How to hide your location from Facebook Messenger and prevent tracking on iOS and Android

How to hide your location from Facebook Messenger and prevent tracking on iOS and Android
Just when Facebook parted its messaging and chat app from its news and status feed one on mobile came the controversy in recent days that Facebook Messenger is actively tracking your location, and it is very easy to determine your whereabouts and location patterns from your chat sessions alone.

Given the ubiquity of the Messenger app, which is now installed on nearly 17 million Android devices as a standalone piece, it was pretty demoralizing to hear that a simple Chrome extension called Marauders Map allows you to track the location of any of your chat buddies.


News like this could throw a monkey wrench in Facebook's big intentions for Messenger - making it a place to track orders, book reservations, and do much more than simple chat, increasing its user stickiness.

We've no doubts that in light of the scandal that erupted over the Messenger app tracking your location by default, Facebook will plug this hole pretty soon, but until a new update hits, here's how to prevent Facebook Messenger from following your whereabouts for the world to see in an easy manner.

Android


Go to Messenger>Settings>Location, and uncheck the tick box that allows new messages to include your location by default. Just to be on the safe side, you can go to your phone or tablet's Settings app, go to Location services>Location permissions, scroll to the Messenger app list, and set the option to "Reject" from the arrow menu on the right.

iOS


Go to the Settings app>Privacy>Location services, scroll to the Messenger app, and set the tracking option to "Never".

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4 Comments

1. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

I suspected it when I started receiving, in my facebook feed, ads for a new restaurant that had just opened near my house! ;)

2. waddup121 unregistered

okay lets do ti!

3. Sauce5 unregistered

If you want to save MASSIVE amounts of battery life on your iPhone and you are jailbroken, go into your file manager and remove the string of code that has VOIP. The Messenger app always has VOIP enabled (on iOS and Android) and is constantly listening to be used. Disabling this string in iFile will give you a substantial gain in battery life.

4. ThePATRIOToverlord

Posts: 50; Member since: May 29, 2015

no way to permanently disable location tracking on iOS even with toggle off, you feeding your location off still to others and you can be tracked.. iOS is such garbage cant even fully turn off location, and can still keep track and find someone even with. off. on android though you know you safe when you turn off high precision high usage location, it absolutely. off and also save battery life.

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