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How to disable location tracking on Windows 10 PC

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If you don't like the idea of your Windows 10 PC knowing your location all the time, you can quickly adjust your settings to turn it off. You can choose to disable location tracking for just your user account or for every user account on your computer, and we are here to walk you through it.

How to disable location tracking for a user account

  1. Click on the Start Menu. It's the Windows icon in the bottom left of your screen.
  2. Click on Settings.

  1. Click on Privacy. It looks like a padlock.
  2. Click on Location.

  1. Click the On switch under Location to turn location tracking off.

How to disable location tracking for all accounts on your Windows 10 PC

  1. Click on the Start Menu. It's the Windows icon in the bottom left of your screen.
  2. Click on Settings.

  1. Click on Privacy. It looks like a padlock.
  2. Click on Location.

  1. Click on the Change button.
  2. Click the On switch to turn location tracking off.

15 Comments
  • thats windows 10 for ya. Still pushing tablet options on desktop users. they should also point out that disabling tracking usually disables Cortana too. ahh..thought theyd listed a couple of the options like the notifications menu, yeah that's a copy paste job, same white.
  • Disables map, video ect ect
  • in the 21st century location services are useful even for a desktop ... location is not a tablet option
  • Please tell me that you also disable location tracking on your Android phone. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • The counter article is how to turn on Find My PC so in the event of forgetting or having your PC stolen you can locate it. Turning of location services is for the paranoid. General users get much more value enabling all features.
  • So, there is nothing to fear? Just give our location out all the time to any app too? Sounds easy enough.
  • Location tracking is always switch on for Android devices when you want to use apps eg FB, Twitter, Instagram, Camera apps, Dating apps, Google services... Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I dont get it why people keep whining about all these privacy settings, I actually kinda see a use in them.. The gps in phones can in some way be used as alibi.. And even with the windows hello + finger print unlock.. Only people who has something to hide needs to disable those features, this is just my opinion..
  • Sorry, but I just don't agree with the statement "I have nothing to hide, so why should I worry?" Sounds like an excuse for those in power to do what ever they want.
  • Prosecutors are effectively rated (whether elected or appointed) on their conviction rates. When a crime has been committed, they'll go for the easiest path to a conviction. You never want it to be easy for them to build a case, because that increases the likelihood that innocent people will be accused and hassled with a trial, and in some cases wrongly convicted. It is important that prosecutors and the police always have to work hard and clear significant hurdles to investigate someone who might turn out to be innocent. At least here in the US, there is great logic to our philosophy of "innocent until proven guilty" -- we always want it to be tough for the government to prove guilt so they don't bother to go after the innocent. That said, our freedom also means we should get to choose if we want to use those tracking features, such as to find a lost or stolen device, remember where we took a photo, get rescued if hurt on a hike, etc. On net, I personally find that the benefits to these features outweigh the risks, but all of us benefit from those few who are the privacy zealots, because they are really the ones that help keep the government honest.
  • Do this on your smartphone too, if you're that wary of sharing your location. What's more, if you're against this, you shouldn't use any of Google's services or apps either.
  • And you especially shouldnt use a mobile carrier. They always know where you and are much less trustworthy than Microsoft or Google. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • How do you turn location on so my SP3 knows where I am while I travel and can adjust the clock and what have you? It is frustrating that simple things like this don't work even though it is very capable. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Sometimes I still see the GPS icon shown in the status bar on my phone, even if I have the location turned off.
    Is this happening to anyone else?
    I've been using different builds and they all had the same problem.
  • Have you also disabled the phone location saving feature under Update and Security in the Settings app? If not, it turns Location on from time to time to save it. I don't recommend you to disable it, because it's useful. But this could be the cause of the GPS icon appearing in the status bar on your phone.