YouTube spotted testing an Incognito mode on Android that doesn’t save your viewing history.
Users will soon be able to watch all that crazy, bizarre and weird stuff on YouTube in secret thanks to the app’s Incognito Mode.
The YouTube Android app has been spotted to have the Incognito mode for some of its users. This is the latest addition to the list of services online offering a dedicated mode for no-history browsing. This includes browsers and digital keyboards like Gboard, and Swiftkey.
Of course, if you aren’t signed in to you account in YouTube, there aren’t any history being recorded. But a lot of us have channels that we have subscribed to and being signed in helps to see them faster. Being in Incognito Mode allows you to still be signed in but with the benefit of incognito browsing.
Android Police first reported the testing on the YouTube app for Android devices. The new change appears to be rolling out for select users through a server-side update. This means there are no actions necessary for users to have this update.
Once you click on your avatar from the top-right corner of the YouTube app, a dedicated Turn on Incognito option can now be seen. This replaces the Sign out option which is now accessible through the Switch account option.
Currently, YouTube’s mobile apps already let users pause their viewing and search history by finding those toggles in the settings menu. This new mode is a quicker way to do just that. However, being incognito mode doesn’t make a user totally invisible. Activities will still be logged at the employer, institution, or the Internet service provider (ISP) end.
No word yet as to when this update will be available to all users, including the YouTube app for iOS. We’ll be keeping a lookout!