Google Maps incognito mode is being tested. Announced back in May at the Google IO 2019 keynote, an incognito mode for Google Maps is now being tested, as XDA Developers has found. Available as of today as part of a closed beta for members of the Google Maps preview group, the incognito mode test is included in the latest 10.26 update by Preview Maps. Currently, the update is limited to the Google Maps Preview App Android version.
Google Maps incognito mode is being tested
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In the test, the incognito mode can be switched on via the settings of the app, where Google Maps will stop sharing your location, updating your location history, saving your browsing history, or using your personal data to customize your map searches.
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XDA Developers ‘ editor in chief got a GIF of the latest Google Maps in action incognito mode, which you can check out in his tweet below. As you can see, switching on the incognito mode will apply a black strap across the top of the screen, indicating that “incognito mode is on.” Also present is the classic incognito ‘ hat and sunglasses ‘ icon located within the search bar of Google Maps.
It should be noted that the beta feature also works in the Google Maps app’s Android Auto version – Android Police purchased the image below from a user who chooses to remain anonymous.
Currently, it is unknown when the incognito mode of Google Maps will be made available to all (which will also include iOS users), but since the feature is already in its closed beta, we can expect a full rollout in the very near future.