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How to stop Google from tracking your every move

Google knows pretty much everything you do. Your likes, dislikes, music preference and even your secret crush. And now, a little known Google website has let the kitty out of the bag and revealed th

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Google knows pretty much everything you do. Your likes, dislikes, music preference and even your secret crush. And now, a little known Google website has let the kitty out of the bag and revealed that the search engine giant also tracks your location which means that they even know where you are pretty much all the time. What’s worse is it keeps a history of your movements, which are pretty accurate and timestamped as well.

Even though it is a scary feeling that your each and every move is recorded, the tracking abilities of Google can be easily switched off. For Google to record data on your phone’s location, the user must have enabled both Location Reporting and Location History. You can easily disable these features in Google Settings. You can even delete all of your location history to erase all the past records that Google has saved. However, it is important to note that disabling Location Reporting, will make services like Google Now from working properly.

FOR ANDROID DEVICES:
You can turn off location reporting using Google Settings:
1) Open Google Settings from your device’s apps menu.

2) For devices running Android 4.3 or lower: Location > Location Reporting> Uncheck the box next to Location Reporting.

3) For devices running Android 4.4: Touch Account History > Google Location History > Location Reporting > Slide the switch ON or OFF.
Similarly, You can turn off location history using Google Settings:
1) Open Google Settings from your device’s apps menu.

2) For devices running Android 4.3 or lower: Location > Location History > Slide ON or OFF (For Android 2.3-3.0 devices, uncheck the box next to ‘Location Reporting.’)
3)For devices running Android 4.4: Touch Account History > Google Location History > Location History> Slide the switch ON or OFFFOR IOS DEVICES:
Turn off Location Reporting
* Using Google+
1)Open the Google+ app.
2)Menu > Locations > Settings> Location Reporting & History > Do not report.

* Using Google Maps
1) Open the Google Maps app on your iPhone or iPad.
2) Touch the side menu icon in the bottom left corner.
3)Settings>Location History>Location Reporting>Do not report.

* Using Google Search
1) Open the Google Search app .
2) Touch the gear icon in the top left corner of the home screen. (If you’re in Google Now, scroll up to get back to the home screen).

3) Privacy > Location> Location Reporting> OFF> Done.

Turn off Location History:
* Using Google+

1)Open the Google+ application.
2) Menu > Locations > Settings> Location Reporting & History > Location Reporting> Do not report.

* Using Google Maps
1) Open the Google Maps app on your iPhone or iPad.
2) Touch the side menu icon in the bottom left corner.
3)Settings>Location History>Location Reporting>Do not report.

* Using Google Search
1) Open the Google Search app .
2) Touch the gear icon in the top left corner of the home screen. (If you’re in Google Now, scroll up to get back to the home screen).
3) Privacy > Location> Location History> Disable> Save>Done.

You can also turn off Location History and Location Reporting using the Account History website:
1) Go to google.com/settings/accounthistory.
2) Sign in to the Google Account you want associated with your location.
3) Select the “Places you’ve been” card.
4) Select  Pause, depending on your current setting.
5) After reading the notification, select the button to pause location history.

If you haven’t disabled the settings yet,  you might want to visit their little known location tracking website, to see a map of where exactly you and your cellphone have been, every day of the week, every month of the year.

The location settings page has been available for many years by Google since Google first rolled it out as part of its now-defunct app Latitude.

Google claims that such information is used to provide the user with a better search experience and optimise Google Now for the customer.

Even though, it might be cool to see where you were on Independence Day last year, it is smart to be cautious and decide if you really want Google, quite literally, following you everywhere.