Your Android phone has many sensors that do many different things. If you’re concerned about privacy, location tracking may be something you’re concerned about. Fortunately, Android makes it easy to turn off GPS and other location services with a single tap.
There are a few different ways to disable sensors on Android. It is even possible to switch off all sensors at the same time. On a smaller scale, you can disable the microphone or camera. We will use a similar approach for location access.
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There are two methods you can use to disable your devices’ access to your location. The fastest method is to use the panel aptly named “Quick Settings”. This is the panel of switches you see when you fully expand the notification drop-down list.
The “Location” switch may already be in your Quick Settings panel. Tap it to enable or disable location access. If you don’t see the toggle, you can easily edit the Quick Settings and rearrange everything the way you want.
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The second method is a little less convenient. First, swipe from the top of the screen once or twice, depending on your phone, to open the notifications and tap the gear icon.
Then scroll down to ‘Location’.
Turn off “Use location” at the top of the screen.
That’s all. Go back to the Location settings to turn it back on. If you turn this off, apps won’t be able to see your location. That’s not you fully invisible as Wi-Fi and mobile networks can also be used to track your location. If disabling your location isn’t enough, you can try to fake your location.
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