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How to turn off location-tracking on a Google Android phone

Ensure the search giant isn't tracking you

Smartphones, and those running Google's Android are no exception, offer many location-based services that utilise the location of your handset, determined by GPS satellites, during web searches and other net-based activities to ensure the results are more tailored to the user. However, there's also a number of privacy concerns regarding location-based services on mobile phones.

In fact, according to the Wall Street Journal, when you opt-in to these services on a Google Android handset, GPS information and Wi-Fi access-point locations, as well as your unique device identifier, are sent back to Google.

Just like Apple, which recently came under fire for tracking iPhone users, Google uses this data to maintain a location database. Google has also said that all data sent back to it is anonymised, despite researchers' findings that each user's unique device ID is included.

However, you can easily opt-out of location-based services on your handset. Here's how.

Step one
From the home screen select Settings.

Step two
Select privacy and untick the box next to Use my location. Now return to the home screen.

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