Google has surely changed the way you used to use internet. One of the major changes that it brought to lives is the Google Map, which sets you independent even on an unknown road. With Google Map, you no more have to look for sign boards or the milestones as the tool itself is capable of taking you to your destination. With Google Map, you get your movements recorded, which you can later analyze by accessing.
However, problems arise when the tools made for you convenience start to track every of your activity. If you would know how to stop Google from tracking you, you can easily side this privacy issue on your own. Although, many users wouldn’t have much problem but there are many who wouldn’t feel comfortable sharing every step they take to be tracked. Today, we’re going to help you on how to get Google stop tracking you.
How to stop Google from Tracking you on Android?
Before stopping a service from doing anything, it is important to verify if it was performing that activity or not. When you upgrade Google Maps to its latest version, you may check out the Timeline within the app. To access your Timeline on Maps, click on the Hamburger icon and select ‘Your Timeline’. There, Google prompts you to switch on the Location History feature. Once you decide to do it, you would be able to check out all the place where you’ve been.
Now, if you don’t wish your Android phone would trace you everywhere, you can simply make the changes from your Timeline. To do that, launch the Timeline on Google Maps and follow the below steps:
- Click on the three vertical dots in the right hand side upper corner and select Settings.
- Scroll down to find ‘Location Setting’ in the list of options.
- Now, tap on ‘Location History is on’
- You would see a new window, where you can toggle the switch to turn off. This would stop tracking your location on specific device or all Location History across your entire Google accounts.
How to Delete all Location Data?
Once you stop Google from tracking you, it is the time to think about all the data that it has saved till now. You can delete all the saved location data by scrolling down to find and tap ‘Location Settings’. There, you need to tap “Delete all Location History”. As soon as you hit the button, you would be provided with a pop up warning you that everything would be deleted if you continue this action. If you understand and wish to continue, just put a check mark against “I understand and want to delete” to get rid of all the location data stored.
Now that you know how to stop Google from tracking you, it is time to apply the changes to your app. It is important that you get your Google Map updated before any tweaks. Also, if your concerned about keeping your privacy intact, you may also switch to a VPN (virtual private network) services available online. In case, there are specific apps that you think may reveal your location, you can simply disallow them by going to Settings > Permission on your Android. If you wish to share some tips and tricks about Google Map, do let us know in the comments below.