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Twitter’s mobile apps make it very easy to share your location without really meaning to. Let’s look at how to know when Twitter is sharing your location, and how to stop it.
Here’s the new Tweet screen. Right now, I’m composing a new Tweet, and Twitter has attached my location: “Fingal, Ireland”.
The reason my location is attached right now is that at some point in the past I shared my location on Twitter, and it’s now shared it for every Tweet since then. While Twitter does default to not sharing your location, if you share it once, it will switch to sharing it by default until you turn it off again.
To turn off location sharing, if it’s on, tap the blue location icon, and then tap Remove.
This will turn the icon white, and you can see my location is no longer attached to the Tweet. As long as I don’t turn it on again by mistake, it will stay that way.
For a more permanent solution, we have to look to system permissions. We’ve got full guides on managing app permission on iOS and on Android, but I’ll cover the basics of the process here.
Block Location Access on an iPhone or iPad
If you’re using iOS, open the Settings app and scroll down until you get to Twitter. There are two Twitter entires; you want he one listed with all your other apps. The first Twitter option you encounter, next to Facebook Flickr, and Vimeo, isn’t the one you want.
Change the Location from “While Using the App” to “Never”.
Now Twitter won’t be able to share your location unless you give it permission again.
Block Location Access on Android
On Android, open your phone’s Settings and, under Apps, select Twitter from the list.
Tap Permissions and turn the Location switch to “Off”.
Now Twitter won’t be able to use your location.
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Revealing your location to somebody else could be a privacy violation — or it could be useful. If you want to make sure a friend knows you’re on your way, or that your spouse knows that you’re stuck in traffic (and you don’t want to call them while you’re driving), then an active location tracker could be a real help.
In this article, we’ll run through how to set location tracking in an Android phone. This is using a Pixel phone running Android 10; your mileage may vary depending on the manufacturer. And one thing to be aware of: you are the only person who can give others permission to track your location, and you can cancel it at any time.
- Open Google Maps
- Tap your profile image in the upper right corner. Go to “Location sharing” and tap on “new share”
Now you can select who you will share your location with and how long you will share it. The pre-selection is “For one hour,” but you can tap on the plus / minus keys to adjust the timing. If you want the person to have unlimited access to your location, then select “Until you turn this off.”
You’ll then be presented with icons for your favorite and / or most used contacts. If the person you want to give access to isn’t there, swipe left and tap on the three dots labeled “More” to access all your contacts. Either way, when you’ve found the right person, tap on “Share.”
Go to “Location sharing” in your Maps app.
Select the person you want to share your location with.
The person you’re sharing with will now be listed at the bottom of the “Location sharing” screen. They will be notified that they now have access to your location.
To stop sharing your location, go to the “Location sharing” page, tap on the person’s name, and tap on the “Stop” button. On this same page, by the way, you can also request that the person you’re sharing your location with share their location with you in turn.
You will be notified who can see your location.
Tap on the name to stop the location sharing.
Once you’ve stopped sharing your location, the person’s name will still be there, but there will be a notification that you are not sharing your location with them. This is in case you might want to share again; you won’t have to go through the entire process again — just tap on their name and select the blue “Share location with
Learn how to turn Location Services and GPS on or off for individual apps.
How to give apps permission to use your location
Some apps might not work unless you turn on Location Services. 1 The first time an app needs to access your Location Services information, you’ll get a notification asking for permission. Choose one of these options:
- Tap Allow to let the app use Location Services information as needed.
- Tap Don’t Allow to prevent access. 2
- Tap Ask Next Time to choose Always While Using App, Allow Once, or Don’t Allow.
iOS and iPadOS devices might use Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to determine your location. GPS and cellular location are available on iPhone and iPad (Wi-Fi + Cellular) models.
How to turn Location Services on or off for specific apps
- Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services.
- Make sure that Location Services is on.
- Scroll down to find the app.
- Tap the app and select an option:
- Never: Prevents access to Location Services information.
- Ask Next Time: This allows you to choose Always While Using App, Allow Once, or Don’t Allow.
- While Using the App: Allows access to Location Services only when the app or one of its features is visible on screen. If an app is set to While Using the App, you might see your status bar turn blue with a message that an app is actively using your location.
