Brahmanand Mishra. When you get a new smartphone, have you noticed that there are already many types of apps like Google Map, WhatsApp, Facebook on the screen of the phone. These apps are pre-installed by the mobile phone manufacturer instead of downloading it from the Google Play Store. However, there may be some of these pre-installed apps that can break into your personal information. Knowingly or unknowingly, you have given these apps access to many personal information like contacts, messages, photo gallery, location. These apps cannot be uninstalled, but by disabling them, you can protect your personal information from being shared. For this you have to change the default setting of the phone. Also, avoid using the default browser.

Change default setting like this

If you have got a new phone or are already using a smartphone, then go to its default setting and change it. It is possible that personal information is being shared through the app and you are not even aware. According to technical experts, pre-installed apps cannot be removed by smartphone makers. Access to these apps has been made to phonebook, photo gallery, contacts. In such a situation, it is necessary to change the default setting before using these apps. Turn off location setting and request tracking. Similarly, through the privacy checker tool in Facebook meta settings, you can block relationship status and other information from being shared. We should avoid using the phone’s default browser, as it tracks personal information, as well as unwanted advertisements. Allow location only to apps like Shopping, Delivery and Ride. Many of the pre-installed apps do not have an updated version on the App Store. It is better to disable such apps immediately.

How to disable pre-installed apps

To disable the pre-installed app, go to the smartphone’s settings. There, by going to Apps & Notifications, click on Default App, which will bring up a list of all default apps. In this, click on the app you do not need, which will give the option of ‘Disable’ and ‘Force Stop’. In this you have to click on Disable. In this way you can stop the default app. In these ways, you can be successful in maintaining your privacy in the smartphone.

Avoid giving access to unnecessary apps

Whether you use a pre-installed app or not, it’s important to keep updating it. Due to non-essential apps, the data of the phone is always full. As soon as these apps are opened, they ask for access from the user. However, in iOS and Android 11, there is an option to grant access or not. If you find an app that doesn’t need Messages, Contacts or Photo Gallery is still asking for access, just stop it there. If an app asks for non-essential access before proceeding, it is possible that it is stealing your data.

Keep app and phone updated

Always keep all the apps on the phone and the smartphone up to date, as Google or Apple diagnose security issues with updates. This shows the reliability and validity of the app. If an app doesn’t have an updated version, it may be a virus. If you have given access to an app, you can change it by going to settings, such as turning location access on one time, so that that app does not continue to access your location in the background.

keep these things in mind

  • Also check the individual setting of the pre-installed app and modify it as per your requirement.
  • Keep updating the app installed by the phone manufacturer or reinstall it from the App Store.
  • Uninstall the apps you are not using.
  • Android phones and web services are tied to a Google account. For this, you can make necessary changes at https://myactivity.google.com/myactivity.
  • Changes can be made according to your need by going to the Privacy Checker tool of the Settings menu in Facebook.
  • Turn off Request Tracking, along with Analytics and Location Services, in iOS phones and adjust privacy settings as needed.
Edited By: Sanjay Pokhriyal