In the past, there have been mounting user concerns about apps tracking their whereabouts using the location service of their smartphones. These concerns have risen more so in the past with cases like that of Uber coming to the fore where the app was tracking user location data even when it was not in use.
Both iPhone’s and Android devices are equipped to help you avoid any app with permission to access your location from eavesdropping on your location activity, especially when it’s not even in use.
Now, turning your location on and off manually each time you need to use an app might seem tedious at first but it’s only a small price to pay for your privacy until better security infrastructure is provided on consumer devices.
Turn off Location on iPhone
If you have an iPhone, go to Settings, select Privacy, and then Location Services. Look for the app that you wish to revoke access and pick never. You can alternatively allow location access While Using the App.
You can do the same for any other app that requests permission for access to other services like camera, microphones, photo gallery and more.
You’ll see three types of arrows if an app has requested to access your location:
- A hollow arrow with a purple outline indicates that an app may receive your location under certain conditions
- A purple arrow indicates that an app has recently used your location
- A grey arrow indicates that an app has used your location in the last 24 hours
Turn off Location on Android device
If you have an Android phone, go to Settings, select Applications, look for the app that you wish to revoke access and tap on it. Next, tap on permissions, you’ll be redirected to a window with toggle switches for various different permissions. Find the permission for location and toggle it off.
Keeping your location turned off whilst the feature isn’t being used will not only help you avoid unwanted eavesdropping via apps on your smartphone but it will also help save some battery juice and gear your phone for a long day.
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