How to Block GPS Tracking on a Cell Phone

Written by latasha rogers
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You may not want anyone to be able to know where you are at all times. GPS tracking allows people to track where you are based on the signal from your cell phone. Most cell phones now come with GPS tracking, although you may not realise it. There are ways to disable the GPS to give you peace of mind and privacy. Check your user's manual to find out how your cell phone's GPS program works and take the precautions to block anyone from tracking your cell phone

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


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    Select "E911" from the "Location" option on your phone screen. Depending on the phone model, you may have to enable the privacy mode instead. Changing the setting will mean that you can only be tracked in response to a 911 call, which must be possible, by law. The menus will vary depending on the cell phone, so refer to your cell phone owner's manual.

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    Check for physical GPS programs on the cell phone. Look on the device, under the battery or on the back cover of the phone. Also check your SIM card for anything unfamiliar. Remove anything from the phone that is unknown to you such as a small chip, which may be used for tracking.

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    Disable any tracking software that is installed on your cell phone.

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    Remove the battery from your phone. This is one of the most successful ways to block any GPS tracking on your cell phone. Without the battery, the cell phone will not work and cannot send or receive any signals.

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