Prevent Apps from Accessing Your Location

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Location Services on iPhone allows your apps to do all kinds of things, such as give you directions from your current location to your destination or track your jogging route with GPS. However, that also means that some apps might be using your location when you don’t want them to. Thankfully, you can choose to turn off Location Services altogether.

Why You’ll Love This Tip:

  • Prevent apps from using your location when you don’t want them to.
  • Keep your location private from apps and other people.

How to Turn Off Location Services on iPhone & iPad

System Requirements

This tip works on any device running iOS 16 or later/iPadOS 16 or later.

Turning your iPhone’s Location Services on or off is easy to do within your Privacy settings. When you turn Location Services off completely, none of your apps will be able to track or use your location. For more great iPhone privacy advice, be sure to sign up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter. Now, here’s how to turn off Location Services on iPhone and iPad:

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  1. Open the Settings app, and tap Privacy & Security.

    Open the Settings app, and tap Privacy & Security.
  2. Tap Location Services.

    Tap Location Services. 
  3. Tap the toggle next to Location Services to turn it off.

    Tap the toggle next to Location Services.
  4. Tap Turn Off to turn Location Services off completely.

    Tap Turn Off to turn location services off completely.

If you want most of your apps not to use Location Services but realize some apps, like Maps, need location services to work, you can instead turn location services on or off on an app-by-app basis.

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Author Details

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Author Details

Rhett Intriago

Rhett Intriago is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, offering his expertise in all things iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods. He enjoys writing on topics related to maintaining privacy in a digital world, as well as iPhone security. He’s been a tech enthusiast all his life, with experiences ranging from jailbreaking his iPhone to building his own gaming PC.

Despite his disdain for the beach, Rhett is based in Florida. In his free time, he enjoys playing the latest games, spoiling his cats, or discovering new places with his wife, Kyla.