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How to Turn Off Google Location Tracking

How to prevent Google from tracking your physical location

what you need to know

  • Go to the Google My Activity page and select location history > to extinguish either Choose an automatic removal option.
  • To delete your location history, go to the Google Maps timeline page and select Settings > Delete all location history.
  • To remove visits from a specific location in the Google Maps app, tap the profile icon > your calendar > Places > three dot menu > Delete all visits.

This article explains how to disable Google location tracking. The information applies to services such as Google Maps and applications for Google’s Android platform.

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Does Google track my location?

Google Maps keeps a history of the places you go on your Google Maps timeline, even when the app is not open. Your timeline syncs with Google Photos and other apps, which can help you remember when and where you took photos and videos. However, if someone does access your Google account, they may find information that you may not want them to know.

If you have an Android or iOS device, Google tracks your movements to help certain apps (such as Google Maps) determine your location. You can disable location services, but some apps may not work properly.

To protect your privacy, Google recommends that you enable two-factor authentication for your account.

How can I prevent Google from tracking my location?

If you don’t want Google Maps, Google Photos, and other apps to track your location, follow these steps:

Go to the Google My Activity page and, if prompted, sign in to your Google account.

To select location history.

Under Location History, select to extinguish.

To automatically delete your location history after a set period of time, select Choose an automatic removal option.

Disable Google Location History Page

To select Pause confirm.

Pause on the Google Location History page

To select Delete old activity if you want to delete your location history, or select I understand to close the window.

Return to this page any time you want to re-enable Google location tracking.

Delete old activity on the Google Location History page

If you later decide to delete your location history, go to the Google Maps timeline page. Select the Settings speed at the bottom of the map, then choose Delete all location history.

Delete all location history in Google Timeline

How do I get rid of tracking on my Google Timeline?

If you want to remove visits to a specific place on Google Maps, use the mobile app:

In the Google Maps app, tap your profile icon.

Faucet your calendar.

Faucet Places on top.

Profile icon, Your Timeline, and Places in the Google Maps app

Choose a category to find the location, tap the three dots next to the location, then tap Delete all visits.

Categories, three-dot menu and Delete all tracks in the Google Maps app

How to manage Google location settings

On Android, you can disable location tracking for individual apps by managing your app permissions. You can choose what information each app can access from the Permissions Manager. On iPhone and iPad, you can choose to enable location services only when an app is open by going to Settings > application > Location. Remember that disabling location tracking may prevent some apps from working.

Hide your location with a VPN

If you turn off Google location tracking, your Internet service provider and other websites can still determine your general location. Consider getting a virtual private network (VPN) to hide your location completely. By hiding your location, VPNs allow you to bypass regional restrictions on websites, so you can watch movies on Netflix that are not available in your country.

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