How to Turn On Incognito Mode in the YouTube iPhone App

The steps in this guide are going to show you how to enable Incognito mode in the YouTube app on your iPhone.

  1. Open the YouTube app.
  2. Tap your profile icon at the top-right.
  3. Choose the Turn on Incognito option.

When you watch a YouTube video in the app on your iPhone or when signed into your account on another device like an iPad or a computer, anything that you watch or search for will be saved to your account.

While this can be beneficial in making it easier to find videos again in the future, if you are watching content that you don’t normally watch, it can affect the videos that are recommended to you.

One way to avoid this is by using the Incognito mode available in the iPhone app. Our tutorial below will show you how to enable this setting on the device.

How to Enable Incognito in the YouTube App

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 11 in iOS 13.3, using the most current version of the YouTube app available when this article was written. Note that using Incognito mode won’t hide your activity to someone monitoring your usage on a network, such as when you’re connected to WiFi at home or at work.

Step 1: Tap the YouTube icon.

open the YouTube app

Step 2: Select your profile icon at the top-right of the screen.

tap your profile icon

Step 3: Choose the Turn on Incognito option.

how to enable incognito mode in the YouTube iPhone app

When you are ready to return to normal videoing mode, simply tap the Incognito icon at the top-right of the screen (it replaces your profile icon.)

tap the Incognito icon

You can then select the Turn off Incognito option.

how to turn off Incognito mode in the iPhone YouTube app

Find out how to browse in Incognito mode on the iPhone Chrome app if you would also like to use that feature when you browse the Internet.

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