How To Stop Smartphone Tracking Services On Your Device
Worried about how your apps may be tracking you?
Worried about how different apps may be using smartphone tracking services to track you and your data? If you are, learn how you can switch off these services for peace of mind.
There is a lot of information about you hiding inside your smartphone device. Standard apps can use location tracking and data collection to find the places you visit and your consumer interests. This data is often sold to advertising platforms so that advertisers can serve you targeted advertisements.
Malicious apps can also go as far as tracking SMS messages, tracking information about you, and tracking your key presses to steal your personal data. Fortunately, most people do not have any malicious apps installed on their smartphone. If you are concerned, however, you can download an anti-virus app from the app store to add an additional layer of protection to your smartphone.
It may be surprising, but it’s the non-malicious apps that’ll be digging in to grab as much data as they possibly can. These apps will use a number of smartphone tracking services to find out information about your location, your contacts, your age, and your online spending habits.
Fortunately, there are some settings you can adjust to stop apps from using the built-in smartphone tracking services on Android and iPhone. You’ll need to go through the settings app on either an Android smartphone or iPhone to turn off personalized services.
Once you’ve switched these services off, apps will no longer be able to track your data. If you’re on Android, you can also stop apps from accessing certain services when you first install it, such as location data or your contacts list. All of these permissions can be changed on a per-app basis from the settings menu as well.
If you’re on iPhone, you can switch off personalized services by following the steps listed below:
- Open your iPhone Settings app
- Tap the ‘Privacy’ option
- Tap the ‘Location Services’ option
- Scroll down to the bottom and tap on ‘System Services’
- On the next page, you can tap to turn off ‘frequent locations.’ You can also clear your previous location history.
- Once you’ve done this, your iPhone will no longer track your location.
If you are using an Android device, you can turn off similar personalized services by following the steps listed below:
- Open the Android app menu
- Open the Settings app
- Scroll down to ‘Google settings’ and tap it
- Tap ‘Personal Info and Privacy’
- On the next page, tap to switch off any features you aren’t happy with
- Go back to the previous Google Settings page and scroll down
- Tap ‘Location’
- Tap to turn location services off
- Alternatively, go through your recent location requests to switch off location permissions in those individual apps
Hopefully, this guide has helped you to switch off smartphone tracking services on your device. Remember that each app you download from now on will ask for permissions to access different services on your device. You can deny permission to these apps and the apps won’t be able to track you.