Your phone is tracking every move you make. If you think that turning off your phone’s location history function gives you the freedom to move anonymously, you’d be mistaken.
Even with that disabled, Google is still checking your location when you use its services, such as Maps and the weather. When you do a web search, Google is always monitoring your location.
Why is it so invasive?
Because it needs that data to provide the personalised services we all love (or hate). It looks as though you can’t have it both ways.
Those lovely people at BullGuard have provided details about how you can shut down smartphone and location tracking.
Here’s what you need to do:
Turning off Android tracking and location history
To turn off this feature on Android follow the steps below:
- Go to settings.
- Tap on Google then Google Account
- Tap on the data & personalisation tab and then Web & App Activity
- Toggle Web & App Activity off
And here’s how to turn off location history:
- Go to settings.
- Press on Google then Google Account
- Tap on the Data & Personalisation tab
- Then location history and toggle the setting off for each phone or device connected to your Google account
Shutting down Apple smartphone tracking
Your iPhone tracks and records places that you visit most often to provide location-based data and relevant suggestions. Apple calls it Significant Locations tracking.
This is applicable across phones and iPads running iOS 11 and up to the more recent iOS 12.1.
If you’re not happy with this, you can turn the feature off.
- Launch the Settings app from the Home screen.
- Tap on Privacy.
- Then Location Services at the top.
- Press System Services, its right at the bottom of the list.
- Then Significant Locations.
- You may be asked to enter your passcode, use Touch ID, or Face ID, to authenticate access.
- Tap the Significant Locations On/Off Switch.
- When the switch is grey, the tracking feature has been turned off.
How to turn off location tracking on Windows 10 devices
If you don’t want Windows 10 to track your location, you can tell it to stop.
- Launch the Settings app
- Go to Privacy
- Got to Location.
- Click Change and, on the screen that appears, move the slider from On to Off.
This turns off all location tracking.
You can also turn off location tracking on an app-by-app basis. If you want your location to be used only for some apps and not others, make sure location tracking is turned on:
- Scroll to the “Choose apps that can use your precise location” section.
- You’ll see a list of every app that can use your location.
- Move the slider to On for the apps you want to allow to use your location
When you turn off location tracking, Windows 10 will still keep a record of your past location history.
To clear your location history:
- Scroll to Location History
- Click Clear.
Even if you use location tracking, you might want to clear your history regularly as there’s no automated way to clear it.
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