- Always: Allows access to your location even when the app is in the background.
From here, apps should provide an explanation of how the app will use your location information. Some apps might offer only two options.
How to share your specific location
With iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, some apps can use Precise Location to get to your specific location. To share only your approximate location — which may be sufficient for an app that doesn’t need your exact location — turn Precise Location off. Here’s how:
Both Android devices and iPhone uses your information from data services, WiFi, Bluetooth, and GPS store your location. As our lives revolve around our smartphones for most of the time our device stores our location. This information is quite useful as it can be used for tracking your device in case it gets stolen. However, sometimes the information is also misused since they are collected by third-party apps/companies and it creates privacy concerns. Due to this most people, are not happy about the good thing associated with it. So in that case, there is good news! One can tighten the privacy controls in order to stop such malicious apps from accessing your location. This guide will focus on how to Turn Off Location Access for Apps on iPhone.
The below-mentioned steps are based on the iPhone 11 that is running on iOS 15, however even if you are using other versions of iOS that will not make too much difference and just a little bit of change in the steps.
Turn Off Location Access for Apps on iPhone
For some apps locations data is important such as Daraz, Amazon, etc and for others like maps, Careem, uber and etc it is necessary. However, sometimes such apps also ask for your information for which sharing data isn’t necessary. So, in this case, one can disable the location service for the app.
In order to turn off the location sharing, you need to follow the below steps:
- Head to the device Settings.
- Tap on “Privacy” > “Location Services.”
- “Location Services” is always switched on if you do not completely want to cut all location services off.
- Now scroll down to find the apps with enabled location services. You will see a listing that will show the permission options ie: “Never,” “When Shared,” or “While Using.” “When Shared” means that the app should ask you next time before sharing the location. “While Using” means when you are specifically using that app however, never means that the apps should not share your information with any app.
- If you want to change a specific app’s access to your location data, click on the app listing.
The above mentioned were the separate options to permit location sharing for specific apps. There are also more ways to limit location access, click on “System Services” at the bottom of the “Location Services” screen. You will be directed to a new window from where you can toggle/untoggle location access for a number of things such as Wi-Fi, time zone, emergency calls, and Apple News and App Store ads.
This is not the end. At the left side of some toggles, there are small arrows. The hollow arrow indicates that the apps might be using your location information whereas the purple arrow means that the said app has just used your location and the gray one shows that it used your location in the last 24 hours.
In order to see if a specific app is collecting location data from your devices, you need to go to the “system service” screen at the bottom and switch the toggle on for “Status Bar Icon.” It will display an arrow at the top of the screen wherever the phone is accessing the location.
If you do not want your device to collect any location data, you can completely turn it off:
- Open Settings.
- Go to “Privacy” > “Location Services.”
- Toggle the “Location Services” switch to off.
- At this point, you will get a notification that as you have disabled the toggle service for all apps, it will enable itself temporarily when you use “Find My iPhone” and report your phone lost. Now it’s your choise to either turn on or Select “Turn Off.”
How to Share Your Location with Individuals?
So if you are going somewhere alone in ride-hailing service and especially in Pakistan we want to inform our family members so we share the location in real-time. In this case, you need to have iOS 13 or later so that you can use the Find My app to share your location with family and friends.
Here’s what to do:
- Open “Settings.”
- Go into “Privacy,” and make sure “Location Services” is switched on.
- Go back to the main “Settings” menu and tap on your name at the top.
- Select “Find My.”
- Toggle “Share My Location” so that it’s on.
- Then go to the Find My app. If this is your first time using the app, it will ask you whether you want it to access your location. Choose either to “Allow While Using App,” “Allow Once,” or “Don’t Allow.”
- You may get a screen explaining that “Find My” can be used with an AirTag or for AirPods, and that there are apps for the watchOS as well.
- On the map screen that appears, select “People” at the bottom of the screen.
- Click the button that says “Start Sharing Location.”
- In the “To:” field, type in either the phone number or name of your friend or family member.
- If the person you select has a phone number that isn’t associated with an iPhone, you’ll be notified with a pop-up. (But you can still share your location.)
- Tap “Send,” then select either “Share for One Hour,” “Share Until End of Day,” or “Share Indefinitely.”
