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Protesting? Here’s how to turn off area casework on iOS and Android

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Following the murder of George Floyd by the US police, protests have erupted across America. While this is a accurately adequate right, Trump’s attack to label Antifa as “domestic terrorists” and the police’s brutal responses suggests this isn’t a given. Which is why you need to assure yourself when protesting.

And, specifically, why you must turn off area casework on your phone if you go out.

If you’re agitation adjoin racial abuse and police brutality, you  want timestamped annal of everywhere you’ve been. Or apps accessing your area — article the authorities have the abeyant to obtain later.

We’ve already put calm this list of seven things to do to keep your claimed advice safe while protesting, so make sure you give that a read too.

Anyway, here’s a quick guide on how to turn off area casework on iOS and Android.

How to turn off area casework on iOS

You want to go into ‘Settings.’ Then scroll down until you reach the ‘Privacy’ section.

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Once you’re there, click on ‘Location Services’ at the top of the menu.

You’ll be taken to a screen that allows you to ascendancy and turn off area casework on iOS. You can either change permissions for alone apps, or turn aggregate off with the slider at the top.

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We’d acclaim axis aggregate off before you leave the house for any protests.

How to turn off area casework on Android

Before we begin, we need to say that axis off area casework on Android is a bit trickier than iOS, mainly because there are a few more settings to go through. Also, we did this on a Google Pixel, and it’s very accessible that your specific phone has some other tracking on it.

This guide will still work overall, but make sure you search how to turn off area casework on your specific brand and model to ensure you’re as safe as possible.

First things first, head into ‘Settings.’ Once you’re there, look for the ‘Location’ section.

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Once you’re in the ‘Location’ setting, there are three abstracted things you need to do. I’ve circled the sections here:

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The part at the top is easy: just turn the slider off.

But, because Google is Google (and is absorbed to spying on you) there are two other sections you need to look at. The first is ‘Wi-Fi and Bluetooth scanning.’ Effectively, this allows apps to scan for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi access — even when these functions are turned off.

Ridiculous, I know. Click on that menu, and turn them the hell off.

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth scanning

Finally, you want to do to the bottom of the ‘Location‘ menu and click on the ‘Advanced’ option. Here there are four categories. If you’re going out protesting, you should turn them all off.

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Of course, the safest thing you can do if you go out agitation is to leave your device at home, or take a burner phone. Also, bethink that the authorities can track you in altered ways (such as pinpointing your area using mobile masts) — but these steps should make it safer.

Aside from assuming you how to turn off area services, we’ve also put calm some other privacy-focused guides that could be helpful:

  • How to bound attenuate biometric unlocking on your iPhone if you’re arrested 
  • How to stop Facebook tracking your location
  • How to delete your Google Maps area history
  • How to set-up an auto-delete on your area and web history on Google

Remember, stay safe out there and don’t forget to turn off area services.

If you want to help out and abutment the Black Lives Matter protests, you can find advice on how to do that here. Look after yourselves and each other.

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Published June 4, 2020 — 09:36 UTC

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