Edge for Android offers users the privacy of an incognito browsing mode, also known as InPrivate. However, the feature designed to lock these incognito tabs has an issue that a user caught on X, after teasing “on-device encryption” last month.
Edge for Android has supported the option to lock InPrivate tabs for a few months now, this means that you must enter some type of authentication when you resume an InPrivate session that was interrupted, this is already available in Canary, Dev and Beta… pic.twitter.com/DehDITNxsq
— Leopeva64 (@Leopeva64) September 12, 2023
Unlike its Chrome counterpart, Microsoft has yet to include a toggle to enable or disable this feature, leaving users with no easy way to manage it.
Hence, once enabled, this feature cannot be disabled. So, every time a user goes InPrivate, they must enter the password. Microsoft has not yet added an option to disable it, nor have they removed the entire feature to make a comeback with full functionality.
Incognito browsing offers enhanced privacy, preventing the browser from storing browsing history, cookies, and other data.
A similar feature, which already available in Canary, Dev, and Beta, can be easily switched on and off on Google Chrome.
If you have enabled the InPrivate tab lock feature and you no longer want it enabled, you can try the following workarounds:
- Uninstall and reinstall Edge for Android. This will likely reset all browser settings, including the InPrivate tab lock feature.
- Use a different browser. If you are not using Edge for any other reason, you can switch to a different browser that does not have the InPrivate tab lock feature.
Hopefully this issue will be resolved soon.