How to turn off your location on iPhone


Need to stop getting those annoying location notifications from the Weather app or just avoid that particular someone for a while? Here’s how.

Location, It’s all some apps ask for these days. It’s all in aid of serving you the correct adverts, or content for your area. For instance, using a VPN and then watching YouTube will serve you adverts for that other country, rather than where you’re based.

Turn off location data on iPhone

To quickly turn off your location on the iPhone, simply swipe down from the home screen and type in ‘Location’. The first result it serves to you will bring you to the menu we need to go to. Now, in the menu called ‘Location Services’ there’s a toggle switch. Turn this off and you’ll presented with a warning.

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Essentially, if you decide to use Find My to track a device, it will automatically come back on. Keep this in mind, as it’ll also turn on all the other apps that have requested and been approved for use.

On the iPhone it has to be explicitly set for different apps. Inside ‘Location Services’, you’ll be able to see every app using the data and how.

Here, you can turn off their access until you see fit. This is great for social media networks like Facebook and Twitter, but also Snapchat as well. Under tracking, you’ll find apps that can use your data to serve different content. For us, only TikTok was here and everything is turned off.

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Is location data required?

No, your location data isn’t required for anything. Some apps might insist on it, and it is needed for accurate tracking if you’re going the right way when following maps, but outside of this, no. You shouldn’t ever really need it for anything.

Apple’s protection M.O. from a couple of years ago has essentially broken a lot of businesses watching in on your data.

Location data is required for the Weather app to give you updates, as well as using location-based sharing. Apps like Pokemon Go won’t function correctly if you want to go to a specific spot. However, you’ll have your privacy back from the ever-watchful eye.

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Here’s how to share your location with someone else.