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Chuck Minear: Technology and Education Expert

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st1801: Your Phone Knows Your Every Move!

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Modern smart phones, specifically Apple and Android phones, record our every move using highly accurate GPS.  They use this information to provide a variety of services including mapping and location based reminders. But how secure is this information?  Is your privacy at risk?  Is there any way to shut this down?  All of this and more is explored on this episode of SmartTech.

As you heard in the podcast, location tracking can be useful for many services and it is very secure on Apple devices.  But if you want to shut off that feature, here is how you do it on Apple and Android devices:

Apple Devices

  1. Click “Settings”
  2. Go to “Privacy”
  3. Select “Location Services”
  4. Scroll down to “System Services”
  5. Choose “Frequent Locations” to see the logged record of where you’ve been. De-select this to turn it off.

You can also clear your history here by clicking “Clear History.”

Android Devices

  1. Open the App Drawer and go to “Settings”
  2. Scroll down and tap “Location”
  3. Scroll down and tap “Google Location Settings”
  4. Tap “Location Reporting” and “Location History” and switch the slider to off for each one.
  5. To delete your device’s location cache, tap “Delete Location History” at the bottom of the screen under “Location History.”
  6. Repeat this process for each Google Account you have on your Android device.

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