Chrome for Android now allows to lock incognito tabs

This feature is designed to provide users with an added layer of privacy and security when browsing in incognito mode.

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Incognito mode provides the user with a greater degree of anonymity when browsing since it doesn’t save browsing history, cookies, or other data. Google Chrome for Android is now making Incognito tabs secure with an option to lock the private session to prevent unauthorized access. 

This feature is designed to provide users with an added layer of privacy and security when browsing in incognito mode. It was already available on iOS devices since early 2021 and recently Google announced in a blog post that it will be rolling out this feature for Chrome users on Android as well. 

With this feature, Chrome allows users to set a password or use biometric authentication, such as fingerprint, to unlock their incognito tabs. It ensures that only the user can access the tabs, even if the device is shared with others.

It is an optional security feature and can be turned on by going to Chrome Settings > Privacy and security tab in the latest version of the Google Chrome app. Once enabled, any open Incognito tabs will be automatically locked when you exit Chrome or switch to a different app. 

On the locked Incognito splash screen, you can choose to either unlock the session with a password or biometric or “See other tabs”. Previously, this ability to lock incognito tabs was hidden behind experimental Chrome flags that had to be enabled by going to “chrome://flags/#incognito-reauthentication-for-android”. 

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