Google Chrome Will Soon Add Fingerprint Lock For Private Browsing Tabs: Here’s How It Will Work

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Back in 2020, Google added a nifty feature to iOS called “Privacy Screen” that required users to use Touch or Face ID authentication to use certain Google apps. Now Chrome for Android is getting a similar feature.

According to a recent report by 9to5Google, quitting Chrome when incognito tabs are open will instantly lock pages. This is really useful if you want to hand your phone to someone to browse the internet.

How it works

Launching the browser and opening incognito mode will now show a gray screen with the Incognito logo in the center of the screen with an option below that says “Unlock incognito”.

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Tap the unlock option to get fingerprint authentication. Alternatively, you can opt for the “Use PIN” option. The new feature called “Lock incognito tabs when you quit Chrome” can be toggled under the “Privacy and security” option under “Settings”.

If you want to close locked incognito tabs, you can do so using the “Close all incognito tabs” notification. Interestingly, the feature was first spotted in Chrome 94.

Although Google hasn’t rolled out the feature yet, it can be easily enabled on recent versions of Android by typing “chrome://flags/#incognito-reauthentication-for-android” into the Chrome address bar and by activating the flag. But Google might enable the feature in a future release since the flag is already present in the stable Chrome channel.

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