How to stop Google from tracking you on any device:
You can stop Google from tracking some aspects of your online activity by changing your Google Account settings.
Google tracks many details about you whenever you use your Google account on your computer, laptop, tablet, and phone.
Here’s how to stop Google from tracking your web activity, location, YouTube history, and more.
Google has worked its way into virtually every aspect of your life, and the search giant’s network of interrelated apps and services capture, share, and rely on a great deal of personal information about you. Google tracks your search history, for example, as well as your mobile device’s location, the ads you view, the videos you watch, and more.
If you prefer, you can configure Google to stop tracking you — at least, for the most part — though if you do, you’ll lose the benefit of all of Google’s personalization features.
How to stop Google from tracking you
No matter what device you are using, you can disable most of Google’s various tracking features:
On an iPhone, you can easily disable Google’s Location History tracking. Read our article on disabling Google tracking on an iPhone.
On an Android phone, you can disable Location History and location tracking for your entire device or individual apps. Read our article on disabling Google tracking on Android devices.
On a computer, you can disable Google from using your Google Account settings in a web browser. Read our article to learn how.
What you need to know about Google tracking on your accounts and devices
No matter which way you choose to disable Google’s tracking features, you’re generally using the same Google Account settings. For the most part, Google tracks you based on your account, not your device — so if you disable Google tracking using the Web & App Activity or Location History settings, you’re turning off tracking on every device that uses that specific Google Account.
There is an important exception: In the Location History settings, you can click “Devices on this account” to see all the phones and tablets being tracked. You can choose to un-check any of those devices to stop Google from tracking it. This lets Google track some of your activity, but not all of it.