How to disable the default tracking of your position from Google

May be you don’t know that, since many years ago (let’s say at least since 2012) by default Google trace all the positions of your phone … therefore of you, because I am sure you always have your phone with you! This happened possibly after  asking you some agreements that, I am quite sure, you did not even read …

You can  find in the Google portal a page where, day by day, you can see (on a map) all the movements you did during every date, in any way (by car,  by bike,  by foot, …). There is also a section were Google states how your data will be used: I have to admit that I did not read that section … but, even though I can continue to believe in Fairies, how can I believe in what it is possibly stated there?  I am living in a real world, where knowledge is often power and power is money :-/

May be, you can think that it is not your case, so you are not traced, … but I am sure that you have an Android phone linked to your Google account (and/or Google apps that use your localization) and possibly you always leave active your smartphone GPS, even when you don’t really need it (e.g. no navigator is running).

I experimented that many friends of mine have the tracing feature set to on, without they even know the existence of that feature! So, may be it is better that even you check it, reading this post: as you will see, it is quite easy this check … once you know how to check it  … and possibly disable this unwanted feature. I don’t know if that disabling only effects the front end (i.e. you to see no more your data, but they are kept, in any case, in some Data Base, ready to be used). So, if you really care to your privacy, it is better to enable the GPS positioning ONLY when you really need it 😉

Anyway, let see how to check and possibly disable your “agreement” that your positions can recorded somewhere …

If you have a Gmail account, the easiest way is to access the Gmail site with a browser, click on you image (on the right top of the page) and access your Goggle Personal profile:

Access to your Google Personal profile page (e.g. from the icon, on the top right of Gmail Web page)

From that page, you can see the My activities section so, please, navigate into it:

My activities section on the Google personal account page

Then you have to select the Other Google activities item from the left menu:

My activities page

In Other Google activities page, you can find a sections related to your Position history, and you have to navigate in it:

Your Position history section

Your Position history section

Here you can see a map of all your places you visited and filter the year, month, day to see all your paths. In the following, there are some screenshots as an example of what you could possibly find. Selecting the proper day (e.g. selecting one bar), you can drill down and see all the paths you did in that day.

You can do the check even for years ago … and possibly you’ll be surprised how everything of your personal data is recorded!


So let’s see how to disable that “feature” that possibly you don’t want anymore (and never you wanted!): the following screenshots show the step by step procedure, but again, I don’t know if that disabling only effects you to see no more your data but they are kept in any case in some Data Base! So, if you care for your privacy, the better way is always to enable the GPS positioning ONLY when you really need it.

In setting off that function, your positioning should not be recorded anymore (but your past data remains recorded, as you can easily verify: if you want to delete (not see anymore?) past data, you can do it from another section.

Note that you have to agree twice to suspend the position history.

Possibly you would like to disable also other agreements like the recording of your Web and App activities and so on:


Informazioni su Enzo Contini

Electronic engineer
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