How to lock incognito browsing in Chrome Android

Incognito mode is a private browsing mode where you can browse without saving history, cookies, or cache. But, as long as your browser is open, it’s possible to check the incognito tab if it’s open. 

Chrome introduced a feature to lock the incognito tabs. If you minimize Chrome without closing it, Chrome will ask for your phone lock to unlock the tabs. 

Lock incognito tabs in Chrome Android

You can choose to view your general tabs without unlocking the incognito tabs. It’s a great feature to protect your privacy. 

Lock incognito browsing in Chrome Android

Lock Chrome incognito tabs in Android
  1. Launch the Google Chrome on your Android device.
  2. Tap the three-dots icon at the top right corner.
  3. Select Settings from the menu. 
  4. Tap on Privacy and security from the settings page.
  5. Toggle on Lock Incognito tabs when you leave Chrome
  6. Your device will ask you to verify that it’s you using your fingerprint scanner or lock screen password. 

This feature works securely. If you open a blank incognito tab and minimize Chrome, it won’t ask for verification. 

If you have an active tab, Chrome forces you to verify to unlock the incognito tabs or view the regular tabs. 

You can turn off this privacy feature anytime from the settings. Here’s how:

Unlock incognito browsing in Chrome Android

Unlock Incognito tabs in Android
  1. Launch Google Chrome on your smartphone. 
  2. Tap on your Google profile picture to go to the Settings page directly.
  3. Now, tap on Privacy and security.
  4. Toggle off Lock Incognito tabs when you leave Chrome.
  5. Enter your lock screen password or fingerprint to turn it off. 

One final thing you must know about incognito mode on Chrome: when you close it from the App list, it will close the tabs permanently. 

Once an incognito tab is closed, you can’t restore it like a regular tab. It only works when you minimize it by pressing the home button on your phone or swiping it up. 

Uchchash Talukder Rana is the founder of @ansmegeek. He is the jack of all trades and master of a few. He uses Windows, Mac, Android & iOS on a daily basis. If he is not sleeping, either he is writing articles or playing Valorant.

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