YouTube for Android recently received an important update which adds a new feature called Incognito.
Google has been testing this option for months and now the tool is live for people who are using YouTube on their Android devices. Just like Incognito Mode in Google’s Chrome browser, Incognito Mode for YouTube lets you browse content in private.
So if you ever wanted to hide your Despacito addiction from your partner, Incognito mode is here to help you get away with it. Most importantly, when the feature is enabled, Google won’t use your search history to serve up video recommendations.
With Incognito mode is on, you may see recommendations that are of no interest to you. That’s because once you close Incognito all your activity will be cleared and forgotten. Instead, you will simply see videos that are trending for the day. Nothing wrong with that.
If you have yet to try out this handy new feature in YouTube, you can go ahead and do so. It’s super easy.
How to turn Incognito mode on in YouTube
- Make sure you have the latest version of the YouTube app on your Android device. Navigate to the Google Play Store, search for the YouTube app and tap on it and check to see if there’s an Update button next to the Uninstall one.
- Open the YouTube app on your Android device.
- Tap on your account profile picture located in the top right corner.
- Simply tap Turn on Incognito.
- A pop-up will show up explaining what it means to go Incognito. Tap “Got it”.
- Now you can browse undercover. A small black bar at the bottom of the displays will remind you that “You’re Incognito”
How to turn Incognito mode off in YouTube
- Had enough? Reverse the situation by tapping the Incognito icon in the top right corner.
- A pop-up menu will show up.
- Tap Turn off Incognito
- Voila! You’re back to seeing personalized recommendations.
That’s it, folks! Go ahead and try it out for yourselves.