Security, and privacy are the two most important things that we as device users are really worried about. Well, let me share one thing really honestly with each and everyone of you ready this post.
Privacy is a myth! As soon as you have an email address, you are exposed to the world wide web.
Your daily companion, a smartphone, has access to your location information and is aware of both your current position and past locations.
The fact that numerous third-party programs may access this data from your phone if you feel that it violates your privacy is much worse. But don't panic; we've created a guide that will show you how to disable apps from tracking your location.
Doing an audit of which applications actually have access to your location data would be a smart first step before you start denying apps access to it. The next step is to determine which of these apps genuinely requires your location data to operate.
For instance, if you use Google Maps for navigation and other purposes, you probably want it to have access to your location data. The most popular apps that might be using your location data are listed below.
Apps for ridesharing: Apps for ridesharing, such as Uber and Ola, must track your location so that drivers can find you. However, they might also continue to do it even if you haven't reserved a ride. For these apps, there typically isn't a decent way to disable location tracking without fully turning it off.
Apps that stream video: Even video streaming services like Netflix and Prime Video will keep track of your location, usually to deal with geo-restricted material.
Apps for social networking are among the most known for tracking your location, even if it is frequently unnecessary to do so. It could be a good idea to uninstall these apps if they are collecting your location information.
There may be many more different app categories that gather user location data; this is by no means a comprehensive list of the types of programs that may be tracking your user data. However, once you have identified these applications and decided whether you want them to track your location, you can start preventing them from doing so.
How to restrict specific apps from accessing your location on Android
If you choose, you can disable location access for all apps, but doing so may result in a loss of functionality for some or even a complete shutdown of some of them. Here's how to prevent particular apps on your Android phone from accessing your location.
1. Access settings.
2. Select "Apps and notifications" from the menu.
3. Toggle "App Permissions" on.
4. Scroll down and select the "Location" option when you see it.
You will now be able to see every program that has access to your location. These apps normally fall into one of four categories: always allowed, permitted when in use, allowed only after asking for permission, and not allowed.
Depending on your opinion of each app in its specific setting, you can move apps within these categories.
Be aware that the procedure may slightly vary depending on the phone you are using, but it shouldn't change too much from what was described above.