Did you know that once you own a smartphone, you are always being tracked? That’s right. Even if your location is turned off, Google tracks your every move. Opting out of the tracking services doesn’t work here. The location data resides in the location history kept as a record by Google. Even though Google might not make it exactly clear but it collects data in ways that the users can’t even imagine. The monitoring and its process are not quite known but one thing is for sure, as soon as you become the owner of an Android phone, you can’t go anywhere without the Google search giant following you.
Google tracking the location of smartphone users even when denied permission is kind of inappropriate. Not everyone wishes upon such a distrustful privacy breach in their personal as well as professional lives. But most people live in the illusion that the moment they turn off their location services, they are safe from Google’s detective eye!
Obviously, that’s not the case. So, on that note, we have a good news on the Android front to ease out the worries of millions of Android users around the world. Even though it requires a certain level of digging, you can actually disable the feature that enables Google to track you.
When Google maps track every step your smartphone takes with you, it archives the location information in a completely different folder. Keeping that in mind, let us take a look into how users can prevent Google from gaining access to their smartphone devices.
For Android Users:
1. Go to your timeline and on the upper corner at the right side, tap on the three dots.
2. Go to the Settings option and select location settings.
3. Tap where it shows “Location History is on”
4. You can turn off your location history for your complete Google account in a completely new window that appears when you tap “Location History is on”
You can also choose the hamburger option for this purpose. Alternatively, you can choose to delete your complete history of the location by tapping on “Delete all Location History.” There will be pop up for the final warning and you will get an idea of how Google and other apps will work on the location front from now on. You can disable the entire location settings of the site by changing the overall settings. Although this will disrupt the functioning of other applications. This is something you can’t dive straight into without properly scrutinizing other apps. A good idea is to install a VPN that protects the privacy of users.
Disabling the Activity of the Web and Apps
By default, the web and apps activity is designed to keep a track of the location of users. Unless you turn them off, you should know that you are under constant supervision. Finding the setting in your phone isn’t a child’s play. Some of you might even be surprised to know that this setting also has access to the IP address of your device. Even when a user denies permission of location tracking to the Google maps app, as long as the web & app activity is enabled, Google will still mark where you are. Well, fortunately, it just takes a press of a button to disable the web and app activity.
When you pause or completely stop the web and app activities, it disables the personalized experiences that you are entitled to avail as a user. One of the most common consequences is that Google will cease to show you relevant search results. Although there is something the users should be prepared for. The information and data collected by your recent searches can be used by Google even when the setting is paused. This is done for the purpose of enhancing the quality of the search session. According to Google, all the tool descriptions are clearly specified. But the catch is that it takes quite an effort to get to the bottom of these settings.
Some Alternate Ways:
There are many Android devices with their own unique design and settings for which it is not necessary that the above-mentioned instructions would work. If you are unable to search for all the Google settings on your smartphone device, all you need to do is visit myactivity.google.com and follow the prompts as well as instructions that the browser states.
What Exactly Is Unfair To The Users?
The reasons stated by Google for tracking a person’s location on a constant basis are not as relevant as they should be. Spying on a person’s mobility merely for recommending nearby restaurants or giving precise weather reports is not something that is excusable. Moreover, when Google doesn’t stop tracking even when the user has turned off the location services is way out of the line.
The main reason behind this activity of Google is advertising. Advertisers pay
You need to know that there are many apps that monitor your location on the basis of your travel habits. If you call 911, the concerned authorities will always detect your location for safety purposes. Whenever your phone is connected to a Wi-Fi, the location of the device is a must. With millions of users availing of the immense benefits of Google maps, it is mandatory to have an in-depth knowledge before incorporating the app in our day to day lives. From your weather app to Google maps and general online searches, you are being tracked. Just take a good look at you app permissions and you will know what we are talking about. Tracking someone without their consent is ethically wrong. So, there is nothing wrong with opting out of something that you didn’t sign up for in the first place.