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Posted in Cybersecurity on 14 Jun, 2023

How to Stop Your Android Phone From Tracking You

It's already very well known that Android's tracking is slightly less secure than Apple's. But you can still take a few steps to avoid being tracked.

You won't be able to use some features when you have location services turned off, so it's definitely recommended to leave them off until you need them.

If you need to use the map you can turn it on, but for everyday travel it's better to keep it off as it tracks all your movements. Where you go and where you come back to and then it offers you routes accordingly.

That's why we need to be careful what our location services use and if we have them on nonstop, we need to be careful where we are moving as you are always under the supervision of the GPS that the phone has in it.

But if you want to do as much as possible to make sure no one can track you, follow these steps:

Turning Off

If you're already sure you're probably being tracked, or if you're really worried that someone is using your phone to track you. It's best to turn off wi-fi, turn off cellular data and location services.

This will disconnect you from the world, so there's little chance of someone getting into your phone.

However, if you want to disconnect from the internet completely you need to use Airplane mode which will disconnect you completely.

Google Activity

That said, if you have location services or other services turned on, Google can track your movements and store them in its data. It does this mainly to recommend better routes, but you never know with this topic.

However, you can turn some of these features off and thus stop Google from storing such data about you. Here we will show you how to do it:

  • Open the Google app and tap your profile picture
  • Tap Manage your Google Account and go to Data & privacy tab
  • Under History settings tap Web & App Activity and Turn it off

You can also remove your activity from Google in this way.

  • Under History settings, tap Web & App Activity and then Manage all Web & App Activity
  • Tap Delete and select from which time you want to delete your Activity

There are many other ways, so it is best to find out which is the best and try them out. Protect your privacy as you never know when something might happen that will absolutely destroy your privacy.