Tech & Science The Google Maps feature we’ve been waiting for is finally available to all Android users
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Announced initially at Google I/O back in May, Google Maps incognito mode finally hit testing in early October when Google announced several privacy-enhancing features. Incognito mode on Google Maps is a welcome privacy addition to the popular app, allowing users to untie some of their Google Maps activity from their Google accounts. And now, the feature is finally available to everyone using the navigation app on an Android device.
Google updated a support document to announce that Maps Incognito is now available on Android. You can enable incognito mode in the Maps app any time you want with a simple swipe over your account avatar in the top right corner of the app, as seen in the animation below.
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You don’t have to sign out of your Google account to enjoy an enhanced degree of privacy. Just switch it on and off whenever you want your Maps data not to be associated with your Google account. While incognito Maps is on, Google won’t save search history or send notifications, it won’t update your Location History or shared location data, and it won’t use personal data to personalize Maps, as the company explained in its support document.
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In a separate entry, Google lists all the Maps features that won’t be available while the incognito mode is switched on:
Tip: Location History will be paused for your entire device, not just Maps.
Notifications and messages
Search completion suggestions
Google Maps Contributions
Google Assistant microphone in Navigation
Additionally, the microphone for Google Assistant will not be available in incognito mode, but you’ll still be able to summon the Assistant with the usual “Ok Google” command. Mind you, however, that data you share with Google Assistant while in incognito mode isn’t also treated as incognito by Assistant.
The feature will likely roll out to iPhone and iPad users later down the road, as has been the case with most new Google Maps features.
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