How to stop your smartphone tracking you

If you are uneasy about having your travel history recorded and stored, you can disable the function on both Android and iOS.

To disable location reporting and history in Android:

  1. Open the App Drawer. Then Settings.
  2. Go to Location.
  3. Scroll down to Google Location Settings.
  4. Move the slider to ‘off’ for Location Reporting and Location History.
  5. To delete your phone’s location cache, tap Delete Location History at the bottom of the screen under Location History.

Repeat this process for each Google Account you have on your Android device.

If you disable this, Google Maps and any other Google services that makes use of your location data will prompt you every time they want access to your position. If you enjoy location services but don’t want everywhere you go dumped into this database, just disable Location History and leave Location Reporting enabled.

If you’re on an iOS:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Scroll down to Privacy, and select Location Services.
  3. Swipe the slider at the top of Location Services to off, or select specific apps like Google and Google Maps.
  4. Select System Services to block location data from specific features like Popular Near Me and Location Based iAds.

For further information on how to stop the location information caching on your phone see Lifehacker’s guide.


Photo: Martin Abegglin/flickr


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