The YouTube Android app has added a new Incognito mode that makes it easier to hide your embarrassing viewing history.
It lets you watch videos without adding them to your viewing history. So no one need ever know…
YouTube started testing the feature in May. But it’s now officially rolling out to the Android app.
There’s no word on when the feature will arrive on iOS.
This a godsend for anyone who uses shared devices, like a smart TV. It’ll stop anyone firing up the YouTube app on the telly from seeing what you’ve been watching on your mobile device, if you use the same account for both.
The updated Android app features a new ‘Turn on Incognito mode’ button when you tap your avatar. It’ll tell you once it’s been activated.
But it does limit the app’s functionality somewhat. You won’t be able to access your Inbox, Library or Subscriptions page with it activated. And it doesn’t provide complete anonymity – your internet service provider can still see what you’re watching, for example.
The updated app is available to download now from Google Play.