How to Turn Off Galaxy S4 Location Services

Do you know how many apps on your Samsung Galaxy S4 use Location Services? Some use that data to offer directions, suggest restaurants near you or attach your location to an Instagram photo or Facebook post. These apps likely prompted you to enable Location Services before you started using it, and many people agree to this without thinking. But what you may not know is that your smartphone’s camera is also likely tracking your location. 

There are a few reasons you might want to disable location services on your camera, including saving battery power, or more importantly, protecting your family. The location-tagged data in photos can lead predators to your child’s school, playground, daycare and any other places you may regularly use your smartphone. The directions for how to disable Location Services is a little different on each Android device. Here’s how to stop transmitting your location on the Samsung Galaxy S4.

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1.  Open the Camera app and tap the gear icon on the right of the screen. 

Samsung Galaxy S4 Camera App2. Tap the next gear icon that appears on the right of the screen.

Galaxy S4 Settings

3. Tap the gear icon that appears in the next pop-up screen.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Camera Settings

4. Tap the gear icon on the right of the pop-up screen. 

Samsung Galaxy S4 Camera GPS

5. Tap GPS Tag and toggle off. 

Galaxy S4 Camera Location Services

6. Go to your Galaxy S4 Settings Menu to disable more location services. 

Galaxy S4 Settings

7. Tap the More tab on the top right and tap Location Services. 

Location on Galaxy S4

8. Toggle the top button that reads “Access to my location.” Doing this will disable all other apps on your Galaxy S4 that use your GPS, Wi-Fi or mobile network location to transmit that data. 

Galaxy S4 Location Services Access

Anna Attkisson
Anna Attkisson
A lover of lists and deadlines, Anna Attkisson covers apps, social networking, tablets, chromebooks and accessories. She loves each of her devices equally, including the phablet, three tablets, three laptops and desktop. She joined the Laptop Mag staff in 2007, after working at Time Inc. Content Solutions where she created custom publications for companies from American Express to National Parks Foundation.
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