Now it will start sharing your location with the people you opted for. To turn it off you need to click on the name of a contact with whom you shared the location. Click on the contact’s name in Find My App and then tap “Stop Sharing My Location”. Now give confirmation by clicking on the pop-up button.
How to Send Recurring Notification:
This is one of the most useful features as it can be used to send recurring notifications. This feature is very useful when you want you friends or family member to know when you reach a specific location.
For this you need to follow the steps below:
- In the “Find My” app, tap the “People” tab placed at the bottom of the screen.
- Select the person you want to send notifications to. This person should be someone with whom you are already sharing your location.
- Now scroll down to find the “Notifications” tab and “Add.” tab
- A pop-up from the bottom will give you the option to notify that person. Select it.
When you are done with it you can inform a chosen person when you arrive at a specific location and send the notification whenever you arrive and leave to make them know that you have arrived home safely.
This was the most extensive guide on location sharing via iPhone. If you have something to add, let us know in the comments section below.
To stop sharing your location with apps and services, for even a short period of time, go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services and turn off Location Services. This stops apps on your device, such as Maps, from using your location. No one is notified when you turn off location services, but some features may not work as expected without access to your location.
If you need to use certain apps that require location permissions, such as Maps or ride sharing apps, you can give app permission individually by going to Settings > Privacy > Location Services and allowing only certain apps to use location services.
To Stop sharing location in the Find My app, go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > Share My Location and turn off Share My Location. If you’re concerned someone may have access to your Apple ID, you can also temporarily turn off Find My iPhone in this tab.
You can stop sharing your location with a particular person by going to the Find My app, going to the People tab, select the individual and tap Stop Sharing My Location. If you stop sharing your location in Find My, the person will not receive a notification, but they will not be able to see you on their list of friends. If you re-enable sharing, they get a notification that you have started sharing your location with them.
You can also choose to share your location with others using third-party apps. If you haven’t turned off Location Services in Privacy Settings, conduct a review of apps you have installed on your device to see if any of them are sharing your location, and follow the relevant instructions to stop sharing.
For even more detailed information, you can download and read Device and Data Access when Personal Safety is At Risk.
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Note: Turning on this feature allows Twitter to show the location you are Tweeting from as part of your Tweet.
You can choose to add a location to your Tweets using Twitter for Android, Twitter for iOS, twitter.com or other mobile applications. For example: To give additional location context to your Tweet, you can add a general location label such as “SoMa, San Francisco.” In select locations, on Twitter for iOS and Twitter for Android, you may also label your Tweet with the name of a specific business, landmark, or other point of interest. These locations are provided by Foursquare and Yelp.
If you are using Twitter for Android or Twitter for iOS, the Tweet may also include your precise location (i.e., the GPS coordinates from which you Tweeted), which can be found through the Twitter API, in addition to the location label you select. See below for more information.
Once precise location is enabled on your device, compose a Tweet as you normally would. If you haven’t previously attached a location to your Tweets, you may see a prompt asking if you’d like to enable precise location.
Tap the location icon
in the Tweet compose box to open a list of places that you can choose.
Select the location you want to add to your Tweet.
If you’re attaching a photo to your Tweet that was taken on the in-app camera and tap the location icon, your precise location (latitude and longitude) will be associated with the Tweet and findable via API.
For earlier versions of Twitter for iOS, your Tweet will always contain both your selected location name and the precise location of your device (which can be found via API) when you Tweet.
The next time you Tweet using the Twitter app on the same device, your general location will automatically be displayed with your Tweet, using your current location. For Twitter for iOS versions before 6.26, your precise location will automatically be attached to the Tweet (and findable through API) along with the general location.
Some smartphone apps can receive data on a user’s precise location more than 14,000 times a day, The New York Times found in a new investigation.
Though each tracked phone is identified by a unique ID rather than a person’s name or phone number, the millions of location points collected by the apps are “accurate to within a few yards” and can reveal a person’s daily movements “in startling detail,” The Times said.
Using a database that tracks the location data of more than 1 million phones in the New York area, The Times was able to identify a person whose location was being relayed to companies via her smartphone app.
The Times reported:
“At least 75 companies receive anonymous, precise location data from apps whose users enable location services to get local news and weather or other information, The Times found. Several of those businesses claim to track up to 200 million mobile devices in the United States — about half those in use last year .
