Google Chrome has had an Incognito mode for quite some time now, and it looks like that particular feature is about to make the jump over to the YouTube app.
The YouTube app for Android will be getting its own Incognito mode today. Similar to the way the feature works for Chrome, Incognito mode on YouTube will mean those who activate the feature will not have to worry about what they watch showing up in their search or viewing history.
To turn on Incognito mode, YouTube users will need to head into the Account section within the app, then select the “Turn on Incognito mode” option. Google is now widely rolling out the feature for YouTube on Android, notes 9to5Google, so if you don’t see it right now keep an eye out. Once you do have the feature and you switch it on, there will be a bar that shows at the bottom of the screen to let the viewer know they are in the specific mode.
Incognito mode won’t keep track of your viewing history, with those stats getting wiped when you exit the mode. Incognito mode will automatically deactivate after a set period of inactivity. Google does caution that “your activity might still be visible to your employer, school, or internet service provider”, so keep that in mind.
One other thing to be aware of: While you are using Incognito mode, you can only watch videos from the Trending and Home tabs. You won’t be able to save videos to your playlists and you won’t be able to access your inbox, subscriptions, or your library.