How to change the privacy settings on your Android device

Do you want to control the privacy settings on your Android device?

Below is a step-by-step guide on how to change these settings.

Location History

Google, like Apple, tracks your location.

It's often used to enhance your browsing experience.

If you don't like your data being collected you can turn it off.

1. Go to for information on Google's location history or to enable or disable your settings.

2. Go to your Google Settings.

3. Click on location.

4. Click on location reporting to see if your settings are on or off.

5. Also, check your phone settings.

6. Then click on location services.

7. Then look at the check boxes for Google location service & GPS satellites, and choose to check or uncheck whether you want your apps to use data from Wi-Fi, GPS, and other mobile networks to determine your location.


Your Android smartphone is assigned an advertising ID.

It's used by advertisers and apps to build profiles or show you ads tailored to you.

If you don't want interest based ads, you can opt out in your settings.

1. Go to Google settings, and click on ads.

2. You can see your advertising ID, reset it, or opt out of interest based ads by clicking the check box.

Lost phones

Have you ever misplaced your phone?

Even worse, has it been stolen?

Would you know what to do if this happened to you?

Experts say you should plan ahead, and visit the sites you will need to remotely track your phone.

1. Go to Google settings.

2. Click on Android Device Manager.

3. Check or uncheck the box for remotely locate this device, depending on if you want to be able to remotely locate it.

4. Go to the web,‎, to see a map pinpointing your phone.

You need to log in with your Gmail account.

Then you can see your phone on a map and even remotely ring it to locate it if it's missing in your home.

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