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How to stop Google from saving your location data and delete it too

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Google’s practice of collecting user data is a well-known fact, but there is good news for those of you who are a bit worried about their privacy. Read on as we talk about how to turn off Google’s tracking and delete the recorded data history too.

While this procedure doesn’t ensure that Google erases the data from its servers. In any event, this will give you will instil peace of mind since you had an influence in defending your interests.

Also read: Google tracks your location even if you explicitly ask it not to

How to delete my Google activity?

Login to your Activity Page utilising your Google account login details and you’ll be directed to a page that has a list of your data which has been accumulated by Google ever since you opened your Gmail account.

How to stop Google from saving your location data and delete it too

This data encircling your activity includes Ads, Chrome, Image search, News, Maps, Maps Timeline, Video search, YouTube and Google Search.

Tap/click on the three-dot menu on the upper right side of the panel and a drop-down menu will show up.

This menu contains two helpful alternatives in wiping your information from Google’s servers — Delete activity by and Activity controls.

The first of the two — Delete activity by — will help you delete your activity stored on Google’s servers. You can erase activities for a particular day, month or year and even the entire activity history at once.

In addition to that, it allows you to choose and erase your accessible history on Google’s servers accumulated from their entire catalogue of services.

How to stop Google from recording your activity?

Action controls will redirect you to a window where you can control the access provided to Google’s services. You can let Google store your activity data using its various applications and websites or simply revoke access and stop Google from tracking your activity.

Google tracks you on the following services: YouTube search history, YouTube watch history, Google+, device information, voice and audio activity, location history, Web and app activity and more.

But you can simply toggle these off and Google will stop following your activities and keeping a record of them.

Also read: 9 new privacy and security features announced at Google I/O 2019

Kumar Hemant

Deputy Editor at Candid.Technology. Hemant writes at the intersection of tech and culture and has a keen interest in science, social issues and international relations. You can contact him here:

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