LOCATION Posts on XDA

How to Fake your Location on Android using GPS Spoofing

You may often find yourself in a situation where you need to fake your location. You may not want to disclose your actual location to an app or you might just want to trick an app or game into believing you're in a different location. Some apps access your location data in real-time and don't...

XDA Basics: How to view and remove EXIF data on Android and iOS, and stop Location Tagging

Most modern-day smartphones with great cameras make it really easy for anyone and everyone to click good photos. But what most people don’t realize is that with each photograph, they're also capturing a lot of personal information which, when they share that photo on social media, becomes available to a much wider set of people...

Google Play announces policy changes on location access, subscriptions, and deceptive apps

The app landscape is constantly changing and Google tries to keep the Play Store evolving to match it. The company is announcing a number of policy changes for Google Play that cover things such as location access, subscriptions, and deceptive apps. The changes will be rolling out over the next few months. Location access is one...

All Play Store apps will eventually need approval from Google to access location in the background

Android 11's first Developer Preview is upon us, and there are going to be a ton of changes under the hood to discover and analyze. Given that it only just came out, we're only just beginning to discover new features. On Google's Android Developer blog, however, they've outlined one change that may go a long...

[Update: Phasing Out in Android 10] Facebook for Android gets a new Background Location setting

Facebook isn't exactly the most trustworthy company in the tech industry. It is no secret that they collect lots of metrics from various platforms including the web, mobile, ads, and more. To their credit, they've been trying to be a little bit more transparent and give back some control over your information. While Facebook may...

[Update 3: AT&T denies wrongdoing] T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T are accused of selling your phone’s location data

With everyone moving to an online world, a new industry has formed into what many have called "big data." This type of information can be anything from application usage, browser history, location information, and more. This, combined with the rise of the smartphone, has made it even easier for companies to make money from this...

Dual-Frequency GNSS – An important location feature your phone is probably missing

It's not something you often think about, but location services are probably one of the most-used features on your smartphone. A multitude of apps—from Pokémon GO to Snapchat—rely on your location to personalize your experience and provide you with more features. Of course, this goes beyond just casual app usage. Accurate location is everything when...

Google may be facing class-action lawsuit over Location History tracking

Recently, it was found that despite users switching off location history on their Android smartphones, Google was storing some location data of users on their servers. This isn't the first time they've been questioned over similar practices, though it doesn't appear anything came of it that time. Previously, the company said "You can turn off...

AT&T and Verizon will stop selling real-time location data from users

Big data is big business these days and companies can do a lot with even the smallest piece of information from a particular user base. In the Android community, we often talk about this when we're discussing 3rd-party applications that are selling location data to a different company. But a lot of times the data...

Google is Being Questioned by Regulators Over Location Data Collection on Android Phones

Location services have been a part of Android since its original release. This has always involved a little controversy on the privacy aspect of such services, because if a user keeps location enabled on an Android smartphone, the device's cell tower location is being continuously sent to Google. For privacy-focused users, this hadn't been a huge...

Many of the Top 100,000 Android Applications are Teaming Up to Steal Your Location Data

Personal information about you and your smartphone is valuable to certain companies. Big Data, as it is so frequently called, can be anything from application usage patterns, location data, websites visited and many things in between. Google has been aware that developers of software such as Flashlight applications in the Play Store were taking your...

How to Save your Parking Spot with Tasker

If you are enrolled in and regularly make use of Google Now, you might have seen the ‘where I parked my car’ card. This additional card is displayed whenever Google thinks you have stopped driving and left your vehicle. I don’t drive on a regular basis, rather I cycle everywhere and I find it very flattering...