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Friday, 22 January 2016

How to stop Android apps accessing your location

While using your Android smartphone, there are many apps that try to access your location information so that they can display the appropriate advertisements as per your region, or show the relevant contents according to your area of residence and culture.
Generally it is recommended that you keep the feature enabled, i.e. allow the Android apps to use your location information, which is the default configuration. However you might want to disable the option if you are out of your hometown or local region, or you do not want Google or any of the Android apps to access your location information..
When you download apps from the Play Store, some apps will ask for permission to use information before you install. When you download apps that are built for Android 6.0 and up, you can allow or deny permissions once you start using them.
1.      Open the Play Store app.
2.      Go to an app's detail page. To review permissions before installing, scroll to "Developer" and tap Permission details.
3.      Tap Install.
·         Some apps will install right away. When you use an app, you can allow or deny individual permission requests before the app uses that type of data.
·         For other apps, Google Play shows you all of the permission groups an app will be able to access before you install. This information can help you decide whether you want to install the app.

Turn permissions on or off
     You can change the permissions that apps can access in the main Settings app on your device at anytime. Keep in mind turning off permissions may cause apps on your device to lose functionality.
Note: If you're using a work, school, or government Google Account, your administrator may use the Device Policy app to control certain permissions.
app_settings app_settings_location google_location_settings

App permissions for Android 6.0 and up

Below are the app permissions available on Android 6.0 and up. The permissions you see on your device may vary by manufacturer.
To review the permissions on your device, follow the instructions under "Turn permissions on or off" above.
  •          Body Sensors
  •          Calendar
  •          Camera
  •          Contacts
  •          Location
  •          Microphone
  •          Phone
  •          SMS
  •          Storage

Note: If your device is running a version lower than Android 6.0, go to review apppermissions for more information about how permissions work on your device.
For Android 4.3 to 5.1 
For older Android versions you can follow the same method as described above for changing the Location settings for all applications with a single toggle switch. You can also control the method of location reporting by tapping on Location > Mode. Here, you have three options to choose from according to your preference.
When you look down the Location menu, you have an entire rundown of application that asked for Location access. Tap on an application to check whether there is an alternative to handicap Location access for a specific application. The minute you update your phone to Marshmallow, you have a more noteworthy control on it. 
If we talk about individual control, older versions of Android have nothing to offer. However, to have control over individual apps you can download an app called AppOps. AppOps is a free app that can be used to control location permission of individual apps. Though there are similar apps available on Play store, but it is advisable to choose the right app.

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