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What you can do to prevent Google—and others—from tracking your phone

Location, location, location.

Take charge of whether or not Google, and other apps and services, is tracking your location.

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It’s natural to want to limit the ways your smartphone tracks your location. Of course, carrying a device whose main purpose is to connect to networks—like through Wi-Fi, GPS, cell towers, and Bluetooth—and at the same time expecting to keep your location private can be tricky.

This topic was thrown into sharp relief by a report by that pointed out that even if a setting called “Location History” is switched off in your Google account, that company may still have a record of where you’ve been , thanks to another setting called “Web & App Activity.”

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