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Android Smartphone Settings for Privacy

I was just asked to write up some tips for managing privacy on smartphones. I figured this would be generally useful to share with folks on the Internet.

1. Many Android phones track a person's location history. You can check if Google has your location history by logging into your Google account and going to:
https://www.google.com/maps/timeline

If you want to turn this feature off, on your smartphone, go to:
Google Settings (app) -> Location -> Location History

Or go to:
  Settings -> Location -> Google Location History

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2. You can also choose to opt out of personalized ads. Android phones can share an advertising ID with sites, and this ID can be used to build up a profile of interests. These advertising IDs are just like web browser cookies.

If you want to turn this feature off, go to:
Google Settings (app) -> Ads

Or go to:
Settings -> Accounts -> Google -> Personal Info & Privacy

You can also use this screen to generate a new advertisin…