Back at I/O 2019, Google said it would bring the incognito mode to Google Maps, just like it did for YouTube.
Well, after a few months, the search giant has begun testing the feature. The incognito mode is being released to some users who are a part of Google Maps Beta testing program.
While we were not able to get it running, some users have shared the images of Google Maps Incognito Mode running on their device (picked up by Android Police).
If you have Google Maps Preview v10.26 running, you can enable the incognito mode by tapping your profile photo in the top right corner. But the feature is not available to all users, so you might have to wait for some time.
Anyway, after you enable it, the blue location marker turns its color to gray, and you’ll see “Incognito mode is on” written at the top of the screen.
Also, Google won’t save your browsing activity or send notifications, update your location history or shared location, or use your personal data to personalize Maps.
Coming soon to @googlemaps, when you turn on Incognito mode in Maps, your activity—like the places you search or get directions to—won’t be saved to your Google Account. Just tap from your profile picture to easily turn it on or off. #io19 pic.twitter.com/z7GRkkmDbn
— Google (@Google) May 7, 2019
After viewing the image (at the top), it seems that the incognito mode also works when you’re using Android Auto in your car, which is a really good thing.
So, all in all, the new incognito mode might give users some level of anonymity and privacy when they’re trying to go somewhere using Google Maps. Although, past reports have suggested that the company doesn’t mind taking a look at people’s incognito mode activities. But let’s hope for the best.
As far as public availability is concerned, we will have to wait for some announcement on Google’s part.