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How To Increase Your Privacy On Android By Changing These Settings
Google has recently introduced new policies to make Android far more privacy-friendly than its previous iterations, giving users better control over their personal information. Android versions 11 and up now have a dedicated Privacy Dashboard that conveniently lets you disable ad profiling.
Access your unique Google Account profile by either heading to My Google Activity in your browser or navigating to Settings & Privacy. Locate the History settings section, tap Web & App Activity, scroll down to hit the See All Activity controls button, and decide what to turn off in website, voice, and audio activity across all Google services.
In the same section, you’ll find the Location History toggle, which can be turned off or set to auto-delete every few months, and the Ad Personalization setting, which can be disabled by simply unchecking the box and flipping the toggle. These easy tweaks to the settings should increase your privacy right away.
Lastly, the more apps you have installed on your Android, the more exposed your privacy is, so only keep the apps you need and delete the rest — and make sure to check each app’s permissions. Instead of Chrome, you might consider DuckDuckGo for its privacy enhancing features, even though there’s a slight trade-off in the quality of private search results.