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Everyday practical tutorial – Can’t find me, HA!

In this everyday practical tutorial I’ll show you how to get some privacy away from big brother, Google, and whom ever is sitting behind a remote keyboard that is trying to find you secret lair.

So you know how Google can find your Android phone using Android Device Manager. If not, check out this artical from Google that shows you how:

Google Find Phone

Well sometimes I don’t want my phone, and by association – me, to be found. I thought you might not want that to happen either. You might think that turning off your GPS radio would do the trick, that’s the logical thing a practical person would think anyway, but nope; Android Device Manager will turn it back on and track you down like you owe it money. If you want to ensure some privacy you need to turn on the Power Saver option you can find it under Settings > Battery Manager

Every day practical tutorial - power saver shot

The section in the screen shot is where you can toggle the setting On and Off with the slider. If you tap the Power saver heading it will let you select what settings Power Saver will manage. Note that GPS is not in there, not sure why. Now with Power saver on GPS will be locked out in an effort to conserve battery power; not even Android Device Manager is allowed to turn on the radio to transmit your GPS position. As an added benefit you battery should last longer. With Power saver on with its default settings you might experiance a little lag as it conserves CPU, but you want to be incognito so a little CPU hit is worth it. I didn’t notice a dramatic change anyway. I assume that the GPS can still be activated for emergency reasons by the authorities, I didn’t want to test that out so I cannot guarantee it … it just feels like something that couldn’t be permanently disabled.

Note: this was tested on a HTC One M8 with the following Everyday practical tutorial - system state

 

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