How To Turn Off Geotagging On Your Android

Posted on May 15 2015 - 9:30am by Adam E

Turn Off Android Geotagging

Sadly privacy is becoming an elusive unicorn. Some things we can avoid, others we cannot. That doesn’t mean we can’t make small changes that make it a bit tougher for everyone to know everything about us. For example does your Android phone really need where you are at all times? I say no.

A quick example of this technology going a bit farther than necessary is the use of geotagging on Android devices (Apple iOS as well). The geotagging tracks where your phone is so that when you take a picture it can tell the location, time, and date and embed this information in the photo. If that doesn’t sound like something you need, disable it. Read on for how to turn off geotagging in Android.

How to turn off geotagging in Android

On your Android device - Keep in mind this is slightly different on each Android device, but should be similar enough for you to figure out.

Open the camera app and tap on Settings. When in the Settings menu scroll down until you see “Geo tags”, “Location tag”, or similar text. Disable it. You have just taken one more step to eliminate the massive data collection that we, for the most part, are going along with.

If you want to take this to the next level and turn off tracking completely read on.

To really go off the grid and turn off all Android tracking go to the phones general settings and tap on “Location”. From there simply slide the green button at the top of the screen to the off position. You have just killed all tracking.

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  1. mikemallown February 21, 2017 at 3:00 pm -

    In regard to your discussion, I would recommend an android phone application that is quite useful for the purpose. I use an app named “GPS Privacy” that automatically deletes the GPS location tags if the photo is taken in a privacy area – like around your home, school, work, etc. This way you don’t have to remember whether you have the GPS tags on or off. Simply define your privacy areas, and your pictures won’t have GPS coordinates when made in these zones
    Hope this would be helpful for you as well!

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