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How to stop your phone from sharing your location with others

by Kurt Knutsson

A quick check of who and what is on the receiving end of your exact location will surprise you.   We all tend to simply click yes or okay when downloading an app.  Over time, the list of location stalking apps starts to grow longer than is safe for your privacy and protection.

It makes total sense to allow your location to be known by some app like Waze and Google Maps that get us where we need to go.   Others should mind their own business about where I am going in life, so I suggest you follow my lead and take back this shred of privacy while you can.

Here’s how you can review who’s got their eye on you.

How to adjust location settings on iOS devices

  • Click on “Settings”
  • Click on “Privacy”

  • Click on “Location Services” (first row) – this probably will be toggled on to allow apps to use your location in some instances

  • On the bottom, you’ll see with whom you’re sharing your location. You’ll see items that include:
    • Never
    • Ask Next Time
    • While Using the App
    • Always
      There are some apps like my travel and navigational apps that I share location “while using”. If any app ever wants to use your location, you’ll be prompted to adjust these settings.

 

How to check the privacy and location settings on your phone

 

How to adjust location settings on Android devices

Please note that Android devices have slight differences between phones, but generally the instructions should work.

  • Swipe down from the top of the screen
  • Touch and hold “Location”.
  • Tap “App permission”
  • Find the apps that use your phone location under:
    • “Allowed all the time”
    • “Allowed only while in use”
    • “Ask every time”
  • Tap the relevant app to change the permissions

If you want to completely turn off location tracking, do the following:

  • Click “Settings”
  • Then, click “Security & Location”
  • On the next screen, click “Location” and toggle location off.

 

How to adjust location settings on Samsung devices

To turn off location tracking for apps, you can do so by:

  • Click the “Settings” app and click “Apps”
  • Click “Settings”
  • Click an app your want to review
  • Click “Permissions”
  • You can disable “Location” by sliding the toggle to the left.

If you want to completely turn off location tracking, do the following:

  • Click “Settings”
  • Then, click “Biometrics and security”
  • Go to “Location” and toggle the button to the left to turn it off.

 

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