Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/195647/googles-location-history-is-still-recording-your-every-move/
Google could be tracking and recording your every location on your Android device, and you may not even know it!
By default, I set all my location services to off all the time.
Right now, it's 85 deg Fahrenheit here in New York City at 10:01 AM -- as we move towards a day of 90-plus.
However, the weather widget on my Galaxy is telling me the current temp is 75 deg -- from the last time I actually updated it, sometime earlier in he summer.
I also turn off my WiFi whenever I leave my house - turning it on again only when I can connect to a trusted network - such as my regular places business...
Am I the only one who doesn't find this creepy but cool. It might be because I actually use location sharing and history with my spouse. But it is kinda funny how it jumps around in my hometown since we have only a few cell towers it isn't as accurate as your screen shot from Las Vegas.
I have Android and Apple phones, can this be used on the Apple phones or does Apple do the same thing and if so, where can I see the tracking displayed?
Been switched off on my nexus 4 for ages.
big deal... why are you so paranoid??
i've never had anyone from google stop me and harass me about anything they've collected. they make 1st class software, they can track me all they want. the same as the post office and bill collectors.
Most peeps don't realize the hidden danger this info provides. Of course these Corporations say peeps are just being paranoid. But speaking of the paranoid.If you live near these tech companies there employees are the ones paranoid. Just go near them with a cam or camera and they scream for security,in open public places.But there a cameras on their lots and surrounding their buildings.Is an extra picture of them going to hurt? This has become a hobby of sorts.They know it is wrong but they do it for a paycheck just like criminals do.
agree with theMike, Google make great free software and never harass me. they can track me all they want. If Google put an "opt-out" feature in the initial setup of the device as suggested in the article, then i think people would be more likely to tick it through paranoia, which would mean they would lose out on some of the features that make Google great. I think leave it as it is, if you're paranoid about your location, I think you should go out of your way to research the location history and turn it off. but i dont think it needs to be rubbed in peoples faces.
Not paranoid...switch it off and a few other unwanted Google services and see how much longer your battery lasts!
My Nexus 4 goes from 36 hours with standard services enabled (Google Love Mode) to well over 72 hours with location and other unwanted Google crap switched off.
Google just wastes energy.
There are some Xposed Modules out there (If you're okay with Root and Xposed) that can modify how often Google Location checks in. By default its around every 4 seconds. I've set mine to every 15 minutes and my battery life doubled.
Yeah that can work nicely. Unfortunately, for me I can't go rooted as a few of the UK banking apps I like to use won't work on a rooted phone. Plus I found having a rooted phone for me was more of a pain than a blessing.
Perfectly good point daglesj. There are ways to block root from showing to certain apps, but why risk breaking it when its working well for you.
Yeah rooting is fun and cool etc. but when the N4 was new and OTA updates were pretty regular it was a pain to have to unroot, install the update, re-root blah blah. Okay if you do that a lot as a smartphone expert/enthusiast, it's second nature but for me it was not what I wanted really. For me and what I use, I have more functionality unrooted.
Was nice to be able to tweak the N4 screen colours though...oh well.:-)
Lots of people didn't bother to read the article...
It explicitly says battery isn't being drained by Location History because of how it works.
And it explicitly says it's not about being paranoid, @Roberta_Hellfort . It's just about how ill intended the execution is. To which I agree.
Although I still don't care. I know this is Google being bad with privacy just like I am myself. I could care less about privacy, I don't play politics, I don't make software everyone uses. Google should care more than I do, but I couldn't care less even about that!
For whatever reason, I do care random people not reading stuff on the internet before commenting.
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