In this guide, we will be walking you through the process to take in order to disable location services on iPhone and iPad.
Location Services makes use of GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth and Cell tower location to know the location of the phone. Thanks to all the aforementioned, your phone can correctly pinpoint its exact location, this location can now be given out to apps that require your current location to function, I.e Maps.
Now, when the location services are turned off on your iPhone or iPad, it’s only normal that some apps will begin to malfunction or not work at all. So others that may work might be useless without the Location services. So if you rely on let’s say Maps or Google Maps to navigate and commute then turning it off might be a bad idea.
Also, if you’re an Uber (or any other e-hailing) driver then turning it off will cause the app not to work. Personally, I wouldn’t advise anyone to turn off Location services on their device as FindMyDevice relies on this to locate your device in the event that it gets lost or stolen. So turning it off will somewhat make your device unsecure.
The reasons as to why you shouldn’t turn off Location services are many. However, If you are still bent on turning off the Location services on iPhone or iPad then simply follow the steps below.
How To Disable Location Services On iPhone and iPad Completely
- Open the Settings App on your iPhone or iPad.
Click on Privacy.
Tap on Location Services and Toggle it Off.
You’ll be presented with a prompt asking you to confirm this action, Simply click on Turn Off and it is done.
Just like that, you’ve successfully turned off the Location services of your iPhone or iPad. Apps you have on your iPhone or iPad can’t access the Location of your Phone.
Alternatively, you can turn off Location Services for each app – restricting an app access from knowing your location. This way, you can use an app that requires location services without giving another app access to the same location services. To do this, follow the steps below.
- Open the Settings on your iPhone or iPad.
Click on Privacy and Tap on Location Services.
Underneath Share My Location, you’ll see your list of Installed apps and their access. Click on each app to restrict or allow it Access the location services.
Personally, I just can’t disable location services as I depend on through so many apps. The best thing to do is to simply monitor the apps that have access to it and restrict it if you don’t feel comfortable with it.
Now that you know how to disable Location services on iPhone and iPad, will you disabling yours or just restricting some apps? Let us know in the comment section down below.