There are times that we use our mobile device to check or get alerts on what is going on in our area. However, criminals and spammers can also use these tools to track us. Here are some tips on how you can turn off mobile tracking.
For Android smart phones and devices:
Go to Settings, then Permissions and then Location and turn it off.
If an app asks for your location, you can select it or not.
To disable the geo-tagging of photos, open the camera and click the gear icon and set the position to “No.” You may need to click the gear icon on multiple screen layers. You can also choose how accurate your location reporting is (with On-site services).
High accuracy mode uses WiFi, GPS, and cellular networks, providing the highest position precision and speed, using more battery. Battery-saving mode uses WiFi and mobile networks to estimate your location requiring less battery. You give some accuracy and some speed when you choose this mode.
The only mode uses only GPS and provides less accurate location information and uses more battery than the battery pack mode. This is most of the privacy protective and provides an accuracy that is good for many purposes. To disable location history, you need to go to Google Settings, Location, and Location History. You can turn off location history for your device or Google Account. You can also delete your entire story or parts of it.
IOS iPhones and iPads (iOS 6 and above):
Go to Settings, then Privacy and then Site Services. You can disable it. Alternatively, you can select which features and applications you will grant access to your location. To disable the geo-tagging of photos, deny site access to the camera in the site services. To turn off the location, select Settings, then Privacy, then Site Services, then System Services, and then Frequent Locations. Disable Common Places by moving the tab.
Controlling mobile apps
Most mobile apps that track the location will ask for permission. In some cases, this is the first time you install and in other situations, when you use the app. Think about whether your location is important, what makes the app for you. For example, if it is a navigation app, it is useful to know your location. If it is a flashlight, game or other application that should be able to know without your location, then consider not giving it permission or not using this app.
Also note that some apps may run in the background and track your location, even if you have not started them. In some instances, the only way to stop them from running is to uninstall them from your device