Did you know that Google tracks your every move? We weren’t expecting a horror sequel to “I Know Everything You Done Last Summer,” but it wasn’t any less unsettling. Consider the variety of other applications that are aware of your whereabouts.
Some may argue that there is nothing to be concerned about. Because the location information is anonymous, you will fade in with the crowd. The New York Times would later prove them wrong, tracking a schoolteacher’s full itinerary for a single day, from her job to a medical visit to an ex-boyfriend’s house.
Consider what would happen if a vengeful ex (or a random person) knew all of your location information. People already use “stalker was” applications to snoop on their ex-partners, so it is not out of the realm of possibility.
There is no denying that location information has improved people’s lives. Even the teacher in the preceding case admitted that she enjoyed keeping track of her jogging trips in this manner. However, one must wonder how Google’s knowledge that you are visiting a buddy plays into this. This article will discuss how to turn off location setting on Android and iPhone to enhance your mobile security.
Changing Your Mindset About Privacy
Although there are specific privacy-focused applications that do not monitor you by default (or at all), the leading guideline is that location monitoring is turned on unless you turn it off. Fitness applications like Strava rely heavily on it (that gave away the location of secret US army bases through its heatmaps).
In the end, it is in application developers’ best interests to have your location information. The applications are “free” because the information you offer is helpful to them, and this will not change. As a result, it is up to users to exercise caution and opt out of this information collecting.
One of the most necessary permissions you may allow (or decline) on your smartphone is location data. Many applications depend on location data to operate. To understand where you are and provide walking or driving instructions, your map application, for example, requires authorization to access location data. Some applications that rely on knowing your location for only a few functions may partially work if location services are off.
It is simple to switch location data on and off worldwide or allow location data for specific applications, whether you’re using an Android or an iPhone device.
On Android, how do you enable location services?
By default, your Android device’s location service is enabled, but you must allow access to each application you download. If your Android device’s location data switches off, you may put them back on with a few clicks. Open the Settings application and select a location from the drop-down menu. Swipe the slider to the right to switch on Use location if it’s turned off.
You should also check each application. Click Application location permissions and find the application in the list if you wish to make sure it has location services allowed. Select Allow just while using the application or Ask whenever you click the application. Enable just when using the application is generally the more simple and popular option.
On Android, how do you turn off location services?
If you wish to increase your security or improve the life of your device, you may stop location services. However, as many applications rely on knowing where you are, this will make utilizing your device far less convenient. Open the Settings application and hit location to stop whereabouts services worldwide so that no applications may track your location. Move the button to the left to turn off the Use location if enabled.
You can also deactivate location data for individual applications exclusively. Click Application location permission on the Location screen in Settings and select an application from the list. Select Do not enable when prompted by the application. You may also choose to Ask every time, which implies you’ll be able to determine whether or not to allow location services for that application every time it begins. It is not the most comfortable option, but it is adaptable.
On the iPhone, how do you enable location services?
If your iPhone’s location data has already been turned off, you can enable them again with a few touches. Toggle on privacy in the Settings application. Select the location setting at the top of the screen, and if it turns off, swipe the option to the right to enable it.
Particular applications can also have their location services turned off. To ensure location data is turned on for a specific application, look for it in the Location Services page’s menu and click it. Now select a different option than Never. Generally, applications operate best when configured to While Using the Application, but you may Always choose if you want the software to know where you are even when it is not running.
On the iPhone, how do you turn off location services?
You have the option of disabling location services on iPhone for all applications on your device at once or for individual applications. It can help you save battery life and protect your privacy.
Toggle on privacy in the Settings application—touch Location Settings at the top of the screen. If location data are enabled, swipe the option to the left to deactivate them all at once. Choose Turn Off in the pop-up menu to verify you want to do this.
You may also turn off location access for specific applications. Locate an application for which you want to disable location access in the list of applications on the Location Settings tab. Select Never from the application’s menu.