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YouTube testing incognito mode that lets you hide what you’re watching from prying eyes

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YOUTUBE is pinching a feature from Google Chrome that lets users keep their searches hidden from prying eyes. We all know that the video platform is filled with sexy, strange, and even downright disturbing videos, including banned smut – which isn’t the type of thing you want to be caught watching. That’s why the new […]

YOUTUBE is pinching a feature from Google Chrome that lets users keep their searches hidden from prying eyes.

We all know that the video platform is filled with sexy, strange, and even downright disturbing videos, including banned smut – which isn’t the type of thing you want to be caught watching.

YouTube incognito mode
Incognito Mode will keep your searches private without forcing you to log out of the app
Rita El Khoury / Android Police

That’s why the new Incognito Mode sounds like a godsend.

With it, all your activity from your current viewing sesh will not be saved and even your channel subscriptions will be hidden, according to Android Police.

Think of it as being signed out of the app while actually being logged in.

Enabling Incognito Mode will also change your account profile to the private browsing icon (a hat with spectacles underneath) from Google Chrome.

Youtube incognito mode
Check your account tab on the YouTube app to see if you have access to the new privacy feature
Rita El Khoury / Android Police

Turn it off, and you’ll return to using your regular account with search and viewing history restoring to normal.

For now, it seems the feature has only been spotted on YouTube‘s Android app. We’ve reached out to the company to find out when it will be made public and whether it’s coming to iPhone.

To see if you already have access to the trial feature, just tap your tiny profile pic at the top right of the app.

You should then see the new icon, with “turn on Incognito” next to it, under the “Switch account / Sign out” option, which have been bundled together for the purposes of the experiment.

YouTube has recently been blasted for failing to clamp down on extremist clips and hazardous DIY videos on its platform.

The Google-owned app is also locked in a cat-and-mouse chase with porn uploaders who are scattering XXX clips across the service, as The Sun revealed last month.

Do you have any tips for hiding your YouTube search history? Let us know in the comments.


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