Image credit – Android Police
Some of Google’s apps come with an incognito mode that basically doesn’t track what you do, so if you’re using a browser on a public computer, switching to incognito mode on Chrome will help give you some semblance of privacy. Now it looks like Google will be extending incognito mode to YouTube on Android.
This is according to a report from Android Police in which some users are seeing the option as you can see in the screenshot above. It is unclear as to how it is activated, but there is a good chance it is enabled server-side so if you don’t see it yet, it’s because you weren’t selected to be part of the test.
As the screenshot mentions, browsing YouTube in incognito mode basically means that all activity from your session will be cleared once you exit incognito mode. So if there are any videos you’d rather not appear in your browsing history, this will be one way to go about it. That being said, Android Police points out that YouTube already has something similar.
Users can go to the app’s Settings, History & privacy, and toggle the option to pause your search and watch history which more or less does the same thing. However this is clearly a less obvious way to go about it and incognito mode does sound more straightforward, so here’s hoping we’ll see it roll out soon.
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