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New Delhi. The phone you carry with you every day has access to your location data. He knows exactly where you are and exactly where you were before. What’s worse, if you think that your privacy is wrong, there may be many third party apps accessing this data from your phone. But you don’t need to worry. We’ve put together a guide that will help you stop apps from tracking your location.

How to identify apps?

Before you start cutting off apps’ access to your location data. A good first step would be to audit which apps actually have access to your location data. After that you have to check that which of these apps really needs your location data to work.

For example, if you use it for navigation and other tasks, then obviously you want Google Maps to have access to your location data. Here we walk you through the common apps that can get access to your location data.

Social media apps: These are some of the worst apps that track your location. Location tracking is completely unnecessary in many cases. If these apps are tracking your location data then they should stop doing it.

Ridesharing apps: Ridesharing apps like Uber and Ola need to track your location so that drivers know where to come. But at the same time they can do it continuously, even when you haven’t booked a ride. There is usually no good way to turn off location tracking without disabling these apps completely.

Streaming apps: Video streaming apps like Netflix and Prime Video will also track your location and the user has to provide data according to its location.

This is by no means a comprehensive list of apps that can track your user data and there can be many different app categories that are engaged in storing location data of users. But once you know what these apps are and do you want them to track your location, you can start blocking them from tracking your location.

How to block specific apps from accessing your location data on Android?

You can turn off location access for all apps if you want, but it could mean that many of them stop working completely or in some cases you may notice a lack of functionality. Here we explain how you can block specific apps from gaining access to your location on your Android phone.

1. Go to Settings.

2. Click on “Apps & Notifications” option.

3. Click on “App Permissions”.

4. Scroll down till you see “Location” option and click on it.

In this case, you will see all the apps that have access to your location and they generally fall into 4 categories. Asking for access to your location at all times, Permission to access when in use, Permission is granted only after seeking permission.

You can transfer apps between these categories based on how you feel about each app in its own context. One thing to note is that the process may vary slightly depending on the phone you are using, but it shouldn’t be much different from the above.

How to block specific apps from accessing your location data on iOS?

The process is similar on iOS as well. If you want to turn off location tracking on your iPhone or just stop certain apps, go to Settings, then Privacy, Location Services, where you can choose to turn off Location Services entirely. Or you can select apps that have your location.

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