You are still living behind the technology age, if you still believe that, whenever, you turn off Location History Google can’t track you, know your address or where you have been with your phone. But it is much more worst, when you believe that Google can’t track you at all, that is pretty like stone age. We will show you How to stop Google from tracking your location.
In reality, when your location history is ON, Google collect your location data and track you on a timely basis, remembers your home address, places you might have gone to. And that also happens, when you turn it off. Through other services like Google Maps, weather updates, and browser searches, Google will still track you.
Recently, AP found out that Google keeps on knowing your where about, even when you deliberating switch off your location history. This is heart-breaking – Yes, they do obey your orders, and keep you private but have you consider your phone activity setting?
How to stop Google from tracking your Location
Apart from their services or any other app activity, Google still tracks your where about with the “Web and App Activity.” being switched on.
Google buried the setting in a webpage, this is much easier for you to turn it off. But the accurate authorities needs to look into the issue right away. You can simply stop Google from tracking your Location by following the below instruction:
– With your Desktop or iOS device
– Go to Activity Controls page and sign-in
– Then toggle off both Location History and Web and App Activity
– Scroll down and also see other choices that may not like
You will receive a pop-up notifications stating that:
“Pausing Web & App Activity may limit or disable more personalized experiences across Google services. For example, you may stop seeing more relevant search results or recommendations about places you care about. Even when this setting is paused, Google may temporarily use information from recent searches in order to improve the quality of the active search session.”
Go ahead and tap on Pause. Google explains the uses of enabling the Web activities and other necessary information, so you can later toggle the setting ON, only if you want to!
How to stop Google from tracking your location on Android
Here is how to turn Web & App Activity on or off on your Android device.
– Open your phone Setting
– Scroll to Google settings
– Tap Personal info & privacy and then
– Activity controls and then
– Web & App Activity.
– Now Turn Web & App Activity on or off.
It is pretty much easier on Android phones, but your device must be connected to the internet before you’ll be able to complete the above commands.
How to delete Google search activity data
There on the platform, you can also delete all of the data already saved in your Web and App Activity. You can delete batches of entries sorted by date or web service.
– Go to Google activity page
– There is the timestamp, click on the three dots and tap on “Delete”
– To delete all, click on “Delete activity by”
– Select your timestamp and tap on delete
** Deleting everything will result to the above image.
There you will notice that Google doesn’t only store your location history, app settings, they also keep your searches, such as images, videos, too.
In response to the report, a Google spokesperson provided the following statement:
“Location History is a Google product that is entirely opt in, and users have the controls to edit, delete, or turn it off at any time. As the story notes, we make sure Location History users know that when they disable the product, we continue to use location to improve the Google experience when they do things like perform a Google search or use Google for driving directions.”
Remember that Facebook has been in this category at first, with the Cambridge Analytical saga. And there are numerous other tech companies that has been sued by authority for selling and using their users data for advertising purposes and other reasons.