Highlights:How Incognito Mode works in google maps, Benefits and Drawbacks of Incognito mode in google maps, how to enable and disable Incognito mode.
Everyone who uses Google’s services is aware that Google keeps on releasing necessary updates and features from time to time. And like every year, this year also Google released many new features for its users and also updated many of its old features. But the thing that is worth noting from the past few times is that in most of its updates, Google has given more attention to the security and privacy of the users. Whether it is additional access given to the users in android 10 or incognito mode released for YouTube.
In order to further strengthen the privacy of its users, Google has recently launched another new feature, which is incognito in google maps. After google chrome, google voice assistant, and YouTube, now Google has also released incognito feature for Google maps.
The release of incognito mode for maps was announced in early October 2019, when the company said that this feature has started rolling out soon, and in the first phase this feature will be released on Android devices only and soon after that it will be released for iOS users. Now that this feature has been released for almost all Android phones, people are still reluctant to use it, because they do not know how incognito mode works in google maps and what features it will provide them? So before going to know how we can turn on and off incognito mode in google maps let’s first know how this incognito mode works and what features it will provide them…
How Incognito Mode Works in Google Maps
We’ve all used incognito mode before, and are aware of its functions. Whenever you use an app in incognito mode, its history is not created and no one can track you easily. And, whatever you search remains private. And now with the latest update, you will get all the same functions on your google map application. With incognito mode in google maps, Google introduced several privacy enhancements that prevent it from saving some types of data, but that doesn’t mean your movements can’t be traced.
Benefits Of Incognito Mode in Google Maps
The first change you will see as soon as you open Google Maps in incognito mode is that instead of your profile Account picture, you will see the icon of incognito mode, as we usually see in other apps. Another thing that you will get in this mode is, Your Maps activity won’t be saved to your Google account, you won’t see the usual personalized recommendations in the map application. For instance, if you search for a hotel or hospital, Google Maps won’t save such information in this mode, For example, if you search for a tourist place, a hotel, etc., Maps will not save such information in this mode.
Drawbacks Of Incognito Mode in Google Maps
Incognito mode doesn’t show you information about your commute that you usually get in normal mode, such as the duration of time taken to get to home from your office or another workplace. Also, the app won’t update your shared location or location history, which means if you share your location with anyone so that person won’t see where you are now, even if the setting is enabled. Apart from these, you also don’t get information such as notifications, messages, search completion suggestions, and history, Google Maps contributions, Offline Maps, Google Assistant microphone in Navigation, and Your Places, not only this, you also won’t be able to enjoy the usual media integration with music playback from streaming apps like Gaana, Apple Music or Spotify.
How To Enable Incognito Mode in Google Maps
Enabling Incognito in Google maps is not a tough work to do, you can enable this by following these simple steps…
1.On your Android smartphone open Google Maps.
2. Once the app launched, click on your profile picture at the upper right corner of the screen.
3. Now a drop-down menu will appear on your screen, where you will see an option “Turn on Incognito Mode”, click on it.
4. Now You will see Incognito mode icon, in the place of your profile photo, which means the incognito mode has been enabled.
Another hint that will let you know that incognito mode is enabled is that you will receive an alert message as soon as this is enabled, that says, “Turning on Incognito Mode in Maps does not affect how your activity is used or saved by internet providers, other apps, voice search, and other Google services.”
As long as the incognito mode is enabled, you will be hidden from your Google history. Although you will still be able to track because any data generated from Incognito Mode in Maps is stored with a unique session identifier.
How To Disable Incognito Mode in Google Maps
Now if your work in incognito mode is complete, and you want to disable incognito mode then you can also do this easily. The process of disabling incognito mode is similar to enabling it, you can do this by following these steps…
1.On your Android Mobile, open the google map application.
2. Once the app launched, click on the Incognito Mode icon at the top right corner of the screen.
3. Now a drop-down menu will appear on your screen, where you will see an option “Turn off Incognito Mode”, click on it.
4. Now you will see your profile picture again in the place of incognito mode icon, that means the incognito mode has been disabled.
Once you will disable the incognito mode in google maps, you’ll get back your personalized recommendations, notifications and messages, Offline map, search completion suggestions and history, Map contributions, Your Places, and media integration, among other settings.
So that is all about the new incognito mode in google maps, hopefully, now you know its benefits, drawbacks, how to enable it or how to disable it. But still, if you want to know more about google maps incognito mode, you can ask us in the comments section.