Google is working on a Chrome feature for Android, allowing users to take screenshots while browsing in Incognito mode.
Update: You can test this now with the Canary version of Chrome. Here is a screenshot of Chrome Story in Incognito mode.
I thought this was a feature?
I remember the first time I tried taking screenshot while using Incognito mode on Android. There was an error message saying I can’t do that.
Well, that’s a good feature I thought. You are browsing in a private mode and you shouldn’t be allowed to take screenshots.
Looks like I was wrong.
Google is working on a new feature that will allow users to take screenshots while browsing in the Incognito mode on Android.
The Chrome team has added a new exerimental flag to the source code today called “Incognito Screenshot”.
As the name suggests, this gives the ability to take screenshots while browsing in private mode.
“Incognito Screenshot: Enables Incognito screenshots on Android. It will also make Incognito thumbnails visible.”
Further, the code change request description describes this feature in a bit more detail as follows:
“Add flag to enable Incognito screenshots on Android.
Enabling user-triggered screenshots in Incognito mode is not possible
now due to an external dependency (b/145247758). As a short term solution until the dependency is fixed, a flag is added to enable it for users/developers who need it.”
The dependency bug is private, but the original feature request (or a bug?) is available for us to review. The bug, as you would expect, says that users should be allowed to take screenshots while browsing Incognito.
Do you want this feature?
We should this change in action soon on the Canary channel of Chrome. While we wait for this, I would love to hear your thoughts on this.
Do you think we should be allowed to take screenshots of Incognito tabs? Let me know in the comments section below.