Some apps we have installed on our smartphones ask us permission to use the device's location and positioning systems. For some applications like GPS navigators this is really quite useful, but for others it may just mean unnecessary access to our privacy. If you want to revoke this type of permission, learn how to prevent such apps from accessing your location.
How to turn off location or placement on Android
From your smartphone settings, you can find the "Location" section. Keep in mind that this may change depending on your device manufacturer due to the difference between interfaces. In this article, I am using Sony Xperia X as an example.
Once you enter "Find", you first see the option to enable or disable the function, as well as the find mode just below. As its name implies, here we can choose the type of positioning recognition: using GPS or via Wi-Fi, for example, or both. The choice will depend on the amount of energy expenditure we are willing to have, remembering that the GPS antenna consumes more battery power than any available network.
Thus, enabling or disabling "Finding" is quick and easy and can be done from the settings menu, or even from the notification bar, in quick shortcuts.
The different location modes imply higher or lower accuracy as well as higher or lower battery consumption:
- High accuracy: The precise position of the user obtained thanks to the GPS antenna and available telephone networks. High battery drain due to use of GPS antenna;
- Battery saver: The position of the user is not as accurate as it uses only the triangulation of mobile network antennas. It saves enough battery because it did not activate the GPS antenna;
- Device only: Useful for when the user has no coverage. Only the GPS signal activated, it may take some time to position us, but it is as accurate and uses up as much battery as high precision mode.
Revoking Location Permission Per App
Since Android 6.0 Marshmallow we can already revoke the per-app location allowance. To do so, there are two ways:
- To revoke location permission per specific application, go to Settings> Apps> choose the app in question> Permissions> uncheck the access button;
- To revoke the location permission of multiple applications at once, go to Settings> Applications> Settings (gear icon)> Location> uncheck the access button.
How to limit access of smartphone localization apps running Android 5.0 and 4.3
For users who are still below Marshmallow versions, such as Android 5.0 and 4.3, you can also restrict access of location apps. To do so, I recommend using the AppOps app.
Thanks to AppOps you can choose which apps can access your location or not. This service also provides an overview of all permissions required by applications one by one. To download it, just click the button below:
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