How to Use YouTube Incognito Mode (2019 Edition)

In this post, we’ll see YouTube incognito mode in detail along with some questions which you may want to ask. Keep in mind that this post is applicable for both YouTube for Android and YouTube for iPhone.

First, let’s see some questions.

Can you go incognito on YouTube?

YouTube’s incognito mode is available for YouTube for Android and YouTube for iPhone, and not for the YouTube web version.

What happens when you go incognito on YouTube app?

  • ​Your incognito search and watch history will be cleared when you disable incognito or when you’re inactive for more than 90 minutes.
  • You can’t likecomment or subscribe while you’re using incognito.
  • ​After you’ve activated incognito, you can access the “Home” and “Trending” section of the YouTube app, and you can’t access the “Subscriptions,” “Inbox” and “Library” section.

​If you’re “Ok” with the above, then you can move ahead to the steps to activate.

How Do You Go Incognito on YouTube App


  1. ​Open the YouTube app.

  2. ​Hit the profile picture at the top, and you can see the “Turn on Incognito” option. Tap on it.
    Turn on Incognito option

That’s it. You should be in the incognito mode now.

The bar at the bottom stating “You’re incognito” is a reminder that you’re using incognito mode and it’ll be there until you use incognito.

Bar stating You're incognito

How Do I Disable Incognito Mode on YouTube app

If you’re inactive for more than 90 minutes, then the incognito mode will get disabled automatically.

Alternatively, you can turn it off by using the following steps:

  1. ​Hit the “Incognito” icon at the top.
  2. ​Now, you can see “Turn off Incognito” option. Tap on it.
Turn off Incognito option

That’s it. All done.

Keep in mind that you’ll be in the account you’ve last used after you’ve turned off incognito mode or after the incognito mode gets disabled automatically due to inactivity.

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