Enable or Disable Sensors and GPS In Windows 8 Tablets, Laptops & Phone

by Rohit Khurana on September 29, 2012

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Windows 8 does come with very mobile device friendly metro interface which can run seamlessly on the tablets, phones, laptops and also on desktop computers with ease. One of the functionalities of the Windows 8, in fact it is also present in Windows 7 also, is the use of sensors and location or GPS. Your Windows 8 tablet, laptop, computer or phone can use the in-built or externally attached location and other sensors to use as input for various functionalities. For example, if you are using your Windows 8 laptop for capturing some images, you can use the input of an external or internal GPS device to geo-tag the pictures. You can use the geographical or location information for navigation purposes.

There are also plenty of other applications like using an ambient light sensor or proximity sensor for some softwares or tasks. Windows provides built-in support for such devices. For Windows 8 tablets, laptop, phones and even Windows 7 laptops and computers, you can enable to disable the use of such sensors based on your preference, requirements and privacy needs. In this article, I will quickly guide you to how you can enable disable location devices and sensors in Windows 8 and Windows 7 devices.

Now how does enabling or disabling a sensor help you? Well, if you want your location to be not stored or associated with any file on your computer, its advisable to turn off or disable location sensors. Also for testing purposes, you may need to disable certain sensors on your Windows device, so this will come in handy for you.

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For Windows 8 Devices, simply open the Control Panel (see- How To Open Control Panel in Windows 8) and locate the option called– Location Settings.

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Similarly for Windows 7 laptops and desktops, open control panel and locate the option called- Location and other sensors.

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Under these options, you will see the settings to enable and disable the connected location devices and other sensors.

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Some sensors might not be enabled or disabled if they are restricted by the operating system, but it will show in the list of sensors attached to your Windows laptop, desktop, phone or tablet device. Also read – Stop Windows 8 Apps/Softwares From Using Your Location.

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