Steps to Prevent Google from Tracking Your Location

Megha Goswami

There are various reasons that you wouldn’t want Google to track you. However they still do even when you have consciously turned off ‘location history’ or ‘location services’ on your cellular device, laptop or tablet.

This is primarily because Google continues to track you when you use location based services such as Google map, weather apps and search. Google also tracks your location by means of your IP address.

Recent reports have brought these revelations to light and Google indulges in this practice to provide personalized search results and targeted advertisements.

However, it is still possible to be completely untraceable to Google and its as simple as turning off ‘Web and App Activity’ service on your Google account which prevents Google from keeping a log of your whereabouts.

Listed below is a step by step tutorial on how to achieve this

For Android Device Users

  • Open the settings tab on your device and opt for the ‘Google’ option.
  • Make your way to the ‘Google Account’ page and select the ‘Data and Personalization’ icon.
  • Finally toggle ‘Web and App Activity’ to off mode.

Steps to Turn Off Location History

  • Find your way to the ‘Data & Personalization’ tab
  • Select the ‘Location History’ tab and toggle off for each and every device connected to the particular Google account you are logged into.

For Windows & iOS Users

  • Use your browser to get to ‘https://myaccount.google.com/activitycontrols’.
  • Use your details to sign into your Windows or iOS account.
  • Turn off ‘App & Web Activity’ settings.
  • Also remember to turn off your ‘Location History’; the tab for which; you will find right below the ‘App & Web Activity’ icon.

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