Location tracking can be very convenient – it's handy if an app can tell you where restaurants or gas stations are located nearby. However, it is also a privacy issue. Would you like to register all your hikes with Google? Do you feel sure to know that Mark Zucker's henchmen know where you are at all times? (Well, not that Mark Zuckerberg has minions, but you know what I mean.)
In this article, we'll look at how to stop location tracking on your Android phone and how to delete your location history from your phone's operating system and from some of the most popular apps. Note that the versions of Android may differ. Many manufacturers also use overlays, which can change the positions of various commands. However, they should be so similar that you can find your way. For those instructions, I used a Pixel 3 XL running Android 9.
Google stops tracking you,
You probably know that Google can track your location and movements through the Google Maps app. However, you may not notice that your Android phone is tracking your movements and activities through several other built-in apps.
If you really do not want your phone to capture your movements and movements, there is a way to turn off tracking for all (well, most) of them. All you need to know is that you are likely to make many of your apps (eg, ridesharing apps, weather apps, and of course mapping apps) less usable. Or in some cases completely useless.
Stop Google Tracking Using a Browser
- Go to https://myactivity.google.com/.[1
This may take a while, especially if you want to investigate what is affecting you. Listed activities that would show your location include "web and app activity" (which refers to everything you did with Google apps and services) and "location log" (where you were with your device ). You can also clear "Device Information" (contacts, calendars, etc.), "Voice and Audio Activity," "YouTube Search History," and "YouTube Audit Trail."
You have prevented any further data from being collected. Now you may want to delete all or some of the information that has already been collected.
- Go back to the My Activities page and click Clear Activity After in the left menu.
- You can filter your data to clear activity by app, keyword, or date.
Stop Google tracking on an Android device
- Go to Settings. Search for "Accounts" and touch Google.
- If multiple accounts are listed, tap the account you want to change.
- Touch "Google Account."
- Scroll down to "Manage your data and personalization" and select it.
- See "Activity Control". As with the browser version, you can disable or pause monitoring of various activities.
- If you want a more detailed control of your activities, you can do so by scrolling down and selecting "Manage your activity controls".
- To clear your previous activity records, search for "My Activity" on the same page. Tap to view your saved data.
- In each category, tap the three dots on the right to delete some or all of the data.
Stop Location Tracking on Android Devices
If you do not feel like Google is recording all your activities, just stop recording your location through the phone That's easy – as long as you pay attention to the details:
- Go to Settings> Security & Location
- Find the "Privacy" sub-item that displays "Location." Click on it.
- Locate the "Use Location" feature above and turn it off.
You think that's it, right? But you are wrong. What Android means using location depends on which sensors follow the location of the device: in addition to GPS, it can also be Wi-Fi, cellular networks, or other sensors. Before leaving this page, continue to look at the "Advanced" button, tap it and look for "Location Services". You have four categories that you can turn on or off:
- Google Emergency Location Service. This tells the emergency services where you are when there is a problem. For example, if your car falls off the road and the ambulance needs to find you. You can disable this if you want, but read the fine print: "If ELS is disabled, your mobile service provider may still be able to send the device's location during an emergency call."
- Google's location accuracy. It uses Wi-Fi and other services to find your location. If you want to disable "Use Location", make sure that this option is also disabled.
- Google Location History. You'll be taken to a page where you can stop capturing your location history on your device. What has already been saved will not be eliminated. Instructions on this can be found later in this article.
- Google Location Sharing. If you share your location with family members or friends, you can manage it here.
But wait, there is more! On the Location page, tap the Scan link. Two buttons let you see if the apps and services on your phone can search for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi networks, even if those features are turned off. You may also want to turn them off.
Toggles locating tracking on the Quick Set Bar
if you want to change position If you want to turn it on or off, you can do so. One way to arrange this is to use the quick settings taskbar (this is what you see when you swipe down from the top of the screen). The tray contains a set of icons for the most common Android features. There is a "Location" icon that allows you to turn the location feature on and off.
- Swipe down from the top of the screen. You should see a number of icons for things like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, flashlight, and so on. Look for the location icon (it usually looks like an upside-down drop of water).
