Since we have more time to play on our phones (the stay at home order helps), I spend a lot more time on social media and gaming apps. This is not so bad but I learned something about a Facebook update that made me a little unhappy. Not sure which update or how long ago it happened, but they are now tracking your offline activities. You might ask, “Why do they need to do that?” The easy answer is that they can. But this doesn’t mean we can’t go into the settings and turn that option off. Yes, I said we can turn this off and I will be showing you exactly how to do that in your Facebook app. Now pull out those mobile devices and let us turn this off.
How To Turn Off Facebook Offline Tracking
I will be showing how to do this on my Android phone Samsung Galaxy A20. Since we are dealing with the app rather than the device, this should work the same on most devices.
Step 1: Open up your Facebook app on your mobile device. My App is on my home screen. Tap it.
Step 2: Once on, head to the top right and tap the three horizontal lines. This will take you to the main menu.
Step 3: Now that we are on the main menu, scroll down to the bottom, and tap on Settings & Privacy.
Step 4: Here you should see the Settings option at the top on the menu. Tap it.
Step 5: Time to scroll down to the section named Your Facebook Information. Under here, you will see the option Off-Facebook Activity. Tap it.
Step 6: Yep, this is where you can see the apps that have been tracking you. To turn off this offline tracking, we need to clear the history first. Don’t want to leave our history there either. To do this tap Clear History (that was obvious). Here, tap the blue Clear History button at the bottom of the screen.
Step 7: Now that you are done clearing our history you should end back up on the main Off-Facebook Activity screen. The next step is to tap More Options at the bottom. Then, in this menu list, tap Manage Future Activity.
Step 8: On this screen look to the bottom and tap Manage Future Activity.
Step 9: This is where we get to turn off this feature. All you have to do is tap the switch to the right of Future Off-Facebook Activity. Once that is tapped, you will get the warning screen from Facebook. They say it May Take 48 hours until you are fully disconnected. You can read the other info on the screen when you get to this point. I want it off so now I need to tap Turn Off at the bottom of the screen. DONE.
That is all you have to do to Turn off the Off-Facebook Activity tracking.