TPS Tech Tips: Turning Off Location Services on Your iPhone

Whether you have been using an iPhone for years or have just recently switched to one, privacy settings are important. Location services are a great feature to have on your phone, you can easily locate a nearby restaurant, you can ascertain your location if you think you are lost and alternatively, you can check in to an entertaining game at any time.
Privacy settings are a critical issue especially if you are worried that someone may be tracking your location. That said, it’s better to switch this service off.

If you’re not familiar with how to turn off the location services on your iPhone, here’s an easy guide.

Turn off Location Services completely.

1. From the Home Screen, tap the Settings icon
2. Scroll and tap on Privacy
3. Click on Location Services
4. Toggle the slider into off position and it’s done

Some apps might not work without turning on Location Services, the good thing with Apple is that you can still give permission to use your location on a specific app basis.
1. From the Home Screen, tap the Settings icon
2. Scroll and tap on Privacy
3. Make sure that Location Services is enabled
4. Scroll down and find the app you want to permit
5. Tap on the symbol (it looks like an arrowhead pointing North East) next to the app to allow them to use your location
6. You can also click on the app and select an option:
• Always: This feature means you allow the app to access your location even when you are not currently using it
• While Using the App: You allow this app to track your location only when you are using it. You will receive a notification on your status bar when an app is using your location
• Never: You do not allow this app to use your location

Reset or disable Location Services

If an app requires your location, you will receive a notification asking for permission when you use it the first time. You can select ‘Allow’ to give an app the permission to use your location data or tap ‘Don’t Allow’ to prevent an app from using your Location Services data. You can change this anytime on your Settings by following the steps above.

Additionally, you can reset all your Location Services option to factory default to stop apps from using your location until you turn the option on your Settings.
• Go to Settings
• Tap General
• Scroll and tap Reset Location & Privacy

For Wi-Fi use

If your Location Service is on, you will receive notifications when you are in an area where there is an available Wi-Fi service. It will also send geo-tagged locations to Apple’s crowd-sourced database and cell tower locations. If you are travelling, GPS-enabled iOS device is also a big help in monitoring Apple’s road-traffic database. But you don’t need to worry because the data gathered by Apple is anonymous and encrypted, meaning, it doesn’t personally identify you.

For emergency purposes

iPhone’s Location Services are accurate and reliable which is why it can be a big help for your safety. Regardless whether your Location Services is on or off when you place an emergency call, you can be located by the response team.

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