Stop your phone from being tracked with these settings

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In this tip, we’ll cover the various ways you can stop your smartphone from tracking your every move.

1. Tweak your phone’s location settings

Apple and Android devices that you might not be aware of. The feature is buried inside privacy settings, and unless you turn it off, it will record your daily routine.

Known as “Frequent Locations,” it keeps track of where you are and how long you stay there. It even knows where you live and work based on how long you’re there and the number of times you go.

If you find this unsettling, turn the feature off:

Turn off location settings on Apple Devices

  1. Click “Settings”
  2. Go to “Privacy”
  3. Select “Location Services”
  4. Scroll down to “System Services”
  5. Choose “Significant Locations” to see the logged record of where you’ve been; de-select this to turn it off

You can also clear your history here by clicking “Clear History.”

Change location settings on Android Devices

  1. Open the App Drawer and go to “Settings”
  2. Scroll down and tap “Location”
  3. Scroll down and tap “Google Location Settings”
  4. Tap “Location Reporting” and “Location History” and switch the slider to off for each one
  5. To delete your device’s location cache, tap “Delete Location History” at the bottom of the screen under “Location History”
  6. Repeat this process for each Google Account you have on your Android device

By Francis Navarro

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