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Privacy tip: Make sure you’re not accidentally sharing your location with apps or people

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Your devices and apps know where you are, too, but you can stop that.

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Let’s start with your device and account settings.


Your Google account is tied to various apps and services, making it a great place to start.

Location History

Location History saves your location wherever you take your smartphone. It’s off by default, but you may have turned it on and forgotten about it. No problem. Here’s how to turn it off:

Location tracking on your iPhone

Location Services has two parts: A global setting to stop sharing your location with Apple and individual settings for each app you have installed on your iPhone. 

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  • Go to Settings > Privacy & Security > Location Services.
  • From here, you have the option to switch off Location Services completely.
  • Alternatively, you turn off Location Services for individual apps by scrolling down the list and tapping the ones you want to change.

Location sharing

Location Sharing lets you share your location with family and friends in Messages, Find My and other services. Make sure you know who’s watching.

  • Go to Settings > Privacy & Security > Location Services > Share My Location.
  • If you’re sharing your location with anyone, you’ll see their names here.
  • Switch off Share My Location if you choose.

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Location settings on Windows

You can turn location services off entirely on your Windows PC or for individual apps.

  • Go to Start > Settings > Privacy > Location.
  • Click Change, then toggle off Location for this device. This also prevents apps from knowing your location.
  • When Allow apps to access your location is switched on, scroll down and toggle off the setting for each app.

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Location services on macOS

Here’s how to change location services for your Mac:

  • Go to the Apple menu > System Settings > Privacy & Security > Location Services.
  • Switch off Location Services.
  • If you want some apps to know your location, switch Location Services on or off for each app in the list.


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