Tech Tip: How to Stop Google From Tracking You & Delete Past Trips
Google has been tracking your location even if you turn off you location history.
Google has been tracking your location even if you turn off you location history.(Photo: AP)

Tech Tip: How to Stop Google From Tracking You & Delete Past Trips

According to a recent AP report, it has been found that many Google services on Android devices and iPhones store your location data even if you've used a privacy setting that says it will prevent Google from doing so.

Google gives you an option to turn off the location history feature on its Android phones. According to the AP report, even if you check that option, not allowing Google to track where you go, it still does track your location.

The Location History setting on Google is the feature that records the places you have been to. However, if you turn your location history off, Google still tracks your location, according to the AP report. To stop Google from saving these location markers, the company says users can turn off another setting, one that does not specifically reference location information - the "Web & App Activity" section.

Here’s how you can delete your location history and keep it private.

This is not a final solution as connecting to an Internet connection itself creates an IP address which can be mapped geographically.
  • Go to myactivity.google.com and sign in if you aren't already signed in.
You can control your Google location settings from the My Activity page.
You can control your Google location settings from the My Activity page.
(Photo: Google app screengrab)
  • On the upper left of the page, you will see 'Activity Controls', click it.
Go to Activity Controls (marked in red) to enter your location history and web and app activity settings.
Go to Activity Controls (marked in red) to enter your location history and web and app activity settings.
Photo: Google app screengrab
  • It will show you "Web & App Activity" and "Location Hstory" as the first two options, turn them off to prevent your location from being stored to Google.
Both the settings are on in this picture. Click the blue buttons on the right to turn them off.
Both the settings are on in this picture. Click the blue buttons on the right to turn them off.
Photo: Google app screengrab

By turning these off, Google will warn you that some of its services might not work.

The Assistant, Find My Phone and the Smart Home speaker are some of the things that won’t be useful without these settings turned on.

On iPhone

On the iPhone, you will have to limit Google Maps from using your location everytime to using it only while using the app.

  • Go to Settings
  • Go to Privacy
  • Go to Location Services
  • From there, select Google Maps and adjust the setting as per your requirement.

To Delete Past Location Tracking

  • Go to myactivity.google.com.
  • Look for an entry with a location pin on it, right next to 'Details'. Click one of these pop ups.
Look for the pin icon between ‘Details’ and ‘Search’.
Look for the pin icon between ‘Details’ and ‘Search’.
Photo: Google app screengrab
  • You will see either a "From your current location" link on the pop-up or a link saying "From your Google Maps timeline activity."
Look for the ‘current location’ link or ‘from your Google Maps timeline activity’ link.
Look for the ‘current location’ link or ‘from your Google Maps timeline activity’ link.
Photo: Google app screengrab
Look for the ‘current location’ link or ‘from your Google Maps timeline activity’ link.
Look for the ‘current location’ link or ‘from your Google Maps timeline activity’ link.
Photo: Google app screengrab
  • On the top right corner, right next to the close icon, click the three vertical dots and delete the entry.
Click the three dots on the top right and delete the entry.
Click the three dots on the top right and delete the entry.
Photo: Google app screengrab

However, this is a long and tiresome method because one has to delete these items one by one and given how much people use Google, it is bound to take a lot of time.

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