Incognito mode - a mode those using the Google Chrome browser for um... well, stuff they don’t want a record kept of - now comes to YouTube.
Google-owned YouTube on 10 July, began rolling out its "incognito mode" to a wider set of users that will keep the users' search and watched videos history from being recorded.
On activating the optional "incognito mode", users would be able to access home feeds and trending content. However, this mode won’t alter the user’s regular ‘watch history’, which means the suggested videos list does not get messed up.
"Although, to add a video on playlist, users would have to briefly turn the feature off, save and go back to the new mode," Android Headlines reported.
The "Turn on Incognito" button would be visible at the bottom of the account page and users would be properly notified when they go incognito through several indicators, visible at the top-right corner and a bar at the bottom of the app, saying "You're incognito".
The new feature is available for download as part of YouTube version 13.25.56 on the Google Play Store.
Once the incognito mode is enabled, users may only access the Home and Trending feeds. Although, the app would view users as if they were signed out and they would not be able to see any of the channels they are subscribed to.Android Headlines report.
The "incognito mode" would be disabled automatically after a period when the app detects the user as being inactive. The feature comes with an option to exit from incognito mode manually as well and switch to the standard viewing mode.
Incognito is a browsing privacy-controlling feature that has long been available on Google Chrome.
What's interesting to see here is that although incognito hides your browsing history, YouTube anyway does not allow explicit content on the platform.
Where it will be beneficial is that it will not mess up one’s YouTube feed, which is the app curates based on watched video history. Yes, it takes care of the annoying change of feed that comes up every time you go and watch a different kind of video.
This also saves you from being judged by family and friends on the basis of your YouTube feed.