Whether you have an Android smartphone or an iPhone, you've probably already downloaded an application asking for access to your location. But does a note-taking application or a mobile game really need to geolocate you to the nearest meter? No. So here's how to revoke an Android or iOS app's access to your precise location.
I'm not an iOS expert, but on Android there are two types of geolocation that apps use. The "coarse location" can geolocate you approximately within a radius of 3 km2 and the "fine location" which can determine your precise position within a few meters (50 meters and less). The difference lies in the resources that the application can use, the access of the "fine location" being necessarily more intrusive than for the "coarse location".
How to revoke access to your precise location on your Android smartphone
On Android, you can go through the famous Privacy Dashboard to manage the permissions granted to your apps:
- Go to Settings and then to Location.
- Select the application of your choice and press it.
- Turn off the switch labeled Use exact location.
How to revoke access to your exact location on your iPhone
On iOS, the process is much the same. As with Android's Privacy Dashboard, you can see which apps are accessing your location via the Location Service menu in the Privacy menu.
- Go to Settings and scroll down to see a list of your apps.
- Select the app of your choice and tap it.
- Tap on Location.
- Turn off the Exact Position switch.
That's it for this quick tutorial on how to revoke an app's access to your exact location. Did this tip help you? Apart from navigation apps like Google Maps or Maps, what kind of apps do you let access your precise location?