First look at Chrome for Android’s Privacy Guide feature

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After desktop, Chrome on Android now allows you to review privacy and security settings and customize them  Soon to be available, the new Privacy Guide subsection in Chrome’s Privacy and Security settings shows your privacy defaults and lets you control them from one place.

Users are always concerned about their privacy when using the Google Chrome browser on various platforms such as Windows, Mac, Linux, Chrome OS, and Android.

The concerns are valid as you need to share your data with advertising company Google when using their services in Chrome. Google is trying to address these concerns by allowing you to check browser defaults and make changes that may improve privacy.

Here is what Chrome sends to Google

For instance, website addresses you visit will be sent to Google to improve your browsing experience, and you need to allow cookies for a seamless experience on websites across sessions.

if you sign into Chrome with your Google account and sync stuff, for history to be avialable on devices, website links will be saved to Google Account.

Most users don’t configure Chrome on dekstop or mobile, Google is now letting you revisit those default settings and make changes without needing to find those settings through Privacy Review checkup.

Privacy Guide Settings Chrome Android


Enable Privacy Guide in Chrome on Android

  1. Launch Chrome
  2. Visit chrome://flags
  3. Search for “privacy“, in the dropdown for Privacy Review, select “Enabled” and restart the browser.
    Privacy Review flag Chrome Android

How to review Privacy Settings

  1. Tap on the three-dot icon
  2. Select Settings
  3. Select Privacy and Security
  4. Tap on the Privacy Guide and follow the instructions to enable or disable features that may protect your privacy in the Chrome browser.

Chrome’s new Privacy Guide

  1.  When you share your website visits and Chrome usage with Google, you’ll get improved suggestions in the address bar and you’ll browse faster, for this, you need to toggle “Make searches and browsing better
  2. History Sync:
    When you sign into Chrome with your Google Account, your browsing history will be synced and available on all devices. The history Sync card also informs you’ll get contextually, better relevant suggestions when you use Google as a default search engine.
    Make searches and browsing better and history sync in privacy Guide

The feature seems to be a work in progress and more cards may come to the Privacy Guide Settings Subpage in the Chrome browser.

For instance, Chrome on Desktop behind the flag as of now has got the first card and Safe browsing Protection and Cookie cards.

Like other flags, Privacy Guide and Privacy review are experimental features that may or may not make Chrome stable or can disappear at any time.

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