What is Unmonitored Screen Activity on Android™?

Screen Accountability constantly and randomly captures and analyzes screenshots on your Android™ devices! However, our Android™ app cannot take screenshots when a browser app uses Incognito Mode or an app has special security features in place to protect its content. This article will answer the following questions and suggest some related articles:


What is Incognito Mode?

Some web browsers (Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari, etc.) offer their users the ability to browse without having their browsing history saved in the app. This is called “Incognito Mode.”

What does this message mean?

On an Android™ device, if the Covenant Eyes app detects that a browser (i.e. Google Chrome) is in Incognito Mode or our app is unable to take screenshots of an app, we call this Unmonitored Screen Activity. The next report will automatically include Review in the subject line and an Unmonitored Screen Activity message with details about the browser, device, and time frame.

Which app generated this message?

This message typically occurs when a member uses Incognito Mode in a browser. But some apps, like streaming apps, can also generate this message. Here are some apps that can generate this message:

  • Browsers (i.e. Google Chrome) when utilizing Incognito Mode
  • Money transferring or banking apps (i.e. PayPal)
  • Streaming apps (i.e. Comcast’s Xfinity app)

How is this information helpful to me?

Covenant Eyes includes this message on reports to notify allies of potentially harmful online usage that we weren’t able to monitor. Allies, while being supportive, should consider why the member would try to conceal some online activity.

Not sure how to have a conversation? These posts may help: How to Be the Best Ally Ever and How to Respond When Your Friend Looks at Porn.

How can I prevent this from happening in the future?

To prevent this situation and safeguard an Android™ device:

  1. Check if the Covenant Eyes app is up-to-date on your phone! We highly suggest you install the newest version of Covenant Eyes on your device so that you have access to the latest bug fixes and updated accountability features.
  2. Take an inventory of all the browsers on your phone! Delete and remove any browsers that have an Incognito Mode option.
  3. Install a browser that doesn’t have Incognito Mode! Some browsers, like the Spin Browser, don’t have an Incognito Mode option.
  4. Use Covenant Eyes’ App Locking feature to disable the Google Play™ Store or lock newly installed apps by default! This will help safeguard the member from installing browsers with Incognito Mode.

Does Covenant Eyes report this in the Victory app?

Yes! While the app is a new and faster way of reporting activity, the goal is the same – to keep allies informed.