How to stop Google from tracking your Android's location
- You can stop
Androiddevice by disabling Google's "Location History" option, or by disabling specific apps.
- Google tracks your Android's location at all times by default, and uses that information to give you traffic information, browsing recommendations, and more.
- Turning off
location trackingmay cause certain apps to stop working.
Google thrives on data, and knowing where you are throughout the day is a critical piece of information. Google uses
How to stop Google from tracking your Android by turning off all location trackingIf you want to stop Google from tracking you completely, you have two options.
Turn off your Android phone's location tracker
This is the "nuclear option" that will stop every app on your device from sending or receiving location data.1. Start the Settings app on your Android phone.
2. Tap "Location."3. Turn the feature off at the top of the page by swiping the button to the left. It should change from "On" to "Off."
Turn off Google's 'Location History' settingYou can also turn off the Location History feature in your
1. Start the Settings app and tap "Google."
2. Tap "Manage your Google Account."3. On your account page, tap "Privacy & personalization."
4. In the Activity controls section, tap "Location History."
5. Turn off Location History by swiping the button to the left.6. You'll see the Pause Location History page which explains you'll lose access to certain features if you proceed. Tap "Pause" at the bottom of the page (which won't be available until you scroll down the entire page).
How to stop Google from tracking your Android by disabling specific Google appsIf you want some apps to be able to track your location but not others, you can do that from the Settings app on your Android.
1. Start the Settings app on your Android phone.2. Tap "Location."
3. Make sure Location is on by swiping the button at the top of the screen to the right. It should display "On."4. Tap "App permissions." 5. For each app you want to stop tracking, such as Google and Maps, tap it, then tap "Deny," and tap again to confirm.
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