Incognito mode is meant for private browsing, therefore when a user browses in this mode, other people who use the device are not supposed to see those webpages in the history. But in case you have not closed the tabs anyone can still see it once they try to open a new tab in Incognito mode, defeating the purpose of the feature.
Google Chrome had rolled out support for locking Incognito tabs for iPhone and iPad users in June earlier this year with Chrome 92 for iOS. However, this support still hasn’t come to iPhone users yet as it appears to be a server-side update. Now, the internet search giant has been spotted doing the same for Android users as well.
According to a report by ChromeStory, traces of addition of lock on Incognito tabs has been spotted in Chrome Canary 94. Just as it is the case with iPhone users, Android users will also soon be able to add similar locks for their Incognito tabs too. To unlock it, users should be able to make use of a PIN or biometric scan.
The feature has been spotted in the chrome:flags under “Enable device re-authentication for Incognito,” and cannot be enabled just yet. But since the feature is already available for iOS users of Chrome app, the same support for Android users was also expected.
When can Android users expect lock support on Incognito tabs?
There is no word from the company on this yet and seeing the progress of the feature on iOS and iPadOS, it may be a while before Android users.
How will lock support on Incognito tabs work?
We expect the feature to work the same way on Chrome for Android as it has been spotted to be working for iOS. Once the feature is live, users should be able to control it through Settings > Privacy > Lock Incognito tabs when you close Chrome.