Google has long been offering a so-called “incognito” mode in its Chrome browser to allow users to browse freely without having their search and browsing history logged. Now, the search giant has brought this private browsing mode to the Google app for iOS, along with other welcome enhancements.
Through its latest update, Google for iOS has gained support for private searching in incognito mode and direct playback of YouTube videos in search.
Search privately in incognito mode
Turn on incognito mode in the app’s settings and then search and browse away. (If you have an iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, 7 or 7 Plus, you can also enter incognito mode using 3D Touch. Just hard-press on the Google app icon on your device’s home screen and select the appropriate option.) Rest assured that neither your search terms nor your browsing history is saved. For an added layer of privacy, you can also enable Touch ID for incognito mode so that only you can re-enter your existing incognito session after exiting the app.
Watch YouTube videos right within search
When selecting a YouTube video in your search results, the video plays instantly — no need to, as before, open a new webpage or the YouTube app. “Skip the extra step before you break into dance to your favorite music video or before you learn a thing or two in the latest how-to,” Google notes. “No new web pages + less load time = more fun.”
In addition, the Google app’s compatibility and performance have been significantly improved. Specifically, Google says that the app is now more stable in iOS 10 and that the app is now half as likely to crash.