Android 101: How To Stop Location Tracking. Having a location tracking devices, that will direct you to any location of your choice will not be a bad idea. Especially when it’s an app that tells you where your nearest store or restaurants are located but making it private just has Facebook has done already according to VOX. Are you aware that all your movement is registered by Google? And are you comfortable knowing that Facebook Minions knows where you are each day?
In this article, see how to stop location tracking on your Android phone and how to delete your location history from your OS and from some of the more popular apps. Always remember that there are different versions of Android and many manufacturers use overlays as well. This can change the locations of various commands. But they are still similar for you to be able to find your way. For this illustration, we are going to use a Pixel phone running Android 10.
Android 101: How To Stop Location Tracking
Probably, you know that Google can track your location and movements through its Google Maps app. But you may not realize that your Android phone is also tracking your movement and activities through several other built-in apps.
If you really don’t want your phone to be tracking any of your movements and activities, there is a way to turn tracking off for all and most of them. What you need to is to turn most of your apps (such as ride-share apps, weather apps, and, mapping apps) less usable or in some cases, completely unusable.
To Stop Google tracking using a browser
- Go to https://myactivity.google.com/
- Choose “Activity Controls,” on the left-hand menu.
- Scroll down through the various activities and choose any you’d like to turn off.
Google activity controls enable you to turn off tracking
However, this process may take some time, especially if you want to check what you’ll be affecting when you turn off tracking.
Activities That Reveals Your Location In Your Android
Here are the activities listed that would reveal your location they include “Web & App Activity” (which covers anything you’ve done on Google apps and services) and “Location History” (where you’ve gone with your device). You’ll probably want to check off “Include audio recordings,” which is under “Web & App Activity.”
As long as you’re here, you can also delete “Device Information” (info about contacts, calendars, etc.), “YouTube History” (which includes both your search and watch history), and “Ad personalization” (which uses your history to choose which ads you’ll see).
Now you will want to prevent any more data from being gathered in your device. Or you may want to delete all or some of the information that’s already been collected using these steps:
- Go back to the My Activity page and click on “Delete activity by” in the left-hand menu.
- You’ll get a pop-up window that lets you delete your activity based on the time period: the last hour, last day, “All time” (in other words, all dates), or “Custom range” for a specific date range.
- If you choose either “All time” or “Custom range,” you can then filter that info depending on services (such as ads, Chrome, Google Play Store, etc.). When you’re ready, click on “Next.”
- You’ll then get a preview of some of the activities that will be deleted. If you’re okay with that, select “Delete.”
The Last Step Before You Delete Your Activity
The last step before you can delete your activity and Stop Google tracking on an Android device are:
- Go to Settings. Find “Accounts” and tap on your Google email account. If there’s more than one account listed, tap on the one you want to change.
- Click on “Google Account.”
- Scroll down to “Manage your data & personalization” and select it.
- Look under “Activity controls.” Here, as with the browser version, you can turn off or pause the monitoring of various activities.
However, If you want more granular control of your activities, you can scroll down and select “Manage your activity controls.” You’ll now have access to a page very similar to the “Activity Controls” webpage.
Turn Location Tracking on and off from the Quick Settings tray
If you want to be able to turn location tracking on or off as you need it, you can do that, too. One way to arrange this is to use the Quick Settings tray (which is what you see when you swipe down from the top of your screen). The tray holds a variety of icons for the most often-used Android features;
- There is a “Location” icon that lets you toggle the location feature on and off.
- Swipe down from the top of the screen. You should see a line of icons for things like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, flashlight, etc. That’s your Quick Settings tray. Look for the Location icon usually, it looks like an upside-down drop of water.
- If it’s not there, Swipe down from the bottom of that line of icons. You’ll see a few more.
- If you still can find it, Look for a pencil icon; on a Pixel, it will be on the bottom of the tray, For some Android interfaces, you will see it on top. Click on the pencil, and the menu will open further. You will then see all the icons that are available. Next, ensure that the Location icon is in the visible part of the tray.
- If your Location icon is in the bottom section, hold and drag it up to the visible group.
You’ll now be able to quickly swipe down from the top of your screen and toggle Location on and off. For example, if you want to use Google Maps for directions, you can toggle Location on, and then turn it back off when you’re finished.
How To Stop Your Android device From Tracking Your Location
If you don’t want to block Google from recording all your activities, and simply want to stop the phone from recording your location, it’s easy to do it as long as you pay attention to the details:
- Swipe down from the top of the screen so that you see your Quick Settings menu,
- You can long-press on the Location icon, or swipe down
- Next, tap the Settings icon, and choose “Location.”
- You’re now on the Location page. Find the “Use location” feature at the top and toggle it off.
- Next, “Use location” in Android depends on which sensors are following the location of the device: besides GPS, it could be Wi-Fi, mobile networks, or other sensors. Click on the “Advanced” button and tap on it. You’ll have four categories that you can toggle on or off
- Google Emergency Location Service. In case of emergency, this service tells where you are if there’s a problem; for an instant, if your car goes off the road and the ambulance needs to find you. You can turn this off if you want, but read the fine print: “If ELS is off, your mobile carrier may still send device location during an emergency call.”
- Google Location Accuracy. This uses Wi-Fi and other services to help pinpoint your location. If you want to turn off “Use location”, you need to make sure this is turned off as well.
- Google Location History. This leads you to a page where you can pause your device’s collection of your location history. That doesn’t get rid of what’s already been saved; there are instructions for that a little later in this article.
- Google Location Sharing. If you’re sharing your location with family members or friends, you can manage it here.
But that’s not all. On the Location page, tap on the “Wi-Fi and Bluetooth scanning” link. Two toggles let you determine if the apps and services on your phone can scan for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi networks, even when those features are turned off. So you may want to turn those off as well.
How to Disable Location Tracking for any Specific App
You can find out which apps actually use location tracking and just disable it for those that you feel don’t need it.
- Go to the Location page (by long-pressing the Location icon in your Quick Settings tray).
- Tap on “App permission.”
- You’ll find here a list of all your current apps that have permission to access your location either all of the time or only while in use. Tap on any to change the permission to either allowed all of the time, allowed only while in use, or denied.
Sometimes, when you turn off permissions in the Android Settings, the app itself will continually try to get you to restore that permission. It’s irritating, but unless the app lets you say, “No, leave me alone,” you will either have to live with it or get a different app.
Select “App permission” on your Location page.
Tap on the app whose permissions you want to change.
Delete your location history
While you can turn off location tracking from your Android phone’s settings, once a service has collected your location info, getting rid of that history takes a little work. If you want to delete your location history, the first place you need to go is Google; after that, apps that collect this information include Facebook and Twitter.
Delete your Google location history on Android
While you can delete location history collected for your Google timeline in the My Activity area (see above), you can also get rid of it easily in Google Maps.
- Go to your Google Maps app.
- Tap on your profile icon in the upper left corner.
- Tap on “Your Timeline.”
- Select the three dots in the upper right corner. Tap on “Settings and Privacy.”
Scroll down to “Delete all Location History.” You’ll get a pop-up window that asks you to check a box saying that you understand that some of your apps may not work properly. Check the box and select “Delete.” That is all for Android 101: How To Stop Location Tracking. To get full details to this article click on this link below https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.theverge.com/platform/amp/21401280/android-101-location-tracking-history-stop-how-to