Google Maps incognito mode is now in Beta Testing

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At the Google IO 2019 conference, Google had announced that it will be releasing an incognito mode for the Google Maps in the future, and now, this feature is released for beta testing. 

This mode was first discovered in testing by XDA developers. This incognito mode is available starting from today for members of the Google Maps preview group as part of a closed beta, the incognito mode test is included in Preview Maps’ latest 10.26 update. As of now, this update is only accessible to a limited number of Android version of the Google Maps preview app.

In the beta test, the incognito version can be switched on Google Maps via the app’s settings. After turning on this mode, Google Maps will stop sharing your location, updating your location history, saving your browsing history or using your personal data to personalize your Maps searches. 

To illustrate how this incognito mode works on Google Maps, XDA Developers’ editor in chief obtained and shared a GIF of this mode on Twitter. You can take a look at his tweet below. 

As you can see, just like normal incognito mode on Google Chrome browser, there will be a black strip appearing at the top of the interface, indicating to the user that “incognito mode is on.” Also, the classic  ‘hat and sunglasses’ incognito icon situated within the Google Maps search bar.

As of now, there is no news of when this new mode will be available for everyone. However, as this mode is now in Beta, we can expect to have it soon in the future.

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