Google Chrome Adds Fingerprint Authentication for Incognito Tabs

‘Privacy Screen,’ a handy feature that Google brought to iOS in 2020, requires users to utilize Touch or Face ID identification to use specific Google applications. Now, a comparable functionality will be added to Chrome for Android.

Incognito tabs will automatically lock when Chrome is closed, according to a new 9to5Google story. If you want to give someone your phone so they can browse the internet, this is incredibly helpful.

How it works

Now, when the browser is launched and Incognito mode is enabled, a grey screen with the Incognito logo centered and an option to “Unlock Incognito” below it will appear.

After that, fingerprint authentication is necessary before selecting the unlock option. As an alternative, you can select “Use PIN.” You may enable the new function known as “Lock incognito tabs when you leave Chrome” under the “Privacy and Security” option in the “Settings” menu.

Using the “Close all incognito tabs” notice, you may close the locked incognito tabs. It’s interesting to note that Chrome 94 is when the functionality was initially discovered.

Even though Google hasn’t yet made the functionality available, newer Android versions may simply have it activated by putting “chrome:/flags/#incognito-reauthentication-for-android” into the Chrome address bar and checking the box. However, given that the flag is currently available in the stable Chrome channel, Google may decide to enable the functionality in a later version.

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