Use Google Maps in Incognito mode

You now have more ways to control your privacy on Google Maps. Use Incognito mode when you don’t want your activity—like the places you search for or navigate to—to be saved to your Google Account. 

Important: When Incognito mode is on, Maps on that device will not:

  • Save your browsing or search history in your account, or send notifications.
  • Update your Location History or shared location, if any.
  • Use your activity to personalize Maps.

Turning on Incognito mode in Maps does not affect how your activity is used or saved by internet providers, other apps, voice search, and other Google services.

Turn on Incognito mode for Google Maps

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app Google Maps.
  2. In the top right, tap your profile picture.
  3. Tap Turn on Incognito mode.

Turn off Incognito mode for Google Maps

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app Google Maps.
  2. In the top right, tap your profile picture.
  3. Tap Turn off Incognito mode.
 

Here are some features that aren't available in Incognito mode: 

  • Commute
  • For You
  • Location History
    • Tip: Location History will be paused for your entire device, not just Maps.
  • Location Sharing
  • Notifications and messages
  • Search history
  • Search completion suggestions
  • Google Maps Contributions
  • Google Assistant microphone in Navigation
  • Offline Maps
  • Your Places
  • Media integration 

Tip: During Maps incognito mode, the Google Assistant microphone isn’t available in navigation, but “Ok Google” will continue to work as expected. Google Assistant is a system feature that isn’t a part of Incognito mode for Maps, so any information you share with it will be saved as usual.

 

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