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You can't sign out of the YouTube app on Android anymore

Google rolls out Incognito Mode for the YouTube application on Android at the time of writing; YouTube's incognito mode works similarly to Incognito Mode (private browsing) in Google Chrome in that it blocks the recording of activity locally.

Incognito Mode is only available to signed in users. The browsing and watch history is not recorded when it is active. While that does not guarantee 100% privacy, it does ensure that your activity is not linked to your Google or YouTube account.

Google users on Android who run the YouTube application will notice that the sign-out button has been replaced with a "Turn on Incognito" option.

youtube app android incognito

The YouTube app displays a "you're incognito" reminder at the bottom of the screen when Incognito Mode is enabled. The app displays a prompt to you the first time you enable the mode that explains what it does and does not do, but it does not provide any guidance on how to sign out of an account.

You can switch between different accounts, however.

Note: If your Internet connection is not the fastest, you may see the sign out option when you toggle Incognito Mode on or off. The sign-out option is displayed as long as the profile icon or incognito icon are not displayed.

YouTube clears activity data from the Incognito session when you exit the session.

You've gone incognito

When you turn off Incognito or become inactive, your activity from this session will be cleared and you'll return to the account last used.

Your activity might still be visible to your employer, school, or Internet service provider.

Some functions on YouTube, subscriptions, for instance, become unavailable while you are in incognito mode. Other parts of the app may remind you that activity is not recorded. When you open search, YouTube reminds you that the search history is paused while the mode is active.

Incognito Mode is turned off automatically after a period of inactivity. You can exit the mode at any time by tapping on the incognito icon that is displayed instead of the profile icon and selecting "turn off incognito".

How do you sign out?

Update: Apparently, there is still a way but it is quite hidden. Select Paid Memberships from the menu, tap on the menu again and there you have the sign out option.

Incognito Mode offers similar functionality to not signing in to YouTube in first place. Using Google without sign in limits the functionality on the site somewhat: you can't use subscriptions, messaging, or use other functionality on the site when you are not logged in to an account.

The option to turn Incognito Mode on or off replaces the sign out option in the YouTube app. There does not appear to be an option to sign out of the YouTube application once you are signed in and Incognito Mode becomes available on the device.

I could not find an option in the app to sign out other than the aforementioned lag bug when switching between normal and incognito mode. If you know of a way please let me know and I will add instructions on doing so to the article.

Now You: What is your take on the removal of sign-out options?

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You can't sign out of the YouTube app on Android anymore
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You can't sign out of the YouTube app on Android anymore
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Google rolls out Incognito Mode for the YouTube application on Android at the time of writing; YouTube's incognito mode works similarly to Incognito Mode (private browsing) in Google Chrome.
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  1. loggedout said on July 10, 2018 at 1:55 pm
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    Go to app settings and clear data?
    Then shouldn’t you be able to cancel the first time login prompt to remain logged out when you start the app again?

  2. Amir said on July 10, 2018 at 2:05 pm
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    Tap your profile picture to get to your account, tap the profile picture there again and then the menu button in the upper right corner – voilá: there is an entry for sign-out that works.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on July 10, 2018 at 3:34 pm
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      When I tap on the profile picture to open the Account, I don’t see the profile picture anymore and cannot tap on it. Do you mean that I need to go somewhere else first on the account screen? The leftmost screen on the screenshot above is what I see when I tap on the profile icon.

      1. amir said on July 10, 2018 at 10:04 pm
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        Ok, that indeed looks a litte different in my app (maybe because I have multiple accounts and the picture is shown in my app to be able to switch?).

    2. loggedout said on July 10, 2018 at 5:02 pm
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      Thanks! nice tip, it works

    3. Teresa Henning said on July 11, 2018 at 10:51 pm
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      Very Helpful

  3. bsod said on July 10, 2018 at 2:32 pm
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    I’ve removed youtube app from my android phone.

  4. Weilan said on July 10, 2018 at 3:11 pm
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    On Android I use the NewPipe app for YouTube, it’s not on the Play Store, because Google aren’t allowing it because it will kill their app in an instant. You have to get it from the F-Droid store that has open source apps only.

    It can play only audio so you can put it in the background and do something else or lock the screen.
    It can play in a popup that can be resized and moved anywhere on the screen.
    You can download the videos in all quality from inside the app.
    You can make a queue of videos like a playlist that will only play the audio.

