YouTube has introduced an incognito mode on its Android app which lets users watch videos without affecting their viewing history or recommendations, 9to5Google reports. YouTube has been testing the feature since May and is now rolling out to all users who have a recent version of the app. The feature can be activated by selecting the ‘Turn on Incognito Mode’ option from the Account section of the application.
Similar to Google Chrome’s incognito mode, incognito mode only obscures a user’s own browsing history — it doesn’t obscure your browsing behaviour any more than regular YouTube browsing. If they’re using YouTube in a university or company that has placed restrictions on certain kinds of videos, their activity might still be visible to others.
The user can only access Home and Trending parts of the app while using this mode. Subscriptions, Inbox and Library aren’t available while using the Incognito mode. The user cannot bookmark videos while watching using Incognito. Though one can switch off the Incognito mode while viewing a video to bookmark the video. Therefore, the Incognito mode doesn’t turn out to be really useful when YouTube has an option to pause search and view history while staying logged in.
YouTube launched YouTube Music and YouTube Premium subscriptions this Tuesday in 17 countries around the world. YouTube announced last month that it is going to replace YouTube Red which was only available in a few countries with YouTube Premium which will be expanded to other countries as well. The Premium service — just like YouTube Music and YouTube Red — is not yet available in India.