“But those with access to the raw data — including employees or clients — could still identify a person without consent. They could follow someone they knew, by pinpointing a phone that regularly spent time at that person’s home address. Or, working in reverse, they could attach a name to an anonymous dot, by seeing where the device spent nights and using public records to figure out who lived there.”
Apps will often ask smartphone users to enable location-tracking services for better functionality, like those that provide GPS navigation, weather information, or food recommendations. But The Times said the privacy policies that many people accept without thinking twice were often “incomplete or misleading,” adding that companies could use these permissions to sell your location data.
“These companies sell, use or analyze the data to cater to advertisers, retail outlets and even hedge funds seeking insights into consumer behavior,” the Times story said.
But the good news is you do have some control. You can adjust the settings for individual apps to stop them from tracking your location, though turning off location services for some apps may limit their capabilities or render them unworkable.
The easiest way to turn off location tracking for each app is through your device’s privacy settings — here’s how to do that:
Google Maps has a feature that lets you share your Android device’s location with your contacts – a huge convenience for get-togethers in unfamiliar places.
Help all your friends get to the party safely by following our guide on how to share your location using an Android device.
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How to share your location on Android using Google Maps
You can share your location with any of your contacts, but the process is different depending on whether the contact has a Google account or not.
If the contact has a Google account
1. Open the Google Maps app on your Android device. If you haven’t already done so, log into your Google account.
2. Tap the icon resembling three vertical lines, located in the upper-left corner of the screen, to open the menu.
3. Tap on “Location sharing.”
4. Tap “Get started.”
5. Select the amount of time for which you want to share your location. You can set a specific number of hours by tapping the + and – buttons, or tap “Until you turn this off” to keep location sharing on indefinitely.
6. Tap on the contact(s) with whom you want to share your location, and then tap “Share.”
Your contact can now open their own Google Maps app and see where you are on the map.
When you want to turn location sharing off, return to the Location Sharing menu and tap the “X” next to the person you shared with.
If your contact doesn’t have a Google account
If your contact doesn’t have a Google account, they won’t appear alongside your contacts in Google Maps. When this happens, refer to the following.
1. Swipe through your contacts until you reach the icon labeled “More.” Tap “More.”
2. Tap “Copy to clipboard.”
3. Tap on the paperclip icon located alongside your profile’s avatar.
4. Tap on the link that appears in the middle of the screen. This will copy it, so you can paste it anywhere.
5. Share the link with your contact via the messaging app of your choice, or email. When someone opens the link, they’ll be brought to Google Maps, where they can see your location.
This is also useful if you want to send someone a notification that you’ve shared your location with them.
Again, to stop sharing your location, tap “Location sharing” from the Menu, then tap the “X” icon next to the contact(s) with whom you want to stop sharing your location.
Learn how to use the Find My app to share your location with friends and family members. You can even set up location-based notifications so you know if someone left a location or just got home.
The Find My app combines Find My iPhone and Find My Friends into a single app in the latest versions of iOS, iPadOS, and macOS. If you need help finding it, use Search on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch or use Spotlight on your Mac. You can also share locations on iCloud.com.
Share your location
When Share My Location is turned on, you can share your location with friends, family, and contacts from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with Find My. You can also share your location in the Find People app on watchOS 6 or later with Apple Watch models that have GPS and cellular and are paired with your iPhone.
If you already set up Family Sharing and use Location Sharing, your family members automatically appear in Find My.
Share with people
- Open the Find My app and select the People tab.
- Select Share My Location or Start Sharing Location.
- Enter the name or phone number of the person you want to share your location with.
- Select Send.
- Choose to share your location for One Hour, Until End of Day, or Share Indefinitely.
- Select OK.
When you share your location with someone, they have the option to share their location back.
Name your location
If you want, you can name the locations that you frequently visit:
- Open the Find My app, then select the Me tab.
- Scroll down and choose Edit Location Name.
- Select Home, Work, School, Gym, None.
You can also choose Add Custom Label to create your own name for your location. Just enter a name and select Done.
Change your sharing device
To change the device that you’re sharing your location from, open Find My on that device. Select the Me tab, then choose Use this [device] as My Location.