- Not here? Swipe down from the bottom of this line of icons. You will see a few more.
- is still missing? Look for a pencil icon. One pixel is at the bottom of the taskbar, but some Android interfaces appear at the top. Tap the stylus to open the menu. You will now see all available symbols. You want to make sure the location icon is in the visible area of the tray.
- If your location icon is at the bottom, drag it into the visible group.
Now you can quickly swipe down from the top of the screen and turn location on and off. For example, if you want to use Google Maps as your driving directions, you can turn the location on and off when you're done.
Disable location tracking for a specific app.
This can be troublesome if you need to turn location tracking on and off. An alternative is to find out which apps are actually using location tracking and simply disable them for those who you think they do not need.
- Go to Settings.
- Touch Apps & Alerts. Open the Advanced heading and search for "App Permissions."
- Touch Location. Here's a list of all the latest apps with a toggle that shows if location tracking is enabled. You can go through the list and disable (or re-enable) the items you want if this turns out to be a problem.
If you disable permissions in the Android settings, the app itself will periodically try to restore this permission. It's annoying, but if the app can not say, "No, leave me alone," you either have to live with it or buy another app.
Deleting Location History
You can disable location tracking in your Android phone's settings. However, once a service has collected your location information, it is a bit of work to clear that history. If you want to delete your location history, you'll need to go to Google first. The apps that collect this information are then Facebook and Twitter.
Delete your Google Location History on Android
You can delete location history for your Google Timeline in the My Activity section (see above) Just get rid of Google Maps.
- Go to your Google Maps app.
- Tap the three parallel lines in the upper left corner.
- Tap on "your timeline".
- Select the three from dots in the upper right corner. Touch Settings.
- Scroll down to "Clear all location information." A pop-up window prompts you to select a check box that tells you that some of your apps may not work properly. Select the check box and select "Delete".
Delete Google Location History in a browser.
- Go to https://www.google.com/maps.
- Touch the three parallel lines in the upper left corner of the sidewall. (If you can not see the panel, look for the small arrow in the upper left corner and click it.) Select "Your Timeline."
- Find the gear icon in the lower right corner of the screen. Click on it and then on "Delete all location history".
- As with the mobile app, a pop-up appears asking you to select a check box that tells you some of your apps may not work properly. Check the box and select "Delete location history." ".
Delete your Location History on Facebook
Facebook maintains a separate history of your locations, and if you want to delete this history, you can do so through the mobile app or do the browser.
Using the Android app
- In the Facebook app, tap the hamburger (three parallel lines) in the upper right corner.
- Scroll Tap Settings & Privacy.
- Tap Settings.
- Scroll down and touch "Location" (located under the "Privacy" sub-item).
- Here you can switch the "Location History" on and off. You can also click Location Services to go to the Android Location Access page, where you can completely disable location access.
- However, you want to delete your location history. Touch Show Location History. Touch the three dots in the upper right corner.
- You can now either choose "Delete this day" or "Delete all locations". Touch the latter. You will be asked if you are sure. Touch "OK".
Using a Browser
- On Facebook, click the small arrow next to the Help icon in the upper-right corner. Click on "Settings".
- In the left menu, look for "Location" and click on it.
- Click Show Location History. Note that you can delete your location history here. Just disable it in your mobile app.
- Click on the three dots in the upper right corner. As with the mobile app, you can now choose either "Delete this day" or "Delete all location history".
Delete Your Location History on Twitter
It's relatively easy to disable location tracking in the Android app.
- Tap the three parallel lines at the top left of the Home screen.
- Touch Settings and Privacy.
- Touch Privacy & Security.
- Scroll down until you see "Precise location" and tap it. You can then uncheck the box that gives Twitter permission to capture your GPS and other location information.
You can also delete your Twitter Location History, but only in your browser.
- Go to your Twitter account, click on your icon and then on "Settings and Privacy".
- Click Privacy & Security in the left menu.
- If you ticked "Tweet with a location."
- Then, click "Clear location information." When prompted: Yes, you're safe.
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