How To Stop Facebook From Tracking Your Location? [The Ultimate Guide]

Stop Facebook From Tracking Your Location

For some years, Facebook has remained in limelight, due to its data tracking issue and extracting users’ personal info. So far the social media giant is not successful in clearing its position but in order to do so it keeps on launching new features related to data security. This time Facebook has launched a new privacy control feature for Android users that will prevent the app to access the user’s location when they are not using the app.

Facebook for Android will No Long Use your Location without your Consent

This development has come after news broke out that the Facebook security team used location information to track missing interns. After this news, the internet broke into fire and users were very frightened. When it comes to Android, granting your location to an app means either granting everything or preventing the app means stopping it totally. The apps ask your permission to use your location, but there is no option to show when your location will be used.

Stop facebook from tracking your location

Now with a simple toggle button, you can deny or approve if the app can access your location or not. When it comes to iOS, Apple already allows its, users, to select whether an app can use their location in the background or not so this feature is not launched for them. However, Facebook will be sending location settings to both Android and iOS users for them to track whether their location is being used or not.

How to stop Facebook from Tracking your Location on Android When you are not Using the App:

Follow these steps:

  • Open Facebook on your Android phone.
  • You should see a notification that looks like the one above, tap “Manage Settings.”
  • Toggle the background location to off.

The update is still rolling out, so you might not see that notification yet. If you don’t, you can still turn off full access to Facebook’s ability to track your phone location.

To do that:

  • Tap the settings menu on the top-right. It looks like three bars stacked on top of one another.
  • Choose Settings & Privacy.
  • Select Privacy Shortcuts.
  • Choose Manage your location settings.
  • Turn location tracking off.

Tough Facebook is trying to cut off the app from tracking users’ locations. On the other hand, it is also experimenting the location tracking via Instagram which can tell where the user is going.


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Fizza Atique

Fizza Atique is a Tech writer specializing in the intersection of tech and culture. She likes photography, VR, electronic music, coffee, and baking.

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