With the Android Oreo 8.0/8.1, Google has made it simple to disable location tracking for all and several apps. For sure you cannot access Google Maps if the location tracking is turned off, but what about other apps. There are other apps which use your location without any necessity, and it could drain your battery as well as uses mobile data a lot. Thankfully, you can turn off location tracking on Android Oreo devices.

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Whether you are worried about your secrecy or battery usage, deactivating GPS service is the decent option to become anonymous and save battery life. If your device is running Android 8.0 or 8.1 Oreo update, then you can disable location tracking for several apps from Apps & notification settings and Location settings menu. Here are the two different methods to disable location tracking for all apps and only for specific apps on Android Oreo. Let’s see the steps!

How to Turn Off Location Tracking on Android Oreo

How to Disable Location Tracking on Android Oreo 8.0/8.1

Here’s the first method to turn off location service for all apps on your Android Oreo device.

Note: These steps have been tried out on the OnePlus 3 running Android Oreo 8.0 update. Other smartphones may have different steps.

How to turn off location tracking for all apps on Android Oreo

Step #1. Open Settings on your device.

Open Settings on Android Oreo Running PhoneStep #2. Scroll down to the Personal section and tap on Location.

Tap on Location on Android Oreo SettingsStep #3. Now turn the toggle off to disable location service for all apps.

Turn Off Location Tracking on Android OreoOnce you turn this option off, you cannot use access GPS on any apps without permission.

One more important thing is when you turn off location, some apps can still be able to use your location from the Google Location History. Luckily, Android Oreo also has an option to stop apps from using the location from Google Location History.

To do that, go to Settings → Location → Google Location History and turn off toggle.

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Tap on Google Location History and Turn Off Location History on Android OreoYou can also change location mode as per your need by heading to Settings → Location→ Mode → select from High Accuracy/Battery Saving/Device Only. Make sure the GPS service is activated.

How to Stop Apps from Accessing your Location on Android Oreo

Step #1. Launch Settings on your Android Oreo device.

Open Settings on Android Oreo Running PhoneStep #2. Scroll down to Personal section and tap on Apps.

Tap on Apps in Android Oreo SettingsStep #3. Select “App Permission” and tap on Location.

Tap on App permissions and Select Location in Android Oreo SettingsStep #4. Now tap on those apps you want to stop accessing your location.

Stop Apps from Accessing your Location on Android OreoYou can go through the procedure to enable location tracking on Android Oreo.

You’re done!

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That’s pretty easy to stop background location on Android Oreo. Hope you have followed the above guide and disabled location tracking on Android Oreo. If you encounter any error while following this steps, tell us in the comments or on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus.