How to Turn On & Off Location Services on iPhone 15/14/13

Struggling with whether to turn on location services on iPhone or not? This guide will help you fully understand how iPhone location services work and how to turn on/off location services on iPhone.

Demi by Demi Updated April 3, 2024
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Location Services on iPhone play a vital role in enhancing your experience by providing location-based information and services. However, it's essential to have control over when and how your device shares its location data.

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In this comprehensive guide, we'll help you have a better understanding of iPhone location services, step-by-step instructions on how to turn them on and off, and what to do when apps request access to your location.

Overview of iPhone Location Services

Location Services encompasses features that determine your phone's location and provide location-based content. Apps like Google Maps, Find My iPhone, Yelp, etc., utilize your phone's location to offer driving directions, find lost or stolen iPhone, and find nearby restaurants, among other things.

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This service utilizes your phone's hardware and internet data, primarily relying on GPS for accuracy. Additionally, it utilizes data from cellular networks, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth to pinpoint your location accurately.

By integrating GPS, network data, crowd-sourced information, and mapping technology from companies like Apple and Google, Location Services can identify your exact location and provide relevant information about nearby streets and stores. Some smartphones even incorporate compasses or gyroscopes to determine direction and movement.

How to Turn On & Off Location Services on iPhone 15/14/13

iPhone offers you two ways to turn on and off location services on iPhone. According to your needs, you can choose to turn on/off location services for all apps or just individual apps by following the steps below.

Option 1. How to turn on/off location services for all iPhone apps
Here are the steps you can follow to turn on and off location services for all your iPhone apps.

Go to the Settings app on your iPhone > Scroll down to choose Privacy > Select Location Services. Toggle the switch at the top to turn Location Services on or off for all apps.

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If prompted, enter your passcode or use Face ID/Touch ID to confirm the action.

Option 2. How to turn on/off location services for individual apps
For some security reasons, you probably don't want all the apps on your iPhone to have access to your location information. iPhone offers you more flexibility to manage individual app's location services. Here is how to turn on location services on iPhone 15 for certain apps.

Step 1. Follow the steps above to navigate to Location Services in the Settings app.

Step 2. Scroll down and you can see all apps that uses Location Services, which are listed below Share My Location in alphabetical order. Tap on any app to customize its location access:
• Never: Prevents the app from accessing your device's location.
• While Using the App: Allows the app to access your location only when it's actively in use.
• Always: Grants the app continuous access to your device's location, even when it's not in use.

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You can repeat this process for other apps as desired.

What to do When Apps Ask to Access Location

Apps utilizing Location Services may request permission to access your location when launched for the first time. When granting permission, consider whether it's appropriate for the app to access your location.

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Your phone might prompt you occasionally to confirm whether you want to continue allowing an app to access your location. This serves as a privacy feature, ensuring you're aware of the data apps are accessing.

Apple provides more extensive privacy options for this feature compared to Android. The pop-up window allows you to choose whether to allow the app to access your location at all times, only when using the app, or never. It also displays where the app has tracked you, providing better understanding of the tracking.

If you decide to disable Location Services or prevent certain apps from using this information, you can do so by turning off location services on your iPhone or Android device.


Managing Location Services on your iPhone is essential for balancing convenience with privacy. By understanding how to turn Location Services on and off, as well as how to customize access for individual apps, you can ensure that your location data is used responsibly.

Whether you're navigating through unfamiliar streets or checking in at your favorite restaurant, having control over your device's location settings empowers you to make informed decisions about your privacy.

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