How to enable Incognito mode in Google Maps

If you don’t want, so that Google saves the history of your movements and search queries in maps, enable anonymous mode. We tell you, how to do it in the Android and iOS app.

How to enable anonymous mode in Google maps

By default, the Google Maps app collects a lot of information every time you use it, for example, such as your location or streets and shops, which you are looking for. All this data is stored in the currently used Google account and can be used by other services. Using Incognito mode, you will not give Google this opportunity and forbid you to save the history of your movements. 

Here’s how to turn it on: 

  • Log in to the Google Maps app on your smartphone or tablet.
  • Click on your profile icon at the top right.
  • Select ‘Enable Incognito mode’.
  • Wait, until the app opens again, and then close the hints.
  • Google Maps will now work in Incognito mode. In addition to the corresponding hint at the top of the screen, you will also understand this by the fact, that your profile picture will be replaced with a black and white icon.

Exiting Incognito mode in the Google Maps app

If you want to exit anonymous mode, do the same:

  • Open the app and tap the Incognito icon in the upper right corner.
  • Select ‘Turn off Incognito Mode’.
  • Operation

How Incognito mode works in Google maps

Not all Google Maps features are available in Incognito mode. Unfortunately, you will have to do without the following:

  • You will no longer be able to share your location. Your location history will also be disabled.
  • Sending notifications will not be possible.
  • It is not possible to customize maps according to your activities.
  • Browser data and search history will not be saved in your account. Besides, you will not receive any search suggestions.
  • The integration of media and notifications of the Google Maps app will be suspended.
  • You will not have access to the functions of saving your permanent route, ‘Your places’ and ‘For You’.
  • The microphone will be turned off during navigation.
  • Offline maps will not be available.

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