Google Maps has rolled out the incognito mode feature on the iOS platform. This comes a month after the feature was made available to Android users worldwide. Google had announced testing the new feature first time at the input/output developer conference earlier this year. Google I/O is an annual developer conference. It takes place in California. The conference was inaugurated in 2008 and is similar to its Developer Day. The incognito mode feature will work the same way on Apple’s operating system as it does on Android. It is a privacy-centric feature. This means, when using the app in incognito mode, the places users will search won’t be saved to the linked Google account.
Google started rolling out the feature in September. The feature was made available initially to Android users who were part of the Google Maps Preview program. It was launched to all Android users a month later. The company in a blog post said the new feature will allow users to block the app from saving the places they search or navigate with their linked Google account. To activate this feature, iOS users will have to tap on their profile picture in the search box. A popup menu will open. Users will have to select Turn on Incognito Mode option.
The incognito mode feature was first implemented by the US-based search engine giant in its web browser Chrome. It gained popularity because of its privacy-centric feature. Meanwhile, the company has also announced to roll out a new feature for Android users to bulk delete saved data from their Google Maps timeline. This means users will be able to delete information from the timeline that keeps a track of location history. This was earlier not possible in the app. The new feature is likely to be launched in January next year. The new feature is in addition to the current facility to delete part of the timeline from Location History settings. Google Maps was launched in February 2005.