How to stop Facebook from sharing your location

Did you know that every time you compose a post on a mobile device or desktop computer, you will see a tiny gray location in the lower left of the status box.

What happens is Facebook grabs your location via GPS or Wi-Fi router, and attaches it to your post, so your friends can enjoy a more in-depth stalking experience.

Funny I don’t remember opting in to that?  

After digging through your privacy and account settings, the option to turn off location-sharing isn’t available.

Don’t worry it’s easy to turn it off. Here’s how:

  • Since the location text is shown in light gray, it’s very easy to miss. Always check the lower left of the status box to see if a location is attached. If you’re on the Web, simply hover over the location and click the “X.” Your location will no longer be attached, even to future statuses. 
  • If you later change your mind, just click the location marker to manually enter your location, but remember: it will be attached again for all future updates.
  • On the Facebook mobile app, tap the location to remove it. Alternatively, you can turn off location services for Facebook entirely by going to Settings > Location Services, and turning it off for Facebook.

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