Google Maps on Android user? Now you can switch to incognito mode

Incognito Mode for Google Maps has arrived on Android

The image above shows what navigating in Incognito Mode on Google Maps will be like for Android Auto users.

The feature is already available on my device, which is running Google Maps v10.28.2, the latest stable version of the software on Google Play.

Modeled after the same tool that can be used in Chrome since 2008 to visit web pages without any browsing history being recorded within the platform, the new feature will prevent users' activity in Maps from being saved to their Google account. Other apps (such as fitness trackers) may also be tracking your whereabouts using Global Positioning System, and the new option for Google Maps will have no effect on them. The feature promises a bit of privacy, and lets users use Google Maps slightly differently.

To find out which apps on your Android phone have access to location data, open the Settings menu and select Apps, then tap the menu button and select App Permissions Location. It also won't send you notifications while in Incognito mode, so you might need to be more aware of your surroundings or schedules in that case. Now, Google is rolling out an incognito mode for its Android app that'll allow you to use Maps privately for a limited amount of time.

When it's activated, the status bar at the top will turn black and the words "Incognito Mode activated" will appear.

As well as Incognito for Maps, Google teased two other services to enhance privacy protection in its services last month.

Google Maps has become an nearly indispensable tool in navigating the world and it has become the go-to solution when trying to locating unfamiliar places. Also, it will only be available on Android to start off with, before being rolled out to iOS users.

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