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How to Stop GPS Tracking on Cell Phones

written by: Kristina Dems•edited by: Rhonda Callow•updated: 3/18/2010

Do you feel that you don't have any privacy every time your mobile phone is on? Are you tired of the GPS feature tracking your whereabouts? Well, here are three tips on how to stop the GPS tracking on your cell phone.

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    GPS Tracking on Cell phone

    Some new units of mobile phones have Global Positioning System (GPS) cell phone tracking or E911 system. What is E911? E911 (Enhanced 911) is a system adopted by the U.S. FCC (Federal Communications Commission) that tracks the number of the mobile within 100 meters. The government requires all wireless service providers to include such features to instantly identify and locate callers during emergency situations. While most people probably find this feature helpful, some will think it's an invasion of privacy.

    So, how do you stop GPS tracking on your cell phone? Here are a few ways you can disable the GPS tracking:

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    Buy a GPS + Mobile Phone Jammer

    Mobile Phone GPS Jammer Mobile phone GPS jammer serves as an anti-spy gadget that interferes with the signal used for tracking your cell phone. Although jammers are prohibited in United States, United Kingdom and some Asian countries, it is available through the online market. Jammers for mobile phones come in handy because of its size. It can be purchased at for the price of $54.45. But before you go and get yourself one, you must know the right jammer for your mobile unit. There are jammers available in the market that can only block the transmission of SMS. Be sure that what you are getting also disrupt the communication between your mobile unit and the tracker. To learn more about jammers, read How do GPS Signal Jammers Work?

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    Remove the GPS Antenna

    GPS antenna If you are familiar with the internal circuit of your mobile unit, you can safely remove the GPS antenna located on the motherboard or inside the rear housing. This can be done by opening the back casing of your phone. Take out your sim card and battery to remove the rear housing easily using a small screwdriver and by snapping the sides. After removing, you can now work directly on the circuit board, look for the GPS antenna as shown in the image (GPS of different phones have slight variation in appearance). Remove it slowly and you can now assemble your phone. Make sure to back-up important information from your phone and do a format or full restart to remove previous tracking records.

    The disadvantage with this is that you might accidentally remove the Bluetooth or the antenna of your mobile phone. You can also bring your phone to a mobile phone shop that offer repair service and let them remove the GPS antenna for you.

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    Disable the GPS Setting

    gps phone Mobile phones with GPS features are surely provided with a GPS setting. You can modify it from the 'settings' found in the main menu of your phone. Look for either GPS, GPS services or GPS Location and turn it off. For some mobile phones, you can select the option, 'emergency only' to allow emergency tracker locate you when you dial 911.

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    You've now learned that you can stop GPS tracking on your cell phone with a portable GPS jammer; by manually removing the GPS antenna mounted on the circuit board; and by simply turning off the GPS locator service right on your cell phone menu. If they can do the tracking, you can do the disabling...