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Google Maps now has an incognito mode on Android. The feature, announced a few weeks ago, lets you use the maps app without a trace. Turning the feature on will temporarily disable browsing and search history, and all session data will be deleted when you exit the app. In addition, your location history or shared location will not be updated and the information will not be used to customize your in-app usage experience.

In the following tutorial, check out how to enable and use private navigation mode in Google Maps on mobile. The procedure was performed on a Moto G7 Play with Android 9.0 (Pie), but the tips also apply to other devices with the Google system. The feature should arrive soon for iPhone (iOS) users.

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Learn how to enable Google Maps incognito mode on mobile Photo: Play / Helito BeggioraLearn how to enable Google Maps incognito mode on mobile Photo: Play / Helito Beggiora

Learn how to enable Google Maps incognito mode on mobile Photo: Play / Helito Beggiora

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Step 1. Open the Google Maps app and tap on your profile photo, right from the search field. Then tap "Enable incognito mode";

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Enabling Google Maps incognito mode Photo: Playback / Helito Beggiora

Step 2. When using the feature for the first time, an explanatory message will be displayed. Press "Close" to use the Google Maps app without a trace. Note that information about the private mode will be displayed at the top of the screen and the dot indicating your location will turn black;

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Google Maps incognito mode on mobile Photo: Playback / Helito Beggiora

Step 3. If you want to disable the feature, just tap on the right icon of the search field and finally press "Disable incognito mode".

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Disabling Google Maps incognito mode Photo: Playback / Helito Beggiora

Ready! Take advantage of the tips for using Google Maps anonymously on your phone.

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