Android: how to disable location for an application

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After asking your permission, some applications have access to the location of your Android smartphone, most often for functional reasons. But you can very well reconsider your decision, especially if an application no longer inspires confidence in you. In this short tutorial, we explain the procedure. 

Google Maps, Waze, Uber, Deliveroo… many Android applications use the location of your smartphone to be able to function. It is obviously difficult to find your way around in a navigation application without activating the geolocation of your smartphone. Since Android 6 Marshmallow, the system requires users' approval to grant every permission to newly installed apps.



But out of haste, it often happens that we forget to pay attention to it. Protection of your privacy, suspicious applications… If you finally want turn off location for an app in particular, here's how to do it.

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Android: how to disable location for a specific application

Disabling app location is one of the options included in permission control settings. In case you want to know which application has access to what, just go to the settings:

  • Go to Settings> Applications or Application management / Manage applications according to versions.
  • Select Permissions in the list of options that appears.

  • Depending on the Android version and overlays, accessing this setting may be via a slightly different path. If you have trouble locating it, just search for “permission” in the settings search bar.
  • Once in the list of permissions, select Location, Position ou Location depending on what is displayed.



  • You now have in front of you all the applications that can access your location.

  • To turn off the location of an application, touch it then check the box Decline.

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It's all good, you now know how to manually disable the location of an app. And as you can see from the list above, managing permissions can go much further: camera, microphone, contact book, etc. It is possible to filter everything!

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