Google collects data from us in a variety of ways. If you pay a lot of attention to the activity on your Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ Plus, you may have noticed the amount of tracking the device carries out on a constant basis. This is not a bad thing. After all, giving Google this level of access to your constant location has its benefits:
- If you phone is lost, the location functions will make it easier to get it back.
- Track you own steps to locate places you’ve been over the past few hours or days.
- Receive constant updates and suggestions for things that are nearby.
- Use Maps to get directions smoothly.
If for whatever reason you still want to turn off location tracking, here we explain step by step how you can do so.
To begin, open your app list and select “Google Settings”.
- Find and Tap on “Location”.
- The list should show you the apps that have been using your location data.
- This can be a good way to keep an eye on apps that raise suspicion.
It is possible to change the “mode” of Location tracking through the settings mentioned above to work in battery saving status. This will save battery by limiting the use of GPS and other battery draining functions.
There is an option in the top right of the screen in Location settings page, to completely turn off the function all together. Tap this option to switch it off.
Turn off Google Location Reporting
If you feel funny about Google taking your location data and storing it on their magnitude of servers. See this page if you want to find out how much data your device has already transmitted regarding your location.
If you no longer want Google keeping your data, you can switch it off by accessing Google Location Reporting settings and selecting to disable “Location Reporting”. You can also delete “Location History” on your device if you wish.
To disable location services on Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Plus, follow these steps:
- Open Settings.
- Find and tap “Location”.
- Toggle the “Off” switch in the top right.
- If you simply want to save battery, try changing the Location Mode to the “Battery Saving” setting.
- Find and open Google Location reporting.
- Turn off Location Reporting and remove Location History.
This can be hugely important for those who believe privacy in today’s increasingly digital world is becoming harder and harder to sustain. Location tracking for most users will be an asset that is welcomed as it brings convenience and a greater level of sophistication to the experience of mobile. But for those that have a problem with huge corporations dealing in the data of consumers, turning it off can be more of justifiable action than leaving it on. For now, the choice is yours.