Google Maps Store Your Location And Search Each Time Without Exception

( Did you know that Google Maps and your phone are keeping an eye on every single thing you do with your mobile device? Whether it’s using the Maps app to drive home, searching for something on YouTube, or looking something up on Google, the tech giant is building a profile about you and your user habits.

It isn’t just impacting Android users, either. It turns out that millions of iPhone users all over the world who use Google Maps are having their minute-by-minute travel schedule logged by Google. And while the company technically does ask for your permission to use the location information from your phone, it’s buried under legalize in the terms and conditions that nobody ever has the time to read.

If you use Google Maps, know that Google is logging your information every single time you turn it on and use it for directions. But there is a way you can turn it off.

Here’s how you do it:

First, open from your desktop computer or smartphone. Then, log in to your Google account.

Click the icon on the top-right of the screen and then choose “Manage Your Google Account.” At this point, you’ll need to choose the “Privacy & Personalization” box and then select “Manage Your Data & Privacy.”

Scroll towards the bottom where you will find the “Activity Controls” sections and then choose “Manage Your Activity Controls.” In a box titled “Web and App Activity,” turn the toggle to the “off” mode.

If you want to delete old location data, you can do that too.

By heading to the same website and logging into your account, once again choose “Manage Your Google Account” and find the “Data & Privacy” box. Then choose “Manage Your Data and Privacy” and scroll down to the “Activity Controls” and then click “Manage Your Activity Controls.”

Finally, click “Manage History” and then press the “Trash” button on the bottom right hand of the screen to delete your history.

It’s a little annoying, but it’s worth it if you don’t want Google tracking your every move.