Posted on Wednesday November 11, 2020The location tracking feature in Android smartphones makes it easier to use certain apps like Google Maps. With this feature turned on, it'll be easier to locate, for example, the nearest diner. However, enabling this feature has security implications. Hiding your location may require extra steps when you use certain apps, but at least you and your device would be more secure. If you wish to change your phone's location settings, read on.
Your Android smartphone's geolocating or GPS tagging function lets you attach GPS coordinates to the pictures you take. This allows you to arrange pictures in albums by location. Geolocating images in itself isn't a bad thing, but you can get into trouble when you broadcast sensitive locations to the world. For instance, a picture of your expensive watch with a GPS tag of your house could attract wrongdoers.
Here are four ways to control geotagging photos:
Apart from location settings in photos and GPS tagging, Android has three discrete location settings that allow you to set the level of accuracy of your location reporting. You can find these in Settings > Location. Note that this affects your smartphone's battery life immensely.
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