The YouTube app on Android is getting a new feature today: a Google Chrome-esque Incognito mode that will let users browse videos on the mobile app without worrying about their watch and search history, as noted by 9to5Google.
The new mode is available in the Account section of the app, where a toggle to “Turn on Incognito mode” should appear once the update rolls out. When in Incognito mode, the app will show a bar at the bottom of the screen to remind users of that fact. It will also replace your account icon with Google’s Incognito mode detective instead. Just like with Chrome, all watch and search activity while using Incognito mode is cleared when you exit. (The mode also deactivates after a period of inactivity.) Google still cautions that “your activity might still be visible to your employer, school, or internet service provider.”
When Incognito mode is active, you’ll only be able to access the Home and Trending portions of the app. Things like your subscriptions, inbox, and library won’t be available in the private browsing mode, and you won’t be able to save any videos to your playlists, either.
For a better look at how to keep most of your internet browsing activities private, here’s a deeper dive.
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3 June 2018