When you start your iOS device for the first time, it will ask if you want to enable location services. This is useful for location tagging in apps like Google Maps and social media. Many hits are possible and you never look back. Who has time to drill down and customize location settings? you do.
It may seem daunting, but with just a few taps, you can control your location data to give Apple and its app developers only the information they actually need to run their apps and services. I can. Here’s how to manage location services on your iPhone:
Turn off location services
To turn off location services completely, go to: (Settings) > (Privacy & Security) > (Location Services) and switch off location services It’s at the top of the screen. But doing this will disable most of the services you use every day, so be careful.
For example, taking a picture doesn’t add location information, maps apps can’t take you anywhere, and Uber and Lyft can’t pinpoint your location. Disabling location services can help preserve your device’s battery life and maintain the highest levels of privacy and security for smart devices, but will reduce your overall experience.
Manage location data for specific apps
Instead of turning off this feature completely, you can adjust location permissions for individual apps. (Settings) > (Privacy & Security) > (Location Services). Select an app from the list and set permissions to suit your comfort level. Starting with iOS 14, there are four options for location services in apps.
- I never have Block location services from tracking you while you’re using the app.
- Ask next time or when you share Each time you open the app, you’ll be asked to choose between “Allow Once,” “Allow While In Use,” or “Never Allow.”
- app in use Instruct your app to utilize location tracking only while it is actively used on-screen, either in-app or via an on-screen widget that iOS currently supports. Some apps, such as Google Maps and Apple Maps, have While using an app or widget as an option.
- everytime This allows the app to always track the location of the iOS device, even when the app is not in active use. Not all apps have this option available.
If you want to know which apps are requesting location data the most, keep an eye on the arrow icon next to that entry. A purple arrow means the app has recently used your location, and a gray arrow means the data has been accessed within the last 24 hours. Depending on how often you use a particular app, this icon can help you determine if you should throttle its data requests.
If you’re fine with apps that use location data, but you’re worried about apps knowing your exact location, turn it off Precise location information And since the app only knows your approximate location, this is good enough for most apps and services.
Disable location for iOS system services
You can also disable certain backend location tracking features within iOS system services.go to (Settings) > (Privacy & Security) > (Location Services)scroll to the bottom of the list and select system service. A list of items that can be toggled on or off is displayed. Here’s how to use location tracking:
- Apple Pay Merchant Information uses your current location to provide a more accurate merchant name when using a physical Apple Card.
- Cell network search Track cell tower usage and send data to Apple.
- compass calibration Uses location tracking to help calibrate your electronic compass.
- Terminal management Wirelessly configure devices like apps for gig workers and VPNs for schools and businesses.
- Emergency call and SOS Users can discreetly call 911 and use location data to help assist in emergency situations.
- Find my iPhone is a service provided by Apple that allows you to remotely track your iOS device.
- home kit It helps make your smart home smarter by using location tracking to do things like open your garage door or automatically turn on your lights.
- location-based alerts Allow Apple to use your location to provide geographically relevant alerts and news, such as amber alerts and severe weather warnings.
- Suggestions based on location Enable location-specific suggestions for Safari and Spotlight.
- Motion calibration and distance Used for accurate activity tracking in fitness and activity apps.
- networking and wireless Track your Wi-Fi usage and send data to Apple.
- Setting the time zone uses location tracking to automatically adjust the time when you change time zones.
- share my location You can share your current location with individuals through other apps like iMessage and Find My.
- System customization Use location data to change the appearance, behavior and settings of your system.
- important place It tracks and remembers where you are most often and sends you alerts based on calendar events and map directions.
- iPhone analysis We assist Apple by providing it with information from time to time about how a particular iOS device is being used.
- routing and traffic Share current traffic patterns and speeds with Apple to improve Maps.
- improve the map This allows Apple to use your current location to alert iOS users of the estimated time to reach frequently used locations.
Many of the items on this list are safe to disable.features like Cell network search and networking and wireless Not required for daily use.Others, such as home kit or Motion calibration and distance, only useful when using home automation or fitness tracking.If you don’t want to share unwanted data with Apple, you can turn it off iPhone analysis No ill effects.
If you’re worried about when your phone uses your location data, turn it on status bar icon It’s under system services. This will display a black arrow icon in your status bar whenever a system service accesses your location.
Disable location sharing
The Find My app tracks the location of your Apple device so you can find it even if it’s lost or stolen. You can also share your location with your friends. We recommend that you keep this enabled. You never know when your iPhone will be swiped or lost.
However, if you’re concerned about your privacy (or need to disable Find My before selling your old device), open Settings, tap your name, and tap Find My > Find My iPhone. Toggle it off and enter your Apple ID password to confirm.
If you don’t want your friends and family to see your location, turn off location sharing in the standalone Find My app. Tap. myself tabs and toggles share my location turn off. For individuals, people Select specific contacts in the tab to hide your location from them or remove them from the app entirely.