How to stop Facebook from Tracking your Location on Android

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"Today we're announcing an update to Facebook's location controls on Android to give people more choice over how we collect location information and how we store it". To address user concerns about the extent to which Facebook's Android app can access location data, Facebook has now updated its location controls.

First, you need to open the Facebook app on your phone and head to the Setting and Privacy option and tap on the Settings. McDonald said the matter was simply a misunderstanding stemming from the fact that Android and Apple offer different privacy settings. Android users can now disable background location information sharing with Facebook. If you don't, Facebook to its credit just released some new settings that allow you to choose when it can track your location in the Android app-always, never, or only when you're using the app.

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"For people who previously chose to turn their Location History setting "on, ' the new background location setting is 'on, '" Facebook explained". For users who never turned this setting on or turned it to off, will have the background location settings automatically turned to "off". On the bright side of things, the developers of Facebook know that too well and they are making important changes which are going to enable Android users to disable Facebook's ability to track their real-life location.

Facebook has previously come under fire for allegedly tracking users it deems a threat to its employees and offices. You can either prevent an app from accessing your location all the time or give it full access to your whereabouts, even when the app isn't running. So far this feature was available to iOS users only.

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Launch the Facebook Android app and click on the triple line icon at the right-hand side top part.

Select "Location" and toggle the button to turn off the location history.

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Nothing has changed for Facebook's iOS users, though the company is sending out a similar notification to users who have location history turned on. The alert will notify them about the new settings and also ask them to properly check and verify if the settings are according to their preference.

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