the App Switcher while viewing a private window in Safari, the App Switcher will work like normal, and the contents will continue to be displayed. It’s only when you are using another app, or are at the Home screen, that Safari’s private session content will be obscured.

What do you think about this new iOS 9 addition? Good idea or bad idea?

  • Yup it’s great idea; love it really 🙂 other feature found it nice is on stock Photo app; in iOS 8 when u delete a photo it’ll go to deleted folder & when back to main page on the app u’ll see preview of the deleted photos inside Recently Deleted; but now in iOS 9 u won’t be able to see the preview. u’ll see only trash icon ^^

    • Noohar

      Yup noticed that as well

  • Brandon

    A preview still shows up for me?

    • ” This will only work, however, if you’re currently switched to another app and you open the App Switcher. “

  • leart


  • Private is private for a reason.

  • iltas

    Any one help why I cast remaster my apps from iPhone to iTunes with latest version of iTunes and I have Windows 8.1 64bit

  • hoàng trần

    ios 9 on my iphone 6 is very lag when open app switcher , swipe up for control center , it make me feel like iphone 4 on ios 7 .

    • George

      Shh Jeff doesn’t believe you.

    • White Michael Jackson

      You should buy a 6s. It fixes all these problems.

  • Viktor_Zweig

    Nice touch! But what we really need is ability on the system level to put passwords on different apps. I miss Bioprotect tweak so much…

  • hoàng trần

    just bought an 6 for a month

  • Tylor Jackson

    Well my opinion bioprotect tweak is best. When bioprotect on enabled which you want select like fb, twitter, and safari etc cause apps switcher is blur protect 😉