How To Disable Location Tracking In Windows 10

How To Disable Location Tracking In Windows 10

Location tracking is enabled by default on Windows 10 and it provides accurate results for maps and web. However, if you do not like the idea of tracking the location, you can easily turn it off from Windows 10 settings. You can disable it for the entire system or just for specific apps.

Also, all your tracking information is saved in a database that also occupies considerable space. Hence it is possible to create some extra space on your system by deleting this information.

In this tutorial, we will educate you on how you can turn location tracking on/off and clear location history in Windows 10.

Why should you disable the location tracking in Windows 10?

As we know that if the location tracking is enabled than Windows 10 can track the websites you visit, the places travel, and all other online activities. If you are concerned about privacy, then you can easily turn Location Tracking off on Windows 10.

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Disable location tracking for entire computer:

  • Click on the Start button and then click on Settings represented by a gear icon.
    windows 10 settings
  • From the Settings window, click on the Privacy.
    windows settings
  • In the next window, click on the Location tab from the left panel and then click on the Change button.
  • Once you will click on change a pop-up will appear, toggle OFF the switch for Location for this device.
    windows 10 location

Enable/Disable location tracking for specific apps:

Using these below steps, you can control the location tracking for each app individually, in case you do not wish to disable location tracking completely.

  • Click on the Start button and then click on Settings represented by a gear icon.
    windows 10 settings
  • From the Settings window, click on the Privacy.
    windows settings
  • Next, click on Location tab from the left panel and then scroll down to bottom and switch OFF the Location Services for the specific apps. In the screenshot below, location tracking is already disabled for Camera and if we want to disable it for Maps too, we can simply toggle off the button next to it.
    location maps windows 10

Clear Location History:

As the Location Tracking was enabled that means the location history is still stored on your Computer. To clear location history you can follow the steps below:

You can follow the first two steps mentioned above and then proceed with the steps below:

  • Click on Location tab from the left panel and then scroll down to bottom and click on the Clear option located under Location history.
    clear location windows 10

Conclusion:

Location tracking is a Windows 10 feature which is enabled by default. However, not all the users wants to monitor their activity continuously. So, if you are a user who is concerned about their privacy then you should follow the article to make sure that you’re not being traced without your knowledge.

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Vikram Dharmadhikari is a technical writer and blogger at Systweak. Being a software engineer, he tends to write about latest technologies and computer problems & easy solutions for the same. He loves to play cricket and tries to take full advantage of the technology available at hand.

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