Back in February we reported About Chrome (iOS) Beta, which lets you lock incognito tabs with Face ID or Touch ID. Well, now this feature has finally gotten into it iPhone and iPads global! Or … in a way.
Google is almost ready to make the “Device Authentication Incognito Program” official, but users can already allow it to be tested in just a few simple steps until this official release becomes a fact. It’s part of Chrome’s experimental features, which allow users to test early versions of some future updates.
We found it ironic that you get a warning that says that by enabling these features, you may “lose your browser data or compromise your security or privacy,” while this feature is intended to improve your privacy.
Tests91.0.4472.77WARNING: EXPERIMENTAL FEATURES STILL! Enabling these features may result in loss of browser information or compromise of security or privacy. Available features apply to all users of this browser.
If we look past the warning, we can assure you that we’ve tested “Device Authentication for Incognito” on an iPhone with a Touch ID and an iPad with a Face ID, and we can confirm that the feature works as advertised.
How to use Touch ID or Face ID to access incognito tabs in Chrome on iOS / iPadOS:
1.Make sure you’ve downloaded the latest version of Chrome to your iOS / iPadOS device.
2. Open Chrome and search chrome: // flags in the address bar.
3. When you see the Experiments page, enter “Incognito Device Authentication” Search for tickets.
4. Change the status of the property to Enabled by default.
5. Close Chrome and reopen the browser. Once in Chrome, go to Settings> Privacy and tap “Enable to lock incognito tabs.” Ta-da! You have a good go!
When Device Authentication incognito is turned on, it prompts you to unlock incognito tabs every time you try to access them after you close Chrome.
To turn off this feature, go to Settings> Privacy and clear the Lock incognito tabs when you close Chrome.
entry: We didn’t love the fact that you have to tap the “Open with a touch / face” button every time we launched Chrome before we can actually enroll our face or fingerprint, but we think this is done to improve privacy if you accidentally open your Chrome browser with Incognito and you do not want the tabs to appear.
Step 1 (tapping “Unlock with touch ID / face ID”) will extend the unlock.
All in all, this is a great little privacy feature designed to improve your browsing and protect your personal information from people – not websites. It’s a neat trick that elevates biometric authentication on smartphones and tablets and makes it even more valuable than before.