    1. Kevin said on July 10, 2018 at 6:41 pm
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      I really should give this a look. For me, the real kicker was when the Youtube app started abusing the notification area with advertisements for things that I have zero interest in, like sports stuff. I blocked it from displaying notifications, but who knows how long until they work around that. Then again, who knows how long until they block this app (especially if it gets too popular).

      1. Anonymous said on July 10, 2018 at 7:20 pm
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        They pretty much can’t block NewPipe, as it’s not on the Play Store and doesn’t use the YouTube API (instead it parses the webpage).

      2. Weilan said on July 11, 2018 at 12:09 am
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        It’s not very popular. Certainly not as popular as blocking ads in browsers, and even that isn’t very popular. And it can’t be blocked, there are so many 3rd party apps that are better than the original ones, but since it’s not on Google Play, Google can do nothing about it.

  5. James T. said on July 10, 2018 at 4:05 pm
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    Maybe if you could rollback to the factory version of the youtube app…..
    Anyway, before updating try clearing/disabling Google Play Services and/ ***google account manager + google services framework***
    You will need a newer version of Android that can adjust app permissions (6.0 Marshmellow – 8.0 Oreo)
    Remove all Youtube permissions and clear data/cache
    If you were still signed into gmail on android or sync before though….

  6. dark said on July 10, 2018 at 4:39 pm
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    I can’t log out of SAO either. :P

  7. RottenScoundrel said on July 10, 2018 at 4:42 pm
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    >> 100% privacy, it does ensure that your activity is not linked to your Google or YouTube account.

    LOL, yup, but only if you trust google.

  8. John Fenderson said on July 10, 2018 at 4:44 pm
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    “What is your take on the removal of sign-out options?”

    My take: It’s Google being Google. In other words, it’s terrible. If there’s really no way to sign out at all, then it’s even worse than terrible.

    1. Tony said on July 10, 2018 at 9:09 pm
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      +1 Agree completely.

  9. ULBoom said on July 10, 2018 at 5:52 pm
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    Had the same issue lately with Gmail setting up a phone for someone else using my gmail account. Had to go to my google account to sign out. Could also go to apps and stop gmail, delete data, etc. Also could not exit the Play Store without doing the same things.

    Google talks about privacy but is doing more and more of this junk, hiding or removing settings. They’re adopting apple’s double and triple negatives so you don’t know if you’ve turned on or off certain items. Google’s the Hotel California, you check in but you can’t check out!

    1. John Fenderson said on July 11, 2018 at 1:16 am
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      “Google talks about privacy”

      Talk is cheap. Actions speak volumes. Google’s actions are diametrically opposed to their talk.

  10. Kevin said on July 10, 2018 at 6:38 pm
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    Last I checked you couldn’t sign out of an Android device without wiping it and initializing it from scratch. I’m sure this is a feature, not a bug/oversight.

  11. Anonymous said on July 10, 2018 at 8:05 pm
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    I have reset the YouTube app to factory version (disable and enable app). This re-enabled the sign out button

  12. el_espaniol said on July 11, 2018 at 12:03 am
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    You CAN sign-out easy…:
    -Tap Your Avatar in you YT account – > Mi Channel -> Tap again in the 3-dots at top …-> EXIT.
    Cheers…!…:-D

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on July 11, 2018 at 6:28 am
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      That requires that you have a channel in first place. YouTube asks me to create one when I select that option. But it is certainly useful to users who have one. Thanks!

  13. Tom said on July 11, 2018 at 1:16 am
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    Go to Paid memberships >> click on top right 3 dot menu >> logout

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on July 11, 2018 at 6:27 am
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      Thank you!

  14. ha said on July 11, 2018 at 5:27 am
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    I only watch youtube on PC desktop.

  15. RichH said on July 11, 2018 at 9:33 am
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    The whole premise of this article, given the article’s title, is deceptive and entirely untrue.
    Your little “update” notice is misplaced in the article, and even though it’s obvious that YouTube *can* be signed out in no fewer than three different ways, you still maintain an article title that is simply not true!
    We all know how much you despise anything ‘Google’. But persisting in a false subject and report really is one step too far.

  16. Eny said on July 11, 2018 at 11:43 am
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    I managed to sign out by going to the subscriptions page clicking ‘all’ (or whatever it is for you, my youtube app is not in English) at the upper right to go to the page that lists all the channels you’re subscribed to. The threedot menu there allows you to sign out.

  17. Consent said on July 12, 2018 at 11:35 am
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    We need to hold Google accountable be more pro-user-choice. Being deceptive to so many people and users is NOT okay.

    Also, I do not consent to my data being used or collected by this web page or any other medium without my control, as the data is my own.

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