protect your location

Many teens and even adults are unaware of how much information the location settings on your phone can reveal. Posting a picture on social media from a phone, for instance, can revealer your exact location to a complete stranger, even when that photo isn’t geotagged.

 

For some, location tracking can be convenient. But it can also be invasive and even harmful. Here’s how you can disable location settings:

Apple iPhone or iPad

Go into your phone’s Settings tab, and select Privacy. From there, select Location Services. You’ll see a list of apps that use location services. You can choose to disable them all by moving the slider at the top, or disable location services only for specific apps, like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

Android

 

Open the App Drawer, go into Settings, select Location, and then enter Google Location Settings. Here, you can turn off Location Reporting and Location History. Location Reporting feeds your location data to various apps, while Location History stores your whereabouts for future use in searches and software like Google Now. You can also delete your entire location history by selecting “Delete Location History” below Location History.

Social Media

For instructions on how to remove your location from existing photos you’ve already posted on social media, click on the links below:

Instagram

Facebook

Twitter

Snapchat

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