Incognito session locking now available on Chrome for Android

Incognito session locking
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Introducing a new feature for Chrome users on Android: the ability to lock incognito sessions with a password or biometric information when exiting the app, providing an added layer of security and privacy for users, similar to the feature that has been available for iOS users for some time. That will automatically lock incognito tabs when the Chrome app is closed, eliminating the need to worry about revealing embarrassing searches to others.

How to activate Incognito session locking

This feature can be easily activated by going to Chrome’s Settings > Privacy & Security, and turning on the toggle for “Lock incognito tabs when you close Chrome”. This way, every time the Chrome app is closed, the incognito session will be locked automatically, but can be unlocked by using a biometric unlock such as a fingerprint or lock code.

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Google is rolling out a feature for Chrome on Android that allows users to lock incognito sessions with a password or biometric information when exiting the app. The feature is already available for iOS users. This is part of Google’s Data Privacy Day celebration, where the company aims to educate users on the importance of data privacy.

According to TechCrunch, the update may not be available to all Android users even if they have the latest version of Chrome. However, users can manually enable the feature by typing “chrome://flags/#incognito-reauthentication-for-android” in the address bar and enabling the flag. Additionally, Google has added a new shortcut for clearing browsing data by typing “clear browsing data” in the Chrome address bar.



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