Published On: Thu, May 17th, 2018

YouTube may get INCOGNITO mode which will hide your embarrassing viewing history | Tech | Life & Style

Some YouTube users have spotted the option being tested on the Account Settings menu.

According to blog AndroidPolice, the setting will make it simple for users to turn off data collection relating to their viewing session.

This setting is an expansion of Incognito mode which is currently available on other Google products, most notably Chrome.

If this feature is rolled out as it currently appears, it will make browsing YouTube without a trace simpler, as at the moment you have to navigate to History and Privacy Settings in order to pause your watching and search histories.

It appears that when Incognito Mode is activated no session activity is be saved and all of your YouTube subscriptions are hidden, creating the illusion of being signed out of the app.

It is also suggested that the Google Incognito logo takes the place of your profile picture in the screen’s top right corner when you are browsing privately.

As is standard when Incognito Mode is activated on other apps, it seems that using it on YouTube prompts the same warning as elsewhere: “Your activity might still be visible to your employer, school, or internet service provider.”

This feature will please users who need, for whatever reason, to keep their YouTube browsing history separate from the main account.

It will prevent suggestions based on videos which are watched while in Incognito mode from being made.

This will be especially useful when users want to keep their viewing habits from generating suggestions on a YouTube smart TV app if they had been, for example, preparing a surprise for another member of the household by watching a particular YouTube video.

According to AndroidPolice, the Switch Account and Sign Out options in the account menu will be merged to make space for the new Go Incognito option.

We don’t yet know when every YouTube user will finally get Incognito Mode, but it looks like it is on its way.

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