photo credit: techspot.com
It started a few days ago. Every so often, I would hear the notification “plink” sound on my cell phone. Instead of it being someone I knew sending a text/message, it was some random notification about the weather or the news or some other thing I didn’t need to know. Why am I getting these messages? I wondered.
The question was answered when I read my e-mail. “Congratulations on having your phone updated with Google Assistant”, the e-mail read. It went on to tell me now much it could help me, based on what it thought I was interested in after reading my e-mails and looking over my internet history.
Well, I don’t want their “gift”. So I tried to uninstall the app, only to find that there is no way to remove it. I was, however, able to turn off the notifications. Here’s how you do it:
Go to the app section of your phone. Tap on the Google app (the multi-colored G).
Touch the three lines in the upper left corner. That will bring up a page with your name, e-mail address and some options. Touch “settings”. Near the bottom of the settings page, touch “your feed”.
Some phones will have one switch to turn off the feed entirely, but mine had a list of categories that they wanted to send me notifications about, and I had to switch each one to off.
So my phone should be quieter now. But that really doesn’t do anything about the issue of Google constantly snooping around in my e-mail and internet browsing. That seems to be a losing battle.