Incognito mode is a great way to use the Chrome browser on Android without leaving breadcrumbs for sites and services to track you. I use it regularly, and it rarely lets me down.
However, one thing that has always bothered me about incognito mode is that if I leave an incognito tab open, anyone who has access to my phone can view it. That always seemed like a privacy disaster waiting in the wings.
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If you’re serious about your privacy and want to take Chrome’s incognito mode to the next level, I’ve got just the trick for you.
What we’re going to do is enable a feature that requires user authentication before active incognito tabs can be viewed.
That is beautiful. Let’s make it happen.
For this to work, you need an updated Android phone with Chrome version 105 or newer. That’s all you need, let’s do it.
How To Lock Android Chrome Active Incognito Tabs For More Privacy
One thing to remember, though, is that this won’t work if you actually close Chrome (because your incognito tabs will be closed automatically). This only works if you’re running Chrome in memory (such as when you open a new app or go to the home screen).
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Please, you just added an extra layer of privacy to Android so that when you leave Chrome open, all incognito tabs are locked behind user authentication.