Location sharing is very handy for all smartphone users these days. However, this location tracking is a big concern when it comes to privacy. While many people don’t mind letting Google track your location and save their history, many users aren’t comfortable with the idea of giving away such an amount of private information to a tech giant. If you’re part of the latter group, here are simple steps you can take to stop Google or random apps from tracking your location.
How to Disable Location Tracking on Android
If you have an Android device, you can follow these steps to turn off location tracking for Google.
- Go to the Home screen of your Android device and swipe down to open the Quick Settings menu
- Simply long press the location icon once to open the location page
- You can also swipe down on the home screen and tap on the Settings icon, now you can simply search for “location” to get to the location page.
- Once you’re on the Location page, turn off the toggle for the “Use Location” option.
On this page you will also see a list of apps like Instagram, Facebook, Uber, Camera, Google Pay etc that are tracking your location or want your permission to track it. You can toggle the toggle on and off as you wish.
For the unversed, Google now allows users to quickly delete the last 15 minutes of search history. The functionality is now available to all Android users globally. To use this functionality, all you have to do is open Google’s Android app, tap on your profile picture, and look for the “Delete last 15 minutes” option. With this functionality, you can easily delete your most recent search history with a few taps.
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