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Saturday, January 22, 2022

How to use your phone’s privacy-protecting tools

by JD Bearsdorfer, The New York Times Company

Worried about how your data is being used by apps and websites? Apple’s iOS 15 and Google’s Android 12 operating systems have stepped up their privacy controls this year to give you more warnings — and options for when a site or service wants to use personal information like location or browser clicks.

Here’s a quick guide to those settings.

system setup

In iOS or Android, open the Settings app by tapping (or by voice) and selecting Privacy. You’ll find several screens, menus, and switches for restricting access to the phone’s hardware (such as the microphone) and software (such as your contacts list) on an app-by-app basis. Android 12 includes a privacy dashboard that shows which apps are running, as well as shortcuts to manage the information that Google collects and stores in one’s Google Account.

In case you’re curious, Apple and Google have posted statements about how they use your data. Keep in mind that blocking web trackers and location information may cause your free apps to work differently, and many news and cultural sites use tracking software. But if you want more control over your information, here are some specific categories to hit.


Your phone’s Location Services feature can pinpoint your whereabouts on a map, which is important for things like providing driving directions. However, in recent versions of iOS and Android, you can share an approximate location instead of an exact location for a little more privacy.

On an iOS 15 device, open the Settings app and go to Privacy, then Location Services, and then System Services. Here, you can disable or enable location services and control which third-party applications (including Google’s software) can use your coordinates — or When They have permission to use that information. Scroll all the way down the list and select System Services to see how the iPhone uses your location, collecting your “important places” like your home address; You can turn it off or delete history if you find it offensive.

On a phone running Android 12, open the Settings app and tap Location to open Controls and to see which apps are allowed to use your location. Tap Location Services to go to More Settings; You can also manage the location history setting that records your wanderlust. (Google’s business model includes providing customized advertising and services based on your personal information, so your user experience may be affected.)

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Apps and Ads

Apple’s App Tracking Transparency feature warns you when an app wants to monitor your online activity, usually for the purpose of targeted advertising. In iOS 15 Settings, tap Privacy and then Tracking to go to Controls. (While Apple’s own advertising platform claims not to share personally identifiable data with others, you can turn off those ads in the Apple Ads area of ​​privacy settings.)

In Android 12, open Settings and select Privacy to get a number of controls, including the Ads option to avoid targeted ads by deleting your advertising ID. And this month, Google announced that Android will automatically turn off permissions for apps you haven’t used in a while.


Browsers have been used for decades to track you through cookies and other code that looks at your activity for use in marketing and advertising. (Safari’s Private Browsing and Chrome’s Incognito mode keep a surfing session from being stored, but they don’t help much against browser trackers.)

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