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How To Stop Google From Tracking Your Location History

How To Stop Google From Tracking Your Location History

Google knows a lot about you and, if you use Google Maps or other Google apps, it stores a copy of everywhere you go. I recently performed Google’s “Privacy Checkup” to learn a bit more about what it knows about me, and was pretty surprised at the level of detail it had on my exact locations.

  • First, go to myaccount.google.com/privacycheckup. This is a good page to bookmark, since it gives you granular control over lots of privacy settings.
  • Next, scroll down to “Location History” and choose “Manage Location History.”
  • This is where you’ll see everywhere you’ve been. It’s a freaky level of detail.
  • Tap “Manage Location History” at the bottom of the screen again.
  • Toggle the button to turn off Location History.

To delete your history, do this:

  • Tap the settings button on the “Location History” map.
  • Select “Delete all location history.”

That’s not it, though.

Google will continue tracking your location unless you also turn off a separate “Web & App Activity” tracker. Google says it tracks your location from apps to provide “better recommendations, and more personalized experiences in Maps, Search, and other Google services.”

Source – CNBC

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