YouTube Testing Incognito Mode for Private Video Browsing in Mobile App

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Google has offered an Incognito Mode in its Chrome web browser for nearly ten years now, offering users the chance to disable their browsing history and web cache while the mode remains active. Features like Incognito Mode offer peace of mind since users can navigate to any website without being tracked and without cookies being stored, all while maintaining the same features as a normal web browsing experience.


    Today, AndroidPolice reports that Google might extend this feature into its mobile YouTube applications, following the discovery that Google is testing an Incognito mode in the Android YouTube app. For users in the test, Google has combined "Switch account" and "Sign out" into one menu item behind account settings, leaving a new slot for "Turn on Incognito."

    When this is on, it appears to act similar to Incognito in other Google products, with a pop-up box explaining that all activity from the Incognito session "will be cleared" and the user will go back to the last-used account when they decide to exit the mode. At the bottom of the screen a small bar reminds users that "You're incognito," and AndroidPolice discovered that subscriptions are hidden as well during this time.

    Image via AndroidPolice

    However, YouTube warns that "your activity might still be visible to your employer, school, or internet service provider." Otherwise, the mode in testing acts similarly to Google Chrome's Incognito feature and will prevent any video searches and watched videos from being saved to the account history. Notably, this means the service's recommendations would not be affected by anything watched while a user is Incognito.

    Apple's Incognito alternative for Safari is called Private Browsing, which prevents a user's browsing history from being saved, while also asking websites not to track users. If you're wondering how to activate Private Browsing on an iOS device, be sure to visit our How To guide on the topic.

    Article Link: YouTube Testing Incognito Mode for Private Video Browsing in Mobile App
  2. CerebralX macrumors 6502


    Jun 28, 2013
    Looking for a place of freedom and rationality
    Why? Anything remotely "offensive" already gets blocked and removed off the site...
  3. LawJolla macrumors newbie

    Sep 29, 2013
    I avoid a lot of marginal interest YouTube videos for fear that I'll keep seeing suggestions for months to come. (E.g. I was interested in a "What you should know before seeing the new Avengers movie" video, but I knew that Avengers crap would haunt me for months)

    This would be a very welcomed feature.
  4. err404 macrumors 68020

    Mar 4, 2007
    There is more than just porn on the internet. Maybe you are researching a gift for your spouse. Or you just don’t want a bunch of recommendations based on silly chain of videos.
  5. Dilster3k macrumors 6502a


    Jul 20, 2014
    There's nothing Incognito about any Google service. Sure, on the surface level your history won't be displayed, but everything behind the radar is registered.
  6. iwataasks macrumors newbie


    Oct 7, 2014
  7. saudade, May 15, 2018
    Last edited: May 15, 2018

    saudade macrumors 6502


    Sep 8, 2015
    Depends on your idea of offensive. I like 2 watch some medical gineconological videos with my frinds, there r tons on youtube and r very popular among my friends but would be gr8 to have an incognito mode because my gf u know what i mean —-im not a doctor— i just enjoy watching the procedure in detail.
  8. twistedpixel8 macrumors regular


    Jun 9, 2017
  9. earthTOmitchel Contributing Editor


    Staff Member

    Mar 6, 2015
    This. YT's algorithm, for me anyway, just sucks. I watch one of a channel's videos, then get plastered with their content on my homepage for months after. I'd use this all the time when checking out a new channel and stuff like that.
  10. milo macrumors 604

    Sep 23, 2003
    Really, people think that there isn't any adult content on youtube? And while they don't have this feature exactly, they already have options to not keep a history of video or searches.
  11. bsamcash macrumors regular

    Jul 31, 2008
    Santa Cruz, CA
    Now no one will know I watch Yugioh unboxings all day.
  12. Sven11 Suspended

    Sep 25, 2010
    I wish there was a way to subscribe to YouTube channels without having a Google account. It's the one and only reason I still have one. I hate that company.
  13. saudade, May 15, 2018
    Last edited: May 16, 2018

    saudade macrumors 6502


    Sep 8, 2015
    Yeah it’s like a car’s service but 4 females. There r many good videos on YouTube 2 ilustrate a close up gineconological procedure. Can be interesting even if u r not a doctor
  14. Nagy Dávid macrumors member

    Oct 1, 2014
    Delete the video from your history.
  15. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    This is good. My YouTube account is logged into my Apple TV and recently I found a lot the recommendations are all car crash videos or fashion related, it's kind of ridiculous.
  16. Naaaaak macrumors 6502

    Mar 26, 2010
    All the more reason to access YouTube content through HookTube
  17. MacBH928 macrumors 68030


    May 17, 2008
    I did a YouTube "clear search history" and "clear watch history" it start showing me suggestions about videos I watch 3-5 years ago!

    Google, Incognito, and Privacy do not belong in the same sentence. The best thing I learned about online privacy is... do not create an account.
  18. Exile714 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 14, 2015
    I think he just meant the spelling. Nobody really questions why you want to watch gynecological videos.

    I personally like your anachronistic text style. Very retro, early 2000’s T9. Like every letter is such a hassle to type that you go out of your way to shorthand everything. Impossible to read, but like fine art the effort is worth it for the experience.

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