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Find My Device is one of Android’s most useful features. If you ever lose or misplace your phone, you can go online to look up its location. It also allows you to lock and erase your device remotely.

Despite those perks, you may want to turn off Find My Device if you’d like to maintain your privacy. The feature comes enabled by default on all new phones and runs in the background.

Related: What should you do when your phone is lost or stolen?

Keep in mind that merely disabling Find My Device is not enough to stop your phone from sharing your location. You’ll also need to turn off location tracking. One other thing to note is that some phone brands will have slightly different labeling for some menu items we direct you to below. However, following our how-to, you should still find your way around.

How to turn off Find My Device

1. Open Android’s Settings menu.

Pull down the notification shade until you expand the quick settings menu to take up most of the screen. Then tap the cog icon, which you’ll see at the bottom right corner of the shade. You can also access the menu by launching the Settings app, located either on your phone’s home screen or in the dock.

2. Tap “Security.”

Scroll down and tap on the Security heading. You can use the search bar, located at the top of the interface, to quickly access the submenu.

3. Tap “Find My Device.”

You’ll find the next menu item you need to tap near the top of the interface.

4. Switch the toggle to off.

Tap the toggle at the top of the screen to disable Find My Device. The background interface element will become grayed out once you’ve successfully turned it off.

Next: How to protect your privacy using Android

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