As with most things on Google, as with Facebook, you automatically opted in.. and you need to opt out, you’d think that was it, wouldn’t you. However, I found out that it wasn’t that easy and even when you thought you were opted out, in reality you aren’t.
Services You May Want to Opt Out of on Google
The most recent is of course Email, Google is rolling this out at the moment so you might not have been affected yet. Google is allowing people with Gmail and Google+ to be able to email you directly, they won’t see your email address, but the message will end up in your inbox.
To Opt out of this
Go to – Google Mail Settings.
Click the General Tab
You will see an option – Email via Google+ Who can email via your Google+ Profile – you can change this here from Anyone on Google+ to Extended Circles, Circles or No-one.
Many people sign up for a Gmail account and are automatically given a Google+ account which they don’t want. I’m not sure why anyone wouldn’t want a Google+ account considering the benefits for your blog – website or business, but thats another story.
If you want to removed your Google+ account just to go – Google+ Settings disable Google+ be carfeul here if you have already set up a YouTube account connected to your Google+ account as you could lose that also.
Your Face on Google Ads
Its been mentioned that after an update in Google’s Terms and Conditions – Google can if it wants use your Profile Pictures, or any images, or details about you in ads to influence your friend and relatives.
You can opt out of this here – Shared Endorsements
Scroll down to the bottom and you will see – Based on my activity, Google may show my name and profile photo in shared endorsements that appear in ads. – Uncheck the box if you haven’t already.
What opting out doesn’t do here is, it doesn’t actually stop them completely, it says that the setting only allows you to limit the use of your name and photo in shared endorsements in ads.
How to Opt Out of Ads
If you don’t want to see interest-based ads on Google Plus you can opt out. These ads are based on your interests and details taken from your browser. If you opt out you won’t see these ads on Google Search, Google Maps and Gmail or other sites that are part of the Google Display Network.
Opting out of Ads starts off pretty simple, so it seems!
Sign in to Google
Click on Google Settings
Click on either –
What Opting Out Doesn’t Do
- You WILL still see ads but they won’t be based on what Google thinks you want to buy.
- Doesn’t opt you out of different browsers you might use, so for instance if you opt out on your PC using Google Chrome, you might need to do the same on your phone using Safari!
- If you clear your cookies after opting out, you may have to opt out again!