How to stop apps from spying on you
In Android’s mobile OS, apps can read and access your device’s location data, even when your device is offline, a feature that the app can’t use without permission.
But what if you want to keep your apps from tracking your location without your permission?
Android has an easy-to-use, free app called Location Manager, which lets you add a location-sharing filter to an app.
But how do you use it?
We’ve rounded up some of the best Android-specific apps for tracking your phone’s location, and discussed how you can turn off location sharing without affecting your privacy.
Google Now and Google Assistant in Android One of the first things you’ll want to do is set up a location sharing filter.
To do so, head to the Settings app in your phone and tap “Settings.”
Tap on “Location.”
Tap “Location Sharing.”
This will open up a new window.
Tap on the “Add Location Sharing” option.
This will bring up a list of all your apps and apps on your phone, which you can then tap on.
You’ll then see a list containing all the apps you’ve added to your location sharing filters.
Tap the “Edit” button next to the app you want your location-sourcing app to use.
This opens up a menu where you can add the app to your settings.
In this case, we’re going to use the Google Now app.
Open up the app, then select “More Settings.”
Select “Location” and “Settings” from the list.
Scroll down to “Location Filters.”
In the location filters section, tap “Location sharing.”
In here, tap on the + icon.
Then tap “Done.”
You’re now set up to use your Google Now location-searching app whenever you need it, no matter where you are.
Location Sharing in iOS On iOS, location sharing works slightly differently.
In iOS, you’ll need to do a little bit of work to enable location sharing.
Head to the Home screen in your iPhone and tap the home button.
Tap “Settings,” then “General.”
Scroll down the list and tap on “Settings Privacy & Safety.”
Under “Location,” select “Settings for location services.”
Then scroll down to the bottom and tap, “Edit.”
Select the “location services” setting from the “Other” section.
Scroll to the “Allow location services” option and tap.
Next to the setting you just created, select “Location Services.”
Tap it and choose the “Use location services?” option.
Now tap “Yes.”
Your iPhone should now show a notification that an app is collecting location data on your device.
If you’re wondering how this works, we’ve got the answer for you.
The location services setting allows apps to collect location data even if you’re not nearby.
In Android, location services is turned on by default.
To turn it off, head into the Settings menu, then tap “General,” then tap the “General” section again.
Scroll through the options for “Location services.”
Under the “Settings Settings” section, scroll down and tap off the “Location data collection” setting.
The default setting here is off.
Tap back to “General Settings” and tap again.
You should now see a notification on your iPhone that an application is collecting information about your location on the device.
You can turn this off in the “Privacy & Safety” section of the app settings.
On iOS devices, the “Access location data” setting allows the app developer to set a location permission, which prevents location data from being collected.
Head into the Home Screen in your Android phone and select “Security & Privacy.”
Scroll to “Privacy.”
From the Privacy section, select the “Security Settings” setting, then “Security Options.”
Scroll through this section and tap check boxes that match the “No location data collected” check box.
Now check the box next to “Allow app data collection.”
Next to that, tap OK.
In the “Application Settings” page, tap the plus sign next to any app you wish to enable.
You now have permission to access your location data.
Now head back into the Security & Privacy section of any app and toggle on the permission you want.
If your location is being collected, you will see a new notification on the Home page that the data has been collected.
If this doesn’t sound like a big deal, then you may not need to worry about your privacy at all.
You don’t need to have a location data filter enabled on your app to access this information.
You just need to be able to enable the permission.