Privacy Guard, the feature formerly known as Incognito Mode for apps, will make its way into CyanogenMod starting tonight. Steve Kondik, Mr. Cyanogen himself, has merged the ability to enable Privacy Guard support into all future nightly builds. Just to be clear, this new feature is not included in the 10.1.0 RC or stable releases currently available. Only those who like to walk on the wild side are getting their hands on this feature right away.


As the former name puts quite clearly, Privacy Guard enables users to run specific apps in what is essentially an incognito mode. The option can be enabled in the App Info panel. After it has been enabled, the app will be unable to access to GPS or other means of determining a phone's location. Likewise, the app will see empty lists for contacts, calendar, browser history, and messages. It's not perfect, though. Ads can still get through, and apps with root access can still do whatever they want. Regardless, this may soon be a must-have feature for the more privacy conscious among us.


Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Drew Snyder

    I don't usually install apps that I don't trust knowing that sort of stuff but I love the cyanogenmod not only implements these features that could easily be standard BUT puts them into the rom in such a way that it FEELS standard. Fantastic.

    • Marc Edwards

      i think there are also plans to submit it to the android project too. so it could BECOME standard.

  • vasras

    Finally! Thank you CM!

  • Matthew Fry

    Just got XPrivacy up and working. Thanks AP :-P

  • khl

    Features like this really show the power of the AOSP

  • Jens Knutson

    Great feature, I really hope this works out for inclusion in AOSP.

    I wish they'd kept the old name though (is Incognito trademarked for Chrome?). It expresses the intent much better than "privacy guard", at least for anyone who has used Chrome, e.g.: anyone running a modern version of Android.

  • Ferdz

    thanks devs. appreciate it very much

  • Nickie

    And STILL NO ONE, even Cyanogenmod guys can stop an APP from running on its own!

    • Mustafa Akın

      Alternatively, you can freeze them

      • Peter Foo

        Or kill the receivers for it...

  • Michel Patrick Adriano

    which theme you are using in this rom?

    • Huesom

      The Ching Chong theme by alaman39

  • Demirel BOJAXHIU

    Dear All,
    Today I am having a problem with my xiaomi MI3 model because somehow the "guarded mode" has been activated and i have no access to me sms, i can not send any sms etc.
    I do seek your advice how to deactivate this mode because it is becoming really frustrating. I have searched on the settings menu but still could not find any solution to this problem.

    Thanks in advance.