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Manage Location Services

Android Location Services

How to control how your Android device knows where you are and Location services uses GPS to identify your location.

Manage Location services from Google will track your location using GPS coordinates. This is within 3 meters of where you actually are. Location Reporting from Google is by device and will also track if you are walking, driving, or biking. This information is stored on Google’s cloud.

Location History stores all your locations for all your combined devices that have Location Reporting turned on. You can look at and manage Location Services History at the Google Location History.  Turning off Location History will not turn off Location Reporting, GPS, or Wi-Fi location services on your Android phone or tablet.

If you don’t want your location tracked, you need to turn off Location Reporting on your tablet or phone. There are two places that will control how your Android device knows where you are. The device itself has a setting that you can turn on or off that tracks your location. And Google Settings also has a setting that will locate you if it is turned on.

To toggle on/off the Location Reporting setting on your Android phone or tablet:

  • Open Settings
  • Scroll down and touch Location
  • You can touch and move the toggle to On or Off to enable or disable the location services
  • Scroll down and see the different Location services you can turn on or off. You notice that even if you have toggled the main Location to Off, there are other services that may still be turned On.
  • Touch on each Location services option and toggle it to On or Off.
    • When you turn off Google Location History, you have the option of deleting previous history.

For older versions of Android:

  • Touch Settings
  • Touch Connections, then touch Location Services
  • Touch the check box next to Access to my Location to toggle Location Reporting on or off

Tablet Location

To toggle on/off the Location Reporting in Google Settings:
You must be logged into your Google Account to complete these instructions. This will turn on or off location reporting from just the one device. You must perform these steps from each Android device you have.

  • Touch the Apps icon and find the Google Settings app, then touch the Google Settings app icon
  • Touch Location
  • Touch the check box next to Access Location

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